How To Style A Cropped Sweater

how to style a cropped sweater

Sweater: Express, Jeans: Exact, Similar, Shoes: Jessica Simpson (old), Similar, Bag: Henri Bendel (Similar), Sunnies: Quay, Necklace: The Styled Collection

Cropped sweaters can be tricky. You know this. I know this. Your mom knows this (maybe). I personally lovvvveeee cropped sweaters because their cut balances out the fullness of the material. As I mentioned in my first sweater styling post, winter styles tend to perplex people (myself included). Styling a sweater and not looking like an Oompa Loompa is no easy feat. 

This adorable ruffled sweater I snagged from Express is a flawless example of a flattering cropped sweater. It's comfortable, fitted, and per-FECT for Christmas. I actually wore it to my mom's Thanksgiving celebration a couple of weeks ago, and everyone raved over it. It also comes in white, and I'll be honest—I really, really want that one, too. 

If you want to expose your belly button in December, do you, girlfriend, but I have a personal "thing" against navel show, so I'm way more into pairing a cropped sweater with a high-waisted bottom. These high-waisted skinny jeans from Urban are stylish, affordable, and unbelievably forgiving. A lot of high-waisted denim (especially if they aren't stretchy) make you feel more pained than chic; these, however, don't cause ANY discomfort. Seriously. I wore them during two helpings of dressing, squash casserole, and various breads, so I'm super aware of the amount of stretch and comfort at play with these jeans. LET ME TELL YA.

This is in no way a sponsored post; I am just literally that obsessed with this outfit. These jeans really are winner-winners. I know 70 bucks for jeans definitely isn't cheap, but I bought these in 2015, have washed them a billion times, and still reach for them again and again. If you think of it as cost per wear, they are totally worth it. Their price point still puts them below many designer options, and BDG is honestly one of my go-to brands because of how reliable the fabrics are. My favorite thing about these jeans, though, is how well they pair with all of my cropped sweaters. They make winter so easy. 

However you style your cropped sweater, just make sure you choose a bottom that is balanced. You can pair cropped sweaters with skinny jeans, pencil skirts, maxi skirts, wide-legged trousers, bell bottoms—you name it. It's all about PROPORTION. Feel free to mix patterns, textures, and trends. You just want the relationship between your sweater and your bottom to be symmetrical. They need to balance each other out. Otherwise, they can make you look frumpy dumpy. And unless that's your desired look, it's not exactly ideal. 

Cropped sweaters, for those of us who are vertically challenged, can pose an issue. You don't want to pair your sweater with a low-rise bottom because that can actually make your legs look shorter. And be mindful of how cropped your cropped sweater is when shopping. When you're short, a half of an inch makes all the difference when it comes to selecting a flattering sweater length. That's one reason I am so infatuated by this sweater. It's the perfect amount of crop. For reference, I am 5'3ish, so it hits me in the perfect spot. Just make sure you size down if you want a more fitted look (as pictured). If you want a looser look, choose your usual size. 

This outfit's color palette definitely screams holidays, and I would be flattered if you would copy my look for any of your Christmas festivities. I have seen bloggers post about being copied all the time, but that is literally our job. So, by all means, steal my look, and send me a picture. I would be HONORED! 

What do you think about my sweater styling tips? Are you rocking cropped sweaters this season? Show me! 

Check out my other sweater styling post here