We know what you're thinking: The arrival of cropped sweaters in the middle of winter feels like an inside joke on the part of the fashion industry. But, we can assure you — there's more to the shortened topper than you might think. For starters, a cropped knit makes for an excellent layering partner. It also brings a modern flourish to your go-to sweater and skinnies combo. Perhaps most importantly, though, it's versatile — and that's our barometer for determining whether an of-the-moment piece has legs.
Ahead, we're showing you eight unique ways to pair a cropped sweater with your existing staples for ready-to-wear looks you’ll love. Read on for the whole (short) story.