Nov 19, 2012

10 Must-Try Winter Sweater Styles

By Belinda Romano

The chilly days of winter are just around the corner and, as much as we already miss our breezy summer wardrobes, it's nice to bundle up and get cozy for a change. That's right, sweater season is officially here, and we couldn't be more excited! Who can resist the luxurious softness of cashmere, or the robust warmth of a cable knit sweater? Paired with a crackling fireplace and a cup of hot chocolate, we can't think of a better way to enjoy the winter season! But all sweaters weren't created equal; with so many textures, styles and patterns, there is a smorgasbord of winter coziness you can choose from to look your best and feel your warmest this year. Check out our must-try styles for the holiday season and get ready to face the winter chill in style!

Polka Dots

Cashmere is a winter staple, but if you want something a little more up-to-date than the usual solid-colored sweater, a playfully chic polka dot pattern will look great with a pair of black skinnies and platform pumps. Bonus points if you're rocking nerdy frames with a red pout. Only Mine Polka Dot Cashmere Sweater, $128, available at Nordstrom.

Animal Print

Feeling sassy? Spice things up with an animal print, layered over a denim button-up for a truly eclectic look. Don't forget to stack up on some wrist candy, too! Free People Leopard Print Sweater, $118, available at Nordstrom.


The most timeless of prints, stripes will never let you down. If you're feeling "effortlessly" stylish, this is is a great choice. Pair with carefree, tousled tresses and a natural face for a perfectly minimal look. Joie 'Bronx' Stripe Sweater, $208, available at Nordstrom.

Color Block

Craving something a little trendier? A color-blocked sweater is an easy, yet fashion-forward way to incorporate color into your cozy winter getup. Pair with a top-knot 'do and stained lip color for major style cred. Aqua Color Block Cashmere Sweater, $178, available at Bloomindales.

Fair Isle

Most sweaters can be worn into the crisp days of spring but, when it comes to winter, nothing says "Happy Holidays!" better than the fair isle print. Rock one of these wintertide pullovers with a pair of colorful corduroys for a truly festive look. Women's Fair Isle V-Neck Sweater, $80, available at Lands' End.


Get cozy with one of your boyfriend's sweaters this season! And if you don't have a boy toy, pick up an oversized sweater! Pair with a chunky scarf, leggings and riding boots for a super comfortable ensemble. Boyfriend V-Neck Cashmere Sweater, $168, available at Garnet Hill.

Cable Knit

Cable-knit sweaters are a definite must for winter; they can be dressed up or down, depending on your mood or occasion! Layer over a collared shirt, paired with dark jeans and wedge booties for a casual look, or glam it up with a wreath necklace, skirt and pumps. Don't forget your tights! Caslon Cable Knit Sweater, $59, available at Nordstrom.


The holidays are all about sparkle, and if you want to get in on the glimmer and shimmer of the season all while staying warm and cozy, then look no further than the sequined sweater. One A Sequin Sweater, $64, available at Nordstrom.

Cowl Neck

Looking for something with extra style? A chunky cowl neck sweater worn with your favorite jeans and heeled boots is perfect for the cold winter months. Add a long chained necklace for an extra dose of style. Design History Chunky Cowl Neck Sweater, $198, available at Bloomingdales.


Love layering? A poncho sweater is perfect for wearing over a long sleeved shirt, and gives you the warmth and comfort of a light throw blanket while looking fashionable! Lucky Brand Mélange Poncho Sweater, $99, available at Nordstrom.

  • 10 Must-Try Winter Sweater Styles
  • Polka Dots
  • Animal Print
  • Striped
  • Color Block
  • Fair Isle
  • Boyfriend
  • Cable Knit
  • Sequined
  • Cowl Neck
  • Poncho
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10 Must-Try Winter Sweater Styles
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