The Forever Piece Cable Knit Cardigan

One piece that I keep coming back to is the cable knit (or Aran) cardigan in cream. Hotlining straight from the 70s with Ali McGraw casual but elegant style points, it’s one piece which will alway score big in your wardrobe…

I’ve yet to find the perfect one – and really the best thing is to search Etsy for handmade and vintage pieces or visit little brands like Bramble Green to pick up a perfectly hand knitted one – but I’ve been getting on just fine with the lovely little Rouje Lino cardigan, which I bought a few seasons ago and is still selling out and being re-stocked. However, I’m not loving how the acrylic (40%) alpaca (36%) alpaca mix has fared over two years, although the design is with its vintage buttons os really perfect!

For me though, the best designs have a collar neck with buttons all the way to the top. So these are the ones I’ve found online just now, unfortunately, no really good high street brands are doing one at the moment. But these are my faves and I’ve pieced together some looks for ideas on how to wear below…

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Starting with a pretty high-end piece, is this quite perfect cream cotton blend by The Great (from denim design duo Current Elliot) – it’s got just the right buttons, pockets and collar! I thought it would look super pretty as we exit the winter months with a flowery roll-neck (this incredibly useful £9.99 modal one from H&M comes in four patterns, including polka dots to leopard!), a pair of maximalist 80s style gold earrings and chunky boots – here’s some in white to mix it up from my normal black chunkiness!

The denim is Sezane, slimfit jeans from their new 100% certified organic collection, which released January 12th – using 83% less chemicals and 2 times less water, the full range can be found here. And the croc-effect 50s style bag is by Little Liffner who always seem to hit just the right note with their classic-with-a-twist designs.

i. The Great cardigan ii. H&M top iii. Missoma earrings iv. Sezane jeans

v. Little Liffner bag vi. Topshop boots

A really good place to look for Aran cardigans is on Etsy – where you’ll find vintage gems like above, or hand-knitted pieces from classic patterns which will have a really authentic feel to them. I love the combo of cream & blue, and this Baserange top is a good quality keeper which paired with comfy highwaisted blue Cos jeans is a simple, strong look.

I’ve got a soft spot for cowboy boots but can never find exactly the right ones – ie. that look beaten in enough, finish at right height on the ankle and are the right width. However, I think these Gestuz ones might be the ones! And reduced to £80 from £300, definitely a pair to consider… The bag is Staud, one of those great handbag brands that popped up a while back now, demonstrating that stylish and good quality bags don’t need to come in over the £500 pricetag…

My penchant for chunky gold chains is evolving and I’m loving this tortoiseshell oversized piece which I found over at Atterley (just £10) – Atterley is home to such a fantastic collection of curated brands (Munthe, Bash, Ganni, Grenson) that I need to go and have a proper explore!

i. Etsy cardigan ii. Baserange top iii. Cos jeans iv. Atterley necklace v. Gestuz boots vi. Staud handbag

This Toast collared cotton cable knit caught my eye a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t stop thinking about it! It could not be dreamier; the collar folding over – indicating a softer, looser weave to the knit – which I imagine is very snuggly to wear. With its stretchier texture, I thought it might work well with a half-tuck (leave the two bottom buttons undone) into a paper-bag waist pair of jeans. You’d just need to pull the belt-tie quite tight to create some definition around the waist.

I thought a lighter jacket, like this lightweight puffer from Arket would be better suited to showing off the knit, rather than a big heavy coat and the collar could sit on top of the flat jacket collar quite happily. Finishing of with one of the new Manu Atelier sausage handbag designs, I still think the tubular shape will take off! And I couldn’t take my eyes off these dual-tone square-toned boots…

i. Toast cardigan ii. Arket jacket iii. Manu Atelier bag iv. & Other Stories jeans

v. Topshop boots vi. Smoke x Mirros sunglasses