Here at Eliza we’ve made it our mission to enable you to look expensive without the need to blow up your bank account in the process. And, the latest item that’s sure to do that, not only has some great affordable options on the high street, but is also the perfect piece for transitioning your wardrobe effortlessly into autumn/winter. I’m talking about the ladylike cardigan.
Characterised by its boxy shape, waist-length cut and usually statement buttons, the elevated cardi takes inspo from the most iconic old money aesthetic brand, Chanel, and it’s perfect for channeling those boujee Parisian vibes that they’re known for.
While usually we’d tell you to stick to neutrals to give off the most expensive feel, that isn’t necessarily true when it comes to the elevated cardigan. Fabrics and finishes are the most important, so look for textures like tweed and quilting alongside details like gold buttons.
When it comes to styling your cardi, many high street styles are available as co-ord sets with matching mini skirts, for a Cher from Clueless feel, but they also look great paired with tailored trousers or straight-leg jeans too.
Scroll on for our edit of the best elevated cardigans to shop right now…
This Mango cardigan has been all over TikTok with everyone raving about how expensive it looks and we’re inclined to agree with them. The warm cream colourway, the gold buttons and the understated geometric design all scream ‘luxury’. For under £40, you can’t get much better if you’re looking for a quiet luxury knit.
If you were a fan of the Breton stripe jumper last autumn, upgrade it for 2023 by opting for a Breton stripe cardigan instead. This one will look great dressed down with jeans for brunch on the weekend but you can also make it office-appropriate by pairing with tailored trousers and loafers.
I promise if you invest in this now, you’ll reach for it again and again over autumn/winter.
& Other Stories
No old-money-inspired wardrobe would be complete without a healthy dose of tweed and this cardigan from & Other Stories fits the bill perfectly.
Featuring a contrasting trim, gold-trimmed buttons and a fine metallic threaded tweed, it feels elevated while still remaining wearable thanks to the dark colourway.
As if the elevated cardigan wasn’t already boujee enough, H&M have taken it one step further with this glitter-flecked version.
At only £37.99, this cardigan definitely looks way more expensive than its price tag and when paired with the matching mini skirt it’s giving late summer in the Hamptons. Perfection!
If you haven’t heard of Lindex before, it’s definitely time you did. The Scandinavian brand makes great pieces at affordable prices and because they fly under most people’s fashion radar there’s very little chance of someone else turning up to an event or the office in the same outfit (Zara, I’m looking at you). This monochrome cardi features a classic look but the fuzzy fabric gives it a softer, less formal feel, great for pairing with jeans or a slip skirt.
Still not over the Barbiecore hype? Us either, and this cardigan taps into it in the best way possible.
Made from a wool and mohair blend, this tweed style knit not only looks great but is sure to keep you cosy too. Plus, it’s in the sale, which is a great way to shop if you want to add more high end brands to your wardrobe without the unwanted high end price tag.