And Now, Sweaters Under $30 That Don't Look It

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.

Neutrals are always a safe bet.

A little '70s-inspired turtleneck for your winter wearing pleasure.

Layer this over a silver slip skirt and your favorite party heels for the office holiday party.

A ribbed-knit texture feels expensive.

Chunky turtlenecks are a wardrobe rut game changer.

This feels like something Proenza Schouler would do—buy!

Update your sweaters with this sleeveless version layered underneath.

If you've been paying attention to color trends, then you already know green is having a moment—try olive hues for the cold weather.

Style this with wide-leg denim and heeled boots for a casual date-night outfit.

Nothing beats a cream turtleneck in a soft fabric.

Scalloping is a detail worth investing in.

Appropriately festive but still on-trend. 

An unexpected knitwear layer—like a vest—is a fun way to enliven your wardrobe.

This purplish shade of pink feels vibrant and versatile.

The most perfectly unusual shade of green, no?

As the name suggests, this is the perfect everyday cardigan to layer with your favorite cardigans, jackets, and other wintery separates.

And Now: Sweater outfit ideas to put your purchases to good use.