A few years ago, if you had mentioned the words cardigan set, the phrase would have conjured up images of a preppy, Charlotte York-esque character in pastel-shaded cashmere with a matching headband and pearl necklace to boot. Though last year, Katie Holmes came along and single-handedly blew that notion completely out of the water. 

Spotted on the streets of New York wearing a matching cashmere cardigan and knitted bra top by of-the-moment label Khaite, Holmes started a movement. With one image, the concept of the bradigan was born, altering the perception of a sweater set forever. 

Since this pop-culture moment, cardigan sets have had a resurgence, shedding their formerly preppy persona and garnering a fan base of influencers and It girls. Of course, high-street retailers have since started creating their own iterations, and now the cardigan set seems to be one of autumn’s most in-demand knitwear styles.  In an update to the original look, many of this season’s sets contain a knitted crop top, rather than the bra which accompanied Holmes’s original outfit. This makes the look a lot more versatile and wearable for real-world occasions. From & Other Stories to Mango, Zara, and more, keep scrolling to see how influencers are styling cardigan sets and to shop the in-demand knit below. 

Style Notes: In true Zeena style, the influencer opts for a playful cardigan set featuring floral embellishments. 

Style Notes: Francesca Carolina styles Nasty Gal’s mustard cardigan set alongside black shorts and boots. 

Style Notes: One of Zara’s earlier sets, this exact item is now sold out, though the retailer has released several similar options. 

Style Notes: Taking the cardigan set to another level, here Rachael Clifton styles hers alongside matching knit shorts. 

Style Notes: Taking a minimalist approach, here Claire Most pairs a white cardigan set with a pair of faded blue jeans.

Next up, The Biggest Autumn/Winter 2020 Fashion Trends You Need to Know 

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