True Story: This Sweater Looks Expensive No Matter What You Spend On It

Not to sound annoying, but I tend to be a picky shopper when it comes to sweaters. Maybe it's because I can spot the difference between one that's pricy and one that's affordable, but regardless I have an eye for luxurious-looking knits. Now, while I wish I could always spring for the designer label that's not always the case, which is why today is all about the type of sweater that's actually affordable but doesn't look it.

The reason a basic beige sweater looks more expensive than other knits is that it's timeless and happens to look elevated with plenty of other simple closet staples. As many fashion people would agree (myself included), they're versatile, too. Considering how you can pair the neutral hue with just about anything, the piece basically styles itself. So whether you reach for a cropped cardigan, a classic turtleneck, or a trendy sweater vest, peruse the best beige sweaters in my edit and get inspired by how fashion people wear them below.

Take a cue from senior editor Allyson Payer and wear our beige cardigan with chunky boots and a mini skirt.

This one also comes in lavender and, yes, I want both.

I love the idea of layering this cardi over a big collared shirt.

Madewell shoppers can't get enough of this cozy cardi.

Tuck in an oversized sweater to a soft midi skirt for a fall look you can re-create over and over.

I personally recommend this super-soft knit.

Add a trendy prep-school element to your beige sweaters when you style socks with loafers.

Just like the rest of H&M's Premium Quality section, this one looks so luxe.

I've never seen a ribbed knit sweater I didn't like.

Fall's #1 knit trend, sweater vests, looks ultra-luxe in neutral beige.

Style this with relaxed jeans and a gold necklace.

I love the idea of wearing a cardigan as a jacket.

The perfect simple cropped cardigan you were looking for.

Wear this as a top with high-waisted jeans.

Meet the barely-there sweater trend that's suddenly everywhere.

Everyone should have a staple sweater like this in their closet.

You can't go wrong with classic beige and black.

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