10 Cute Sweaters: A Try-On Sesh

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Anyone else live in sweaters for the better part of the year? Yep. Sweaters for holiday, sweaters for the coldest days, sweaters for the not-quite-as-cold days, sweaters for the just-a-little-cool days. You get the picture…I love them all. This time of year I want sweaters that are extra cozy and pretty.

10 Cute Sweaters (That Are Also Super-Soft)

I had no other specifications for this post beyond that — give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, including both pullovers and few carefully chosen cardigans. But this time, I decided to break them down by fiber content. I’m a long-time knitter so I love it all, including the wooly ones. But I’ve mostly included soft blends here, and I’ve been sure to note which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton and cashmere (and the % when provided by the brands.) So let’s get into it!

(Here are the sweater and scarf in the top image.)

Alpaca + Wool Blend Sweaters

1. The Coziest: Everlane Oversized Alpaca Rib Crewneck

Fiber Content: 58% Alpaca, 34% Nylon, 8% Wool

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Everlane Alpaca Crew (s)

This Everlane Rib Crewneck is a sweater I once returned thinking I didn’t really need another sweater…and then promptly reordered it because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s so good. Fluffy but not too fluffy, lightweight yet warm and super cute. It is a bit see-thru in this shade, but that doesn’t bother me and makes it a little sexy if you want it to be (are sexy crewnecks a thing? haha) Regardless, this is my top pick. Looovve it. And Everlane has consistently made some of our team’s favorite sweaters for years now.

2. The One That Looks More Expensive Than It Is Madewell Waller Cardigan

Fiber Content: Acrylic/wool/polyamide

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Madewell Waller Cardigan (s) | Jeans (29)

I spied this lovely when I was in store the other day. I’ve been ogling fancypants ribbed sweaters online (like the hundreds of dollars kinds) and just haven’t been able to commit. But this one is under $100 and totally beats the fancier options! The thick yarn and ribbing are what make this one look way more lux than its price tag. It also comes in a really pretty deep emerald green. It fits TTS but is a cropped version, perfect for high-waisted pants and jeans or for those of us on the shorter side. SUCH a great find!

3. The One With Cute Details: Madewell Henley

Fiber Content: Polyamide/acrylic/wool/poly

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Madewell Donegal Tweed Henley

OK, so this Madewell Henley was another I kept eyeing and kept thinking about. It’s so so cute and I love the henley detail. It’s not quite as airy and soft as the first one, but wasn’t itchy at all (to me) with a tank underneath. My only beef with this sweater is that there’s a weird little notch at the top when you unbutton the henley. I thought the buttons would make it nice and versatile, but it looks funny worn open. Closed though? I love it.

4. The Classic Combo Making A Comeback: Alex Mill Donegal Cardi + Vest

65% merino wool, 30% nylon, 5% alpaca

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Alex Mill Donegal Cardi + Donegal Vest (s in both)

This set is what got me to try out some Alex Mill sweaters. It’s just got classic British vibes, and even though I lean a little rocker-chic, I cannot resist. I’ll say it below, too, these sweaters are SO well-made…some of the highest quality construction I’ve come across, especially at their price-point. They are definitely worth a try. While I didn’t keep this set, it was a tough choice to send it back. I think it’d be adorable with a scarf at the neck or a button-down underneath, too. And this set has a much softer feel than it seems by looking at it.


Cashmere + Cashmere Blend Sweaters

5. The Stunning Boyfriend: Naadam Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan

Fiber Content: 100% Mongolian cashmere

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Naadam Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan (s) | Pants (s)

I’m pretty bored with many cardigans these days, unless they are cropped, chunky, oversized or just differernt. The styles haven’t changed in quite a few years…but this one. Well, first off it’s cashmere so YEAH. Gimme. But secondly it’s more fitted and looks super-cute worn on its own instead of layered, which gives it a new vibe I’m down with. And with the matching crop pants? So cute. Cozy but could be dressed up enough to wear out during the day. I love it with my clog boots.

Naadam makes some of our favorite sustainable cashmere sweaters. I also have the boatneck, which you can peep on here.

6. The Super-Cute Crop: Madewell (Re)Sourched Cashmere Crop Turtleneck

Fiber Content: 70% recycled cashmere (50% pre-consumer/20% post-consumer)/30% virgin wool

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Madewell (Re)Sourched Cashmere Crop Turtleneck (s) | Jeans

The fact that this one is made from recycled materials was the cherry on top of this cute Madewell find. The tone-on-tone stripes pulled me in, but the soft feel was also fab. I would say size up on this though. I thought the fit would be a little bit boxier. I’m wearing a S but would have preferred a M for a cozier fit and perhaps just a touch more length. So cute though. And one of the softest of the bunch.

7. The French Vibes: Alex Mill Sun Sweater in Stripe

Fiber Content: 90% wool, 10% cashmere

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Alex Mill Sun Sweater in Stripe (m) | Jeans

I hadn’t tried any Alex Mill sweaters before this try-on (but they do make my favorite button-down) and now I’m totally convinced! (Ooh and this oversized ribbed v neck is a new one I’m drooling over but didn’t get to try out!)

The Alex Mill sweaters were the most well-made of the whole try-on. Really lovely seams and fits on the ones I tried, as I mentioned above. The bit of cashmere on this one made a world of difference in the feel, too. Both of the crewnecks I tried here are the same cut, just striped versus solid. They do run small, but make a lovely fitted option for your closet. I’m wearing a M in both, and they fit me like a S usually does. They’re the perfect option for layering better under jackets (hi, favorite leather moto that doesn’t fit over chunky sweaters) and blazers.

8. The Prettiest Color: Alex Mill Sun Sweater in Blue

Fiber Content: 90% wool, 10% cashmere

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Alex Mill Sun Sweater in Blue (m)

This sweater is the same cut as above and a beautifully made sweater, especially for the price point. A new fan of Alex Mill sweaters over here, for sure. With this job and trying on all the things, it’s hard to know what to keep, and I am now wishing I hadn’t returned this beautiful blue option. Size up though. One of my top picks of the post.


Synthetic + Cotton Blend Sweaters

9. The Softest One: Treasure & Bond Quarter-Zip Cable Knit

Fiber Content: 55% cotton, 26% polyester, 11% nylon, 5% wool, 3% spandex

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

Treasure & Bond Quarter-Zip Cable Knit (s) | Jeans (27) | boots (similar)

This is one of the softest sweaters of the whole roundup here. So cute, but definitely a little oversized. I think I would have preferred an XS but I’ve worn it too much already, so that tells me it’s ok to have this one extra cozy. Haha. A great price on this one, too, from a fav Nordstrom brand Treasure & Bond.

10. The Versatile One I’m Constantly Wearing: J.Crew Half Zip

Fiber Content: Acrylic/merino wool/polyamide/alpaca/elastane

Give me all the cozy, pretty sweaters, please, both pullovers & cardigans. I've mostly included soft blends & noted which have even softer fibers like alpaca, cotton & cashmere

J.Crew Half Zip (s) | Jeans (29) | boots (similar) | Striped Tee

This has been one of my most-worn sweaters this fall. It’s a great midweight, super cute, on-trend and actually versatile. I love it layered here (though a darker shade would be better for layering over my striped tee) but I love it on it’s own too, showing more skin at the neck (that way feels a little dressier to me. TTS and just a really great piece.

Shop These Sweaters & More Current Favorites

Everlane and Madewell have been some of my top places to find sweaters for years, but I was so excited to try out the lovely Alex Mill options this year, too. And definitely don’t miss that Naadam boyfriend cardigan + pants if you’re looking for lovely cashmere for gifting or for your own holiday wishlist.

We’ll continue to do some more sweater comparisons as the winter season progresses. As usual, if you have a favorite go-to, let me know in the comments!

Happy Cozy Season…

xo,

L

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks so much; I loved this post! The everlane sweater is gorgeous. I’ve been debating it for a while but keep hesitating because the site says dry clean only. Has anyone had success with hand washing the alpaca ones?

    • That’s a good question I haven’t had this long enough to wash, but I’ll probably spot clean or you can also handwash with baby shampoo and it’s super gentle on the fibers 🙂

  2. I’d love to see what you think about the Quince sweaters. I’d also love to know how the sweaters you tried and kept did with pilling.

    • I’d like to try those out! So far these J.Crew sweaters are pilling less than last year’s I had…but they aren’t QUITE as soft but they’re still soft. In my experience the really soft sweaters with merino wool are the worst for pilling. The Alex Mill seem like they’d hold up the best to pilling because they have less softer fiber content. The Everlane alpaca has been fine so far, but I find with the fuzzier fibers they also don’t show pilling as much. I hope that helps!

  3. Hi, do you think sizing up on the Alex Mill cardigans is necessary? I noticed you wore S in that and M in the crew…..the striped sweater in large fit me well and I usually wear medium. Thanks

    • I didn’t try many cardigans, but the one I did seemed more true to size than the pullovers. I think it’s the blue and striped pullover style above that tends to run small! The other Alex Mill tops I’ve tried seem more TTS. 🙂

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