We’re feeling cozy vibes, which can only mean one thing: Sweater season is officially here. There’s just something undeniably comforting about slipping on a knit pullover: It’s like wearing a blanket outside of bed. Yes, please.
Another thing we love about sweater weather: How easy getting dressed becomes. Simply pair one of our knit picks with a skirt, trousers, or jeans and you’re good to go (well, almost). And this season, chic sweaters abound. From bright striped options to polished, pre-layered styles (one and done!), there are more than a few forward ways to get your fall fashion on. So if you’re as excited as we are about this time of year, prepare to conquer the chill in the biggest trends of the season.
Meet your new go-to work sweater. This cotton-wool style is not only ideal for the in-between weather but also polished. The subtle puff sleeve lends a ladylike bent to a classic cable knit, making it the perfect piece for when you want to be warm but still look pulled together (no slouchy knits here). Wear it with everything from a midi skirt at the office to jeans for a casual night out.
The traditional Fair Isle sweater is getting an update this season, and we’re definitely on board. Brands are reimagining the Shetland Islands pattern using modern shapes and bright hues, and the results are way more fashion than fuddy-duddy. This interpretation has a blouson sleeve, which adds a little bit of drama but not so much that it’s over the top. Just add jeans to complete your look.
The key to nailing a chunky sweater is balancing out the weight and texture of the knit. In this case, the shorter length does the trick. A curved cable pattern in universally flattering army green makes this alpaca-blend pullover a layer you’ll want to live in. To keep your look fresh, consider wearing cream or winter white on the bottom in favor of the usual denim or basic black.
Stripes never go out of style, but this season they’re getting big, bold, and multicolored. And it doesn’t get more inviting than this striped mohair sweater—a wardrobe addition you’ll turn to when you feel like making a stylish statement. Whether you choose to wear it with black leather pants or faded jeans, you really won’t need much else for instant impact.
What’s better than a versatile knit? A versatile knit that does the styling for you. No need to find a button-down or blouse to layer this sweater over—it comes pre-done. Well, sort of. The contrasting checked collar gives the appearance of an underlayer without the added bulk or annoyance of having to readjust your shirt throughout the day. Genius, really.
Upgrade your sweater game with a houndstooth turtleneck that turns menswear into womens wear (thank you very much). The pattern, typically found in suiting, feels modern and unexpected in this knit iteration—and just right for pairing with a midi skirt and boots.
Sporty and varsity-inspired sweaters are having a major moment this fall, in an ironic kind of way. Instead of a tennis skirt or ‘70s-esque ski pants, take this knit to the streets styled with a sleek pencil skirt or cropped denim and ankle boots. The end result: a look that’s collegiate-inspired but not costumey.
The air is crisp and the sweater offerings are better than ever. No matter which—and why limit yourself?—of these trends you choose to get all wrapped up in, your season will be off to a seriously stylish start.