Cardigans are a wardrobe staple in this day and age, but for a pinup it can be hard to find a cardigan that hits the waist at the right point. With swing skirts and dresses in particular, you don’t want a cardigan that swallows your waist and falls too long, masking part of your skirt and ruining the clean, crisp lines of your carefully selected outfit. That’s why a cropped cardigan in particular is the real staple for your average pinup, but finding them can be difficult.
MAK cardigans are my favourite cropped cardigan brand. They’re a wholesaler brand and their cardigans are available from lots of different vintage style retailers. Each retailer prices them slightly differently and offers a different colour and size range, so below I’ve compiled a list of each stockist I’ve found and the selections those stockists offer.
Doll Me Up
Their name for the product: Tootsie Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: Over 20 colours
Size range: S-L in all colours, additionally 1X-4X in some colours
Availability/shipping: Free US shipping, worldwide shipping offered at multiple affordable price points and speeds. (Example: First Class USPS shipping for a cardigan to the UK is around $8.99.)
Pinup Girl Clothing
Their name for the product: Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: 13 colours
Size range: S-4X on all colours
Availability/shipping: Free domestic shipping on orders over $100, typical domestic shipping fees otherwise. Free international shipping on orders over $350, otherwise Worldwide flat rate shipping available for $28 globally, or price-per-order Priority Fedex option available.
Their name for the product: Dream of the Crop Cardigan
Colour range: 8 colours
Size range: S-4X across all colours, XS also in some colours.
Availability/shipping: Domestic US shipping options free over $75 orders, or USPS flat rate $4, $8, $14, $21 options for different delivery speeds. International shipping available to over 50 countries, calculated at checkout, using USPS first Class International, USPS Priority, or Fedex (Example: An order of one cardigan delivered to the UK calculated shipping costs of $13.70, $28.89, or $47 depending upon delivery speed method chosen.)
Their name for the product: Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: 25 colours
Size range: Only S-L
Availability/shipping: Free domestic shipping on orders over $200, or else flat rate domestic shipping options of $13, $19, $26, $55. International shipping available for $21-85 for Canada or a flat rate fee of $39 for the rest of the world, or free on orders over $400.
Le Bomb Shop
Their name for the product: The Cutest Cropped Cardigan
Colour range: 23 colours
Size range: S-4X
Availability/shipping: Free domestic US shipping over $50, international shipping available at various prices and speeds. (Example, shipping to the UK for one cardigan offered the options of $13.70 USPS First Class International, $47 for USPS International Priority, as well as faster, guaranteed more expensive options at $56-70.)
Other Cropped Cardigan options
It’s possible to find cropped cardigans other than the above MAK line. Here in the UK I’ve had luck before finding cropped cardigans from New Look in multiple colours, at around £10-15 a cardigan, but they’re not stocked constantly so it requires some regular searching on their website or in stores to check whether it’s a period when they’re making any.
I’ve also found cropped cardigans from Primark in multiple shades, but they were button-free so can only be worn tied in the front or open. I’ve found one or two cropped cardigans at Peacocks too in the past, but once again you’ll have to regularly check in store or online to make sure you’re not missing any that are offered at varying times.
Alternatively, there’s also eBay. When searching for ‘cropped cardigans’ the influx of results is overwhelming and somewhat frustrating, as often the practice of writing as broadly descriptive an item title as possible to increase search result hits mean you find yourself looking at lots of items that aren’t cropped cardigans, but instead are shrugs, boleros and so on.
Still, if you’re on a budget that means ordering MAK cardigans from an above stockist to your country is too pricey, if you can’t get out to scour the shops, or else you simply don’t like the above cardigans much, then searching through eBay will probably be worth it for you. You can find shrugs or boleros, whether sleeved, beaded, collared, lace or whatever else, very cheaply, often for £5 or less delivered, and I have several shades of plain long sleeved shrugs from eBay to add to outfits that need sleeves but don’t need torso coverage.
Plus, with eBay you can still get lucky and find people selling off new or gently used cropped cardigans much like the MAK kind above from all sorts of brands and stores, so it can be worth 10 minutes of so of scrolling.
I hope that has helped you figure out where you can pick yourself up a cardigan or two if you’ve been struggling to do so!
Have you found MAK cardigans stocked somewhere that’s not listed above? Leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list. Have you had luck finding other cropped cardigans somewhere else?