Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cold Weather Shopping: Pullover Sweaters

I've spent a lot of time this fall / winter searching for pieces to revamp my cold weather wardrobe.  I think last year was the first year I really worked on it, and this year it's time to build on the slim foundation I started.

If I recall correctly, I think I owned one sweater at the beginning of last fall.  Maybe two.  By the end, I had built it up to a few more, but let's face it...I have 3 black and white striped sweaters.  It's probably time to broaden the scope!

I searched for pullover crew neck sweaters that I could layer over button ups or wear by themselves.  I tried to break out of the standard plain, solid sweater so that my winter wardrobe could have a little more variety.  Searching for these opened my eyes up to a bunch of different types of sweaters to try.  I put them in 3 categories:

All are from Target, Old Navy, Gap, Forever 21 or Kohl's.

Textured Solids:
I typically go for plain, solid sweaters which is fine for basics, but not when it's time to expand a little.  To liven up a solid sweater, I focused on ones that have some sort of texture or brighter colors...or both!  Whether it's a cable knit, a honeycomb, waffling, or a marled effect, there are so many solid sweaters out there with interesting textures.

Option 1 - This cable knit Gap sweater comes in several colors and looks pretty cozy.

Option 2 - The waffle knit livens it up a little, making it a great neutral sweater.  (Forever 21)

Option 3 - I really like honeycomb patterns.  To me, they don't seem quite as bulky as most cable knits and the texture is more subtle.  Also comes in other colors.  (Old Navy)

Option 4 - What a great color!  Currently on sale for $16.  (Target)

Option 5 - The pop of coral against the grey is a cute way to add color to neutrals.  There's also a maroon / magenta one.  (Target)

Option 6 - Same sweater as #4, but I had to show it because I love mustard yellow!  These are junior's sizing and look pretty fitted on the model.  I would personally try sizing up to be able to layer comfortably.  (Target)

Option 7 - This isn't completely solid, as it has that marled effect.  This one looks a little oversized and therefore really cozy.  Could be paired with jeans or a leather skirt, or probably even a pencil skirt.

Option 8 - Another cozy, oversized sweater.  Also comes in a lighter grey, which I actually like more.  (Forever 21)

While I only showed stripes and fair isle, there's tons of patterns out there!  Argyle, polka dots, and hearts, just to name a few.  

Option 1 - A classic black and white striped sweater, but with cute buttons at the shoulder to give it a tiny twist!  (Forever 21)

Option 2 - Not just stripes, but striped with a diamond pattern!  It's got a little bit of a preppy vibe to it.  It also looks like it could go great with skirts as well as pants.  Try it layered over a button up with a denim or colored pencil skirt and riding boots!  (Forever 21) 

Option 3 - Fair Isle sweater that comes in two other versions.  Feels sorta festive without being over the top!  (Old Navy)  

Option 4 - This Gap sweater comes in three very cute versions and colors.  They're so cheerful!  I love the mixture of fair isle with polka dots on the bottom.  


Option 1 - I'm not a huge fan of birds in general, (been pooped on a WHOLE lot), but I've gotta admit that these bird sweaters are starting to grow on me!  Since the print is only in the center and the rest of the sweater is neutral, this can be paired with a lot of different kinds of tops and bottoms, including patterned ones.  (Target)

Option 2 - Same idea as the bird sweater.  These are great for people who kind of want to pattern mix but are hesitant.  For example, the model pairs this with a polka dot button up, and because the print is in the middle rather than all over, it's not distracting to have the mixture of the print with the polka dot patterned top.  I think you could even layer plaid tops under this and option 1.  They'd also look really cute with skirts!  (Old Navy)

Option 3 - Comes in 3 colors.  I've never tried this sweater, but it has great reviews online about how comfy it is!  (LC Lauren Conrad via Kohl's)

Option 4 - This appears to be on the thinner side, but I couldn't resist showing something with metallic polka dots!  So freaking cute.  You could easily dress this down with jeans and ankle boots or pair it with a skirt.  Also comes in grey and silver. (Kohl's)

Which of these would you wear?  Also, help give the rest of us more ideas--what's your most-worn type of pullover sweater?  


  1. I love knitted sweaters. I usually go for plain/textured solids like option 2 and 3 for my winter wardrobe and then pulled it together with a cozy patterned scarf. Unfortunately, it is very frustrating to shop for one as I'm very picky and lot of them don't fit my curvy body (it's either too tight around my hips or too loose around my waist). So I knit my own sweaters.

  2. Printed pullovers are my favorite right now, after striped of course. ;)
    Dorothy Perkins has some cute ones, I'm rocking one with a crowned fox today from there. Love it!

  3. Yesss! Perfect fitting, layerable sweaters are at the top of my list and some of these look like excellent candidates!

  4. I love cable knit sweaters! Right now I am loving one I just got at LOFT! The fit is so great. I had the hardest time picking a color, as they are all gorgeous, but settled on white and love it! I like your option 4 from Target and it's close to the 2014 color of the year!


  5. I've been trying to add a few more sweaters to my wardrobe lately too--somehow I ended up with only 2 after my latest clean-out/donation round. I love all of these options, but I am totally in love with that gold polka dotted one!

  6. I adore the sailboat sweater!

  7. I aspire to wear them...but pants are so much easier. I think it's my lack of boot options though.

  8. You can't beat a warm jumper during the winter months and stylish is a must. Loving your choices.

    x x

  9. The textured solids... Cool post.

  10. Great options! I love all the textured solids. My current favorite is Gap Eversoft V-neck. It's longer in the back with a loose fit, but it has a nice drape to it.

  11. I didn't even know how much I needed a mustard yellow sweater until I saw this post. Love it!

  12. Ooh! So many fantastic options, Audrey! I love all of these. So far, I have a handful of pullover sweaters (they're one of my favorite things to wear in the winter!!), but I don't have much variety - textured solids, one striped sweater and one with polka dots. I'd love to find a fair isle sweater!!

  13. I think that's my problem too! My riding boots are really casual, and I want something sleeker these days with my skirts.

  14. I love wearing skirts and dresses in the fall, but mostly because I am a weirdy who loves tights. Also, I have finally embraced that A-line skirts look awesome on me (instead of pencil skirts) and I've been loving styling them (especially with button up blouses and cardigans!!).

  15. I love the heart print and polka dot sweaters. I used to hate crew neck sweaters, but this season, I've just purchased a couple with the plan of layering them under button-downs. It's a nice change from my blouse and blazer combo that I usually sport at work.


  16. I tried one #3 and it did nothing for my bodyshape. It was just blah. But I have loved it on other people! A striped sweater is always fun. And #2 looks cozy.



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