Greetings, and hello Monday! I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend. Cyndi and I are back today with 22 Days of Fall Fashion, and I’m styling a cropped cardigan outfit for fall.
I’m loving the trend of wearing a cropped cardigan buttoned-up as more of a top than a layering piece, and it works particularly well when it’s a v-neck cardigan. I always find a scoop or v-neck more flattering than a crew because it elongates the neck and generally makes you look taller and thinner. #yesplease
This cardigan is the Sanctuary brand, and I found it at Evereve, but it’s also at Zappo’s, and there are limited sizes at Nordstrom and Sanctuary Clothing. It’s a little on the spendy side, but it’s a really nice quality.
They also have this same sweater in a pullover style, if you prefer. I actually ordered that too, and it has a nice neckline — more of a ballet neck than a crew neck, and it’s the same soft comfy knit as this cardigan.
As you can see, I did wear a basic tank top under this cardigan. It was too low-cut without it, and I don’t mind the layered effect. It adds interest and ties in the black shoes and bag.
This sweater has a relaxed fit and generous length in the arms, and I’m wearing the small. I could maybe size down for a closer fit, but I’m afraid an XS would be too short.
A cropped sweater requires a higher rise jean, and to keep the look modern, I paired it with these GAP high rise cigarette jeans in a washed black vintage stretch denim.
Cigarette jeans are a slim, straight style, and the hem often falls to the ankle; but these have a 26″ inseam for more of a cropped length, which I like. They also have the GAP secret smoothing front pockets for a sleek, smooth look.
I’m not quite sold on this washed black denim — it has some acid wash vibes going on. I prefer my washed black jeans to look more faded and worn-in than acid washed, but I do like the fit and the length of these.
These jeans are 40% off today, and they run TTS; I’m wearing the 28, for reference.
I carried my new Coach courier bag, which I picked up at the #NSale a few weeks ago, so I paid a lot less than it’s going for right now. I tried to find a similar for less option, but I’m not finding anything quite like it. I do really like this AllSaints shoulder bag, though, and it has the crossbody option.
My choice of footwear is probably pretty predictable by now. What I can I say? I love a loafer mule with straight crop jeans. When it gets colder, I will do an ankle boot, but for transition season, I think the exposed ankle with shorter jeans is chic and slimming.
These Rebecca Minkoff mules were my first pair of loafer mules, and the ones that sold me on the style several years ago. For one thing, the quality is amazing, and they are leather lined on the inside and sooo comfortable on the foot. I also love the minimal styling and the shape through the toe box. I’ve had them for years, and I can’t give them up.
A similar style that’s available now is the Steve Madden Flavor mule. I have these in the snake print, and they’re comfortable and very walkable and a good value for the price point.
I also like the looks of the Madewell Frances mule for a leather option, but I haven’t tried it and can’t attest to the comfort and walkability.
To accessorize this look, I wore my J monogram pendant and a pair of delicate double drop earrings. I love these earrings for more casual looks, and when I want something other than a stud that is on the smaller side. They’re on sale at Macy’s for $17.50.
I think this cropped cardigan outfit is a nice change of pace from the skinny jeans and long cardigans that have ruled the fashion scene for the past few seasons.
With a cropped v-neck cardigan, you get the ease of a pullover with the interest of a cardigan, plus you can also wear it unbuttoned for a totally different look. The shorter sweater works well with the crop straight silhouette on the bottom and helps keep your vertical balance in check.
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camo cardigan at Evereve or Zappo’s // black tank // washed black jeans // similar black suede mules // Lucky Brand earrings // initial pendant // Coach courier bag (option)
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photos: Alison Cornell