Personality Cardigans
Because we like knits with a little character. Courtesy of Zara

We may be in the thick of winter, but here's something to look forward to. Transitional spring dressing! Who doesn't love those first mellow, breezy mornings when you notice the wind's lost its bite? It's like fall, but less ominous. And everyone knows in-between weather calls for cardigans.

Personality Cardigans
Valentino Pre-Fall 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

In 2023, when it came to button-front knitwear, pared-back, status-y (but lets's face it, pretty boring) Miu Miu cardigans dominated fashion lovers' carts and feeds, usually paired with matching micro shorts. For 2024, fashion houses are looking to breathe new life into the knitwear category. During the Pre-Fall 2024 season, personality cardigans were the new It knits with brands like Etro, Christopher John Rogers, Ganni, Erdem, Balmain, Valentino and Chanel leading the charge.

Personality Cardigans
Etro Pre-Fall 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Etro's Marco de Vincenzo crafted oversize chunky knit cardigans in colorful prints. Christopher John Rogers did longline button-downs in his signature variegated stripes. Some were deconstructed with collars that sat not at the neck, but on the clavicle for an unexpected cut-out.

Personality Cardigans
Ganni Pre-Fall 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Creative Director Ditte Reffstrup of Ganni likewise favored colorful horizontal stripes, hers in a softer, more toned-down palette. The Copenhagen-based label's comforting fuzzy knits came cropped to perfection and embellished with gold buttons and 90s-nostalgic, off-the-shoulder styling.

Personality Cardigans
Balmain Pre-Fall 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Chanel gave us a smart, belted, smoking-jacket knit that read librarian chic. Valentino's sheer, sparkly take could double as a minidress. But Balmain and Erdem won for styling. The former layered a thigh-grazing, diamond-print blazer over a cropped crew-neck knit in the same pattern. Ladylike yet edgy. At Erdem, a chunky carnation-pink cardigan complemented a black-tulle-overlain, full-skirted evening set. The sweater was buttoned once at the model's neck and slung to the side, its arms wrapped and tied snugly across her chest creating a wealth of textural interest.

Personality Cardigans
Erdem Pre-Fall 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Cardigans have many major selling points. The diversity in styles. The endless ways to button, unbutton and origami them. Their ability to be dressed up or dressed down, paired with a silky slip dress or worn as a standalone top with your favorite high-waisted jeans. The fact that they're made for layering and therefore weather-appropriate three out of four seasons, including this one.

Ready to get a head start on this sure-to-take-off Pre-Fall 2024 trend? Scroll down for some of our favorite personality cardigans.

Bode Chatham Beaded Cardigan
Bode

Bode Chatham Beaded Cardigan, $1,200 at Bode

Alaia Archetypes Cropped Ribbed-Knit Cardigan
Alaïa

Alaïa Archetypes Cropped Ribbed-Knit Cardigan in Light Blue, $1,660 at Net-a-Porter

Loewe Suna Fujita Asymmetric Embroidered Wool-Blend Cardigan
Loewe + Suna Fujita

Loewe + Suna Fujita Asymmetric Embroidered Wool-Blend Cardigan, $2,100 at Net-a-Porter

Mango Ruffled Knot Cardigan
Mango

Mango Ruffled Knot Cardigan, $79.99 at Mango

Other Stories Bow-Detailed Knit Cardigan
& Other Stories

& Other Stories Bow-Detailed Knit Cardigan, $119 at & Other Stories

By Anthropologie The Susannah 3-D Flower Cardigan Sweater
By Anthropologie

By Anthropologie The Susannah 3-D Flower Cardigan Sweater in Neutral, $130 at Anthropologie

J.Crew Fringe-Trim Short-Sleeve Cropped Lady Jacket
J.Crew

J.Crew Fringe-Trim Short-Sleeve Cropped Lady Jacket in Marled Yarn, $138 at J.Crew

Ganni Argyle Wool-Blend Cardigan
Ganni

Ganni Argyle Wool-Blend Cardigan, $350 at Mytheresa

Molly Goddard Silver Joanna Cardigan
Molly Goddard

Molly Goddard Silver Joanna Cardigan, $580 at SSENSE

We The Free Nordic Cardi
We The Free

We The Free Nordic Cardi, $198 at Free People

Blumarine Knit Cardigan With Faux Fur Collar
Blumarine

Blumarine Knit Cardigan With Faux Fur Collar, $585 at LuisaViaRoma

Lisa Yang Marionette Cashmere Cardigan
Lisa Yang

Lisa Yang Marionette Cashmere Cardigan, $505 at Shopbop

Isabel Marant Etoile Navy Dana Cardigan
Isabel Marant Étoile

Isabel Marant Étoile Navy Dana Cardigan, $428 at SSENSE

Zara Contrasting Pearl Knit Coat
Zara

Zara Contrasting Pearl Knit Coat, $169 at Zara

Reformation Millie Cashmere Off-the-Shoulder Cardigan
Reformation

Reformation Millie Cashmere Off-the-Shoulder Cardigan, $198 at LuisaViaRoma

Jacquemus La Maille Colin
Jacquemus

Jacquemus La Maille Colin in Beige, $260 at Jacquemus

Khaite The Suzette Striped Cardigan
Khaite

Khaite The Suzette Striped Cardigan, $1,260 at Farfetch

Missoni Sequin-Embellished Mesh Maxi Cardigan
Missoni

Missoni Sequin-Embellished Mesh Maxi Cardigan, $1,801 at Farfetch

See by Chloe Striped Knitted Cardigan
See by Chloe

See by Chloe Striped Knitted Cardigan, $431 at Farfetch

Tory Burch Logo Button Wool Cardigan
Tory Burch

Tory Burch Logo Button Wool Cardigan in Classic Red, $598 at Tory Burch

FARM Rio Belted Jacquard-Knit Cardigan
FARM Rio

FARM Rio Belted Jacquard-Knit Cardigan, $230 at Net-a-Porter

Ulla Johnson Jana Cropped Ruffled Cashmere Cardigan
Ulla Johnson

Ulla Johnson Jana Cropped Ruffled Cashmere Cardigan, $490 at Net-a-Porter

Polo Ralph Lauren Patchwork Cotton Cardigan
Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren Patchwork Cotton Cardigan, $998 at Ralph Lauren

BCBGeneration Contrast Knit Cardigan
BCBGeneration

BCBGeneration Contrast Knit Cardigan, $108 at Revolve

Sophie Rue Shushu Feather Cardigan
Sophie Rue

Sophie Rue Shushu Feather Cardigan, $178 at Revolve

Cult Gaia Casella Cardigan
Cult Gaia

Cult Gaia Casella Cardigan, $448 at Revolve

Staud Striped Knitted V-Neck Cardigan
Staud

Staud Striped Knitted V-Neck Cardigan, $125 at Farfetch

The Elder Statesman Phantom Striped Cashmere and Cotton-Blend Cardigan
The Elder Statesman

The Elder Statesman Phantom Striped Cashmere and Cotton-Blend Cardigan, $1,495 at Net-a-Porter

Bernadette Claudia Daisy-Intarsia Wool-Blend Cardigan
Bernadette

Bernadette Claudia Daisy-Intarsia Wool-Blend Cardigan, $492 at Matches Fashion

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