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Styling a Cable-Knit Cropped Sweater

October 9, 2020

Happy Friday! Oh, and happy long weekend! Today I’m also celebrating because I’m joining a dear friend and fellow blogger for a fun style collab we’re calling Sweater Weather. When we enter into these collaborations we just set ourselves a loose theme, so it’s always interesting to see how we each interpret it. You’re in for a treat because my friend Susanne chose to style a cardigan and I went with a pullover. I’m styling a cable-knit cropped sweater for fall, and I’m adding on a beautiful blazer coat, too.

Sweater Weather Style Collab

Susanne Thompson of Thompson Hill Blog and I both started blogging almost three years ago just within days of one another. Living clear across the country from one another at the time, we’d never even heard of each other. But with just one phone call we began a friendship we’ve enjoyed for almost three years. If you haven’t met Susanne yet, you’re in for a treat. She’s a West Virginia gal with a bold streak of Italian blood coursing through her veins. That Italian heritage shows up in her friendly demeanor, her classic-with-a-twist style choices and the recipes she shares on Saturdays.

One of these days Susanne and I are going to meet up in person, but for now we’ll enjoy working alongside one another in the occasional collaboration. And you’ll enjoy getting to know her, too. But first let me share with you how I styled this classic cable-knit cropped sweater.

Styling a Cable-Knit Cropped Sweater

Don’t let the term “cropped sweater” throw you. We’re seeing more and more cropped sweaters this fall and for good reason.

Cable-Knit Cropped Sweater
cropped cable-knit sweater // black ankle jeans (I created the raw hem) in curvy fit // Toe Cap Slingback Block Heels // coin stretch bracelet // classic hoop earrings // leather courier shoulder bag

This cropped sweater, like many I see, is not midriff bearing. It simply falls to the top of my hip bones rather than mid hip, like most traditional sweaters do. The reason we’re seeing so many of these shorter sweaters is that we’re also seeing more high-rise jeans and pants. When you combine high-rise pants with a cropped sweater you can create the most visually appealing proportions without having to tuck in your top. Hallelujah!

Sweater Weather

My cropped cable-knit sweater is 55% cotton, 37% nylon and 8% merino wool, and it’s oh so soft. I’m wearing a size medium, which is my usual size (I wear a size 8). The yummy, thick cropped cable-knit sweater also comes in a beautiful red rich wine and beige taupe. I chose the whipped cream simply because I don’t already own a sweater in this soft neutral and thought it would fill a gap in my wardrobe.

Cable-Knit Sweater

I didn’t add a camisole under my cable-knit sweater and I don’t think it’s needed for modesty at all. But there’s also plenty of room underneath if you would like to add one for comfort, modesty or warmth. I like these camisoles for wearing underneath sweaters because they fit close to the body. This weekend they’re 40% off with code NEWMIX.

Sweater Weather

The features I enjoy most about this sweater are the loose fitting turtleneck, the cropped length and the fact that the cable pattern is carried out all over the sweater and not just on the front, which is sometimes the case. Those are the kinds of details you pay more money for, but this weekend this cropped cable-knit sweater is already marked down and you’ll get an extra 10% off in your cart. I think it’s a very reasonably priced sweater for the level of quality you’re getting.

Sale Alert: Banana Republic has marked down regular priced items up to 50% and you’ll get an additional 50% off permanent sale items. PLUS you’ll get an extra 10% off your purchase in the cart, no code needed.

The High Rise Jeans

Like I mentioned, you’ll want to pair a cropped sweater with high rise jeans or pants for the best look. I’m wearing my favorite black slim fit ankle jeans from Talbots. They run true to size and feel like real jeans, which is always important to me. They hit at your waist.

Sweater Weather

Sale Alert: Talbots is offering 30% off one item, 40% off two items and 50% off three or more.

I’m 5’8″ and the regular length in these slim fit ankle jeans went well below my ankle. So I simply used my good sewing scissors to cut them off to more of an ankle length (just at or above the ankle bone), creating a trending raw hem in the process. Later I can cuff them once to wear them with ankle boots, but right now I love how they work with these toe cap slingback block heel shoes.

sling-back heels
toe cap slingback block heel shoes (TTS)

My toe cap slingback block heel shoes have a classic vibe, but this style is definitely trending right now. I’m seeing them everywhere. So I set out on a hunt to find some at a reasonable price. I think you’ll like the price of these, but I’m also hoping that by the time you’re reading this post Express has introduced a Columbus Day sale. Fingers crossed!

I think these toe cap slingback block heel shoes look great with my ivory sweater and black jeans, but they would probably coordinate with the taupe beige sweater even better.

Add a Pretty Coat

I am so disappointed that my beautiful wool blend houndstooth coat is almost sold out. (If you wear a size 16, grab it!!) I bought it during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and they recently restocked it and marked it down again. Unfortunately it has moved out fast. I’m wearing a size 8 for reference.

Add a Pretty Coat

But I’m not going to leave you high and dry. My coat is a Lauren by Ralph Lauren blazer coat, and this lovely dusty pink herringbone blazer coat by Ralph Lauren is a sweet option with more availability. Plus it’s also marked down. If you like the length and style of my coat, but want something a little darker, you might consider this coat, available in two deep shades.

Wool blend Coat

Oh, and I should also remind you that since Talbots is hosting a spend more save more event, you could get this beautiful coat (in two great colors) or this Italian wool lady coat (in three colors) for half price with a couple of other purchases (they don’t have to be big!). I think we’re going to be wearing our coats more frequently and more as part of our outfits this year as we attend more outdoor gatherings and events (per COVID-19 protocol).


I didn’t feel like this rich looking but casual outfit really called for much ornamentation. So I just added my favorite gold hoop earrings and a classic gold tone coin stretch bracelet. I think a necklace would not have draped correctly with the loose turtleneck, plus it would have interfered with the cable-knit pattern of the sweater.

shoulder bag

And my black leather courier bag was simply the obvious choice to carry along. I love the caramel colored stitching on this bag. I think it adds to its versatility. This leather Coach bag is again marked down 40%. And it’s available in two other colors, as well. But if you’re interested in a more economical equivalent, I’d suggest checking out this one, which is still leather but a little less pricey, this Coach bag at Nordstrom Rack or this faux leather shoulder bag.

Sweater Weather Outfit
cropped cable-knit sweater // black ankle jeans (I created the raw hem) in curvy fit // Toe Cap Slingback Block Heels // coin stretch bracelet // classic hoop earrings // wool blend houndstooth coat (another option) // black leather courier bag

This is the kind of outfit I enjoy wearing to church or out to lunch or dinner. Of course I could just change up the shoes for sneakers and have an even more casual look.

I’ve added some additional coats to the shopping widget below, by the way. The shopping widget and the links in my copy are all affiliate links. If you shop through them I potentially earn a commission, but at no charge to you. Thank you for supporting the work I’ve put into this post by shopping my links.

Now, don’t forget to visit Susanne and see how she styled her cardigan for our Sweater Weather Collab. You’re really going to enjoy her. Tell her I sent you and introduce yourself. And don’t forget to subscribe to her blog newsletter if you like what you see. (I especially love her Saturday recipe posts!)

If Susanne sent you…

If you’re one of Susanne’s readers and she sent you this direction, welcome! I’m so thrilled to meet you! I’d love for you to stick around a few more minutes so we can get to know one another.

I’m a 56-year-old writer and speaker, wife of a pastor, and mom of two grown kids and a daughter-in-law. We just moved from Arizona to Cincinnati, Ohio, about a year ago, but I’m originally from Georgia. So I’m enjoying learning how to live above the Mason-Dixon line. And I’m loving it!

I’ve been blogging here in this space for just about two and a half years, but before that I blogged at my devotional blog, I also started a YouTube Channel a few months ago, and it’s turning out to be oh so fun.

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5 thoughts on “Styling a Cable-Knit Cropped Sweater

  1. What a beautifully put together outfit and is so flattering on you. In my imaginary life, I too can wear cable sweaters. When I wear them, with my broad shoulders and somewhat larger chest I look like I’m ready to be a linebacker in Sunday’s big game. So I’ll live vicariously through those that look beautiful in them. Wonderful outfit inspiration!

  2. Good Morning Kay…..I need a black pair of jeans….I do not own any and would like to add this to my fashion.

    I already follow Susanne and enjoy her posts as well….

    Have a great weekend,

  3. Love the look. Question, I have a old pair of cap toe flats with more of a rounded toe. Still in style? Or donate and update?

  4. You just can’t go wrong with a cream sweater and black pants. I like the jacket but I probably wouldn’t wear it. That sweater should be in my cart soon. My size will be gone. Watch!
    I’d wear my black boots because I live in the country and on my way to the car I never know what I’ll encounter. We have a yard not a spacious lawn. ? The other day I almost stepped on a copperhead. Yikes!