How to nail the new preppy
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Cardigans – once associated with grandmas, librarians, and school uniforms – have now become the ultimate It-knit. But, to ensure they do feel ultra 2021 as we enter this year’s cold-weather season, we’ve enlisted the help of stylist Leanne Long. Not only has she picked her favourite cardigans of the moment, she’s also provided some forever useful styling tips too. Keep scrolling and let us know which one (or two, or three, or four) you add to basket.
A cashmere cardigan is the epitome of luxury. It’s pretty heavyweight, so it doesn’t feel as fragile as some cashmere styles can, plus it means it feels extra warm. The three-tone palette means this knit works effortlessly with a multitude of outfits, still feels neutral, yet has a nice amount of interest so as not to come off as one dimensional. Leanne’s favourite way to style? With more neutrals on the bottom half (of course) or super classic with a white tee and jeans.
As a big believer in dopamine dressing, Leanne’s wardrobe will always welcome a pop of colour. Green was a big player during spring and summer so it’s nice to make the most of it during the colder months too. Leanne recommends pairing it with some printed jeans or checked trousers, then you can really have some fun.
There’s no way of getting away from the preppy trend this season – in fact, this is the third article we’ve mentioned it in this week alone. Gant is a brand that’s nailing it beautifully, so who better to turn to for a varsity style cardigan. Complete with graphic patches, embroidery, and stripes combined, Leanne’s ideal way to style is with a mini skirt or loafers, or, if you’re just wanting to dip your toe into this trend, try with a vest or jeans instead.
Tan never ages when it comes to the colder months. Neither does a longline cardigan, for that matter. After all, they’re the closest thing to a dressing gown that’s socially acceptable to wear outside of the house, plus they give a welcome Olsen twins touch. This one is ribbed and has some buttons which not only means it feels a touch more elevated, it also leads to easy styling over jeans and heels with a few buttons done up in the middle.
In Leanne’s exact words, “I love love love this cardigan.” And we have a feeling you might too – it’s plenty of fun and you can’t help but feel good when you wear it. It’s from cult brand House of Sunny and the best part is, the cardigan makes such a statement itself that you only need some jeans and loafers to complete the look.
We're big fans of oversized collars right now, and big fans of Ganni, well, always – so this is a pretty dreamy combination for us. But alongside this, the neutral colour palette and longer length are seriously adding to this cardigan’s appeal. Since it's pretty statement in itself, you can afford to keep the rest of your outfit pretty simple i.e. with a slip dress and chunky boots or jeans and loafers.
With yet another nod to the preppy trend (told you you wouldn’t stop hearing about this), comes the argyle knit. This is giving us huge Sex Education energy and the colourway is a great way to introduce a pop of brightness into dreary winter days. Leanne suggests styling with a rollneck underneath for a little extra warmth and some added style points.
Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Styling: Leanne Long