Confirmed: This Is the Warmest Sweater

Alpaca Sweater


Collage Vintage

When dressing for the winter season, it’s easy to layer up with the warmest sweaters to make sure you stay comfortable. But before you reach for that cashmere cable-knit, you might want to reconsider the most effective type of knit that’ll keep you warm throughout the colder months. “I actually prefer alpaca to cashmere,” says Mandy Kordal, the founder and creative director of Kordal Studio, via email. “Alpaca fiber is luxurious and built to last for years to come. Softer than cashmere and stronger than sheep’s wool due to its hollow structure, the yarn stays firm but soft to touch.”

The best part? Kordal tells us that alpaca doesn’t absorb as much humidity and has natural heating and cooling capabilities to keep you cozy without overheating this season. “Alpaca is great for those with sensitive skin or sheep’s wool allergies as well,” she adds. Hypoallergenic and traps less dirt? It couldn’t get any better than that. Whether you’re wearing a lighter blend or layering with a chic turtleneck, an alpaca sweater is guaranteed to keep you warm.

Read on to shop some of our editors’ favorite alpaca sweaters!

Available in sizes 2 to 10.

The color is so versatile.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X.

Perfect with a pair of boyfriend jeans.

Available in sizes 1 to 3.

So warm, this is all you need.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear this with everything.

Available in sizes XXS to L.

This sweater is too fun.

Available in size L.

Perfect for any occasion.

Available in sizes S to L.

Light enough to layer under your coat.

Available in sizes 2 to 10.

You'll wear this sweater all season long.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear this sherbet orange sweater into the spring.

Available in sizes S to L.

So cozy and chic.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Go bright this winter.

Available in size XS.

You'll never want to take this off.

Available in sizes 2 to 12.

The cutout details are so interesting.

Available in size S.

A pretty take on cold-weather dressing.

Available in sizes 1 to 3.

A turtleneck is bound to keep you warm.

Available in size L.

This is a classic style for winter.

Next, check out 10 new ways to wear your sweater.

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