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Often associated with your dear old nan, or, in its 90s heyday, more widely known as the uniform of grunge frontman Kurt Cobain, the cardigan has made a comeback for SS18. This time around, though, the vibe is decidedly vintage-retro, and rather than limited to just a cover-up piece, it’s worn buttoned up as your new spring top with a kitsch difference.

Model at Balenciaga SS18 wearing a slogan cardigan

Picture: Imaxtree

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Eclecticism was rife at Balenciaga for SS18 – with modern-and-retro influences seamlessly blending together for unapologetically bad-taste looks, which somehow… just worked. Cropped sugary pastel cardies were emblazoned with slogans, scenic backgrounds covered utility-style mom jeans, and pretty pointed retro courts threatened to inflict damage with rows of punky spikes. And accessories followed the same route: a black bum bag slung across the body for a major street-style shoutout, accompanied by fancy stone drop earrings.

ASOS Insider Lotte wearing a yellow cardigan top and floral trousers, available at ASOS

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If you’re more about taking the cardie back to its roots, opt out of the all-over clash but follow in Balenciaga’s footsteps when it comes to buttoning it up and wearing it as a crop top. ASOS Insider Lotte has this look down and uses the 70s-vibes mustard top to usher in summer dressing. Floral wide-leg trousers (with hints of yellow, no less) up the pretty and matching buttery-yellow pumps make for a solidly vintage-style colour palette. To finish? A perspex grab handle bag to add some tacky texture.

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Let us introduce you to the summer-personified cardigan, to be worn buttoned up just like ASOS Insider Lotte. We’re loving the dreamy sunshine-coloured mustard, ribbing and 70s sports-tipping – but it’s the contrast frill-rippled sleeve that nails the granny-chic aesthetic. To avoid going too whimsical, pair it with black raw-edge jeans, minimal white sneaks and a straw bag for a nod to the warmer weather.


ASOS DESIGN tipped cardigan in rib, £25