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Striped cardigans are trending – and take it from this repeat stripe wearer, you need one

Shop the best stripy cardigans on the high street

stripe cardigans trending
Carla Challis
Carla ChallisCommerce Partnerships Editor
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I wear a lot of stripes. Striped t-shirts, striped jumpers, striped dresses, I can’t deny my love affair with a classic stripe. 

One of my most recent striped purchases was a striped cardigan, a black and white fluffy number that I sling over my shoulders on these in-between weather days and I've got my eye on a smarter, ribbon-effect stripe cardigan with metal buttons. It seems I’m in good company as New Look reported a massive 884% increase in searches for striped cardigans.

How to wear a striped cardigan 

Why are we so in love with the humble striped cardi? They’re comfy, that’s a given, and they’re versatile too – you can wear it with jeans, wide-leg trousers and shorts, and offers a cuter cover-up on a chilly day to a hoodie or sweatshirt. 

Striped cardigans street style
A stylish fashion week guest wears a smart striped cardigan with Sambas

I even turned to mine recently for drinks with friends, tucking my striped cardigan into a pair of balloon-fit jeans and a pair of heels. The striped cardigan has been spotted at various fashion weeks too, worn over a coordinating striped cami, as a standalone piece with denim or leather.

This time around, the trend is to stick to black and white colourways, with a cropped, boxy finish. Try ones with metal buttons or diamante fastenings for a smarter feel.

How I chose the best striped cardigans

Here’s how I picked this edit of stripy cardigans to shop:

  • Design: If it isn’t striped, it isn’t in the edit. I’ve included only black and white striped cardigans.
  • Price: Whether it's designer or high street, there's plenty of pricing options to choose from and I've found striped cardigans from £15-£249.
  • Inclusivity: I've found as many striped cardigans as possible in a range of sizes, from 4 to 24, or XS to XXL.
  • Availability: All of the striped cardigans featured are in stock, in most if all not all sizes.

Shop the best striped cardigans

  • Mint Velvet striped cardigan

    Mint Velvet Striped Cardigan

    This one is on my wish list. It looks chunky without bulky, but fine enough to tuck into a jean waistband too. The buttons amp up the feel.

  • Striped cardigan H&M

    H&M Fine Knit Striped Cardigan

    This cardigan has over 5,000 glowing reviews and considering it costs under £15, is well worth a buy if you're wanting to try the trend.

    As it's a fine knit, I'd wear like a sweater - buttoned up and tucked into trousers. It comes in a big range of sizes, from XS to XXL and appears to fit true to size.

  • Goelia Striped Cardigan

    Goelia Striped Cardigan

    This 98% wool cardigan is said to run small, so it's recommended to size up. The metal buttons add a nautical touch while the style has a small rounded neck, a flattering fit for all.

  • River Island striped cardigan

    River Island Chunky Striped Cardigan

    For a chunkier finish, River Island's classic v-neck cardigan seems to tick all the boxes.

    It even has fancy buttons to elevate the classic look, and is available in sizes extra-small to large.

  • Maje striped cardigan

    Maje Striped Cardigan

    A brilliantly elegant striped cardigan from Parisienne brand Maje, this knit embodies French chic with its Breton-stripes and silver-tone hardware.

  • Karen Millen striped cardigan

    Karen Millen Striped Cardigan

    Karen Millen's striped cardigan has a military-esque look, with keyhole buttons and a cropped length.

  • Massimo Dutti striped cardigan

    Massimo Dutti Striped Cardigan

    Shorter sleeved cardigans work too - Massimo Dutti's ticks all the trend boxes with a point of difference: a shorter sleeve.

  • Yes Style striped cardigan

    Yes Style Striped Cardigan

    I think this is an absolute steal at under £20! With its ribbon-stripe design and shiny buttons, this cardigan is a brilliant transitional buy to smarten up jeans or denim cut-offs. It's also available in plenty of size options, from small to 5XL.

  • M&S striped cardi

    M&S Striped Cardigan

    Rather than horizontal stripes, M&S' striped cardi has vertical, a great choice for elongating the body and adding length to a shorter torso.

    This M&S knit has a fluffy finish and v-neck, and a regular fit.


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