20 cozy sweaters that actually *aren’t* super expensive

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Unpopular opinion: I prefer winter over summer and fall over spring. This usually shocks people, but they don’t understand — I’m obsessed with sweater season.

Of course, the crisp air, fireplaces, holidays and warm cocktails are pretty great, too. But, let’s not forget about the sweaters. From cable knits and fair isles to embroideries and ruffles, chic sweater options absolutely run the gamut — and it’s thrilling.

If you like to dress for comfort like I do, cozy knits are the ultimate wardrobe essential. (Seriously — ask anyone who knows me what my “uniform” is, and I’ll wager that they say it’s a chunky sweater, leggings and boots.) Oversized knits are comfy enough to be pajamas and warm enough to be throw blankets, but we get to wear them in public.

You can dress ‘em up for work, a night out on the town or just to nap on the couch. And you don’t need to put them away when (my least favorite season) spring hits. They’ll make the perfect layer for when the office AC is blasting, too.

Not sold yet? Well, you can get high-quality, luxe-feeling knits that are soft rather than scratchy without breaking the bank, whenever you’re ready.

Below, find 20 sweaters that are cozy, chic and here to stay year-round. Happy sweater season!

  1. River Island Plus Cream Embroidered Cable Knit Cardigan, $89

Credit: River Island
Credit: River Island

Not your grandma’s cardigan, although it looks like it could be! This floral-embroidered oversized knit is giving cottagecore-meets-old-hag fashion in the best way possible.

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  1. Free People Milo Tunic Sweater, $148

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It doesn’t get much cozier than a mega oversized knit, complete with a rollover turtleneck collar, roomy bell sleeves and an extra slouchy fit. I’ll take one in every color.

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  1. Wednesday’s Girl High Neck Sweater With Balloon Sleeves, $28 (Orig. $40)

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Credit: ASOS

If you’re like me, your winter wardrobe could use a pop of color, even if you don’t want to admit it. A cobalt blue hue is sure to brighten up even the dreariest January day.

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  1. Who What Wear™ Women’s Collared Pullover Sweater, $29.74 (Orig. $34.99)

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Credit: Target

ICYMI: Collars have been having a moment, and you can get in on the trend while still staying cozy. This chic magenta knit features stylish balloon sleeves and a buttoned front placket, too.

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  1. English Factory Solid Knit Zip Pullover, $90

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Credit: Verishop

A quarter-zip detail is a fresh update to your classic knit. And it’s the perfect, breathable solution for those of us who get hot easily.

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  1. BB Dakota Ruffled Cable-Knit Sweater, $130

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Credit: Anthropologie

Shoulder ruffles are in and here to stay. They also instantly elevate a cozy sweater into something you can wear for a fancy cocktail hour or dinner with your nitpicky mother-in-law.

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  1. Alex Mill Camil Cable-Knit Mélange Wool-Blend Sweater, $155

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Credit: Net-a-Porter

You’ll never regret adding a luxe oatmeal-hued knit to your wardrobe. This is a cable-knit, wool-blend sweater with a “touch of alpaca” for next-level softness and warmth.

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  1. Lunya Chunky Wool Pullover, $220.52 (Orig. $298)

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Credit: Lunya

Fun fact: Lunya’s chunky wool pullover features antimicrobial fabric, which means you can wear it more, wash it less, and know your new favorite knit will keep its shape and softness for longer.

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  1. Farm Rio Abstract Scarf Sweater, $175

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Credit: Farm Rio

Sustainability-focused brand Farm Rio is at it again with a slouchy oversized knit featuring an eye-catching color block design. It’s not a want; it’s a need for me, personally.

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  1. Gap Cozy Fair Isle Sweater, $67 (Orig. $84.95)

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Credit: Gap

Everyone needs a good fair isle sweater for winter. I don’t make the rules.

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  1. Storets Sadie Shirt Combo Knit Pullover, $84.90

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Credit: Storets

This oversized pullover from trendy brand Storets features spliced shirt sleeves for a layered look that takes zero effort.

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  1. L’Academie Maven Crop Sweater, $148

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Credit: Revolve

If you don’t have a chunky sweater with a cropped silhouette in your rotation yet, consider this your sign. This one’s ideal for sporting with high-waisted trousers, jeans, skirts and beyond.

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  1. Madewell Somervell Modern Cable Turtleneck Sweater, $98

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Credit: Madewell

Roomy bell sleeves and a fold-over turtleneck only add to the cozy feel of this chunky Madewell cable knit.

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  1. Mother The Bell-Sleeve Crop Sweater, $227.50 (Orig. $325)

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You never knew you needed a chunky, mustard-hued sweater until this very moment.

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  1. Wildfox Couture String of Pearls Palmetto Sweater, $128

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Credit: Wildfox

Featuring pearl adornments, a deep V-neck back and purposefully frayed, raw hems, this Wildfox Couture knit is a statement piece that works for nighttime, too.

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  1. ASTR The Label Lizette Cable Knit Statement Sleeve Sweater, $98

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Credit: ASTR The Label

The statement that these statement sleeves make is, “Get ready for compliments.”

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  1. 1. STATE Cutout Shoulder Turtleneck Sweater, $49.90 (Orig. $79)

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Cozy sweater, but make it sexy (and cooler — literally) with a chic cutout-shoulder detail.

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  1. Frankies Bikinis Aiden Knit Sweatshirt, $132.50 (Orig. $265)

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Credit: Frankies Bikinis

With a bright ombré design and cozy hood, this Frankies Bikinis’ knit will be your new go-to for everything from the beach to brunch.

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  1. 525 Cotton Cable Sweater With Lacing, $96.60 (Orig. $138)

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Credit: Shopbop

This statement-making staple is adorned with mixed stitching and a sweet lace-up drawstring front for an oh-so-eclectic touch.

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  1. The Girlfriend Company Color Checkered Oversized Sweater, $40

Credit: The Girlfriend Co.
Credit: The Girlfriend Co.

This checkered print knit in sweet pastel hues will instantly become the coolest piece in your closet.

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