I don’t know if its been the few days of warm, sunny weather we’ve experienced lately or the fact that we’re already in late April, but I’m starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. And while I’m sure we can all agree it’s been great changing from our “daytime” sweats to our “evening” sweats every day for the past six weeks, you can’t tell me you’re not itching to put a cute outfit together. I know I am.
One of the upsides of taking a breather from our normal wardrobes is that things feel “fresher” when we dive back in. For me personally, now that I haven’t been thumbing through the same hangers day after day, I feel less inclined to complain about having “nothing to wear.” Combine that with the fact that we will be emerging from quarantine in a different season from that which we entered it in, and you literally have no excuse not to feel inspired.
Matt’s mom bought me this cropped cardigan for Christmas, and the minute I opened it, I knew it was going to be the perfect sweater for spring—it’s heavy enough to still keep me warm but it’s cropped silhouette gives off a warm-weather ready vibe. So, in the spirit of embracing this newfound inspiration, I figured I’d style this two different ways in case you have something similar in your closet or were thinking about tossing one into your (virtual) shopping cart. Speaking of, when shopping for a cropped cardigan, I highly recommend picking one up that has a v-neck and a slightly oversized fit. The resulting “slouchiness” will give your look a cool, laid-back demeanor, while the v-neck allows you to show a little skin to keep things fresh and flirty.
Look #1: The French Tuck
First off, shout out to my girl Molls on Instagram who totally informed me that there is an actual name for tucking the front half of your shirt into your pants and leaving the rest out. Allow me to introduce the “french tuck”—also known as the way I style about 99.9% of my outfits, I just didn’t know it. Trust me when I say cropped cardis were maaade for the french tuck. Button that baby all the way up, rock your highest-waisted pants, and tuck just the front in. This is where the oversized fit is really going to shine through; you’re going to want the sweater a little baggy so (a) the fabric isn’t uncomfortably stretched across your tatas when you button it all the way up and (b) it’s long enough to “tuck.” If you had to size up to get that perfect fit and your neckline is a hair too deep, never fear! Throw on a cute, lacy bralette and let one shoulder droop a bit to add a little subtle sexiness. This look is also amazingly versatile. If you want to keep things more casual, pair your sweater with some trendy mom jeans, classic sneakers (think Converse or Keds), and retro-inspired sunnies like I did below. Or, if you want to dress it up, try a pair of super skinny jeans in a dark wash and accessorize with your favorite heels, a large envelope clutch, and statement earrings. Either way, the result is bound to be chic and effortless, just like its namesake.
Look #2: The Anti-Jaime Sullivan
We all remember Jaime Sullivan…the angelic, Bible-quoting, cardigan-loving preacher’s daughter played by Mandy Moore in A Walk to Remember? Ah, it’s all coming back to you now, isn’t it? Well let’s just say Jaime’s father would probably be as horrified by this second look as he was by Shane West’s character initially, but hey, we can’t please everybody all the time, am I right?! You guys already know that one of my fave styling techniques is to take a “typical” piece and turn it on its head, so it’s only right that I’d take the standard classy, open-front cardigan and make it, well, sassy instead. For this look, leave your knitwear unbuttoned and pair it with a cropped tank, distressed denim, and tennis shoes. Finish it off with some layered gold necklaces—a major jewelry trend right now—and toss your hair into a messy bun for a vibe that is anything but prim and proper.
Hopefully y’all find these outfits as cute as I do! I know there’s technically “nowhere to go” right now, but I think both of these are casual enough to rock at home if you feel like getting a little more dressed up but still want to be comfortable on your couch. As I’ll continue to reiterate, now more than ever we should all just be doing what feels best for us. If you want to wear a dress in your backyard, do it. If you want to wear the same PJs all weekend, do it. Until then, I’ll just keep bringing you the inspo for whenever you feel ready. 🙂