Staple Sweaters

There may be no greater joy than pulling on a sweater on a crisp autumn day.  Many of us have a favorite old sweater that we shall never part with.  Finding the perfect sweater is an art…and once you find her, never let her go.

Here are some tried and true favorites.  Necessary criteria required to make this list include fabric, quality, comfort (no itchy, hot wools), value, and color.

Jeans and a turtleneck sweater go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We all need this sweater.  It is so soft, and pairs perfectly with any denim.  The chevron seam brings it up to date. 

Tisbury Turtleneck Pullover, $98, Anthropologie

Cashmere is classic.  The crewneck sweater is a classic. A crewneck cashmere sweater will always be in style, and will remain a staple in your closet for many years to come.  This one is affordable, and has a monogramming option.

  Everyday Cashmere Crewneck, $98, J Crew

A post-workout pullover sweater like this one allows you to run errands post-workout in the most dignified manner, and it gives you the opportunity to show off your fancy sports bras, as well.

Darling Sweater, $89, Athleta


Whomever invented the concept of disguising a sweater as a blazer is a genius.  You can dress this cozy jacket up or down.

Topshop Boucle Sweater Blazer, $75, Nordstrom

The Fair Isle sweater is a timeless classic, and pops up in updated versions every season.  Fair Isle refers to a traditional style of knitting deriving from Scotland, used to create patterns using several colors of thread. Here is Garnet Hill’s current interpretation.

Pointelle Fair Isle Sweater, $88, Garnet Hill

Every girl needs a good boyfriend cardigan.  This one is given a feminine touch with pointelle detailing, and the season’s big trend, a tie sleeve.  The longer length works well with fitted denim and leggings, as an aid to cover your a$$ets.   

Pointelle Boyfriend Cardigan, $168, Banana Republic

images via athleta, jcrew, bananarepublic, garnethill, nordstrom

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