Recently, I shared this cute A-line cheetah print skirt with basic black. Shortly after, this argyle cropped sweater arrived and my first thought was, darn, I should’ve styled it with the skirt!
I ordered this cropped sweater before I wrote the post How to Wear Cropped Sweaters and had to wait a bit for it to arrive. It’s a fun take on the current cropped sweater trend.
SO, today, I’m showing another way to style the versatile A-line skirt AND one other way to style this cropped argyle sweater.
The Argyle Cropped Sweater
According to PringleScotland.com, this pattern has been around for a while, and not surprisingly, from the Scots:
An instantly recognizable design thanks to its distinctive diamond motif, Argyle was originally derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell of Argyll in western Scotland. The tartan was featured on kilts, plaids, and patterned socks worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century.
Those of us who are Outlanders fans are very interested in this time period!
My guess is that most of us have had or worn the argyle pattern at some time, and most of our men friends definitely have had argyle patterns on their socks, right?
This cropped version is a trendy take on this classic pattern and is really fun to style. I know, I can hear some of you saying what my husband said: Why did they take off the bottom of this perfectly good sweater? Haha! I’m imagining the same comment from my deceased mother-in-law! Sorry, Mom, gotta try new things!
Nevertheless, I am enjoying playing around with this sweater and thinking about the many ways to style it. Here are just a few:
- Over an oversized boyfriend shirt or tunic
- with a skirt
- with leggings, especially faux leather ones (I prefer to cover my tush when I wear these super form-fitting leggings!)
- Over a dress
- Over a longer oversized shirt that works as a dress
- With a faux layer (more about that below)
- With super high-waisted jeans or trousers (for those of us who feel confident enough in the tautness or our torsos!)
For this post, I’m showing it with the cheetah print skirt and my faux leather leggings to demonstrate how to mix and match pieces in your closet.
The Argyle Cropped Sweater Outfit
To illustrate that even one skirt and one sweater can be styled more than one way, I’m showing the pieces with a white boyfriend shirt and a chambray tunic and posing the idea to try a faux layering piece.
I am always looking for ways to style these Spanx faux leather leggings. They are super soft and comfortable but as they show every lump and bump, I like to wear a tunic or boyfriend shirt over them. This little cropped sweater gives me one more option to change up the look! Do you have a pair of these faux leather leggings?
The Tip: Secret Layering Piece for A Cropped Sweater
Have you ever tried a “faux” layer under a shorter top? I’ve had one in my drawer for some years. This just might be the time to pull it out with the current trend toward short tops! There is a cute little company, Hazelwagon, that carries unusual pieces like that, including all kinds of lace and crochet collars, should that trend come back. (And it will!) It’s called a lower sweep faux layer and you just adjust the elastic waistband under your sweater and it hangs down a bit. Perfect for leggings! The photo should give you an idea of how it works.
Of the many ways to style a cropped argyle sweater, which one is your favorite?