After a quick scroll through the saved folder on my Instagram, one thing recently became abundantly clear to me. Right now, there’s an unassuming It piece hitting the closets of cool fashion girls everywhere, and it’s the cardigan, my friends. It feels strange to include “It piece” and “cardigan” in the same sentence since the sweater has more associations with buttoned-up fashion or “grandma” style than anything else, but I can’t deny the cool factor it’s recently climbed to.
First, there’s a cardigan from French brand Sézane that has a 10,000-person waiting list, as Who What Wear fashion editor Lauren Eggertsen reported on. Then, there are celebs like Bella Hadid who have been spotted wearing cardigans on repeat but styled in entirely new ways that make them feel fresh and cool. She’s worn shrunken versions with jeans, but also oversize versions buttoned just at the top over a T-shirt or with nothing underneath at all.
The trend has been adopted by fashion girls from NYC to Paris, who have all given the sweater their unwavering stamp of approval. Now, the cardigan is sitting at the very top of my shopping list as I’m reinspired to wear it myself. Ahead, see how New Yorkers and French girls are wearing their cardigans and shop my edit of sweaters to add to your closet.
This cropped sweater by Tach Clothing has emerged as one of the most wanted sweaters among the fashion set. Here, Alyssa Coscarelli styled it with high-waisted denim.
Parisienne Jeanne Damas similarly wore the Tach sweater with high-waisted jeans but layered a camel coat and bag on top.
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Who What Wear market editor Nicole Eshaghpour wore her pearl-button Musier cardigan unbuttoned at the bottom.
French girl Hanna Lhoumeau paired hers with leopard pants.
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New Yorker Imani Randolph wore her short-sleeve cardigan buttoned just at the center, with jeans on bottom.
Parisian influencer Anne-Laure Mais paired her short-sleeve cardigan with leopard pants—clearly a favorite among French girls right now.
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Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.