At the outset, pairing shorts with sweaters seems like a completely crazy outfit that you would typically see only on a fashion runway. While it certainly isn’t a trend we would want to wear every day in the summer, done properly it can actually be a great way to create a distinctive look in warm weather. We must warn you, however, that this look is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t love this look and don’t feel comfortable in it, then spare yourself the embarrassment and don’t try this at home.
Of course the success of this look depends on the specifics of each sweater, each pair of shorts and your individual body type. As an example, pulling it off with short shorts often works best with someone with a slender torso and long legs. It is also crucial to make sure that the sweater length works with the short length. For example, if you’re going for a preppy look then a lightweight cardigan sweater over a ruffle tank looks adorable and very classic with knee length shorts or capris. We also love to vary the length of the sweater with a long length sweater over shorts that are slightly longer than the cardigan or sweater. As an example, consider the Cotton Bamboo cardigan by Splendid as a great example of a long sweater that looks great over a short sleeve top and then with shorts that match the length of the cardigan.
Long cardigans and wraps are extremely popular this season and mixing them into your summer wardrobe is a great way to add additional texture and depth to your outfit and help to vary the length with the shorts. There are some great lightweight cardigans or wraps that would work great with both short shorts and longer shorts like the Sartee Drape Cardigan by designer Velvet by Graham and Spencer. This cropped length cardigan pairs well with longer length tops or tanks and would look great with short shorts or longer shorts too.
In essence, the key to rocking a great outfit is always the ability to wear it with confidence and if you are looking to really step out with a bold look you can mix short shorts with a long cardigan or sweater. It is certainly not very easy to pull it off and requires the right body type (preferably that long torso and long legs) and the perfect pieces, but it can definitely work for you if you are comfortable with such a statement outfit.
Lately, I find myself leaning toward longer shorts and always have a wrap or lightweight cardigan in my purse during summer months as you never know when you are going to find too much air conditioning! Ultimately, whatever your fashion preference, just make sure that no matter what outfit you are wearing you always want to be confident in whatever you choose as that is the defining characteristic of a successful outfit is the ability to exude confidence when wearing it.
During colder weather we often find ourselves feeling a lot like Goldilocks as you want something warm, but at the same time you don’t want something too warm so that you have to wear layers of clothing in case you end up too hot and need to start shedding some of those layers. The short sleeve sweater is the perfect solution to this problem and is a great way to incorporate lots of alternative options for warmer weather. To give you an idea of some great ways to incorporate short sleeve sweaters into your wardrobe, here are a few examples of great short sleeve sweaters that will help add that versatility into your cold weather wardrobe and frankly many can even work in warmer weather too.
Cardigans and wraps are ever popular this season and for good reason. They are great layering pieces and have really become main stream as a basic long sleeve top. Many modern cardigans feature long sleeves and now range from heavy sweaters to light weight knits. Consider the Rumba Puff Sleeve Cardigan / Wrap from Laurie B. The Rumba short sleeve sweater is a great example of a short sleeve sweater that we wear year round. It works great over long sleeve tops in the winter and over tanks and short sleeve tops in the spring and summer months. We love the shorter length in the back and the longer flared front. Of course another great touch is the puff sleeves that give this sweater a unique feminine look.
Another great short sleeve cardigan is the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan by Splendid. This cardigan is long and features a more classic, traditional cardigan look. The distinction for this short sleeve sweater is the great navy blue color and the contrasting white stitching design that complements the front and a pattern in the back. This cardigan features front pockets and slightly gathered sleeves for added detail. A great versatile piece again this cardigan can be worn over long sleeves in the winter and over short sleeves in the summer.
We love the distinctive elements on the Cotton Bamboo Cardigan and another example of a short sleeve sweater with similar attention to details and a third distinctive short sleeve sweater style is the Venice Keyhole Back Sweater by Laurie B. Featuring lots of details including the layered keyhole back, the flared short sleeve, and the fitted waist in back giving it an added twist this top looks fairly standard from the front, but as you can see the back is loaded with detail. The fabric is a cashmere blend and also feels very soft. Of course our favorite piece of this sweater is the surprise details in back that really do make this sweater a perfect statement piece and certainly something you won’t find every day.
As you can see from these great examples of unique styles for short sleeve sweaters that you really can find a lot of stylish, versatile options for short sleeve sweaters that can work in your wardrobe practically all year round.