11 Types of Sweaters: Find Your Next Closet Staple

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Last Updated: May 26, 2021

Sweater weather is the best weather! Symbolic of comfort and warmth, sweaters will always be a universal go-to when the temperatures begin to drop. If you are looking for a new closet staple, or you simply want to layer up, opting for a sweater will be the best decision you could ever make. So, get cozy and check out our sure-to-please list of 11 types of sweaters

11 Types of Sweaters 

Turtleneck Sweaters 

I know, I know. Turtleneck sweaters do not necessarily have the best reputation when it comes to fashionable sweaters, but hear me out! 

Not only do they protect your neck from the cold (don’t lie, that’s one of their best functions!) but these sweaters also give such a unique look. There are so many different types of turtleneck sweaters. 

If you are looking for a chic, minimalistic style, there are cutout turtleneck sweaters. For optimal comfort, go for a knit, oversized turtleneck like the photo above.

If you want something more structured and polished, a fitted turtleneck sweater would be the way to go. The possibilities are endless here, so have fun with it! 

Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters 

Who says you can’t show a little skin when it’s cold outside? Off-the-Shoulder sweaters are perfect for those who want to stay cozy, while also giving a sexy and confident vibe! 

These sweaters are designed to naturally slide off one of your shoulders, or even both, to give that classic carefree style. Your shoulders may get a little chilly but, hey, fashion can require sacrifice!

Crewneck Sweaters 

Crewneck sweaters are a tad more casual than others. Instead of a collar, they have a defined neckline that makes them perfect for layering. The cuffs on these sweaters are usually more fitted as well. 

Cable-knit crewneck sweaters give more of a traditional look while still supplying comfort. You can also play around with printed crewneck sweaters for a bold fashion statement. For a trendy look, opt for a balloon-sleeved crewneck sweater. These are unique and super cute! 

Sweater Vests 

Sweater vests are the most unique type of sweater because, while they technically qualify as sweaters, they don’t have any sleeves. They are optimal for layering as well! 

A solid-colored sweater vest like the photo above can be paired with any short-sleeve or long-sleeve top of your choosing, whether it’s printed or not (or just wear them on their own).

A printed sweater vest (like this dogtooth print one) would be great to make a statement. The versatility of these vests is incredible! 

Cropped Sweaters 

Cropped sweaters are so youthful and stylish! They come in a variety of knits, shapes, and colors that allow you to flaunt your figure. 

Cropped turtleneck sweaters are a great balance between conservative and sexy. Ribbed cropped sweaters are more form-fitting so you can draw attention to your curves. There are also cable-knit cropped sweaters that provide that classic sweater look while still remaining chic. 

V-Neck Sweaters

These sweaters can be great for accentuating your neck and collarbones, so it would be a great idea to play them up with your favorite set of jewelry! Reach for these sweaters when you are attending more of a formal event, when you want to look sleek and put-together, or when you want to show off some cleavage. 

A color-blocked neckline will give you a modern and sophisticated ensemble. A basic marled v-neck sweater just might be what you need for those long days at the office, and a vertically striped v-neck sweater will make you look beautifully elongated.   

Wrap Sweaters 

Wrap sweaters deliver a feminine, romantic fashion statement that will be sure to turn heads. 

They have two, elongated pieces of fabric that wrap diagonally across the torso. Many of them also have belt-like fabric attached that can help to cinch in your waist, and the sweater material is usually thin enough to wear on warmer autumn days. 

Off-the-shoulder wrap sweaters allow you to tap into your inner sultry side, and ruffled wrap sweaters are bold, yet elegant. 

Open-Back Sweaters 

Business in the front, party in the back! These sweaters have cutouts in the back and will spice up any bottoms you pair with them. 

Be warned, you will have to invest in a backless bra (or go bra-less, we won’t judge) to properly rock these pieces. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a cropped sweater and showing your stomach, perhaps an open-back sweater will be up your alley. 

A printed open-back sweater provides an edgy, expensive style, and a twisted open-back sweater provides an eye-catching statement. 

Boyfriend Sweaters 

Want that cozy, Pinterest-inspired sweater that’s perfect for sipping your Pumpkin Spice Latte on a brisk day? Look no further than boyfriend sweaters! 

Like boyfriend jeans, boyfriend sweaters are made to be oversized and super comfy! Slide one on when you’re running late or when you don’t feel like wearing anything constricting. 

A knit boyfriend sweater can be your new everyday go-to. 

Cardigan Sweaters 

If you need to throw something over your outfit to keep warm, cardigan sweaters are always a good choice. These are an absolute staple in every woman’s closet. 

You can toss one in your bag for backup whenever you get chilly throughout the day! 

An open-knit cardigan sweater will help to keep you cute and warm, while a patterned cardigan sweater will help add some life to your wardrobe. 

Sweater Dress

The sweater dress is perfect for when summer days start getting colder or once sunny spring days finally start to emerge.

Sweater dresses also come in a variety of styles – you can find turtleneck sweater dresses for extra warmth, off-the-shoulder sweater dresses that are a bit more sexy, and plenty more. 

Our favorite places to buy sweater dresses: Lulu’s, Tobi, and Free People

Bottom Line 

Sweaters are a must-have in anyone’s closet. There are so many options, so there is surely something for everyone! These are some of the most stylish types of sweaters that will keep you warm and chic when you need them most. Looking for more autumn-inspired closet staples? Check out our recent article on how to wear an infinity scarf!