25 Trendy Short Cardigans You’ll Love For Spring!

Short cardigans and crop cardigans are a hot fashion trend for spring! Style expert, journalist and fashion blogger Candie Anderson of candieanderson.com has the scoop on 25 of the best cardigans in every style, and price range.

 

 

The late 90s and early 2000s have returned to the world of fashion. Straight leg high-waisted denim is more popular than it’s been in decades as are slide sandals and short cardigans! These are three of my favorite trends for spring 2021. What are you excited about this season?

Like many of you, I lived in short cardigans in the early 2000s! I wore them with skirts, denim jeans, shorts, and trousers. This spring I’m excited to wear them with the Free People denim and AGolde distressed jeans I just ordered (on sale)! They’ll also look good with denim cutoff shorts. I love mixing ladylike traditional pieces with distressed denim for an edgy look. It’s so fun! One thing is for sure, short cardigans are just as perfect for the office with slacks or a dress as they are with your favorite jeans for the weekend!

If you’re searching for a trendy short cardigan for spring and early summer too, you’re in luck! Today, I’m excited to share 25 shorts cardigans you’ll love in a variety of styles, colors, and price ranges.

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Classic Neutral Short Cardigans You’ll Wear Throughout The Year

If you’re working from home this spring and summer, you’ll want a cozy sweater that you can throw on while it’s chilly or when you have the air conditioning on! This cute Topshop Textured Rib Crop Cardigan with trendy dropped shoulders is a must for working from home, running errands, or a lunch date with a friend. You can pair it with joggers, your favorite pants, or denim! It comes in the colors cream or dark brown. Both are budget-friendly at just $40 with free shipping! PS: Be sure to check out how Hailey Baldwin wore a similar neutral sweater with a belt and denim recently for more outfit ideas.

Topshop Textured Rib Crop Cardigan Cream button front short cardigans
Topshop Textured Rib Crop Cardigan Cream

 

 

 

My love is strong for this Reformation Foret Cable Knit Sweater! It is selling out very quickly, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be restocked in all sizes. It is available in the color cinnamon at Shopbop and it’s just as magnificent!

Reformation Foret Cable Cardigan Oatmeal short cardigans
Reformation Foret Cable Cardigan Oatmeal

 

 

 

I love a great cable knit sweater. I tend to splurge on classic cable knits since they’re timeless and will always be on trend. If you love cable knits as much as I do and looking for a classy cardigan sweater that’s under $100, you’re in luck! This BB Dakota Quick Study Cardigan in the color heather almond is an absolute must. It’s the perfect neutral, and you can’t go wrong with BB Dakota in my opinion! The clothing is gorgeous, well made, and cost-effective.

BB Dakota Quick Study Cable Knit Crop Cardigan Heather Almond short cardigans
BB Dakota Quick Study Cable Knit Crop Cardigan Heather Almond

 

 

 

If you love the cable knit short cardigans I featured above, you will absolutely adore this 525 Cropped Cable Cardigan! It comes in three different colors, and you can also purchase the complementing tiny tank top separately if you’d like to make it a set!

525 Cropped Cable Cardigan Oat short cardigans
525 Cropped Cable Cardigan Oat

 

 

 

I’m such a huge fan of wrap cardigans, especially this Topshop Tie Wrap Knit Cardigan! It’s chic, classy, and will elevate any casual outfit. This sweater is destined to garner tons of compliments every time you wear it.

Topshop Tie Wrap Knit Cardigan Rose short cardigans
Topshop Tie Wrap Knit Cardigan Rose

 

 

 

This v-neck Lost + Wander Sundown Cardigan in the color natural is beyond gorgeous! You can wear it with a cami or over a spring-inspired dress!

Lost + Wander Sundown Cardigan Natural White tortoise buttons
Lost + Wander Sundown Cardigan Natural

 

 

 

Gorgeous knit sweaters with pompom detailing are my weakness! I have quite a few that I wear on repeat and get compliments every time I wear them. If you’re looking to invest in a timeless knit for the spring, fall, and winter months I highly recommend ladylike knits with pom details! For instance, I adore this For Love & Lemons Florentina Button Down Cardigan in cream. It also comes in the color ginger. If you love cardigan sets as much as I do, you’ll be excited to learn that the complementing tank is sold separately.

For Love & Lemons Florentina Button Down Cardigan Cream short cardigans
For Love & Lemons Florentina Button Down Cardigan Cream

 

 

 

I am such a huge fan of RAILS clothing! The material is soft, well made, and cozy! This mid-weight ribbed RAILS Josie Cardigan in heather taupe can be worn buttoned or unbuttoned! It’s perfect for the office (with a camisole or blouse underneath), running errands, working from home, and can be worn throughout the year!

RAILS Josie Cardigan Heather Taupe neutral short cardigans
RAILS Josie Cardigan Heather Taupe

 

 

 

This is the most perfect outfit for spring! I’m loving the high-waisted denim, square toe heels, white camisole, and cute 525 Fringe Open Cardigan! This is beyond fab. It’s ideal for brunch, lunch dates, or any casual outing you have planned this season.

525 Fringe Open Cardigan Chalk short cardigans
525 Fringe Open Cardigan Chalk

 

 

525 Fringe Open Cardigan Chalk short cardigans
525 Fringe Open Cardigan Chalk

 

 

 

I can’t get enough of this beautiful Anthropologie Navya Cardigan with faux pearl buttons and not just because pearl is my birthstone! 😉 This beauty is perfect for the office, drinks after work, date night, and more. It has the power to dress up the most casual outfit!

Anthropologie Navya Cardigan Beige short cardigans pearl
Anthropologie Navya Cardigan Beige

 

 

 

Pretty in Pink Short Cardigans For Spring

This lovely ladylike waist-length Heartloom Shanna Short Sleeve Pointelle Cardigan in blush pink is an absolute must! I love everything about it, especially the trendy puff sleeves. I can see pairing it with a distressed denim skirt, white jeans, skinny jeans, or with a dress! The options are endless.

Heartloom Shanna Short Sleeve Cardigan Blush Pink short cardigans
Heartloom Shanna Short Sleeve Cardigan Blush Pink

 

 

 

Give me all the pretty in pink short cardigans for spring and summer! This lovely 525 Rib Cropped V Neck Cardigan is a must. It looks great buttoned or unbuttoned! Be sure to check out the complementing tank, it’ll look great on its own or paired with this cardi!

525 Rib Cropped V Neck Cardigan Pink Sand short cardigans
525 Rib Cropped V Neck Cardigan Pink Sand

 

 

 

Is it me or does this 525 Kelly Wider Rib Cardigan remind you of Monica Geller circa the late 1990s? I stumbled on a Pinterest board with a few of her must have outfits, and friends, I’m ready to start recreating outfits for spring!

525 Kelly Wider Rib Cardigan Quartz short cardigans
525 Kelly Wider Rib Cardigan Quartz

 

 

 

I love pink and white for spring! This must have Line & Dot Haven Cardigan Sweater has a coordinating tank top that’s sold separately. It looks amazing as a set and will also look great with a neutral cami! You can wear it buttoned and unbuttoned, it’s totally up to you how you’d like to wear this budget-friendly beauty!

Line & Dot Haven Cardigan Sweater short cardigans
Line & Dot Haven Cardigan Sweater

 

 

 

Chic Ribbed Short Cardigans In A Variety Of Colors

Not only is this cute Lulus She’s Got Style Ribbed Cardigan ideal for spring, but it’s a must for fall too! You can wear it over a cami, with shorts and slides. It’ll also look amazing with a belt, jeans, leather jacket, and ankle boots or sneakers come fall! There are so many options!

Lulus She's Got Style Ribbed Cardigan Brown short cardigans
Lulus She’s Got Style Ribbed Cardigan Brown

 

 

 

This must have BP Brushed V-Neck Crop Cardigan is only $39! It comes in two colors for spring, and will look great with your favorite layered necklaces, and denim!

BP Brushed V-Neck Crop Cardigan Olive Sarma short cardigans
BP Brushed V-Neck Crop Cardigan Olive Sarma

 

 

 

Vince is one of my favorite brands on the planet. The clothing is timeless, well made, and will last decades! I have had a neutral Vince cardigan in my closet since 2005! This stunning Vince Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Cardigan is available in black and dune. Which one is your favorite? You can’t go wrong with these gorgeous short cardigans!

Vince Ribbed Wool & Cashmere Cardigan Black short cardigans
Vince Ribbed Wool & Cashmere Cardigan Black

 

 

 

Must Have Short Cardigan Sets For Spring

I love short cardigan sets! They’re chic, trendy and so perfect for warm spring days. First on my list is this extremely popular Heartloom Vale Pointelle Cardigan in trendy blush pink! Don’t you just love those pearlescent buttons? I do, too! It’s feminine, ladylike, and ideal for the season.

Heartloom Vale Pointelle Cardigan Blush short cardigans spring
Heartloom Vale Pointelle Cardigan Blush

 

 

 

This fabulous Reformation Elke Organic Cotton Tank Cardigan Set in dove gray can be worn buttoned up or unbuttoned. It totally depends on your preference and whether or not you want to show your midriff! It will look amazing with your favorite straight-leg jeans and mules or square-toe slides!

Reformation Elke Organic Cotton Tank & Cardigan Set Dove short cardigans
Reformation Elke Organic Cotton Tank & Cardigan Set Dove

 

 

 

The color caramel AKA camel is extremely popular for spring! I absolutely love it since it’s so versatile! I simply adore camel sweaters, especially this Reformation Tille Organic Cotton Tank and Cardigan Set. It will look just as great with black distressed denim as it will with white or with light denim!

Reformation Tille Organic Cotton Tank & Cardigan Set Camel short cardigans
Reformation Tille Organic Cotton Tank & Cardigan Set Camel

 

 

 

This trendy Callahan X Revolve Cardigan Set comes in three different colors: red, nude, and green and I want them all! They’re not only ideal for spring, but will be a must this fall with ankle boots, lug boots, and sneakers!

Callahan X Revolve Cardigan Set Red short cardigans
Callahan X Revolve Cardigan Set Red

 

 

 

I had a light blue/baby blue cardigan set that I wore in the early 2000s and absolutely adored. I just love this pretty shade of blue! This beautiful Callahan Lu cable knit cardigan set comes with a detachable camisole that is relatively short, but you can’t tell if you wear the cardigan buttoned!

Callahan Lu Cardigan Set Baby Blue short cardigans
Callahan Lu Cardigan Set Baby Blue

 

 

 

Chic Pastel Cardigans For Spring

This ASTR the Label Button Front Cardigan in pale green can be worn as a set or on its own! The matching camisole is sold separately and is less than $50. This gorgeous knit cardi with “bow-inspired details” looks amazing with the (matching) cami, but it’ll also look superb over a white camisole!

ASTR The Label Button Front Cardigan Pale Green Cardigan short cardigans spring
ASTR The Label Button Front Cardigan

 

 

 

This wide ribbed BP. Easy Button Front Cardigan with tortoiseshell buttons comes in two colors (purple tulip and ivory) and is super affordable at just $35! It’s perfect for spring, and will definitely be a must on a cool summer night.

BP. Easy Button Front Cardigan Purple Tulip short cardigans
BP. Easy Button Front Cardigan Purple Tulip

 

 

 

This beautiful ASTR the Label Angelica Cardigan in periwinkle with pointelle open knit sleeves is absolutely breathtaking! It’s under $100, and looks much more expensive than it is!

ASTR the Label Angelica Cardigan Periwinkle Blue short cardigans
ASTR the Label Angelica Cardigan Periwinkle

 

 

Style expert, fashion blogger and journalist Candie Anderson of candieanderson.com has the scoop on 25 of the best short cardigans in every color, style and price range!

 

 

 

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