When it comes to uncovering the
most-wanted stuff for fall, there’s a particularly iconic image that comes to mind: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal wearing twin fisherman sweaters, circa 1989, in When Harry Met Sally. (Although Chris Evans in that cable-knit number from Knives Out is a more recent cultural reference worthy of an honorable mention, too.) Knitwear embodies all that’s good about autumn; the foliage tones, the in-between temps. But, which cozy styles are actually worth investing in?
Normally this is where we’d say:
That’s where we come in! Except that, in the case of this article, this is only partially true. While we’ve rounded up 18 covetable styles ranging from cardigans to coatigans and everything in between, we have to credit the impassioned shoppers who left the detailed ratings and reviews that helped us curate this list. It’s thanks to their honest accounts that we were able to unearth some of the top-rated sweaters on the internet — and, because of that, you’ll be able to frolic through fall in a garment that’s guaranteed to please.
Scroll ahead to discover the internet’s most highly rated sweaters for fall.
Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.
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Anthropologie Hearts Mock Neck Sweater
The Sweet Sweater With its puffy sleeves and dainty heart motif, this sweater has all the fixings to become the most adorable addition to your fall wardrobe.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 4 reviews on Anthropologie
What They’re Saying: “This is such an adorable sweater. I think the slightly puffy and shorter sleeves are cute. The hearts make it even cuter.” — Linda T., Anthropologie reviewer
Anthropologie Hearts Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at Anthropolgie
Quince Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt
The Sweatshirt Sweater This reviewer, reader, AND editor-favorite sweater features a subtle sweatshirt design that, when paired with its elegant 100%-Mongolian cashmere fabric, achieves an effortlessly cool aesthetic.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars, 486 reviews on Quince
What They’re Saying: “Truly an incredible sweater, so comfy, cute, and cozy. Cannot recommend it enough. It looks fantastic while also being the softest thing I own. I imagine this will become a closet staple this fall and winter! As far as sizing goes, it fits quite true to size. If you’re thinking about purchasing this sweater, this is your sign to do it. I promise you won’t regret it!” — MD, Quince reviewer Shop Quince
Quince Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt, $, available at Quince
H&M Knit Sweater
The Under-$30 Sweater There’s lots to love about this sage green sweater and its relaxed fit — especially its $25 price tag.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 29 reviews on H&M
What They’re Saying: “first off, ITS RECYCLED BY OVER 50% and the quality is stretchy warm and so comfy… i got a small for a loose fit[,] im a c cup and it’s perfect. highly recommend..” — Anonymous, H&M reviewer
H&M Knit Sweater, $, available at H&M
1.State Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Sweater
The Subtle Sweater This cotton-blend sweater is right on trend with its dramatic balloon sleeves but is classic enough to stay in style for seasons to come.
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 57 reviews on Nordstrom
What They’re Saying: “Love it! I like the way it lays and I’ve been wanting a balloon sleeve but they are usually ballooned. This one is just enough. I usually wear a small or medium and I got small.” — Maimai 100, Nordstrom reviewer Shop Nordstrom
1.State Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom
Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan
The Luxury Sweater If you’re in the market to invest in the one fall sweater to rule all fall sweaters, then Jenni Kayne’s legendary Cashmere Cocoon Cardi should probably be on your list. Although pricey, the best-selling style comes recommended by 97% of reviewers for being well worth the $$$ in quality, fit, and luxurious feel. Offered in seven wear-with-anything colors in sizes ranging from XXS-3X, the 100% cashmere cardigan features an oversized slouchy-but-sexy fit that some reviewers caution to run on the bigger side — so, be sure to size down if you like a snugger cocoon.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 119 reviews on Jenni Kayne
What They’re Saying: “I am trying not to use this sweater as my pajamas because it is so soft and cozy. The sweater is a great piece to be worn over a dress in the office or over jeans everywhere else. The construction and design are sophisticated and fall on your frame really well. I get compliments on the sweater all the time.” — Elizabeth B., Jenni Kayne reviewer Shop Jenni Kayne
Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan, $, available at Jenni Kayne
Amazon Oversized Chunky Knitted Sweater
The Amazon Sweater A #1 Best Seller on Amazon, this chunky knitted number is beloved by reviewers for its slouchy fit, super-soft feel, and lightweight yet warm construction. Oh, they also call it a “compliment magnet.”
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars, 13,263 reviews on Amazon
What They’re Saying: “To say I am obsessed is an understatement!!! Everywhere I go, I get compliments on this sweater! It’s so soft and is not too thick so it’s perfect for warmer places because I can get that fall feeling without sweating. It’s a beautiful orange and looks more expensive in person than it is! Now I want to order all the colors LOL” — Stephanie M., Amazon reviewer Shop Amazon
Zesica Oversized Chunky Knitted Sweater, $, available at Amazon
Halogen Crewneck Cashmere Sweater
The Best Value Sweater Every closet needs a pure cashmere crewneck that is as sophisticated as it is soft, with endless styling potential throughout the season.
The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars, 240 reviews on Norstrom Rack
What They’re Saying: “A Wardrobe Workhorse: I love this sweater so much that I also have it in black and camel. It is true to size and looks great! The quality is excellent and I wear them several times each week with a variety of bottoms. Great value.” — IdahoK1965, Nordstrom Rack reviewer Shop Nordstrom Rack
Halogen ® Crewneck Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
Urban Outfitters Cleo Mock Neck Sweater
The Cropped Sweater For a break from your selection of fall-ready baggy sweaters, consider this bold cropped (but still cozy!) number.
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars, 9 reviews on Urban Outfitters
What They’re Saying: “I absolutely love this sweater. It is so cozy and perfect for fall coming up. Will definitely… order in white or orange soon!” — abigail10221, Urban Outfitters reviewer Shop Urban Outfitters
UO Cleo Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at Urban Outffiters
Alex Mill Button-Back Crewneck Sweater
The Two-In-One Sweater Pro tip: This chunky cotton knit features back buttons, which means it can also be worn like a cardigan.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 33 reviews on Alex Mill
What They’re Saying: “Nice weight. This sweater has a great feel/weight. The buttons and sleeve give some extra interest that makes the perhaps bulky feel of a sweater with this nice weight still feminine.” — Caitlin G., Alex Mill reviewer Shop Alex Mill
Alex Mill Button-Back Crewneck Sweater, $, available at Alex Mill
Free People Easy Street Tunic
The Slouchy Sweater This ribbed mock-neck pullover features a longer, tunic length and side vents for the easiest, breeziest sweater you can find.
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars, 277 reviews on Free People
What They’re Saying: “BUY IT NOW: I hardly write reviews unless I truly LOVE a product and just want the world to love it too! I highly recommend this sweater. I already own it in 3 colors, about to buy my fourth for this F/W. It is thick and keeps you warm. I own them in XS and S, and both fit nicely oversized. I think this is one of those items that you pay the price for what you get.” — _ _ SL, Free People reviewer Shop Free People
Free People Easy Street Tunic, $, available at Free People
Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew
The Pill-Resistant Sweater Everlane’s first-ever alpaca sweater is as warm as your favorite winter knit but with a plush, airy feel. Plus, according to the sustainable retailer’s site, this style is less prickly and doesn’t pill.
The Hype: 4.62 out of 5 stars, 2380 reviews on Everlane
What They’re Saying: “Super soft!! I saw this in-store and I had to have it as I love the blue colorway. This sweater does shed however it doesn’t itch, unlike most alpaca sweaters. Super comfy and oversized especially since I’m plus size.” — J Marina, Everlane reviewer Shop Everlane
Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew, $, available at Everlane
Basics On Hand Chunky Cardigan
The Chunky Knit Sweater Etsy is teeming with chunky, funky, hand-knit cardigans, and this colorful, oversized option is sure to turn heads.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 4 reviews on Etsy
What They’re Saying: “Absolutely amazing service and quality. The team made me my own custom long-length cardigan with my own choice of colors. LOVE. Will definitely order again in the future.” — Margarite, Etsy reviewer Shop Etsy
BasicsonHand Knit Chunky Cardigan, $, available at Etsy
Lulus Colorblock Sweater
The Two-Tone Sweater Because two pretty hues are better than one!
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars, 108 reviews on Lulus
What They’re Saying: “OBSESSED: I absolutely loved this sweater! Very soft material and the colorblock make it unique, received many compliments on this one!” — Sarah B., Lulus reviewer Shop Lulus
Lulus Colorblock Sweater, $, available at Lulus
Naadam Gingham Cashmere Sweater
The Luxuriously Soft Sweater An unbelievably soft, 100% Mongolian cashmere sweater featuring a gorgeous gingham print? Yes, please!
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 6 reviews on Naadam
What They’re Saying: “This sweater is heavenly soft and cute, to boot! It fits well and the color is just as represented on the website. I have purchased many sweaters from Naadam and have not been disappointed yet.” — Judy N., Naadam reviewer Shop Naadam
Naadam Cashmere Gingham Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Naadam
Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater
The Turtleneck Sweater For a classic silhouette in a dark, neutral shade, look no further than this best-selling Uniqlo style.
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars, 20 reviews on Uniqlo
What They’re Saying: “SO COMFY AND COZY! I now own six of these turtlenecks in different colors so I guess you can tell how much I love them. They are perfect for travel because they take up very little room in my suitcase and layer really well.” — Deb, Uniqlo reviewer Shop Uniqlo
Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at Uniqlo
Athleta Hanover V-Neck Sweater
The Plus-Size Sweater Athleta’s top-rated Hanover sweater comes in four different colorways and sizes ranging from XXS-3X. Why do reviewers love it so? Well, aside from being machine washable, one stan describes it as being “comfortable and roomy without being baggy and covers just enough.”
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 333 reviews on Athleta
What They’re Saying: “I love this sweater. Its shape. Perfect. it’s length. Perfect. The V Neck, not too deep, Perfect. AND MACHINE WASHABLE. This could be the world’s most perfect sweater. I told my girlfriends to get it and I am about to order another one.” — Donna P., Athleta reviewer Shop Athleta
Athleta Hanover V-Neck Sweater, $, available at Athleta
J. Crew Cashmere Pullover Sweater
The Zip-Up Sweater This half-zip cashmere pullover is the perfect blend of simple and sophisticated for effortless autumn attire.
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars, 3 reviews on J.Crew
What They’re Saying: “This cashmere is stunning, soft, thick, and will be great for fall, winter, and transitional spring. The gold zipper is also regal looking and not cheap, which I can appreciate… You cannot go wrong with this item and it will be a classic for years to come!” — AlexforJCrew, J. Crew reviewer Shop J.Crew
J. Crew Cashmere Half-Zip Pullover Sweater, $, available at J. Crew
PACT Lightweight Crew Sweater
The Sustainable Sweater This 100% organic cotton sweater is ultra-lightweight, making it an ideal transitional piece that also works as an extra layer as temperatures begin to drop.
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars, 244 reviews on Wearpact.com
What They’re Saying: “ Beautiful color, soft, and I love that it’s made of cotton because I sweat buckets in acrylic sweaters. It’s lightweight, fits true to size.” — Cactus F., PACT reviewer Shop PACT
PACT Soft Lightweight Crew Sweater, $, available at PACT
Lululemon Ribbed Funnel Neck Pullover
The Athleisure Sweater Whether you’re lounging around the house or out and about running errands, this relaxed-fit pullover is designed to go wherever you go (or don’t go). Its high neck helps to keep you warm while its textured-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside construction helps to keep you comfy.
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars, 11 reviews on Lululemon
What They’re Saying: “This pullover paired with the pants is my new go-to athleisure look! Perfect timing for the Fall and Winter months. I love the way the fabric moves and the feel on the skin. I can wear it in several different settings too!” — Libbynicholaou, Lululemon reviewer
Lululemon Ribbed Funnel Neck Pullover, $, available at Lululemon
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