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Cardigans are one of the hardest working items in our wardrobes. They make our summer dresses autumn-ready, stand in for jackets on dry days and are the first item we grab when preparing for a cosy evening snuggled up on the sofa.
Finding one versatile enough to fulfil all these requirements can be surprisingly tricky, as when it comes to classic knits there's a fine line between chic and frumpy.
Thankfully, our hunt for the perfect cardi has been made a little easier thanks to a chorus of satisfied customers who have been singing the praises of one sleek style – and the best news is, it costs less than £30.
Why we rate it:
The sharp lines of the John Lewis & Partners Edge Cardigan give it the look of a jacket, making it perfect for autumnal days out.
Plus, it's cut longer at the back than the front, which makes it flattering when worn over trousers or dresses.
It's made from a heavy knit, so is cosy enough to see you through winter, yet it has a soft, floaty appearance, thanks to its concealed trims and button-free front.
I also comes in a whopping 11 shades, so you're sure to find a style to match your go-to outfits.
Available in classic shades, – black, a neutral oatmeal shade and no less than three shades of grey – the cardigan also comes in bolder hues including berry, bright pink, light blue and a forest green.
Women are being quick to snap up the affordable number, while some purchased the layer in staple colours such as black and navy, others seem to be collecting almost every colour - "ordered two of these and may order another".
What the reviews say:
With over 87 five-star reviews (and quickly rising) it's easy to see why so many are rushing to add it to their basket.
"A lovely cardigan which is just the right length. I have it in several colours and it washes well and keeps its shape. A very good purchase at a good price."
"Bought this cardigan at the beginning of the summer and it has been so useful. Looks great worn with a midi/maxi dress or with trousers. Really comfortable to wear. It's a great length, fits true to size and hangs really nicely when worn. Been a perfect extra layer when the weather hasn't been too kind."
"A cardigan that is light to wear but fits well. It is long enough but not too long. I can see this taking me through all the seasons. I may well purchase another in a different colour."
"The quality and fit of this garment is excellent. A good length and a nice weight. Suitable to be worn at this time of year on its own as a jacket then light enough in the winter to go under a coat."
"I bought this cardigan in dark green in the winter and bought the pale blue for the summer months. It keeps its shape and washes well. Very useful for layering in a British Summer. It has a slight swing style which makes it more interesting than many other cardigans."
"A lovely cardigan which is just the right length. I have it in several colours and is washes well and keeps its shape.A very good purchase at a good price."
Buy it: John Lewis & Partners Edge Cardigan | £32 at John Lewis