Everyman needs a perfect cardigan. Before you grab your granddad’s, thick, scratchy hand-me-down, remember that the modern cardigan is thin and made of lightweight weaves, ideal for layering. Look for blends of cotton, cashmere and wool. The cardigan is the most versatile knit you’ll ever own, so try and own a few. Mix it up with details like elbow patches or wooden buttons – they add a classic edge without the old-timey bulk. When choosing colours grey is the safest choice – but the military green will work well too.

Five ways to wear a cardigan.

* Lennard cardigan R699 Revolution at Stylemology