Take a cue from Gossip Girl actress and bona fide fashionista Leighton Meester this fall and add a cropped sweater—in chunky cable knit, knitted lace, or relaxed jersey—to your closet. Not only will you be in decidedly good company, you’ll also be referencing the fall shows of some major industry names, including Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Marc By Marc Jacobs, and Charlotte Ronson. The best part? There are options for girls of every ilk. That’s right, dear readers! Whether you prefer the downtown “it” girl aesthetic of Alexander Wang, or the 90s grunge vibe of Proenza Schouler, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration and ideas. On that note, we present Top Buys: Cropped Sweaters! Read on!
1. Cropped Cotton Sweatshirt ($175) by Vanessa Bruno Athé
Some of us like to make a statement; some of us like to look easy and breezy all year long. If the latter sounds familiar, you can’t look past this cropped cotton sweater by Vanessa Bruno Athé. The muted gray color and lightweight fabric are understated, which makes this sweater a great piece to pair with bolder layers. Some of our favorite options? In the early days of fall, layer it over a pair of cuffed leather shorts and add knee-high knit socks for a bohemian-luxe look that is effortless. When the weather turns, swap out your shorts for a pair of leather skinny pants.
2. Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater ($295) by Adam
As die-hard fashion fans, you know that chunky knits are a major fall trend, which makes this cropped sweater by Adam one of our favorite pieces for fall. Of course, we have our reasons: (a) the scarlet red hue will inject a pop of warm and earthy color into your fall palette; (b) the chunky cable-knit is certain to keep you cozy and comfortable all season long; and, (c) whether you layer it over a sheer floral dress, or pair it with flared black skirt, you’re guaranteed to be one of the most stylish girls in the room.
3. Kelly Sweater ($228) by Marc By Marc Jacobs
If you have been searching for a brand new way to translate the military-chic trend for fall, look no further than this army-green sweater from Marc By Marc Jacobs. The cropped silhouette feels totally fresh, the gold buttons give it a bold boost, and the slouchy style makes it look effortless and easy. How are we styling it? During the day, we recommend layering this sweater over a printed maxi skirt with a similar color palette; try a floral fabric with a hint of dark green. At night, dress it up by layering it over a flared skirt with a brighter print.
4. Cropped Wool-Blend Cable-Knit Sweater ($300) by Edun
Our eyes were instantly drawn to this cropped cable-knit sweater by Edun, thanks in part to its sophisticated black hue and chunky silhouette. There are just so many ways to wear it! If you prefer a classic and polished look, pair this sweater with sleek black cigarette pants and platform pumps. You’ll instantly elevate your look from straightforward to stylish. On the other hand, if you favor a grunge vibe, we recommend layering this sweater over a pleated maxi skirt, and adding a pair of chunky boots and a knit beanie. This look is 90s grunge with a modern twist.
5. Sequin Sweatshirt ($275) by Vince
There’s nothing like a smattering of sequins to take your outfit to the next level, which is why we love this cropped jersey sweater by Vince. The glamorous silver sequined panel is easily tempered by the matte grey jersey, which makes this sweatshirt a perfect option for every occasion. During the day, pair it with high-waisted skinny jeans and platform ankle boots for a look that is bold but not over-the-top. At night, dress this sweater up by layering it over a high-waist bandage skirt or body-con dress. Throw on a pair of platform pumps, tuck a clutch under your arm, and you are ready to go.
6. Knitted Lace Crop Top ($70) from Topshop
Nothing will brighten up a dreary fall day like a girly ensemble, which is why this knitted crop top from Topshop is one of our must-have pieces. The cream hue is oh-so-feminine, the delicate lace fabric is flirty, and the cropped silhouette is subtly sweet—what more could we ask for? We recommend sticking with the romantic vibe by pairing this sweater with similarly sweet pieces. For example, try layering it over a floaty tea dress or a silky skirt. Look for a piece in an equally soft hue, such as cream, or contrast it with a piece in a bold-but-not-bright color, such as burnt sienna or navy blue.
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