With temperatures plunging to 21 degrees Celsius here in not-so-sunny Singapore, we’re all feeling the chill.

If you’re venturing out in a January downpour, we recommend doing so in a reliable pair of rain boots and a waterproof jacket. But for all else, you’ll need your knitwear.

Luckily, there have been more options than ever. Fashion no longer deems the cardigan as frumpy; in the past year, Katie Holmes has shown us that it can be sexy, while Harry Styles has made the grandma staple cool with the kids.

One of 2020’s biggest style moments was when Katie Holmes stepped out in a Khaite cashmere bra with a matching cardigan. (Photo credit: LRNYC/MEGA)

The Fall/Winter 2020 runways have also been warming us up for sweater weather, whether through the cut-out jumpers of Christopher Kane, the puffed-up pieces at Isabel Marant or the embellished cardigans of Miu Miu.

Neutrals ruled, as usual, but this season’s knitwear also came in vibrant pops of colour — something to brighten up the first month of 2021 with. Designers also played with the traditional sweater silhouette, giving us longer hemlines (with unexpected slits to match) and voluminous sleeves that make a statement.

More versatile than knit dresses, and certainly more professional than a velour tracksuit, these sweaters and cardigans are perfect for lounging about or working from home. Below, we’ve gathered the best knitwear pieces to get cosy with in the coming weeks.

Header photo credit: LRNYC/MEGA

1
Magda Butrym cropped ribbed cashmere sweater

The balloon sleeve is not going anywhere in 2021; in fact, it has even found its way to knitwear. This  cashmere sweater is a prime example, with its voluminous sleeves tapered at the cuffs to keep their shape. The zipper on the front adds a sporty touch, making the sweater a stylish alternative to the hoodie.

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Price
S$1,609
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2
Isabel Marant merino-wool blend sweater

Gigi Hadid walked the Isabel Marant Fall/Winter 2020 runway in a puffy piece similar to this sweater, which would make a statement both in the office or on your next Zoom call. Despite its dramatic silhouette, the sweater is super comfortable to wear and can easily be styled with a pair of jeans.

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S$1,050
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3
Stella McCartney striped alpaca-blend sweater

Who doesn’t like a good striped sweater? Stella McCartney’s version is made with wool from alpacas that have been cared for, through a process that consumes less water and energy than regular wool. It’s cosy, colourful and consciously crafted — all you could hope for in your new favourite knit.

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Price
S$976
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4
Love Bonito chunky knit jumper

It’s going to be a hell of a rainy month, but that doesn’t mean it has to be all doom and gloom. Add some New Year cheer to your look with this yellow jumper. It’s made from a chunky cotton knit, which will provide the warmth to complete your vision of sunshine.

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Price
S$43.90
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5
Totême flared-sleeve wool-blend cardigan

Following the excess of the holiday season, it’s nice to welcome a minimalist mood to our wardrobes upon the new year. We recommend layering up in this casually chic cardigan from Totême. It flatters with its flared silhouette, and thanks to its neutral hue, you can be sure that it’ll go nicely with your tops. Consider this a new staple piece for the office.

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Price
S$645
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6
Self-Portrait wool-blend cropped cardigan

Thanks to the likes of Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, cardigans were already having a moment before chilly January came around. Now, you can put even the prettiest ones, like this Self-Portrait crystal cardigan, to good use. For now, we recommend layering it over a black turtleneck or a ribbed tank top. When the warmer months finally come around, feel free to wear the cardigan with a miniskirt to nail that ’90s chic look.

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Price
S$370
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7
LoveShackFancy appliquéd patchwork knitted turtleneck sweater

Harry Styles wore a patchwork cardigan, and now everybody wants one. This turtleneck from New York label LoveShackFancy comes pretty close, showing off a cosy collage of textured knits and floral appliqués. Unlike Styles’ colour-block cardigan, this sweater comes in pretty pastels that are easier to pull off.

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S$514
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8
COS oversized lambswool cardigan

Perhaps the easiest way to beat the chill is by throwing on a long cardigan, like this one from COS. The khaki green wool will look good against a pair of jeans and a plain white top, but we would take a page out of COS’s book and wear it buttoned up and belted like an elegant dress.

(Photo credit: COS)

Price
S$178
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Pameyla Cambe
Senior Writer
Pameyla Cambe is a fashion and jewellery writer who believes that style and substance shouldn't be mutually exclusive. She makes sense of the world through Gothic novels, horror films and music. Lots of music.