Nearly two decades after the iconic era, celebrity street style continues to prove the unwavering staying power of '90s-inspired trends. Everyone from Bella Hadid to Margot Robbie has signed off on one particularly nostalgic staple of yesteryear: the cardigan. But 2019's version of the classic knitwear item isn't your grandpa's button-down sweater. Channeling cinematic '90s style from throwback favorites like Clueless and Jawbreaker, modern it-girls are opting for cropped and colorful versions of the layering piece. Laura Harrier's cropped cardigan makes a convincing case for keeping thing more muted.
Styling the black sweater with plaid flares and ankle boots, the 29-year-old proved her affinity for off-duty style while out in New York City on Mon. Hours before hitting the red carpet with a head-turning blonde pixie cut and a custom leather minidress at the 2019 Met Gala, the BlacKkKlansman star cosigned on trousers as a must-have piece for spring.
With army green pants lending a retro twist to the understated look, the cropped cardigan revealed a flash of skin celebratory of long-awaited sunshine in the city. Having worked with brands like Kenzo, Bulgari, and Louis Vuitton, Harrier is clearly one to watch, as her style never fails to deliver on or off the red carpet.
As shrunken sweaters seemed to sneak further and further up the body during the height of whacky style of the early aughts, you may have figured cardigans were officially laid to rest. In a pleasant turn of events, modernized styling proves the beloved staple has been revitalized, securing a spot in trend forecasts for the season ahead.
Whether you lean into the '90s aesthetic and pair with oversized denim like Bella Hadid, or opt for a classic vibe like Harrier, a cropped cardigan is a simple go-to for so many looks. If you happened to ditch the styles you had back in the day, never fear. The Zoe Report rounded up five options across the web that will gel with your closet seamlessly, below.