When the cold weather creeps in and sweater season begins, there's no more flattering item to style up than a cropped jumper. Big knits can remove all sign of a waistline, so I'm always in favour of more shrunken styles. They also can be styled in more ways because of their shorter hemlines. The detail may sound small, but the impact for winter wardrobe could be big.
I've searched through the feeds of some of my favourite fashion girls to bring an edit of fresh, new ways you can style up a cropped jumper—whether you're buying one anew this season or digging out your old autumn clothes for the first time this year. There are party outfit options (tuck your cropped knit into a pleated skirt, et voilá), brunch combinations (high-waisted boyfriend jeans and loafers will do nicely) and work-friendly formulas (can't go wrong with a pair of smart wide-leg trousers)…
Keep reading to see just how to wear a cropped jumper now, and shop some of the essentials required.
It's a classic combination that you can liven up à la Alice Zielasko with a careful choice of prints and textures.
Freddie Harrel's retro summer look translates easily into autumn with the simple addition of sleeves. Vintage-look knitwear is always a perfect match for high-waisted denim flares.
Looking chic alongside Darja Barannik, Annabel Rosendahl has combined this season's deep, autumnal tones and textures by pairing tan corduroy pants with a pea-green chunky-knit sweater.
Pernille Teisbaek's three-part combination is perfect for those days where you know you have an evening event to quickly dash to.
Shiona Turini should always be your guide when it comes to wearing cropped tops like a total pro. This snug sweater + super-wide trousers formula is one she relies on time after time.
Roberta Benteler's puff-sleeve knit looks coolest with boyfriend jeans and flats—the girlish/boyish ratio is just right.
Sofie Valkiers proves that a cropped hoodie can look smart with this tailored coat–and–leather miniskirt combination.
Irina Lakicevic tucks her cropped jumper into a pleated skirt to create a more flattering silhouette. Add mid-heel pumps and you have a great weekend look.
Next up: the capsule wardrobe plan everyone can get on board with.