I’ll be the first to admit I am a very picky person. I like my clothes folded and hung in a certain direction (not to mention color-coordinated). I like my scrambled eggs cooked exactly right (rich and creamy—never fully cooked through). And I like my sweaters to be the absolute softest against my skin (coarse fabrics and itchiness simply will not do!). Luckily, my sweater snobbery has lead me to discover some of the best soft sweaters out there—including the brands, retailers, and specific styles that are leading the pack in cushy comfort.
As a fashion editor, I am also fortunate that I get to try, touch, feel, and see plenty of cozy knits on a regular basis, and because it’s now officially “sweater weather” I wanted to share some of my favorite findings with you, our dear readers. Scroll below for some of the absolute softest sweaters on the market right now that you’ll want to snuggle up in all season long.
On the hanger, this didn't look like anything too special (although I was immediately drawn to the beautiful oatmeal hue), but once I felt the fabric and actually tried the sweater on, I fell head over heels. It feels luxuriously soft and it drapes beautifully on the body too. I'll be wearing it with matching beige jeans for a luxe look this season.
I'll be honest, Topshop is not usually the first place I think of to go to when shopping for soft sweaters, so I was pleasantly surprised when I felt just how supple and velvety this cable-knit sweater felt against my skin. Moreover, it also looks super chic with its cable-neck detailing and stylish silhouette.
Just one glance at this and you can see how plush and fluffy it looks. It's the perfect fall/winter sweater for when you want to feel cozy but still look polished, thanks to its flattering square neckline and romantic puff sleeves.
I've been a big fan of Nordstrom's in-house brand Halogen's cashmere sweaters for some time now—mostly because they are seriously soft (made from 100% cashmere), they are lightweight yet warm, they act as the perfect wardrobe staple. You can pair them with everything in your closet from jeans to skirts and tailored trousers and, moreover, they clock in at under $100. They come in 14 versatile colors—I own the crewneck in three colors—gray (seen above), blue (seen below), and black as well as the V-neck version in beige. Addicted!
I think I've worn this 100% cashmere sweater to death since I purchased it a few years back—it's my go to when I travel, especially when I want to look smart. I've worn it with jeans on the weekends, and to work with skirts countless times. It's super comfortable, cushy, and versatile. It has a relaxed fit yet makes every outfit look put together.
If you're looking for a soft sweater with a more form-fitting silhouette then this one's for you. This statement turtleneck is not only perfectly on-trend with its trending hot pink hue and puff-sleeve details, but it's also made from 100% merino wool, which means it's smooth, soft, and will keep you toasty all winter long. Pair it under a gray check blazer for a fashion-forward look.
If you love all things soft and cozy, then you need to bookmark Barefoot Dreams. This is my go-to brand for casual and cozy loungewear. I wear their cardigan all the time on crisp and cool weekends. One of my favs!
Loved by celebs (Gigi Hadid was recently spotted in this turtleneck), Naked Cashmere sweaters are silky-soft to the touch. They're made from 100% cashmere and have a nice weight to them, which gives them a luxurious feel.