We were skeptical when celebrities started wearing “pin tops” earlier this summer. Just as we were about to file pin tops under Fashion Trends Best Left to the A-List, NYFW designers endorsed the trend. They introduced a more wearable alternative: small cardigans.
We first noticedthis season’s crop of tiny cardigans at Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s latest show, in the form of a cyan blue sheer blouse with a tie around the neck, layered on top of a black triangle bikini top. Two days later, the shrunken style was spotted on the runways of the lady-like Markarian, paired with a .Bridgerton-approved floral midi skirt, and the psychedelic-inspired Brandon Maxwell, worn by supermodel Precious Lee with a corset-like mini dress. At Sandy Liang, Kim Shui and other shows, tiny cardigans were also seen.
Spring ’22 was not the first time that fashion designers showed modern versions grandma’s favorite knitwear style. The cardigan is a timeless classic that always finds a way back. This season’s collection feels more inspiring than its predecessors. We now have plenty of inspiration to style our cardigans in a chic way. This cardigan is similar to the pin-top in terms of coolness, but unlike the bold going-out style, small cardigans can be worn by anyone, even people with a larger B-cup.
Are you still unsure? You might be hesitant to wear it over a revealing top, such as a bikini top from Maryam Nassir Zdeh or a mini-dress at Brandon Maxwell. It is important to only tie or button one fastener, preferably one near the top. This will allow for plenty of outfit visibility. Your cardigans should be as different from a standard button-up as you can. Although “grandpa chic” was a popular trend not too long ago (and still is), we want our clothes to show off our personalities.
This trend is even easier to shop than the pin-top because there are so many options available.