11 oversized cardigans for a cosy staying in vibe

These cosy cardigans will become the layering tool you’ve been looking for this winter.

The humble cardigan has gained a lot of recognition recently. When you’re undecided between wanting to be casual in loungewear and hoodies, or looking slightly more pulled together with a blazer or jacket, the cardigan is there as the middle ground. 

Whether you opt for fancier styles with rhinestone buttons, collared iterations or luxury cashmere, you can’t go wrong. 

Wear the cardigan undone as an extra (unseen) layer under your coat, style buttoned up to wear as a top or you can even wear an oversized style as a dress. With the knitted dress being a key item for autumn/winter 2020, we guarantee the longline, maxi cardigan is going to be high up on your wish list.

Spotted on the autumn/winter 2020 catwalk, Marni put oversized, baggy-fit styles on the runway in cool colour-block. Christopher Kane went for classic grey knits that fell just below the hips and Erdem created bright versions that look like they could have been hand-knitted by your aunt (in a great way, of course). 

London designer Hayley Menzies – known for her bold knits – has longline cardigans that can double up as statement coats. The belted styles will make you feel as though you’re still in your trusty dressing gown or fancy robe. 

So, what classes as a maxi cardigan? It’s basically any style that goes beyond your waist and can go down to your ankles. If you choose an oversized, slouchy shape then you’ll end up getting the designer look as seen on the runway. 

Want to see how to style them? Continue to see, and shop, the 11 maxi cardigans we’re backing for winter. 

Shop best maxi, longline and oversized cardigans

  • Ivy & Oak cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Ivy & Oak

    Created using less water, dye, energy and waste, this dream cream knit can be found in the sustainability edit at Zalando. Layer over a white roll neck with a silky slip skirt and tan boots for a tonal look. 

    Shop Ivy & Oak Lampone cardigan at Zalando, £149.99


  • & Other stories cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: & Other Stories

    Sparkly button knitwear has been a hit this year. Add to this the longer length styles and you can tick off two mini trends in one. Pair with statement earrings Pat Butcher would be proud of to make it party-season-ready. 

    Shop relaxed alpaca blend diamanté button cardigan at & Other Stories, £95


  • Hayley Menzies cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Hayley Menzies

    A cross between a maxi cardigan and a coat, london-based label Hayley Menzies is a go-to go to for statement knitwear you’ll want to show off. The Leopardess technicolour cardie backs up our point. 

    Shop Leopardess jacquard duster at Hayley Menzies, £370


  • Navygrey cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Navygrey

    Made with a vintage feel, this classic cardigan by knitwear heroes Navygrey is made to be worn, loved, looked after and passed down to continue the cycle. Handmade in Scotland, for every cardigan sold the Brit-brand plants a tree. 

    Shop The Heirloom Cardigan at Navygrey, £215


  • Violeta at Mango cardigan

    Best Maxi cardigans: Violeta at Mango

    Grey knitwear can be added to the carefully curated list of wardrobe classics everyone relies on. This super cosy style from Violeta at Mango will take you from the sofa, to brunch and everything in between. 

    Shop Violeta textured knit cardigan at Mango, £49.99


  • Cos cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Cos

    An oversized cardigan is not only comfy, it’s also the perfect way to layer without going for a chunky knit style. Add a thermal roll neck top or a fine merino wool knit underneath to avoid the bulk but keep the warmth.  

    Shop brushed alpaca-wool mix cardigan at Cos, £79


  • H&M cardigan

    Bets maxi cardigans: H&M

    H&M is renowned for making some pieces that look more high end than high street, this is one of those items. The side split, waist tie and wool-blend material is all part of the premium package. 

    Shop long wool-blend cardigan at H&M, £69.99


  • Free People cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Free People

    In blue, lilac, tan and grey, it was a hard decision but this shade has to be our favourite. Imagine it over a fine knit jumper with jeans for now and switch to a silky slip dress with sandals come spring.

    Shop Skylark cardi at Free People, £150


  • Wales Bonner cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Wales Bonner

    If you like somewhere between the average length cardigan and a maxi then this slightly longer length style by Wales Bonner is for you. The Fair Isle design will work well beyond the festive season, too. 

    Shop Wales Bonner Jamaica Fair Isle wool cardigan at Net-a-Porter, £550


  • Arket cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: Arket

    You needn’t grab this style in a size up as it already has an oversized fit. For those baltic winter days where layers are essential, try this style over a shirt and knit vest combo and leave it undone with jeans. 

    Shop oversized wool cardigan at Arket, £115


  • L’Agence cardigan

    Best maxi cardigans: L’Agence

    For a two-for-one buy, this fine knit maxi cardigan can also double up as a dress if you wear it done up. The knitted dress is key this season so it’s an easy way to get in on the trend. 

    Shop L’Agence lurex stripe cardigan at Revolve, £334


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