… cropped outer layers.
SHOCKER, right? But let me tell you why this style of cardigan, jacket, and shrug has become such a staple for me. I have a fairly high natural waist, and I like to accentuate it. Belts aren’t always an option, so placing the hemline of an outer layer high on my torso is a great alternative. I get cold easily so I generally prefer to keep my arms covered, and cropped cardis and coats allow me to wear my sleeveless dresses and tops in comfort. Boleros and short jackets add volume to my bustline, which balances out my hips. And, finally, this style of outer layer has a sassy retro vibe that I simply cannot resist.
Here are a few cropped outer layers that have caught my eye of late:
G by GUESS Sandy Cropped Jacket – $44.95
I adore my cropped denim jacket, though mine is more like a shrunken version of a traditional jean jacket. This lovely dark wash option has a rounded neckline and three-quarter sleeves, which makes it perfect for late summer and fall transitional wear.
Such a basic, versatile shape but with flattering details including a slightly scooped neckline and three-quarter sleeves. This electric blue is a marvelously trendy shade, but I love this sweater in purple and coral, too.
Cropped blazers can feel stiff and awkward, and many end up looking a bit boxy. But this one has a nipped-in waist, architectural detailing, and a fabulous shape. Bit pricey right now, but I’m betting it’ll go on sale …
Jessica Howard Bolero Sweater – $29.99
If you prefer a curved hem look, bolero sweaters like this one are a fabulous bet. I find this style to be fabulous for enhancing the bustline and accentuating the waist. This guy also comes in black and olive green.
Do cropped cardigans, jackets, or boleros work on YOUR figure? How do they play off your features?