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27 Best Womens Shrugs & Why Shrug Sweaters are the Latest Must Have

27 Best Womens Shrugs & Why Shrug Sweaters are the Latest Must Have

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The layering piece I’m stocking up on this season & how to style shrugs for FW2021-2022

Womens shrug sweaters have replaced cardigans & blazers for layering for Winter 2021/22. Sometimes I wait and feel trends out, others like the shrug trend I jumped straight on. I remember wearing them back in the 90’s for ballet class and they’ve been pushing my blazers out & have taken over my closet for a cozier, more relaxed, less structured look. My favorite way to wear womens shrugs is the colorful 2 piece shrug sets as they’re so coordinated. However, I’ve also been adding more neutral separate shrug sweaters as they’re easy to put in your purse and layer with when you need them. These shrug styles are the coziest, prettiest and most on trend pieces for Fall Winter 2021/22.

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Blue womens shrug sweater dress set

Womens shrug sweaters were also popular in Y2K but the styling for 2021/22 is more modern, sleek and understated. How they were styled on the runway is a bit different to how we’re styling them in real life. Think shrugs layered over fitted tanks or leather dresses for an edgier look. As well as coordinating shrug sets whether that’s a shrug sweater set or a matching dress set. It’s a versatile layering piece that can be worn to create a monochromatic look or be completely contrasting.

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Ronny Kobo shrug sweater set in pink

What is a shrug sweater?

A womens shrug sweater is basically cropped, cardigan-like, detachable sleeves. They can be connected or unconnected at the front. It’s like a very cropped sweater that you need to wear something underneath of like a fitted tank or sweater dress or even a full evening dress.

Shrugs aren’t just street style fashion. This new wave of the shrug trend kicked off at Fall 2021 fashion week with Dion Lee, Peter Do, Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton. Then it was seen going even stronger than ever at Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2022 with Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Prabal Gurung and Chanel all showing iterations of it. From shrug dresses to using shrugs and boleros to layer with. So it’s definitely not too late to jump on the shrug trend.

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The Best Womens Shrug Sweaters and Shrug Sets for 2021/22

If you’re looking for one of the most versatile shrug sets, Rosie Assoulin thousand-in-one-ways sweater is iconic and sold out in most places but I hunted it down for you and it’s prettiest shade of pink.

Whats the difference between a shrug and a cardigan

They might seem similar but womens shrugs only cover your upper back, arms and shoulders versus cardigans which are longer, cover your entire back and are cut to cover more of the body. But yes, a shrug is basically a cropped cardigan with less coverage.

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Ronny Kobo knit set

Whats the difference between a shrug and a bolero

Bolero’s tend to be dressier, more structured and sometimes longer than shrugs. Although Chanel had some stunning dressy shrug capes on their Spring Summer runway. Boleros tend to go better with cocktail dresses and gowns as it’s more of a cropped jacket versus a knit less structured shrug.

How to style shrugs and shrug sweater sets

Knit shrug sweaters and sweater sets are one of the best layering outfits for Fall/Winter. They’re also in for Spring/Summer 2022 in lighter materials so expect to see a lot more shrugs on here and on the street.

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Normally shrugs are the top layer before a coat or instead of a coat, blazer or cardigan. They’re perfect for throwing in your bag as they take up less space than most other layering pieces and the sets are designed to be worn together and I love coordinated looks. Stylists recommend either

matching exactly or contrasting entirely…create a coodinating set between tank and shrug or like fabrics, or clash a cable knit with a crisp white tee.


I’m styling my matching shrug sweater sets with jeans and tall boots or mixing casual separates. As well as wearing the shrug dress sets in knit fabrics for this Fall and Winter with tall boots for extra warmth. You could also style them with stirrup leggings in the matching color for a cool, modern monochromatic, streamlined look.

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Blue shrug and dress set

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