Even as we become reacquainted with our 'going out' wardrobes in post-pandemic times, it doesn't look like our predilection for cosy loungewear, chunky knits and super-soft staples is going anywhere anytime soon. Which is why we're toasting the unsung hero of comfort dressing: the ever humble cardigan. No longer the preserve of your grandad, the ultra-versatile cardigan is enjoying its well-deserved time in the limelight. Scroll on for our pick of the best men's cardigans that are just as great for lounging around in at home as they are for sporting out and about.
Best men's cardigans to buy in 2023
ASKET Black Merino Zip Cardigan
ASKET's take on the classic cardi is much like the rest of the Swedish brand's offering: understated and refined. Made from extra-fine Merino wool, it will keep you nice and toasty in winter but is breathable enough as an extra layer during the warmer months.
Luca Faloni Dolomiti Grey Pure Cashmere Zip Cardigan
The perfect layering piece for all occasions, Luca Faloni's luxurious zip cashmere cardigan is a no-brainer for any knitwear lover. Read Luca Faloni's guide to cashmere for everything you need to know about the king of the knitwear world.
Artknit Studios The Merino Wool Shawl Cardigan
Thanks to its smart shawl collar and Ivy League aesthetic, this Italian-made extra-fine Merino wool cardigan from Artknit Studios offers equal parts elegance and comfort. Its slouchy fit and beautiful natural drape make it a cosy layering piece for the cooler months. Wear it with chinos and white leather sneakers for a luxe take on laidback style.
Wax London Aird Cardigan
This classic chunky knit cardigan from Wax London is guaranteed to become an autumn and winter layering staple that you'll reach for time and again. The collar adds a touch of sophistication, while workwear-inspired patch pockets are perfect for digging your freezing fingers into. Choose from two classic colours. The warm caramel hue gets our pick.
Percival Mega Marl Pablo Cardigan
East London label Percival never fails to disappoint with its characterful take on menswear classics. Its Mega Marl Pablo Cardigan is a fuzzy winter warmer that will liven up any drab cold weather wardrobe. Style it with corduroy trousers and a woollen coat for a playful clash of textures.
Closed College Cardigan
Channel preppy collegiate style with this men's cable knit cardigan from Closed. Its contrasting knitted button border features leather buttons for a touch of luxury, while the V-neck and ribbed cuffs pay homage to the classic Ivy League look.
Forét Sprout Wool Rib Cardigan
Danish label Forét keeps things simple with this minimalist ribbed cardigan in a deep army green hue. Crafted with the addition of 30% recycled wool, it gets points for expertly fusing style with sustainability. Try styling it with similarly earthy and muted tones for the ultimate autumn-ready look.
TWOTHIRDS Traba Cardigan
Ethically crafted in Portugal from 100% organic cotton, this cardigan from Barcelona-based label TWOTHIRDS epitomises cosiness with a conscience. Wear it as a lightweight mid or top layer all year-round. Its bicolour detail and V-neck lends it a casual edge. Lean into the relaxed aesthetic and throw it over a heavyweight tee teamed with raw denim jeans.
WAHTS Wilson Full Zip Pullover
Amsterdam-based label WAHTS specialises in versatile sports-luxe staples that will look as good in the office as on your way to the gym. This elegantly understated men's zip cardigan fits that description perfectly. Crafted from a soft and luxurious cotton and cashmere blend, it brings a contemporary athletic aesthetic to a refined knitwear staple.
Cos Relaxed Wool Cardigan
If you're looking to elevate your winter ensemble with just a touch of texture, this boiled wool cardigan from Cos has you sorted. It's elegant yet cosy, made from a blend of wool, polyamide and ultra-soft yak fibre. Cut for a relaxed fit, it boasts a flattering drape.
Arket Wool Zip Cardigan
Arket's Wool Zip Cardigan is all about versatility. Crafted from 100% responsible wool, the cardigan features a high collar that can be folded down and a practical two-way zip. Dropped shoulders and a slouchy fit give it a relaxed vibe. To dress it up for the office or dinner with friends, simply layer a button-down shirt underneath and team with tailored straight leg trousers and Derby shoes.
Uniqlo Premium Lambswool V-Neck Cardigan
Uniqlo endures as a fail-safe go-to for everyday staples, including classic knitwear. This lambswool cardigan is understated and ultra-wearable, with a classic V-shaped neckline, two side pockets and simple front placket. The cut is fitted, so size up if you're after more of a relaxed fit.
Reiss West Merino Wool Cardigan
Crafted from 100% Merino wool, this cardigan from Reiss is warm and insulating yet lightweight and breathable, making it the perfect transeasonal staple that will see you through the tricky transitional months. Layer it over a plain white T-shirt and beneath a heavier pea coat for an easy smart-casual ensemble that will take you effortlessly from day to night.
Paul Smith Ribbed Lambswool Blend Cardigan
Men's cardigans don't come more classic than this. Paul Smith's lambswool and cotton blend cardi is a staple that you'll reach for season after season, thanks to its timeless V-neck cut and classic ribbed detailing. Natural horn buttons complete the look.