Six of the Best long cardigans

From casual to seriously luxe, cardigans are this season's sensibly stylish buy, whether in the sales or new season. Stephanie Smith selects her favourites from the High Street and online (please note that some are subject to sales conditions).

Lurex nude waterfall cardigan

From: Barbara Hulanicki for George at Asda.

Price: 20.

DETAIL: An excellent cardigan coming from the wonderful tie-up between Barbara Hulanicki and Asda. This is unusual, with lovely warm nude and cool grey colours, and so flattering with its tie belt and cascading collar. It's got some shine too for a flash of glamour.

Suits: All, especially curvy and pear.

Key accessory: Black stud leather clutch bag, was 179, now 90, at Ted Baker.

Metallic boyfriend cardigan

From: Papaya at Matalan.

Price: 14.

DETAIL: A great shape and very handy in a lovely darkish grey with metallic shine, which lifts it above the ordinary. Perfect with jeans and cropped trousers, and also great to fling over cute floral daywear and night-time dresses.

Suits: Slim to medium, not short.

Key accessory: Buff Turnlock bag, 35 (in store January) at Accessorize.

Tweedy big button cardigan


Price: From 19.50 (was from 28).

DETAIL: With its turquoise big buttons and chunky thick knit, this is an excellent winter weather cardigan, also ideal to wear as cardi-coat as spring . This would look great flung over a lace blouse and chiffon skirt combo, for a lovely mix of texture.

Suits: All types, including petites.

Key accessory: Fiorelli chocolate tote bag, 65, new in at Dorothy Perkins.

Lurex stripe scarf collar cardigan

From: Barbara Hulanicki for George at Asda.

Price: 20.

DETAIL: Barbara Hulanicki really knows what flatters and suits older women and this is a great example, with its long stripe sleeves and contrast long collar detail. Perfect with jeans or over smart shift dress.

Suits: All, especially curvy types.

Key accessory: Perfect bag in purple, 39.50, at Marks and Spencer.

Caramel waffle knit cardigan

From: Primark.

Price: 8 (in store mid January).

DETAIL: Lovely warm colour and great shape to wear buttoned up if slim enough to take it, or wear open with jeans and boots, for a more flattering look. This is one of those cardis you wear for as long as it lasts.

Suits: Slim to medium and petites.

Key accessory: Brown and black straw bag, 32 (in store January), at Accessorize.

Luxe long waterfall cardigan

From: Per Una Speziale at Marks and Spencer.

Price: 110 (In store next month).

DETAIL: As the price suggests, this is a luxury item, but worth the money with its silky chiffon cascading collar, teamed with really lovely fine-knit cardigan in a minky grey. It's a real keeper, this one.

Suits: All, especially slight and petites.

Key accessory: Purple patent bow bag, 35, Ted Baker.