12 cardigans to make a wardrobe staple this winter

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There is something so effortless about a good quality cardigan. They’re cosy and comfortable so a cardigan should be a staple of any wardrobe – especially now that we are bearing the brunt of winter chills.

But is it possible to style a cardigan everyday? Where do these knitted wonders slot into our wardrobe line up of coats, trenches, jeans and boots? We spoke to THE ICONIC‘s Head of Style, Nicole Adolphe, to get the lowdown on styling these winter warmers and how to elevate this classic style.

How do you style cardigans?

“I love layering a cardigan under a lighter, less warm jacket, like a trench coat,” says Nicole. “I’ll also wear a tie front cardigan (rather than button up) with a plain singlet underneath, denim jeans and sneakers for a weekend look. To elevate the look, I’d add a belt.”

With winter sending its icy winds and dreary days our way, layering is a great way to incorporate the cardigan into your outfit while providing an added layer of warmth.

“A turtle neck in a similar shade worn underneath a buttoned-up cardigan can add depth to your outfit,” says Nicole.

For a more office-ready styling, Nicole suggests, “instead of a blazer, [adding] a cardigan on top of a slim fit shirt or camisole with a bias cut midi skirt or trousers and a pointy toe heel.”

“Wearing something too bulky underneath is [a] common mistake. The texture of the knit is important if you’re looking for a cardigan to elevate your look, as something too textured might not work with your outfit if you plan on wearing it to the office,” she adds.

Not just for lounging around, the simple cardigan can be easily elevated with the right accessories.

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How do I choose a good cardigan?

“The length of the cardigan is important – go for a cut that sits on the hips rather than a long line cardigan that tends to look more casual,” says Nicole.

It also helps to look at the materials if you are wanting something to feel more luxurious and elevated. Wools and cotton will help keep you warm and ensure your cardigan lasts for years to come.

On the hunt for the perfect cardi this season? Look no further, as below we are taking a look at the cardigans that have caught our eye that we will be shopping and adding to our wardrobes this year.

The best women’s cardigans to shop in 2023


St Mrlo Remi cardigan, $109.95 at THE ICONIC

This classic black oversized cardigan is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. Cropped at the waist to add shape with long wide sleeves and in a classic cable knit pattern.



Belle & Bloom Days Go By blazer cardigan, $118.97 (usually $169.95) at MYER

A cosy longline cardigan is a great top layer for a casual day out or lounging around the house. This recycled polyester blend is so snug and is great for layering.



Minima Esenciales Morgan knitted long sleeve, $160 at THE ICONIC

If you’re after something a little bit more sleek, this stunning cocoa coloured long sleeve cardigan is perfect for staying cosy on more formal occasions.



Crop cardigan, $179 at Country Road

Add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with this electric pink cropped cardigan from Country Road. Style it a la Katie Holmes with the adorable matching knitted tank and some jeans.



Oroton Merino wool boxy cardigan, $349 at THE ICONIC

If you’re looking for something on the pricy end and wanting to splurge, this stunning cardigan from Oroton is the one to shop. It’s made from 100 per cent Merino wool, which means not only is it ultra soft but will last for years to come. In a timeless silhouette, this classic cardi is hard to beat.



Cropped striped wool-blend cardigan, $99 at COS

Perfect for trans-seasonal temps, this short sleeved knitted cardigan is a great layering piece to add to your wardrobe.



Succulent cardi, $94.50 (usually $189) at Gorman

Go big and bold and don’t let the winter blues get you down. This bright cardi from Gorman is the statement piece to shop this season. Style it with some jeans and white sneakers for a simple casual outfit, or test out the colour theory trend and pair with greens and blues.



& Other Stories Button up knit cardigan, $79 at THE ICONIC

Prepare for spring with this sweet pastel cardigan that adds a delicate touch to your wardrobe.



Elroy cardigan, $100 at Nude Lucy

This oatmeal cardigan may seem simple at first, but the cut-outs on the shoulder add a point of interest to the otherwise classic silhouette.



Florence zip stripe cardigan, $157.90 at Hardtofind

A striped cardigan is a timeless style to add to your wardrobe. Emulate that classic French fashion and pair this oversized knit with some jeans and Mary Janes or loafers.



Wool blend cardigan, $99.99 at H&M

In a ultra-soft knit wool blend, this belted cardigan is like a wearable bathrobe – and 10x as comfortable.



FRIEND of AUDREY Astrid double zip cardigan, $299.95 at THE ICONIC

Made from 100 per cent cotton, this zip-up cardigan is a little different to the usual. Pair with some knitted pants for lounging around the home or some jeans and loafers for a casual yet elevated look.


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