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If you’ve ever met me, or read my articles, there’s a good chance you’ve heard me mention my love for the cold.
Summer be damned – for me, winter is where it is. As the weather has cooled over the past few weeks, my excitement has increased as I was finally able to revamp my wardrobe to pull all my beloved sweaters out of the woodwork and put them back into action.
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I’m not ashamed to say that I own more sweaters than I need, and I will continue to buy them in a range of vibrant colors and glorious designs until the end of my days.
As a dedicated sweater shopper, I’ve noticed that many trends have come and gone over the years, but there is one classic style that’s eternally chic: cable knit.
BEST KNITTED SWEATERS FOR WOMEN
Named for the way their design features intricate stitching in braid-like patterns, cable knit sweaters are comfortable, stylish, and versatile at the same time. Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites this season, so you can stay warm on those colder days.
EDITOR’S CHOICE: BEST WOMEN’S CABLE KNIT SWEATER
Atmos & Here Holly twisted wool-blend sweater, L’ICONIQUE, $ 79.99
Available in seven colors ranging from warm winter hues to pops of vibrant color, the Holly sweater is made from a slightly stretchy wool-blend knit. The high turtleneck and ribbed cuffs will protect you from the cold, and the cropped square design pairs well with high-waisted jeans.
The same design is also offered by the included size sister brand, Atmos & Here Curvy, in three colours.
BEST ROUND NECK KNIT SWEATER
Beyond Her Rylee Long Line Cable Knit, Glue Store, $ 40 (RRP $ 79.95)
Featuring a vintage cable knit pattern with a long design that you can slip into pants or a skirt or wear loose, the Rylee sweater is made from a blend of cotton and acrylic. It has a crew neckline and ribbed finishes, and you can buy it in White or mint.
Available in cream, candy pink, blue or soft turquoise, this Marks & Spencer sweater is made from a soft, cotton-rich fabric in a comfortable regular fit. Details like ribbed cuffs and hems, a crew neck and tortoiseshell buttons effortlessly blend traditional and modern design for a versatile sweater that can be dressed up or down.
Reviewers agree that it is super stylish, comfortable and warm, with one writing: “I bought one originally but liked it so much I bought another in a store. different color. The quality is very good and looks quite thick. I love the shape and detail of the “buttons.
Crafted from a luxuriously comfy wool, polyester and alpaca blend, this naturally insulated sweater from colorful Australian brand Gorman is a fun take on the cable knit trend. Available in a gloss yellow or cool pink mauve, it features ribbed topstitching at the neckline, hem and cuffs; as well as a thick texture and dropped shoulders.
BEST KNITTED TURTLE NECK SWEATER
Twisted Turtleneck Knit, Country Road, $ 159 (RRP $ 249)
With its bright red hue, fitted cut and high turtleneck, this Country road sweater howls in heat. Made from a blend of high quality merino wool, mohair and synthetics, it features a thick cable pattern and side slit seams.
“Gorgeous textured sweater, easy to wash and durable. The color is complementary and ideal for dressing with a 3/4 skirt, jeans and dress pants,” wrote one of the many five-star reviews.
Made from a trendy neutral camel material, this sweater has gorgeous features like a high-low slit hem, thick cable texture and a turtleneck that will keep you warm. The slim fit will easily be worn with straight or skinny jeans, or a mini skirt or a chic fitted midi skirt.
BEST KNITTED CARDIGAN SWEATER
Topshop Cable Knit Cardigan, ASOS, $ 36.80 (RRP $ 46)
In case you missed the memo, take note: knit vests are in it. This one from Topshop is a versatile cream color with a thick cable design and a short square cut. Wear it alone on hot days or slip it over a shirt for a chic layered look, paired with tailored pants or jeans.
BEST KNITTED CARDIGAN
Per Una Cotton Textured V-Neck Cropped Cardigan, Marks & Spencer, $ 75
Made from 77 percent neppy cotton with a stylish two-tone effect, this Per Una sweater is available in khaki or blue and is the perfect layering piece for winter. Show off your cleavage with the flattering V-neck on hotter days, or pull a skirt underneath on frosty days for extra warmth.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR WITH A KNITTED PULLOVER?
Cable knitwear can be quite versatile, and whatever style you have, you can definitely fit one into your wardrobe. Pair a cropped, boxy cable knit with straight or wide leg high waisted jeans or pants for a modern look, perfect for the office or casual day. Or, if it’s warm enough, wear it with a skinny mini skirt or midi skirt.
Casual or slim sweaters go well with a pair of skinny jeans. If you have a long cable-knit sweater, French tuck it into your favorite pants; or layer it over a skirt and add a belt around your waist to show off your figure.
ARE KNITTED PULLOVERS HOT?
The intricate design of a cable knit usually makes it a bit chunkier than your average sweater, so it’s usually quite warm – but that also depends on the style (sleeve and body length, neckline shape) and the fit. material (wool, cotton, etc.) used in the design.
WHAT MATERIAL IS GOOD FOR SWEATERS?
There are a few different materials that are well suited for building sweaters, and each has their own advantages and disadvantages.
• Natural fibers: Sweaters in cashmere, wool, cotton and similar fibers may cost you a little more, but the quality and comfort are second to none. They are less likely to warp and therefore will last longer in your wardrobe.
• Synthetic fibers: Acrylic, rayon, nylon, polyester, and other man-made fibers are generally much cheaper as a material for sweaters, but they can still keep you warm. The quality might not be as durable and they can lose their shape over time, but they are an affordable option.
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