Here are five French-style cardigans to ease into fall. With temperatures plummeting, the lure of an incredibly cozy, wonderfully knit cardigan is more and more appealing.
The knitted cardigan has been experiencing a comeback over the past few years, challenging the classic crew-neck knitwear, and is now a staple piece in every French woman’s autumn wardrobe.
A cardigan offers endless styling possibilities! Not only it can serve as a chic and practical layering piece but it’s also the ideal outerwear option for mild autumns. Whether you prefer luxury cashmere, cozy wool, fuzzy mohair, or finer knits, the cardigan is the perfect item to stay warm whilst not sacrificing style.
So if you’re prepping your wardrobe for the fall season, or simply appreciate the stylish comfort of a wonderful knit, keep scrolling below to see and shop my edit of the best French-style cardigans for fall.
1. The Fine Knit Cardigan
A fine knit cardigan is ideal for wearing as a base layer! This season I’m in love with both Khaite’s Scarlet and La Ligne’s cashmere cardigans. The easiest way to wear this cardigan is over straight-leg jeans and a classic t-shirt. Just tuck it into high-waisted jeans for a slimmer silhouette. Alternatively, you can belt it over a midi skirt to accentuate the waist or tuck it into tailored trousers like a blouse for a pulled-together look.
2. The Chunky Knit Cardigan
If there is one cool-weather staple you need in your autumn capsule wardrobe, it’s definitely a chunky cardigan. This incredibly cozy oversize knit is the kind of piece that we reach for season after season to layer over everything.
You can wear it over a classic t-shirt and with high-waist straight-leg jeans and a pair of Chelsea boots. For colder weather, add a shacket: a slightly oversize shirt-jacket hybrid —I just bought this Maje smooth double-faced jacket that is fantastic to wear over a cozy chunky knit cardigan.
Finally, if you’re looking for incredibly cozy yet chic chunky knit cardigans that will last you more than one season, opt for Sézane’s knits. I bought a few of them over the years and I can tell that, if you take care of them properly they’ll still look brand-new. This season, consider opting for these gorgeous Sézane’s Emile or Basile cardigans.
3. The Cropped Cardigan
The cropped silhouette makes this the ideal option to pair with your favorite pair of high-waisted statement jeans or to layer over a fall dress. And from basic button-ups to embroidered, embellished, or printed knits, there is for sure an option for everyone. This season I have ba&sh Hazel and Maje Mistral mohair cardigan with jewel buttons on my wishlist.
4. The Coatigan
The cardicoat or coatigan is one of my favorite outerwear options for mild autumns. Usually made of wool, the coatigan is simply a cross between a coat and a cardigan. It’s a kind of light, soft coat without a lining or like a long cardigan for wearing outdoors.
This season, I love Sandro’s style coatigan in black and white like this Sandro Long houndstooth cardigan and this oversized printed coatigan. I have both of them in my wardrobe and I love to wear them over a shirt, a classic white t-shirt, or a black turtleneck.
5. The Tweed Cardigan Jacket
The tweed cardigan jacket is one of the chicest cardigans to wear this fall! This cardigan instantly pulls together any look with a bit of polish and sophistication. Tweed is a fabric traditionally associated with the cooler months and this cardigan style will serve you well into the autumn and beyond. This fall, I just love Maje’s Violette straight-cut shiny tweed jacket and Malo tweed-style knit cardigan.
Et voilà! I hope this guide will help you find some fabulous French-style cardigans for fall! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.
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