These Red Cardigans Will Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe

Your pop of winter red.
Red cardigans to buy in Australia.

Now that the cold weather is here, the ‘pop of red’ trend is making its way into our winter wardrobes—starting with red cardigans.

The red cardigan has been a wardrobe staple since the 1950s, when Sue Jenks wore one on the cover of Vogue.

Princess Diana in a red cardigan.
Princess Diana wearing a red cardigan to Polo At Windsor in 1985. (Credit: Getty )

Princess Diana’s affinity for a red cardigan also saw a resurgence of the trend in the 1980s.

Most recently, red cardigans have been spotted on A-List celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and styled by Instagram’s fashion elite like Lucy Williams.

Gwyneth Paltrow wears a red cardigan.
Gwyneth Paltrow wears a cosy red cardigan. (Credit: Getty)

The item doesn’t only offer a fun way to brighten our so often dreary winter wardrobes but provides a chic layering solution for everything from work to weekend-wear.

Lucy Williams wears a red cardigan.
(Credit: @lucywilliams02)

If you’re wondering how to bring this year’s biggest winter trend into your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up our favourite five red cardigans below.

2024’s top red cardigans

  1. Jess Cotton Cardigan, $345, Reformation (here’s why)
  2. Aere Cable Detail Knit Cardigan, $150, The Iconic (here’s why)
  3. Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Wool-Cashmere Cardigan, $349, David Jones (here’s why)

The best red cardigans to buy in 2024

Red Cardigan from Reformation.


Jessa Cotton Cardigan

from $345 at Reformation

From its ‘sundried tomato’ hue to its classic shape and soft, breathable cotton, Reformation’s Jessa cardigan is guaranteed to become a winter wardrobe staple.

Sizes: AU 6 – 12 | Colours: Sundried Tomato, Gossamer and Black | Material: 100% Organically Grown Cotton

Key features:

  • Button up front
  • Medium weight cotton
  • Deep red

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Red Cardigans


Aere Cable Detail Knit Cardigan

from $150 at The Iconic

With its slimmer fit and dark cherry shade, this cable knit cardigan is one of our favourites.

Pair with some slouchy trousers or a slip skirt for a cool winter look.

Sizes: AU 6 – 18 | Colours: Black and Dark Cherry | Materials: 70% Organic Cotton & 30% Responsibly Sourced Wool

Key features:

  • V-neckline
  • Long sleeves with cable-knit detail
  • Button-through front

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Ralph Lauren Red Cardigan.


Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Wool-Cashmere Cardigan

from $399 at David Jones

Made from a sumptuous blend of wool and cashmere, this Ralph Lauren cardigan is the elegant choice for those after a quiet luxury look.

Sizes: XXS – XXL | Colours: New Red and Camel Melange | Materials: 80% Wool & 20% Cashmere

Key features:

  • Crew neckline
  • Long sleeves
  • Button-through front

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Red Cardigan from the DOM.


Faherty Cozy Cotton Boyfriend Cardigan

from $179 at The Dom

This oversized red cardigan offers a cosy slouchy look for those cold winter days.

Sizes: XS – L | Colours: Red| Materials: Cotton Blend

Key features:

  • Boyfriend silhouette
  • V-neck style
  • Button down front
Princess Polly Red Cardigan.


Abner Cable Cardigan Red

from $80.00 at Princess Polly

This cosy cable knit cardigan offers the perfect ‘pop of red’ for your winter wardrobe.

Pair with a pair of baggy jeans and a white tee for a stylish yet comfortable winter look.

Sizes: XS – XL | Colours: Red, White, Brown, Beige, Black | Materials: 100% Polyester

Key features:

  • Cable knit cardigan
  • Drop shoulder, ruched detailing at neckline, hem & cuffs, oversized fitting
  • Good stretch, unlined 

How To Wear A Red Cardigan

Red might not be considered a neutral colour but its versatility says otherwise.

For a casual look, try pairing your red cardigan with a casual white or black tee and a pair of jeans or slouchy trousers.

Those wanting to dress the look up a bit might swap the jeans for a slip skirt or black mini with tights.

Even dresses aren’t out of the question, with red cardigans looking ever so cute with a black slip dress and a matching pair of ballet flats.

Looking to save money on a red cardigan? Check out our coupon codes for The Iconic, Princess Polly and more.

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