This French Girl Cardigan Is Here To Take Over Your Spring Wardrobe

You may even already own one.

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by Julia Harvey |
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Spring is in the air and whilst we're not exactly into bare-shoulder territory just yet, it's pretty much time to pack away the trusty 'big coat'. Instead, consider something a little lighter and brighter to take its place. Enter: the French Girl cardigan. Forget chunky oversized styles, this season is all about classic crew neck in a fine knit, that buttons up to the collar and the best part, it's probably already in your wardrobe.

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Shoulder-scaping has taken over – look around and you'll easily spot chic-looking women with a sweater draped nonchalantly across the shoulders. If anything, at the moment it's almost more common to see knitwear worn knotted around a neck than actually worn in the usual way - and we're always all about a multi-tasking accessory.

If your outfit is looking a little dull, an easy way of adding a pop of colour is to sling a cashmere cardi round your shoulders to instantly add a sartorial splash. Think pillar-box red, cherry-blossom pink or grass-green for the summer season and chic navy as the shade to keep forever.

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Your first point of call for cardigan cool? Dôen, usually synonymous with summery frocks and prairie dresses (note Kylie Jenner's summer-style renaissance of 2023). But you can't overlook Dôen's knitwear collection, aka the perfect spring-time cardigan. Elsewhere, knitwear connoisseurs &Daughter's cardigans come A-list approved. Alexa Chung is a firm fan of the Ada crewneck cardigan in a joyous shade of springy green worn with blue jeans and camel coat. Hit the high-street for purse-friendly alternatives; Marks & Spencer is our go-to for more affordable cashmere, whilst Massimo Dutti has nailed the classic crew neck in indigo blue.

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Shop: The Best French Girl Cardigans To Wear Now

Editors Pick

The perfect shade of pillar-box red will instantly lift the most simple of outfits. Take note from the street style set and wear draped across the shoulders for a fashion forward take.

An Instagram favourite, this ultra fine knit can be worn everywhere and anywhere - even as a seaside cover-up, who knew?

Look to high-street hero Marks & Spencer's for great value pure cashmere knitwear - this classic style is available in 9 different tones but we love this spring time shade of pink.

Under £35

You can't beat classic navy knitwear - Uniqlo's 100% merino wool, £34.90 offering is a great affordable option and comes in 9 amazing colourways.

A favourite of the A-list, this grass green shade is perfect for spring/summer 2024.

A supersoft Alpaca wool blend in cornflower blue, wear with cream jeans and a simple t-shirt for the ultimate french girl outfit.

Under £80

A vibrant take on classic navy, you'll wear this indigo blue cardigan by Massimo Dutti on repeat - guaranteed.

What to wear with a cardigan

The great thing about a cardi, is that it goes with everything from joggers and jeans, to workwear and summer dresses - you can even take as your wedding guest outfit coverup to banish the night time chill. For casual comfort, wear yours with track pants a white tank top and baseball cap. Off out for the evening, pair your LBD with a cashmere crew neck cardigan for a chic and smart ensamble worn over the shoulders or buttoned up.

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