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14 of the best spring knits to serve up style in fickle weather

Lightweight cardigans, jumpers and knitted tank tops come in a wealth of colours and patterns this season


Many brands at all price points offer covetable cardigan jumpers and tanks this season

The spring knits offered in most collections this season — high end to high street — are the perfect way to signal a spring sensibility, without freezing to death.

And for those of us living where “summer” is a mixed-bag weather-wise, we’ll probably keep reaching for lightweight cardis and jumpers all summer long, making them more than a mere fashion statement.

Many brands at all price points offer covetable cardi, jumpers and tanks for wearing over a shirt — all crafted in lightweight yarns in bright hues, pastels and pale neutrals; in solid colours or in stripes, jacquards and intarsia patterns.

Design details include a slouchy silhouette, drop shoulder, exposed seams, bold buttons and embellishment such as embroidery, crystals and ruffles. Round and V necklines dominate but knit polo shirts, first seen at Gucci, are having a moment.

Find half-sleeve cashmere in perfect pink at Me+Em; long-sleeve V-neck linen sweaters in sky-blue or peppermint at Gerard Darel and oversize cotton V-necks at The Reformation. Find wear-forever classics such as stripey Bretons at Hush, Jigsaw and Boden and slouchy cricket-inspired white-and-navy at Ralph Lauren, Holland-Cooper and Mango.

Cardis can be pared back, statement, slouchy or slim-fitting. Find slim-fitting “classic” cardis in cotton at Boden in 11 solid colours plus stripes, embroidered and scalloped. Wear on its own with a few buttons undone or over a tee or matching top.

For a polished look, there are structured cardis that can substitute for a tailored jacket. Find them by, among others, Self Portrait, Majé and Phase Eight.

1. Slouchy cotton cardi, The Upside, £165, MyTheresa

2. Cotton crew neck jumper, £85, Boden

3. Cricket jumper, £265, Ralph Lauren Polo

4. Crocheted multi-hue jumper, Alanui, £860, Net-a-Porter

5. Striped cotton tank, £85, Boden

6. Cardigan-blouse, £690, Stella McCartney

7. Scallop-trim cardi, £80, Boden

8. Structured cardi, £110, Phase Eight

9. Oversized striped jumper, £77, Arket

10. Cotton v-neck jumper, £99, The Wrap London

11. Basic cardi in cotton, £65, Boden

12. Scoop-neck striped jumper, £330, By Malene Birger

13. Embroidered cotton cardi, £125, Boden

14. Oversized V-neck jumper, £198, The Reformation

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