I Have Cashmere Taste But Limited Funds—These 6 Sweaters Bridge the Gap

the sweater trends that look expensive, a roundup of affordable sweaters all under $150



Have you ever thought, "I'd be a better dresser if I had money"? It's a common misconception (even among the fashion set) that wealth equates to style. Don't get me wrong. Certain pieces are worth investing in, but that by no means indicates that something is chic. As consumers, our relationship with what's worth buying needs to change when it comes to affordable fashion and the luxury end of the spectrum.

If something is considered a "luxury" item but not sustainably made and is churned out at the same rate as fast fashion, is it worth the hefty price tag? And on the other hand, is it actually bad if something falls within the realm of affordable fashion but can be produced and consumed with the intention of making it a forever piece? These are prompts we all have to ask ourselves when thinking about what we're adding to our carts, and it's something that can inform how we shop for one specific winter staple: sweaters

There's no denying the importance of investing in great knits. However, not everyone can dole out the dough for a cashmere sweater. But that doesn't mean a lack of funds should limit your ability to look like a million bucks. So in that vein, I've scoured the internet to identify six sweater styles that always look chic, whether you pay $30 or $300. Plus, I've shopped out the best expensive-looking sweaters, all under $150. These knits prove that true style doesn't require a steep price tag. 

1. Breton-Stripe Sweater
fashion influencer wearing benton stripe sweater, chanel bag, and white jeans



You don't have to spend a fortune on sweaters to look like you're drippin' in dough. A prime example is the Breton-stripe sweater. It can be paired with anything and magically make the outfit look like you're about to visit your vacation home in the English countryside. 

Shop Breton sweaters under $150:

The buttons are a nice touch. 

This knit looks thick enough for cold winter days. 

This Arket knit is made from cotton, making it the perfect lightweight sweater for warmer winter days. 

2. Zip-Up Knit Jumper
fashion influencer wearing t-shirt under zip-up knit sweater and jeans



Another classic knit that always looks expensive is the zip-up knit jumper. The styling is the secret to making this style look even more luxurious. Don't be afraid to layer underneath and over to make this piece shine as bright as a dime. 

Shop zip-up knit jumpers under $150:

You'll be living your most lavish life in this knit. 

It's made from wool, so you know it's warm. 

Nothing can elevate winter ensembles quite like a caramel-hued sweater. 

Cobalt blue is one of the coolest colors right now. 

3. Sweetheart-Neckline Sweater
fashion influencer wearing sweetheart neckline sweater, jeans, and Hérmes bag



Every fashion person has, at one point, spent an inconceivable amount of time thinking about Khaite's sweetheart-neckline sweater. Some things are indeed worth the investment, but if you can't shell out $1k for a sweater at this point, simply search for iterations with the same neckline to get a little taste of luxury. 

Shop sweetheart-neckline sweaters under $150:

Imagine this top styled with leather pants. Heartbreaking, right? 

Everything about this sweater is perfection—the neckline, the choker, the price tag. 

Nordstrom's knits never fail the assignment. 

The bustier outline makes this knit all the more special. 

4. Chunky Cable-Knit Sweater
modest fashion influencer wearing chunky cable knit sweater, printed maxi skirt and boots



There's nothing more luxurious than thick knits, especially in the form of a chunky cable-knit sweater. Of course, any thicker knit always looks luxe, but if you really want to get your money's worth, you'll want to opt for "boring" details. Think classic silhouettes, earth tones, and better fabrics. Doing this will ensure you can wear your sweater for years to come.

Shop chunky cable-knit sweaters under $150:

Crew-neck sweaters never go out of style. 

In case you do want a splash of color, this sweater also comes in pink, orange, green, lilac, and blue. 

Not only is this a cable-knit, but it also has that zip-up detail, too, so it's a great buy all around. 

I imagine curling up with a cup of hot cocoa in this knit. 

What can make a cable-knit sweater even chicer? An off-the-shoulder neckline, of course. 

5. Collared Sweater
fashion influencer wearing collared sweater



Does it get more bougie than a collared knit? The answer is no, BTW. Pair this sweater with your favorite leather pants and a blazer, and you'll be the walking embodiment of polished. 

Shop collared sweaters under $150:

The stitching on this sweater has me in shambles. 

Love this silhouette but don't need another black sweater? This is available in cream, brown, and lilac too. 

Note the cute little pocket on this sweater. 

6. Turtleneck Sweater
fashion influencer wearing turtleneck sweater, leather bomber jacket, skirt, and ballet flats



Last but certainly not least, the sweater that always looks luxurious is the forever-classic turtleneck sweater. You can spend very little on this piece, yet it will always look sophisticated. Turtlenecks are the ultimate proof that money doesn't buy good taste, but knowing how (and what) to shop is the actual test of style. 

Shop turtleneck sweaters under $150:

I can't emphasize enough the importance of owning at least one black turtleneck.