Cropped Cardigan Outfits: Then and Now

I’m back with Kellyann for our restyle series, and today we are hopping back into the time machine to look at how cardigan outfits have transformed over the past decade. From its hip-length days in the mid-2010s to the cropped styles that are dominating the fashion scene today, the cardigan sweater has proven its versatility and enduring appeal. Let’s explore cropped cardigan outfits, how this wardrobe staple has evolved and why it continues to be a fashion must-have.

2014: Hip-Length Cardigans Rule

In the mid-2010s, cardigan sweaters were all the rage. These cozy, button-up knits were commonly designed to hit just below the hip, creating a relaxed and comfortable silhouette. The trend was driven by a desire for an effortless, laid-back style that was both fashionable and functional.

Layered Cardigan Look:

One of the key styling techniques of the time was layering. Hip-length cardigans were perfect for layering over t-shirts, tank tops, and even other sweaters. This added dimension to outfits and allowed for creative mixing and matching.

layered cardigan outfit

Preppy Chic Cardigan

The hip-length cardigan was a favorite among those who embraced the preppy fashion trend. Paired with crisp collared shirts, skinny jeans, and ballet flats, it exuded an air of sophistication.

preppy cardigan outfit

The Evolution: Cropped Cardigans Take Center Stage

Fast forward to today, and the cardigan sweater has undergone a significant transformation. Cropped cardigans have emerged as the new style sensation, and they’ve captured the hearts of fashion-forward individuals around the world.

My favorite way to wear a cropped cardigan is buttoned up as a pullover sweater. Here are two cropped cardigan outfits that you can copy, one dressy and one casual.

High-Waisted Pairings

Cropped cardigans have become synonymous with high-waisted bottoms, such as jeans, skirts, and trousers. This pairing accentuates the waist and gives a nod to the retro fashion revival.

cropped cardigan outfits

A Shift Towards Minimalism

Contemporary fashion leans towards minimalism and versatility. Cropped cardigans fit this aesthetic perfectly, as they can be dressed up or down effortlessly. Their shorter length creates clean lines and allows for a variety of outfit combinations.

casual cropped cardigan outfits

As you can see, the cardigan sweater is a testament to fashion’s ability to adapt and reinvent itself. Which cropped cardigan outfit is your favorite?

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Also see: How to Style a Cropped Teddy Coat and Bold Striped Cardigan

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