How to wear a cropped sweater

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How to wear a cropped sweater
Wear a cropped sweater over a longer shirt for an updated look. (smiling woman image by jimcox40 from

After nearly a decade of longer shirts and sweaters, the cropped or shrunken look has started to come back into vogue. While this style was last seen in the belly-baring 1990s, currently it is being paired with other pieces in a more modest manner. Cropped sweaters, as they are styled today, are appropriate for a variety of situations, such as the workplace, date nights and casual wear.

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    Wear it with something high-waisted. Skirts and trousers recently have been hitting the natural waistline and above. Wearing a cropped sweater with these styles can show off a slim waist, interesting belts and hip line details. Choose a slim fitting cropped style to avoid looking bulky and disproportionate.

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    Pair a cropped sweater with a dress. Cropped sweaters over dresses can make your legs look longer and your waistline more defined. If you're wearing a dress with a full skirt, wear a slim fitting cropped sweater. Tighter skirts and dresses can help you carry off a loose fitting or baggy cropped sweater up top.

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    Layer it over a longer shirt. If your trousers or skirt are low-rise, put on a tunic length shirt underneath your cropped cardigan. The layered look is currently in fashion and can flatter a wide variety of body types, as long as you keep the layers relatively thin.

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    Match it with an evening dress. Cropped sweaters can help keep you warm when wearing a shoulder-bearing evening or cocktail dress. Go for a sweater with a little bit of embellishment to stay in keeping with the evening dress. Try a cardigan to make your evening wear a little less formal.

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    Wear it over a tunic and leggings. Cropped sweaters can add visual interest to the tunic and leggings combination that has regained popularity in recent years. If you're on the petite side, try pairing a sweater that is in the same tonal range as the rest of your outfit, as contrasting colours can break up the line of your body and make you look shorter.

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