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Found: The Best Cropped Cardigans of 2021

Leave the heavy knits behind.

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it's finally time to refresh your wardrobe for warmer weather. As we all know, the beginning of the season can leave us in wardrobe limbo: it's too warm for your winter coat, but too cold for bare shoulders. The solution? A cropped cardigan. It's time to shed the dead weight and leave your heavy knits in storage—they're no longer needed. The rise in temperature calls for lighter fabrics, brighter colors, and cropped cuts. Ahead, cropped cardigans that will help you transition into spring with ease.

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Short Cardigan
H&M hm.com

You can't go wrong with a classic black cropped cardi. Pair it with your favorite slip skirt and a pair of Converse for a '90s-inspired look. 

Cropped Cardigan Mint Green
Acne Studios acnestudios.com

This minty fresh cardigan is a no-brainer for spring, and the sheer open knit makes it the perfect transitional piece.

Knit Cardigan With Jewel Buttons
ZARA zara.com

Your favorite cable knit sweater got a spring refresh. The sunny yellow color will brighten any look. 

The Alpaca Crop Cardigan in Almond
Everlane everlane.com

This Everlane sweater is the heaviest option of the mix. It'll keep you warm as the season starts to change, but the cropped cut makes it feel springtime-appropriate. 

Gisela Recycled Cashmere-Blend Cardigan and Camisole Set
Reformation net-a-porter.com

Made up of 70 percent recycled cashmere, this Gisela set features a camisole and a cropped short sleeve cardigan. Both pieces are super versatile and can be worn together or separately. 

Cropped Ribbed Knitted Cardigan
PIXIE MARKET selfridges.com.us

If you're looking for a belly-baring cropped cardigan, look no further. 

Lace-Collar Cropped Cable-Knit Cardigan
Self-Portrait matchesfashion.com

This black cardigan adorned with a white lace collar and crystal buttons is the epitome of chic. Play up the femininity and pair this with a floral dress or toughen it up with some leather pants. 

Paradiso Knit // White
Rumours shoprumours.com

A funky asymmetrical take on the classic cardigan.

Ombré Cropped Cardigan
Danijo dannijo.com

This ombré cardigan is great to have on hand, whether you throw it over a chic slip dress on a chilly night or pair it with jeans and a t-shirt for a more elevated look. 

Sea NY Cleo Cardigan
Sea New York garmentory.com

A mix of sheer detailing and open crochet accents make this cardigan gorgeous. Let this piece shine and pair it with a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and some chic espadrilles. For bonus points: add a basket bag and you'll look ready for the South of France.

Nuria Crochet Cardigan
Tach Clothing tachclothing.com

Flower power, baby! Go boho in this hand knit cardigan. The open crochet is perfect to pair with a swimsuit or some jean shorts. 

Denita Cardigan
Ronny Kobo revolve.com

This little number is the perfect way to add a pop of color to your springtime wardrobe. 

Mini Marin Cardigan
La Ligne lalignenyc.com

Channel your inner French girl in this chic striped sweater. 

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