Crewneck Sweaters

Crewneck Sweaters
Wednesday, October, 19, 2011 While sweaters may be synonymous with cold weather and can hardly be considered a "new" trend for fall, we couldn't help but notice that one particular style of this cozy wardrobe staple is getting a lot of attention this season: the crewneck. Whether it features an of-the-moment color combo or a dizzying print, designers like Rochas' Marco Zanini, Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, and Chloe's Hannah McGibbon are giving the classic knit a fresh update and offering an assortment of totally cute and cool options to try this winter. But that's not even the best part! In addition to all the drool-inducing, straight-off-the-runway styles, there are so many ultra-affordable crewneck sweaters available on the market, which is why we simply couldn't resist spotlighting a few of our favorites in today's Under $100 story.

Now, before delving into all the need-to-know details of today's budget-friendly picks, we'd like to first direct your attention to Elisa Sednaoui for a hot second. The model/actress/fashion plate stepped out for the premiere of Trust at the Deauville American Film Festival in France early last month wearing an enviable Chanel crewneck with faint stripes, which she combined with a pair of wine-colored skinnies and leather boots (both also by Chanel) for a subtly edgy, rock-inspired look. While this isn't the only way you can wear these cool knits, it's certainly a memorable one, so keep it in mind when you're creating your own iteration of this look!

Gap Striped Cable Sweater ($60) in Purple Stripe
Come fall, our search for top-notch sweaters invariably begins at Gap, which is where we found this delightful crewneck. We knew this style had to be included at first glance, as we adore its burgundy and purple stripes (a very chic color combo for fall). We also like that it's thick-so you'll be toasty all season long-without looking too bulky. We recommend wearing it with a maxi skirt for the office or with a pair of cropped pants for the weekend!

COOPERATIVE Speckled Cable Knit Sweater ($59) in Yellow
One of the things that first drew us to this crewneck by Cooperative was how insanely soft and comfortable it is-that's right, no itchy fabric! Additionally, we love its marigold hue, not to mention the red and blue speckled detailing, which adds more texture to the darling knit. If the yellow color is not your cup of tea, we recommend picking it up in Ivory pronto.

Topshop Knitted Contrast Stitch Jumper ($80) in Black
As evidenced by the majority of today's picks, we're partial to bright and colorful crewnecks, but there's something about this black and white pullover from Topshop that makes it stand out from the pack. We chalk it up to the cool contrast stitching, and give it a thumbs up for its cozy fit too! Our advice on how to wear it? Play up its subtly edgy vibe by styling it with a pair of leather pants or shorts and ankle boots.

ASOS Premium Padded Jumper with Stitch Detail ($79) in Orange
While we tend to favor deep, rich colors for autumn and winter, there's certainly nothing wrong with throwing a vibrant hue into the mix too. We're completely smitten with ASOS' Premium Padded Jumper, as it comes in the most fantastic shade of orange and the subtle circle-stitched detailing on its front panel adds just the right amount of visual intrigue.

Forever 21 Striped Sitcom Sweater ($28) in Black/Royal
We're crazy for all the wildly cool, printed crewnecks on the runways, which would explain our adoration for Forever 21's Striped Sitcom Sweater. The multi-colored pattern is so fun (it reminds us of the old Pac-Man characters!) and is guaranteed to liven up your neutral separates. Plus it's lightweight and thin, so you can layer it under a blazer or an overcoat when the temperatures really begin to cool down. And if that's not enough to convince you this sweater is a must-buy, it also happens to be today's thriftiest thrill!-Jessica Baker

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