Time to get cozy! Sweater weather is sending chills down our spines and right into our toes. This fall, the best knit hits are bold and beautiful, in colorful patterns and chic shapes. Here are five sweaters to collect now:
—The Sweater Jacket. This all-purpose knit bridges the gap between heavy coats and light cardigans ... perfect for transitioning into winter wardrobes. This fall, sweater jackets are statement pieces in multipatterned florals, plaids and stripes. Don't be afraid to experiment with the new oversized trend. A little extra room allows for more warmth and layering.
—The Embellished Cardigan. Whether it's the subtle shine of sequins, puffy pompoms or whimsical folkloric embroidery, the classic cardigan is anything but classic this year. Party-ready sweaters are dancing their way into daytime dress and are versatile solutions to the dilemma of what to wear after work to holiday events. Ruffled fronts and bell sleeves add even more festive touches. For a trendy update, cinch a cardigan with a skinny belt.
—The Textured Turtleneck. The basic turtleneck has long been a staple for fall and winter. It's a basic layering piece that you should stock up on in various weights and colors. Cashmere is always a good thing. And a black turtleneck has long been a go-to for the cool crowd. But the turtleneck can also transform a work wardrobe when teamed with skirts or menswear trousers in flattering textured ribbed knits. For weekends, choose a colorful striped turtleneck. And if you want to change up the traditional turtleneck, then look for a draped cowl neck that can be worn pulled down off the shoulders. Cold-shoulder turtlenecks are another way to update this basic sweater.
—The Ski Sweater. Think retro vintage Fair Isle patterns from the 1960s, when this sporty sweater was an apres-ski favorite. These Nordic-inspired designs are once more taking on the slopes — as well as the fashion runways — in multicolored soft knits that are often paired with jeans and hiking boots to add more down-to-earth style. Ditto for varsity argyle sweaters with the same prepster vibe. Sit by a toasty fire and sip a hot toddy. You'll instantly get that cozy hygge feeling.
—The Slouchy Knit. It's all about fluff this year, and the fuzzy knit sweaters are like furry cocoons that envelope you in luxury on the coldest of days. Choose a fuzzy sweater in one of the season's newest hues: burnt orange, teal blue or scarlet. Or you can opt for a red-hot animal print! Oversized crewnecks or chunky cable knits can easily layer over everything — from short skirts to long maxis to boot-cut jeans to slim leggings. Add boots and you've got one of fall's best looks. Don't be left out in the cold!
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