I've often found that by the time mid-December hits, I've begun to run short on new cold-weather outfit ideas. The novelty of cooler temperatures and extra layers has worn off, and I'm left with my usual rotation of sweaters. In an ideal world, I'd be able to refresh my collection with the softest of knits anytime I needed, but I'm usually keeping to a budget of some kind in mind, which means a more affordable option usually takes precedence.
Thankfully, this doesn't equate to a lousy sweater season. There are surprisingly several budget-friendly options on the market right now that still maintain an expensive aesthetic. For me, a sweater tends to look on the pricier side when it comes in a special color, has an interesting texture, or is nice and chunky. Ahead, I've rounded up 17 under-$30 sweaters that look more expensive than they are. Keep your winter style refreshed without blowing your budget—an ideal compromise.