The Cropped Cardigan: A Mini Take On Fall’s Biggest Trend

What makes cardigans a fall wardrobe staple? All the appeal of your favorite knitwear… plus buttons. And in many cases, pockets. It’s a cozy sweater that can have all the sartorial bells and whistles, including (but not limited to!) fur-like collars, embroidered embellishments, and very much on-trend crochet fabrics. And just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be more to love about these chunky, funky garments, in comes the cropped cardigan: a mini take on this massive trend. 

A cropped cardigan offers the fun of a traditional cardigan minus the extra fabric. It's bulky but brief and to the point. The trimmed silhouette makes this the ideal option to pair with your favorite pair of high-waisted statement pants or to layer over a fall dress without totally stealing the show. And with covetable styles from reliable retailers like Madewell, Lisa Says Gah, and more, there are tons of ways to wear the look whether you’re into something clingy and sleek or you’re after a bulkier fit. Scroll on through to find our top 9 cropped cardi picks for the season. 

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Everlane The Cropped Cashmere Cardigan, $145

It's all about the details when it comes to this 100% cashmere cardigan: the boxy cropped fit, the deep V neckline, the three-button front, and the ribbed cuffs and hems make this a pick that's as soft as it is special.

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Pastiche Pola Cardigan, $195

An already cool mini cardi in an equally cool two-tone colorway... Leave it to retailer Lisa Says Gah to deliver trends on top of trends on top of trends.

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BDG Scoop Next Crop Cardigan, $59

Whoever said cardigans can't be sexy never saw Katie Holmes street style at its best. For a cheeky option with a textured twist, consider this option by BDG available to shop on good ol' Nordstrom. Think minimum coverage that's covered in stripes.

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Quince Baby Alpaca-Wool Cropped Cardigan, $59.90

Warm yet airy, casual yet chic. This luxurious alpaca number is just what your fall-to-winter wardrobe needed. Extra points for the fact that it's long-lasting and resistant to pilling.

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H&M Faux Fur-Collar Cardigan, $29.99

If you're all about the return of Y2K style, this candy-colored cardigan in all its midriff-bearing glory is the knit for you.

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Madewell Harwood Cableknit Mockneck Cardigan, $110

Want to test the trend without going all-in? Madewell describes this cable knit cardigan as having a "slightly cropped fit."

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LA Hearts Heartbreaker Cardigan, $49.95

Keep it playful with this graphic, flowery v-neck cardigan that comes in at a cool $50.

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Reformation Angel Cashmere Cropped Cardigan, $178

The cropped cardigan trend... but make it cashmere. And party-ready. The ribbed detailing and single pearl closure of this particular pick is giving us major going-out vibes.

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Mango Handmade Crochet Cardigan, $83.99

We said it once, and we'll say it again: crochet has made a comeback season thanks in part to TikTok and Tom Daley, so why not transfer the trend over to your coolest knitwear?

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