If the new 'work from anywhere' era had a uniform requirement, the shawl collar cardigan would be top of the list. CREATED FOR REAL LIFE, it is indulgent but not decadent; presentable but practical; louche but not lazy.
Part of its irresistible cosiness comes from the shawl itself — enveloping and comforting, it can sit around a shirt or be popped up fully to conceal the neck from inclement conditions.
The cardigan is a five-gauge knit in a soft merino and cashmere blend and features quite pronounced ribbing in the wool, important to retain the overall shape over time. It's gently shaped around the waist without being constrictive and should be sized to be comfortably loose without being sloppy. It fastens with real horn buttons.
The colour is oatmeal — think of it as beige’s cooler and more carefree younger brother — providing a remarkably versatile base palette to dress with.
Equally at home presenting on video calls to the CFO, doing the housework, or swapping the slippers for shoes to head down the shops. The wool knit is cosy as an extra layer but breathable for warmer weather. If you're heading into the office, consider in lieu of a jacket altogether.