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, from timeless one-tone options to chic prints, 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 best fall 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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J.Crew Cashmere Classic-Fit Crewneck Sweater
The Best Crewneck Sweater
The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 165 reviews on JCrew.com
Taste the rainbow with the upgraded version of J.Crew’s cashmere sweater. It comes in 16 shades, ranging from radiant yellow gold to your timeless black. The relaxed-fit knit is surely to be a new favorite amongst J.Crew enthusiasts.
“As advertised, this year’s cashmere crewneck fits differently. I like it,” writes a reviewer. “I hate to describe it as ‘boxy’ because so many see that as a negative, but that slightly squared-off silhouette lets the body drape nicely. No clinging around the middle or at the hip.”
Aritzia Seek Sweater
The Best Fashionable Cable-Knit Sweater
The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 13 reviews on Aritzia.com
Who doesn’t love a cable knit sweater? Now, imagine it with stylish shoulder pads and a crew neckline.
“This sweater is absolutely beautiful. The material is thick and cozy, and the shoulder pads add shape without being overwhelming,” raves a reviewer. “I would also suggest sizing down — I usually wear a medium or large at Aritzia, and the small is almost too big for me.”
Babaton Seek Sweater, $, available at Aritzia
Everlane Oversized Alpaca Sweater
The Best Pill-Resistant Sweater
The Hype: 4.59 out of 5 stars; 2,670 reviews on Everlane.com
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.
“It’s super soft! I saw this in-store and I had to have it,” writes a reviewer. “This sweater does shed, however it doesn’t itch, unlike most alpaca sweaters. It’s comfy and oversized, especially since I’m plus size.”
Lunya Cozy Cotton Silk Pocket Henley
The Best WFH Zoom Sweater
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 89 reviews on Lunya.com
This oversized henley is the perfect blend of simple and sophisticated for WFH video calls and effortless autumn attire.
“Even over Zoom, I got a compliment on this sweater. That’s just how beautiful it is,” shares a reviewer. “The weight of the sweater makes it drape beautifully, it’s warm without being un-breathable, and oh so cozy. It’s my new fave.”
Lunya Cozy Cotton Silk Pocket Henley, $, available at Lunya
Universal Thread Elbow Sleeve Crewneck Pullover Sweater
The Best Puff Sleeve Sweater
The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 31 reviews on Target.com
Exude cottagecore vibes with this breathable cotton-blend puff sleeve sweater. There’s a fall-themed option in caramel hues and a jazzy, multicolor version — all with contrasting borders at the neckline, hem, and cuffs.
“I ABSOLUTELY love this sweater (and the other color). It’s perfect for all seasons, especially autumn,” writes a reviewer. “It’s also a great transition piece. They’re great as a French tuck, or to wear over a dress (and even a belt).”
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NAADAM The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater
The Best Affordable Cashmere Sweater
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 2,520 reviews on Naadam.com
Throw away the idea that you must break the bank to afford an ultra-soft cashmere sweater. Now, for $75, you can dabble in gorgeously hued silky fall sweaters in the covetable fabric.
“These are hands down the best cashmere sweaters I have owned! Cashmere can get expensive, and with expensive clothing comes an overly pricey upkeep as well (which I am not that good at),” shares a reviewer. “However, these sweaters from Naadam are the PERFECT sweaters for someone like me. They’re soft, cozy, minimal, great quality, AMAZING price, and low upkeep!”
Naadam The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Naadam
Lululemon Merino Wool-Blend Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater
The Best Athleisure Sweater
The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 5 reviews on Lululemon.com
The newly designed turtleneck is steadily raking in reviews for its cozy, soft lightweight feel. Whether you’re lounging around the house or out and about running errands, this relaxed-fit sweater is designed to go wherever you go (or don’t go).
“The green shade is darker then it appears in the photo, but it’s still beautiful. It especially looks great with black jeans,” writes a reviewer. “The length and drape are flattering. It’s very soft. I’m 5’5”, 115 lbs, [with a] 33-inch chest, and I went with a size 4.”
Lululemon Merino Wool-Blend Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at Lululemon
ELOQUII Mock Neck Windowpane Plaid Sweater
The Best Plaid Sweater
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 66 reviews on ELOQUII.com
Stun in an elevated yet laid-back matching plaid set for fall errands. The mock neck sweater is cozy and the wide sleeves add a chic touch.
“I saw this sweater outfit on Good Morning America and had to have it,” shares a reviewer. “I really wanted the pants to match, but at the time it was out of stock. The quality is great, it’s soft, comfortable and the style is stunning.”
Eloquii Mock Neck Windowpane Plaid Sweater, $, available at Eloquii
Quince Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt
The Best Sweatshirt Sweater
The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 1,032 reviews on Quince.com
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.
“Truly an incredible sweater, so comfy, cute, and cozy. I cannot recommend it enough. It looks fantastic while also being the softest thing I own,” exclaims a reviewer. “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!”
Quince Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt, $, available at Quince
1.State Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Sweater
The Best Subtle Sweater
The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 93 reviews on Nordstrom.com
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.
“This sweater pleasantly surprised me. It fits perfectly with just a subtle balloon arm effect, not overwhelming,” shares a reviewer. “It’s a good length that I can either tuck in or leave out and still look great. The material is soft, comfortable, and has a flattering v-neck that’s not deep.”
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1.State Ribbed Balloon Sleeve Cotton Blend Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom
Anthropologie Maeve Carys Mock Neck Sweater
The Best Mock Neck Sweater
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 135 reviews on Anthropologie.com
At first, you might think it’s just another timeless striped sweater. However, this mock neck sweater comes in a splendor of solid and print options.
“This sweater is so luxurious but also cozy. The quality is top notch too,” shares a reviewer. “It has a boxy oversized fit, which I love! I’ve worn it multiple times since purchasing and have gotten compliments every time.”
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Maeve Carys Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at Anthropologie
H&M Rib-Knit Sweater
The Best Under-$30 Sweater
The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 223 reviews on HM.com
What’s better than a loose sweater that’s also under $30? In the words of Miranda Priestly, “That’s all.”
“The PERFECT sweater. I bought two colors and I am obsessed,” writes a reviewer. “It’s definitely a looser fitting sweater in its true size, but I sized up one to be sure it’s oversized and I’m glad I did! It can easily be dressed up or down and still look effortlessly put together!
H&M Rib-Knit Sweater, $, available at H&M
PACT Lightweight Crew Sweater
The Best Sustainable Sweater
The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 324 reviews on Wearpact.com
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.
“I love that it’s a beautiful color, soft, and that it’s made of cotton,” shares a reviewer. “I sweat buckets in acrylic sweaters, so I’m glad that it’s lightweight.”
PACT Soft Lightweight Crew Sweater, $, available at PACT
Jenni Kayne Cashmere Fisherman Sweater
The Best Luxury Sweater
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 724 reviews on JenniKayne.com
If you’re in the market to invest in the one fall sweater to rule all fall sweaters, then Jenni Kayne’s legendary Cashmere Fisherman Sweater should be at the top of your list.
“I love the cashmere fisherman sweater. This is my 4th one and I keep adding different colors to my wardrobe! I can’t get enough of these beautiful sweaters,” raves a reviewer.
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Jenni Kayne Cashmere Fisherman Sweater, $, available at Jenni Kayne
Amazon Oversized Chunky Knitted Sweater
The Best Amazon Sweater
The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 20,330 reviews on Amazon
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.”
“To say I am obsessed is an understatement!!! Everywhere I go, I get compliments on this sweater,” writes a reviewer. “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 so beautiful and looks more expensive in person than it is that it makes me want to order all the colors.”
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Zesica Oversized Chunky Knitted Sweater, $, available at Amazon
Alex Mill Button-Back Crewneck Sweater
The Best Two-In-One Sweater
The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 126 reviews on AlexMill.com
Pro tip: This chunky cotton knit features back buttons, which means it can also be worn like a cardigan.
“Nice weight. This sweater has a great feel,” writes a reviewer. “The buttons and sleeve give some extra interest that makes the perhaps bulky feel of a sweater with this nice weight still feminine.”
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Alex Mill Button-Back Crewneck Sweater, $, available at Alex Mill
Free People Easy Street Tunic
The Best Slouchy Sweater
The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 353 reviews on FreePeople.com
This ribbed mock-neck pullover features a longer tunic length and side vents for the easiest, breeziest sweater you can find.
“BUY IT NOW: I hardly write reviews unless I truly LOVE a product and just want the world to love it too,” raves a reviewer. “I highly recommend this sweater. I already own it in three colors, and I’m about to buy my fourth to prep for the fall and winter. It’s thick and keeps you warm.”
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Free People Easy Street Tunic, $, available at Free People
Sh*t That I Knit The Scotia Sweater
The Cross-Seasonal Sweater
The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 24 reviews on shitthatiknit.com
Handcrafted in Peru by working moms earning fair wages, Sh*t That I Knit’s 100% sustainably sourced Pima cotton sweater is reviewer-approved as the perfect cross-seasonal sweater — it’s slouchy yet chic and lightweight yet cozy.
“I love all things STIK but this sweater exceeded my expectations! It’s so soft and beautifully constructed! I wore it with a dress on a cool night, still cute, and then jeans for a casual look — both worked really well,” exclaims a reviewer. “The navy is the best blue and goes with all your favorite white/coral/marigold accents. I went with a medium, and I love the sleeve length and hem length so much, I don’t regret sizing down.”
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Sh*t That I Knit The Scotia Sweater, $, available at Sh*t That I Knit
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
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
J. Crew Cashmere Half-Zip Pullover Sweater, $, available at J. Crew
J.Crew Cropped Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
The Cropped Sweater
For a break from your selection of fall-ready baggy sweaters, consider this bold cropped (but still cozy!) number.
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
Everlane The Oversized Alpaca Crew, $, available at Everlane
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
Lulus Colorblock Sweater, $, available at Lulus
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
Athleta Hanover V-Neck Sweater, $, available at Athleta
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
BasicsonHand Knit Chunky Cardigan, $, available at Etsy
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
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
Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Turtleneck Sweater, $, available at Uniqlo
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
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UO Cleo Mock Neck Sweater, $, available at Urban Outffiters
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
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Halogen ® Crewneck Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
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
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Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon Cardigan, $, available at Jenni Kayne
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
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
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