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I’ve been preparing for sweater weather for several months. After a rather brutal summer, I’m more than ready to swap out my tank tops for cozy cardigans this fall. It’s just time, you know?
If you’re in the market for a few colder-weather staples as we transition into this next season, you’re in the right place. I’m sharing some of my absolute favorites that range from casual and comfy pullovers to more polished options for layering.
I love how this Pullover Hoodie from Aviator Nation ($207) is warm without being too thick or heavy. The best thing about Aviator Nation is the super soft, vintage-like material the brand uses. It has that nice, lived-in feeling you can’t really find anywhere else. Plus, this one has a zipper front pocket and a unique high neck detail that makes it different from your standard gray hoodie. If you want to wear it as a layer, make sure you get the right size based on how you like it — the sizing is unisex, so keep the size guide measurements in mind.
The Westerly Cardigan from Pendleton ($269) is one I will keep and wear forever. It never goes out of style. Unlike most of my sweaters, it hits the size sweet spot: it’s roomy but not oversized, thanks to its petite sizing option. The best part? It comes with a two-way zipper, which means you have options when it comes to how you wear it. I usually wear this unzipped with a solid long-sleeve shirt and a pair of soft leggings.
Can you ever go wrong with a sweatshirt that bears a positive message? No, you can’t. And that’s why I love this Madhappy Crewneck ($165) with ribbed cuffs and hems. The sweater is made with 100% cotton fleece fabric (50% recycled and 50% sustainable materials). I opted for the rich forest green color and love how it makes the gold-colored design pop.
Lunya’s Cotton Silk Pocket Henley ($218) is my go-to for Zoom calls, weekend Netflixing, and crispy morning walks. It’s comfortable, warm, and stylish enough to be dressed up or down. It comes with a pocket and has a slightly oversized fit, and the knit fabric has a nice weight to it. The collar is especially cozy, coming up high in the back and buttoning down the front.
Abercrombie and Fitch’s Shirt Jacket ($72) is one I’d put in “shacket” territory, as it’s both a shirt and jacket, depending on how you wear it. It’s got a nice lining, snaps down the front, and a curved gem (again, great for wearing with leggings). This is great for those in-between temperature days when you just need a light layer.
My favorite thing about Free People’s Cardigan ($158) is that it’s got that perfect Grandpa cardigan vibe with a modern twist. It’s a nice and heavy knit that hits mid-thigh and feels akin to wearing a blanket. This is one of those sweaters you keep in arm’s reach (because you’re always going to want to slip it on). I ditched my robe and have been wearing this instead!
This sweater from M.M. Lafleur ($225) is excellent for travel or for a more professional look. The boucle fabric and tailored fit make it a great staple piece within a capsule wardrobe. The material is 80% cotton but doesn’t feel stiff or bulky like other cotton sweaters. It has just the right heft, and the knit feels soft and rich with a bit of stretch to it.
Everyone loves a good one-shoulder moment.
Revolve’s One-Shoulder Sweater ($58) is my going-out staple. Made from a nice thick knit, it looks far more expensive than it is. The best part: it’s one-shouldered without looking sloppy. The cut is just right so it sits where it should. Plus, can you ever really have enough black sweaters? I don’t think so.
Get ready for crispy fall weather with some new sweaters in your closet. The DTC brands we’ve covered here have endless options for you to choose from – but hopefully you’ve found some inspiration to start your shopping!