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When the sexy cardigan trend rolled around this time last year, there was a collective "huh." As in, "Huh, I didn't realize this core piece in my grandmother's wardrobe could be so... sultry." But while Nana's twinset may have been the source material for this new fad, the updated versions were a whole other thing: cropped, tightened, and often styled with just one button fastened or the tails tied at the waist. But even after the season came and went, bringing in tons of celebrity fans (even Kate Middleton wore one), it turns out the sexy cardigan trend wasn't done yet.
This past Friday on Instagram Stories, Kendall Jenner wore an updated version of the sexy cardigan that proves the tiny trend is only getting tinier, ushering a new era: the micro-cardigan. The model wore a shrug-like cardigan by Aya Muse — a brand loved by hot girls everywhere including Dua Lipa, Elsa Hosk, and Kaia Gerber — that was held shut by a single button working overtime. Jenner leaned heavily into the trend over the weekend, wearing an ultra-cropped cardigan by Lisa Marie Hernandez just a few days later (and it's on sale!).
The summer-to-fall piece was seen all over the runway for this season, most notably from Jacquemus who dressed Bella Hadid in a very cropped micro-cardigan. Jenner did the daring thing and paired her teeny-tiny micro-cardigan with a pair of teeny-tiny biker shorts. But the magical thing about the micro-cardigan is that it's actually quite coy. When paired with high-waited pants or a midi skirt, the long-sleeved piece subtly flashes just a glimpse of your mid-section, making it a great piece to reach for when you want to serve "I know I'm hot" in a low-key way.
Shop Jenner's micro-cardigan, plus our other top picks starting at just $12, below.
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Aya Muse Cropped Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan
Shop now: $338; revolve.com
Jacquemus Alzou Mohair Blend Crop Cardigan
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Endless Rose Puff Sleeve Cardigan
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4Si3nna Tegan Floral Crop Cardigan Sweater
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Urban CoCo Women's Cropped Cardigan
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Fit Apparel Vintage Cropped Cardigan for Women
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FENSACE Womens Button Down Long Sleeve Crop Top
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Year of Ours Rib Cropped Cardi
Shop now: $88; revolve.com
Sandro Paris Cropped Cardigan
Shop now: $220; farfetch.com