A Definitive Guide to Sweaters That Are as Cozy as They Look

Lindsey Lanquist
A Definitive Guide to Sweaters That Are as Cozy as They Look
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Stocking up on fall sweaters is a seasonal delight unlike any other. Moments like sipping pumpkin spice lattes, lighting cinnamon apple candles and switching from rosé to red wine are undeniably magical, but they’ve got nothing on the promise of comfort and sartorial rejuvenation a new fall sweater brings.

The issue is, sometimes fall sweaters don’t deliver on that promise. If you’re an avid online shopper, you don’t get the luxury of interacting with a knit before committing to it. It’s not until the sweater arrives on your doorstep—or until a few hours into your first wear—that you realize just how rough, scratchy and all-around uncomfortable it actually is.

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It can be tempting to cling to knits you’ve already invested in. Maybe you’ve already taken the price tag off. Maybe you don’t have the energy to run to the post office and deal with shipping. Maybe you don’t feel like finding another sweater to replace a tried-and-true basic, no matter how scratchy it is.

I get it—obstacles abound. But these inconveniences are small compared with the grating experience of wearing an itchy sweater for hours on end.

I finally accepted this truth last year and traded all my frustrating sweaters for verifiably softer options. I carefully inspected the details of any sweater I saw online, paying special attention to the fabric makeup. Wool-acrylic blends got a hard pass from me, and I started favoring chenilles and cashmeres.

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In the spirit of swearing off frustrating fall fabrics, I’ve created a comprehensive guide to cozy sweater shopping. Here, you’ll find 55 fall sweaters that are genuinely as soft, comfortable and welcoming as they look—plus, they’re sorted by type.

Whether you’re looking for a boxy turtleneck or chunky colorful knit, you’ll find it in the below slideshow (and you won’t be disappointed when you slip into it for the first time).

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STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Comfy-Cute Casual

Looking for a chic, casual sweater to throw on as you're heading out the door? These neutral options—with details like zippers, embellishments and ruffled sleeves—are great go-tos for your day-to-day.

Lovers + Friends Delridge sweater, $148 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Comfy-Cute Casual

Looking for a chic, casual sweater to throw on as you're heading out the door? These neutral options—with details like zippers, embellishments and ruffled sleeves—are great go-tos for your day-to-day.

Generation Love Ambrose cashmere sweater, $126 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Comfy-Cute Casual

Looking for a chic, casual sweater to throw on as you're heading out the door? These neutral options—with details like zippers, embellishments and ruffled sleeves—are great go-tos for your day-to-day.

Central Park West Coconut Grove sweater, $51 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Comfy-Cute Casual

Looking for a chic, casual sweater to throw on as you're heading out the door? These neutral options—with details like zippers, embellishments and ruffled sleeves—are great go-tos for your day-to-day.

Callahan Shaker boyfriend sweater, $118 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Comfy-Cute Casual

Looking for a chic, casual sweater to throw on as you're heading out the door? These neutral options—with details like zippers, embellishments and ruffled sleeves—are great go-tos for your day-to-day.

Free People Belong to You sweater, $57 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Saturated Slipovers

Haven't you heard? Saturated knits are excellent to wear during changing seasons. They combine the colors of summer with the comforts of fall—plus, they're so damn fun.

Weekday Balloon sweater, $87 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Saturated Slipovers

Haven't you heard? Saturated knits are excellent to wear during changing seasons. They combine the colors of summer with the comforts of fall—plus, they're so damn fun.

Oversized sweater, $50 at Zara

Photo: Zara.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Saturated Slipovers

Haven't you heard? Saturated knits are excellent to wear during changing seasons. They combine the colors of summer with the comforts of fall—plus, they're so damn fun.

Oversized sweater, $50 at Zara

Photo: Zara.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Saturated Slipovers

Haven't you heard? Saturated knits are excellent to wear during changing seasons. They combine the colors of summer with the comforts of fall—plus, they're so damn fun.

Ottoman cropped jumper, $55 at Topshop

Photo: Topshop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Saturated Slipovers

Haven't you heard? Saturated knits are excellent to wear during changing seasons. They combine the colors of summer with the comforts of fall—plus, they're so damn fun.

Isabel Marant Janet sweater, $875 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Timeless Turtlenecks

A boxy turtleneck is a staple in any wardrobe—particularly if it comes in a goes-with-everything neutral.

Nili Lotan Anitra turtleneck sweater, $695 at Nordstrom

Photo: Nordstrom.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Timeless Turtlenecks

A boxy turtleneck is a staple in any wardrobe—particularly if it comes in a goes-with-everything neutral.

Free People knit tunic, $148 at Free People

Photo: Free People.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Timeless Turtlenecks

A boxy turtleneck is a staple in any wardrobe—particularly if it comes in a goes-with-everything neutral.

Le Kasha Lisbon cashmere sweater, $820 at Shopbop

Photo: Shopbop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Timeless Turtlenecks

A boxy turtleneck is a staple in any wardrobe—particularly if it comes in a goes-with-everything neutral.

Isabel Marant Harriett sweater, $1,160 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Timeless Turtlenecks

A boxy turtleneck is a staple in any wardrobe—particularly if it comes in a goes-with-everything neutral.

Sablyn chunky cashmere sweater, $1,260 at Shopbop

Photo: Shopbop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Printed Pullovers

Sweaters can be statement pieces, too. Keep your knit selection varied with these exciting patterns and prints.

Vero Moda sweater, $39 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Printed Pullovers

Sweaters can be statement pieces, too. Keep your knit selection varied with these exciting patterns and prints.

House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Lawrence sweater, $188 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Printed Pullovers

Sweaters can be statement pieces, too. Keep your knit selection varied with these exciting patterns and prints.

Graphic monochrome jumper, $80 at Topshop

Photo: Topshop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Printed Pullovers

Sweaters can be statement pieces, too. Keep your knit selection varied with these exciting patterns and prints.

Rag & Bone Ridley pullover, $245 at Shopbop

Photo: Shopbop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Printed Pullovers

Sweaters can be statement pieces, too. Keep your knit selection varied with these exciting patterns and prints.

Zebra skinny top, $55 at Topshop

Photo: Topshop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Short Sleeve Weaves

For those days when the weather hasn't gotten the memo that fall is in full swing.

One Teaspoon stonewashed sweater, $99 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Short Sleeve Weaves

For those days when the weather hasn't gotten the memo that fall is in full swing.

Bailey 44 Heart and Soul sweater, $125 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Short Sleeve Weaves

For those days when the weather hasn't gotten the memo that fall is in full swing.

Free People Northern Lights vest, $98 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Short Sleeve Weaves

For those days when the weather hasn't gotten the memo that fall is in full swing.

NADAAM Tulip tank, $127 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Short Sleeve Weaves

For those days when the weather hasn't gotten the memo that fall is in full swing.

Connolly cashmere and silk-blend sweater, $628 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Chunky Colorblocks

My unofficial fall uniform: black jeans, ankle boots and a retro-looking oversized colorblock sweater.

Burberry Paw Intarsia sweater, $800 at Nordstrom

Photo: Nordstrom.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Chunky Colorblocks

My unofficial fall uniform: black jeans, ankle boots and a retro-looking oversized colorblock sweater.

ASOS Design chevron sweater, $48 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Chunky Colorblocks

My unofficial fall uniform: black jeans, ankle boots and a retro-looking oversized colorblock sweater.

Tibi Intarsia sweater, $495 at Shopbop

Photo: Shopbop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Chunky Colorblocks

My unofficial fall uniform: black jeans, ankle boots and a retro-looking oversized colorblock sweater.

Eckhaus Latta cotton sweater, $420 at Nordstrom

Photo: Nordstrom.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Chunky Colorblocks

My unofficial fall uniform: black jeans, ankle boots and a retro-looking oversized colorblock sweater.

River Island batwing sweater, $45 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Night-Out Knits

Because it's too damn cold outside to not wear a sweater to the club. But it's too damn hot inside to wear a warm one.

Bailey 44 turtleneck top, $79 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Night-Out Knits

Because it's too damn cold outside to not wear a sweater to the club. But it's too damn hot inside to wear a warm one.

Free People Time After Time sweater, $78 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Night-Out Knits

Because it's too damn cold outside to not wear a sweater to the club. But it's too damn hot inside to wear a warm one.

Line and Dot Viviane sweater, $29 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Night-Out Knits

Because it's too damn cold outside to not wear a sweater to the club. But it's too damn hot inside to wear a warm one.

Sage pullover sweater, $29 at Urban Outfitters

Photo: Urban Outfitters.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Night-Out Knits

Because it's too damn cold outside to not wear a sweater to the club. But it's too damn hot inside to wear a warm one.

Lovers + Friends Viola sweater, $128 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Statement Stripes

Take a styling lesson from Spongebob Squarepants: The best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.

Crewneck sweater, $59 at & Other Stories

Photo: & Other Stories.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Statement Stripes

Take a styling lesson from Spongebob Squarepants: The best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.

The Ragged Priest loose knit sweater, $64 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Statement Stripes

Take a styling lesson from Spongebob Squarepants: The best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.

Warehouse sweater, $67 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Statement Stripes

Take a styling lesson from Spongebob Squarepants: The best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.

Aries striped knitted sweater, $506 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Statement Stripes

Take a styling lesson from Spongebob Squarepants: The best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time.

Striped yarn sweater, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Photo: Urban Outfitters.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Cozy Crops

Because sometimes you want to wear your favorite sweater with a skirt, shorts or high-waisted pants—and figuring out how to tuck one in is tough.

Oliver balloon sleeve sweater, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Photo: Urban Outfitters.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Cozy Crops

Because sometimes you want to wear your favorite sweater with a skirt, shorts or high-waisted pants—and figuring out how to tuck one in is tough.

ASOS Design cropped oversized sweater, $42 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Cozy Crops

Because sometimes you want to wear your favorite sweater with a skirt, shorts or high-waisted pants—and figuring out how to tuck one in is tough.

Chiara Ferragni turtleneck sweater, $369 at Farfetch

Photo: Farfetch.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Cozy Crops

Because sometimes you want to wear your favorite sweater with a skirt, shorts or high-waisted pants—and figuring out how to tuck one in is tough.

ASOS Design chunky sweater, $45 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Cozy Crops

Because sometimes you want to wear your favorite sweater with a skirt, shorts or high-waisted pants—and figuring out how to tuck one in is tough.

Ribbed cropped jumper, $40 at Topshop

Photo: Topshop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Strong Sleeves

When you're working with a muted palette, you might as well have fun with sleeve-based silhouettes.

Endless Rose exaggerated sleeve sweater, $35 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Strong Sleeves

When you're working with a muted palette, you might as well have fun with sleeve-based silhouettes.

Lemaire peplum sweater, $792 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Strong Sleeves

When you're working with a muted palette, you might as well have fun with sleeve-based silhouettes.

Khaite Selena puff sleeve sweater, $820 at Matches Fashion

Photo: Matches Fashion.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Strong Sleeves

When you're working with a muted palette, you might as well have fun with sleeve-based silhouettes.

Tularosa x Revolve Bergen pullover, $128 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Strong Sleeves

When you're working with a muted palette, you might as well have fun with sleeve-based silhouettes.

Lovers + Friends Delridge Sweater, $148 at Revolve

Photo: Revolve.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Snuggly Soft Chic

So soft you'll be petting your sweater all day.

Pull and Bear chenille sweater, $34 at ASOS

Photo: ASOS.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Snuggly Soft Chic

So soft you'll be petting your sweater all day.

Woven Heart chenille sweater, $56 at Nordstrom

Photo: Nordstrom.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Snuggly Soft Chic

So soft you'll be petting your sweater all day.

Fluffy super cropped jumper, $55 at Topshop

Photo: Topshop.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Snuggly Soft Chic

So soft you'll be petting your sweater all day.

Majorelle Majesty sweater, $128 at Revolve

Photo: Majorelle.
STYLECASTER | 55 Sweaters That Are Exactly as Cozy as They Look
Snuggly Soft Chic

So soft you'll be petting your sweater all day.

Soft feel sweater, $46 at Zara

Photo: Zara.

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