Button up: 13 essential cardigans

The hardest-working piece in your wardrobe is worthy of investment

Vince open-cable cardigan, £340
Vince open-cable cardigan, £340

Part security blanket, part sophisticated cover-up, sometime summer jacket, the cardigan has made a triumphant return to fashion over the past few seasons, in no small part thanks to New York-based brand Khaite and a well-documented outing by Katie Holmes. Now it seems more appropriate than ever to call on a garment that’s at once cosy and buttoned-up, something that can be swiftly pulled on to answer the door. Styles from the likes of Le Kasha and Max Mara are long and enveloping enough to double as a throw, while Loro Piana and Fendi’s err on the smart side. Here’s our edit of the best…

Loro Piana Matira cotton-silk cardigan, £885
Loro Piana Matira cotton-silk cardigan, £885
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Brunello Cucinelli Dazzling Cozy mohair-linen cardigan, £1,590
Brunello Cucinelli Dazzling Cozy mohair-linen cardigan, £1,590
Khaite cashmere cardigan, £1,255
Khaite cashmere cardigan, £1,255
Frisson mohair cardigan, $340
Frisson mohair cardigan, $340
Michael Kors Collection cashmere cardigan, £690
Michael Kors Collection cashmere cardigan, £690
Lauren Manoogian linen-alpaca-mix cardigan, £420
Lauren Manoogian linen-alpaca-mix cardigan, £420
Connolly Stone Art cashmere cardigan, £790
Connolly Stone Art cashmere cardigan, £790
Max Mara cotton cardigan, £261
Max Mara cotton cardigan, £261
Joseph cashmere cardigan, £845
Joseph cashmere cardigan, £845
Le Kasha Italy cashmere cardigan, €1,350
Le Kasha Italy cashmere cardigan, €1,350
Fendi cotton cardigan, £980
Fendi cotton cardigan, £980
Raey wool cardigan, £525
Raey wool cardigan, £525
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