Ah, the cardigan. Practical. Cosy. Warm. Whether you kept a cosy knit on your office chair to protect you against baltic air-con or snuggled up in one – a literal comfort blanket – during the darkest days of lockdown, cardigans are the sensible aunt of the fashion world.
But you might have noticed the world has been a *little* topsy-turvy of late and now even the humble cardigan has had a glow-up of epic proportions. Forget all you thought you knew about cardigans… The cardigan v2.0 is decidedly sexy and GLAMOUR has the edit of the best cropped cardigans you’ll want to add to cart immediately.
It’s clear that 2021 is the summer when everything got the chop. From super short bobs, to cropped blazers, crop tops, cycling shorts and cropped jumpers. Now? Short and sweet cardigans are the item that your wardrobe is crying out for.
Fashion’s current mood is definitely sexy but, just like the cropped jumper, it’s your call how much skin you want to show. The new batch of cropped cardis look particularly great styled over a slip dress (with chunky boots or trainers) but you can also wear them on as tops in their own right, teamed with high waisted jeans to give you a clean-lined silhouette.
If you’re looking for the best cropped cardigans from the high street or a designer brand, we have found the best at every budget. If you want to go super-short, you’ll love Jacquemus’ cult Alzou style – which we spotted on @slipintostyle. Helmut Lang’s poppy red collared cardigan is also sexily short, with a designer price-tag, while Urban Outfitters striped version is more wallet-friendly and just as cropped.
Fans of summer’s sweetest pastel tones will fall for Self-Portrait’s lilac cropped cardigan or Topshop’s peachy open knit but if you’re into the beige aesthetic and a more minimal mood, may we suggest & Other Stories white rib-knit option, with shell buttons, or Arket’s ultra-versatile oat milk shade that will last through to winter.