The 18 Best Sweaters for Fall
Stock your closet with the coziest and most fashionable fall sweaters for every body and budget.
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Sweaters are the most versatile fall wardrobe item
It’s officially sweater weather, so we did the hard work of finding all the best sweaters for fall at every size and budget point. You’ll pair them with your best leggings (including your fleece-lined leggings), layer over new Amazon return to work dresses, and wear them neatly tucked into the trendiest jeans. Seriously, you can never have too many sweaters.
How to shop for sweaters
The best sweaters for fall are versatile, cozy picks that won’t cost an arm or a leg. As a start, buy neutral and muted colors that pair well with everything else you have in your closet.
“Neutrals are far from bland,” explains Bernadett Vajda, an image consultant and style expert with years in the modeling industry. “Muted and neutral basics are the foundation of any great outfit. Throw on a nice basic neutral knit top and pair it with fun earrings, a necklace, or lipstick and you’ll be camera ready.” She adds, “Black sweater options will always give you that spot on glamour and will never go out of style and can be dressed up or down.” That means you’ll be able to make the most of your sweaters dressed up with heels or in more casual settings like going for a hike with walking shoes.
Shop for high-quality stitching and even weaving. Natural materials like cotton, cashmere, wool, or blends are also typically signatures of higher-end garments, and you can find them at every price point. “Cashmere, silk, and cotton blends often feel softest against the skin. Before purchasing a sweater, check to see if the garment needs dry cleaning. If this is something you haven’t budgeted for—leave it.”
How to care for sweaters
Make sure you keep a moth-proof wardrobe and keep your delicate knits neatly folded and stacked rather than hung. Here’s how to get rid of moths without mothballs, if you’re wondering. Hangers can leave permanent marks and stretched-out spots in knitwear, so you’ll want to avoid them if possible. If you do need to store them upright, here’s how to hang sweaters properly. You’ll also want to make sure you choose the safest laundry detergents for your sweater knits and check out these secrets only professional dry cleaners know about how to make your best clothes last longer.
Be sure you have a dependable laundry drying rack on at home for hand-washed items and careful air drying. Caring for your best sweaters will keep them pill-free and soft for years to come.
The best sweaters for every budget and body type
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
You’ll have a hard time finding a better price on top quality, genuine 100 percent Mongolian cashmere than this Quince crewneck that comes in over a dozen colors and sizes XS through XL. It’s so soft that it feels like your best pajamas but looks dazzling enough to wear just about anywhere life takes you. Did we mention this $50 cashmere sweater sells out every year?
Everlane Texture Cotton Crew
Everlane sweaters are so popular they often have waitlists. Scoop up the texture cotton crew, made from organic cotton, and prepare yourself for “where did you find that sweater?” questions and compliments. It features a double-layered neckline, drop shoulders, and an embroidered stitch at the back for contrast. You can feel virtuous while being cozy and looking amazing. This best sweaters pick comes in four colors and sizes XXS through XL.
NYDJ Chunky Turtleneck Sweater
Two neutral shades and a range of plus and regular sizes make this NYDJ turtleneck an instant classic and one of the best sweaters for fall. The universally flattering oversized shape works well with denim skirts, adds a subtle counterbalance to your trendiest Nordstrom shoes, and is easy to layer over your winter underpinnings.
Kerisma Oslo Sweater
We’re getting French girl vibes from this oversized long-sleeve crew neck sweater with wide stripes—we can’t wait to wear it with classic denim and the hottest fall and winter boots. The sweater, made by LA-based boutique fashion label Kerisma, which was founded by a father and daughter duo, comes in black and heather or heather and taupe and has a hint of stretch for comfort. The family-owned business donates a percentage of profits to arts and culture programs and aims to be plastic polybag-free by 2022.
Scoop Rib Knit Sweater
Add a splash of bright color to a sweater collection for a dose of outfit optimism. This incredibly affordable Scoop sweater offers a narrow silhouette and a range of neutrals and brights to suit every woman’s style. It also comes in an expanded size range of XS through 3X, making it one of the best sweaters for all body types.
LILYSILK Classic Navy Style Cashmere Sweater
Get nautical in this classic Navy sweater from LILYSILK that comes in three neutral-striped shades and sizes small through large. Wear it tucked neatly beneath a blazer for a business casual look, or over distressed jeans for a relaxed weekend vibe that will take you through a day of apple picking. And yes, it’s made of 100 percent cashmere.
Ann Taylor Plaid Boyfriend Cardigan
You’re going to layer this fuzzy feminine cardigan over just about everything. Get ready for it to be your go-to piece for any month of the year that tends to have a bit of a chill. This Ann Taylor plaid cardigan comes in sizes XS through XXL and features a breadth of neutral and warm pink tones to coordinate with just about everything you own.
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Crewneck Sweater
Consider this piece your wintertime basic tee—just a lot warmer and cozier. The Amazon Essentials crewneck comes in sizes XS through XXL and is offered in nearly two dozen gorgeous colorways. One of the thousands of happy verified Amazon purchasers, Leslie writes, “I am so impressed by this sweater! I had my doubts about ordering an Amazon sweater, but I’m so glad that I did. The sweater has a looser fit and seems to be of very good quality—not thin at all. This definitely rivals a sweater that I would purchase from a J. Crew factory store, but at a fraction of the price. I will definitely purchase more products from this brand!”
Chico’s Caviar Trim Sweater Tee
Wear this transitional piece however you’d like to—layered, solo, or paired with a sharp matching jacket. It’s called the Caviar Trim Sweater Tee thanks to its short sleeves and caviar beading at the neckline and sleeves to give any ho-hum outfit a little extra oomph. Choose from a handful of neutral colors and a selection of sizes spanning 2 through 22.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardi
This is definitely one of the softest and best sweater picks for lazy days at home, and not just because this Barefoot Dreams cardigan is famous for having the plushest material around. It’s all about effortless style with this easy, open-front design that comes in a versatile length. You’ll snuggle up to the ribbed shawl collar and stash your phone, lip balm, and other essentials in the two inset pockets.
M.M. LaFleur Chadwick Sweater
Cotton tencel makes this high-end, fancy-feeling Chadwick sweater an easy-to-care-for best sweater pick you’ll reach for time and time again. It comes in neutral white, soft peony, and a rich navy shade you’ll pair with all your favorite outfits and boasts a wrinkle-resistant relaxed fit you’ll wonder how you ever went without. Shannon, a verified M.M. LaFleur buyer, writes, “I own two Chadwicks (sumac and shoreline colors). I sized down with my second purchase and prefer the smaller fit. Both are staples for me. I wear them layered in the winter with scarves, cardigans, and blazers. I wear them solo in warmer months, as they keep me warm in air-conditioned buildings without the heaviness of most sweater pieces.”
Cozy Earth Ultra-Soft Bamboo Pullover Crew
Consider this bamboo-based pullover from Cozy Earth the snuggliest hybrid between an eco-friendly sweater and a cozy-casual sweatshirt. It’s one of the best sweater picks for weekend mornings and to wear as part of matching loungewear sets. It’s available in five neutral, on-trend shades. It’s so easy to care for that you can pop it right in the laundry machine without overthinking it.
Maurices Tie-Dye Duster Cardigan
You’ll wear this plus-size duster cardigan from Maurices over and over again thanks to the casual open front and whimsical pink tie-dye design. It also comes in regular sizes, so anyone fitting a regular XS through plus 4X will enjoy wearing this incredibly cool fashion statement. The blended material is machine washable, and the longer length makes it a hit with shoppers looking for extra coverage and warmth.
A New Day Textured Pullover Sweater
You’re going to want to scoop up a few of these textured sweater pullovers when you see how affordable and flattering they are, and we can’t say we blame you. Choose from classic colors like light gray or cream if you want to play it safe, or add a little spice to your wardrobe with orange, teal, or pink shades. This Target customer favorite comes in sizes XS through XXL. Bonus: it’s made of a sensible synthetic material blend that is easy to wash and care for with minimal pilling.
Boden Collar Sweater
Color-blocking gives this sharp V-neck classic sweater from UK-based Boden a modern best sweater twist. Made from a blend of cotton and soft wool, it’s both comfy and toasty. And the semi-fitted shape pairs equally well with tailored pants or this season’s best denim. It comes in five bright color combos and is machine washable.
State Cashmere V-Neck Button Down Cardigan
Happy Mongolian goats mean soft, durable cashmere in this versatile button-down cardigan. Wear it open atop a camisole or closed as a pullover for an everyday basic that’s not too long, not too short, and just the right amount of v-neck plunge for effortless style on any occasion. It comes in this year’s hot hues—beige and brown rust.
Grey Bandit The Rayna Sweater
Treat your fall wardrobe to a trendy pop of color with this acrylic striped knit from Grey Bandit, the cute online clothing boutique that also aims to spread a deeper message. Fully 30 percent of net proceeds for any item in the Care Collection are donated to mental health organizations to help break the stigma and cycle of anxiety and depression and promote wellness and positive vibes. Don’t miss these other gifts that give back.
Lulu Textured Boxy Sweater
Get noticed in this oversized neon pink cable knit textured sweater from LULUSIMONSTUDIO, the bold lifestyle brand based in California. The color may be ‘80s-inspired but the fit—boxy, with balloon sleeves, is 100% modern.
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- Bernadett Vajda, style expert