Too itchy. Not warm enough. Too tight. Too flimsy. There are hundreds and hundreds of sweaters available right now, but not all of them are going to pass muster. I recently sifted through a pile of sweaters and only kept a handful of winners that I know I’ll be wearing consistently (as long as L.A. can stave off its signature 75-degree weather for a couple more months).
First up is a handmade sweater from a Belgian brand called I Love Mr. Mittens. This one fulfilled my quest to find the ultimate chunky sweater—the cable-knit pattern is extra thick and cozy, so it practically doubles as a (very chic) blanket. On the other end of the spectrum, I found the cutest cropped sweater from For Love & Lemons. I’m obsessed with the pretty lavender color, which feels so fresh for winter, and the cropped silhouette is ideal for wearing with high-waisted jeans.
Lastly, one affordable Madewell sweater stood out from other well-priced versions. A simple cream-colored crewneck sweater is one of the most versatile fall pieces out there and can be layered under any and all of your coats. Scroll down to see how I styled the three sweaters and shop them for yourself.