Sweater Weather Must-Haves

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It's officially sweater weather in the majority of the United States and I'm excited.  While I am not looking forward to the shorter days and the bitter cold to come after fall, right now I am enjoying the crisp air, the ability to open the windows, and the change to pull out my sweaters, jackets, and boots! When researching clothing for an upcoming post I kept getting distracted by the amazing sweaters available this season at popular retailers. I couldn't keep them all to myself so below are my favorite sweaters for sweater weather!

My Sweater Weather Must-Haves

The Coatigan

Not just a cardigan sweater, the coatigan is usually longer in length, heavier in weight, a hybrid between a coat and a cardigan (hence the name!). I find as someone who works from home, this is my sweater workhorse from October to April. In fall and spring, I toss it over a graphic tee or my more polished Zoom blouse. When the temps dip further, I will wear my coatigan over a lighter-weight merino or cashmere sweater. They're perfect for curling up on the couch, throwing over your outfit for a walk around the block, and usually one resides on the back of my desk chair at the ready.

the best coatigans for 2020

Row 1: black and off-white graphic stripes | cableknit gray (other colors available) | sunny yellow coatigan (other colors available) | mixed colors and knits
Row 2: floral detail on green | camel and black ruana | gray cable poncho/coatigan hybrid (other colors available) | black and white graphic print
Row 3: tiger mom | the OG in green (other colors available) | caramel cashmere (other colors available) | toggle closure in green (other colors available)
Row 4: black side tie (I own this one) | a cozy classic in gray (other colors available) | peacock detail | subtle leopard

Printed Cardigans

Especially in the time of Zoom and working from home, a fun print can make staples feel like an ensemble, a tee and joggers like a proper outfit, and dark winter days have some cheer.  Below are printed cardigans that caught my eye when perusing the web:

the best printed cardigans for 2020

Row 1: black stripes | gray leopard tunic | cream leopard | pink embroidery
Row 2: green zebra | yellow plaid | autumnal hues | indigo ski cardigan
Row 3: gray and yellow graphic | charcoal leopard | baby blue embroidery | ladylike gold tweed
Row 4: rainbow ribbons with black | sky blue leopard | Missoni-inspired topper | black and blue leopard

Cozy Throw-on Cardigans

I know I realized that many of my 2019 and prior cardigans were just NOT what I wanted this year. I don't want a fitted, polished cardigan that adds a layer to my look.  I want something cozy that won't cling to my knit top, that is lofty and not fitted but not sloppy. I want it to not clash with my Zoom blouse or graphic tee but look more put-together than throwing an afghan over my shoulders (which is tempting). Here are some that caught my eye:

best cozy cardigans for working from home

Row 1: camel recycled cashmere wrap (other colors available) | textured tweed (other colors available) | rich blue (other colors available) | cheery yellow 
Row 2: blue alpaca and organic cotton (other colors available) | pops of color buttons (other colors available) | cashmere hoodie (other colors available) | fisherman cardigan (other colors available)
Row 3: moss green recycled knit | beige shaker knit (other colors available) | batwing sleeved cardigan | blue grandpa (other colors available; link for plus sizes)
Row 4: chunky black cardi | rust recycled cashmere (other colors available) | green flyaway cardigan (other colors available) | ivory tweed (other colors available)

Graphic Pullovers

Stripes and skin prints and marled yarns, oh my! When you're wearing joggers and leggings most days, a bit of fun in your sweater can make a major difference.  And there are so many great prints and patterns in stores this season, there is sure to be one perfect for your personal style!

graphic sweaters for 2020Row 1: pink leopards on blue (other colors and prints available) | berry striped yarns | chunky stripes and chunky knit | classic mariner stripe
Row 2: black and white graphic | bold cashmere stripes | tie-dye puffed sleeves | blue zebras (other colors and prints available)
Row 3: black and white zebra | berry-colored zig-zags (other colors available) | artsy stripes | sustainable bold stripes
Row 4: classic Breton | Fair Isle with fringe | berry pattern | bold stripes

Cool Architecture

Interesting cuts and silhouettes aren't just for jackets and shirts, this fall and winter you can remain comfy and cozy while also embracing cool architecture and details.  These sweaters show you how: 

architectual sweatersRow 1: ethical a-line tunic | fringe sleeves (other colors available) | strong shoulders (other colors available) | peekaboo shoulder 
Row 2: balloon sleeves | pink puffed sleeves (other colors available) | ruffle shoulders (other colors available) | architectural yellow
Row 3: pop-poms and puffed sleeves (other colors available) | batwing tunic (other colors available) | cableknit and fringe | funnelneck and fitted cuffs (other colors available)

Keeping it Classic

I know this season I am looking for classic sweaters that will take the test of time. I think of my Lands' End Drifter and L.L. Bean cableknit sweaters that are over a decade old, my cashmere crews that are good enough quality that they've not pilled into a fuzz ball, the cotton sweaters that work no matter the trends.  Some of my picks from highly rated retailers (all are available in multiple colors):

highest quality sweaters in classic stylesRow 1: M.M.LaFleur's cashmere square neck | Nadaam's $75 cashmere | Universal Standard's recycled cotton crew
Row 2: Lands' End cashmere | L.L.Bean's Cotton Ragg | Lands' End Cotton Drifter (non-plus sizes including petite and tall)
Row 3: Duluth's Shaker stitch | Lingua Franca's cashmere | Uniqlo's merino turtleneck

If you've added a great sweater to your wardrobe recently and it's not mentioned here, please share in the comments.  It may be the exact thing another reader has been looking for!

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  1. I already ordered the blue leopard print cardigan from Bloomingdales—a style I wanted at a price I can live with! I’m suitably_midsize on Instagram—thanks for including some great cardigans that can be worn like shirts!

  2. Well… I deeply love sweaters, even though the season to wear them in AZ is relatively short. That doesn’t stop me from adding a new one or two to my collection each winter. For me, that means scouring what is available…then knitting my own version. Doesn’t save me any money by the time I buy nice yarn, but it makes me
    so happy to create just what I want. I’ve decided this fall’s project is going to be a somewhat cropped cardigan with big buttons and balloon sleeves. Probably black or charcoal grey…but maybe a rich brown…

  3. Oh how I wish Florida had sweater weather. There are really some nice selections out there and most sweaters a big boob friendly. Sigh. I’ve got my eye on this poncho from J Jill that’s a silk/cotton blend. I’m trying to hold out for a good sale price though and hoping I won’t look like a lamp in it! It might just work over a long sleeve tee on a Florida “winter” afternoon.


  4. Alison! Whew! What a job you did on finding all these sweaters! Makes me wonder if there’s anything you missed. Good job! I like your comments about the LE drifter; every now and then one thinks “is that still stylish?” Thank you for your hard work on this one.

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