While it may be over 100 degrees in Austin, I’ve been working from San Francisco for the past month cooling off. One thing I love most about working from the Bay Area in late summer is that it means fall comes early for me. Between the chilly evening temps in Marin County and the freezing afternoons in the city, I’m already in full fall mode. Additionally, Quinn and I are headed to Ireland in two weeks to celebrate out wedding anniversary and his 30th. It’s safe to say I’ve done all my fall shopping – starting with the best sweaters for fall!
One major closet staple for me are sweaters. Austin doesn’t require full coats most of the year, so sweaters are the perfect layering piece to every outfit. Even with a (somewhat) minimal wardrobe, my sweater collection carries over from year to year. A well made, natural fiber sweater will last for years to come. So I always advise splurging on investment pieces heading into fall.
I found so many beautiful options already this year! The best sweaters for fall are made of linen, cotton, wool or cashmere. Stay away from synthetic options like acrylic, as they don’t wear as nicely, aren’t breathable, and won’t last as long. Regarding shape, the best fall sweaters are oversized, chunky knit cardigans, have wrap details, open weaves or bell sleeves. I love the structural details that are currently trending, to give each sweater something extra special.
My favorite stores to shop high-quality sweaters are Free People, Cuyana and Everlane. Anthropologie is always a favorite, but you do have to pay attention to the materials of their sweaters. I find the price point very high when often their pieces contain acrylic. But two of my favorites I bought this year were from there, so it’s definitely worth looking. I wanted to note that the sizing often runs quite large at Free People. I normally wear a 2x, but can buy almost anything off the rack at Free People in a size large, so don’t let the standard sizing turn you away.
My neutral color palette ensures my pieces can be worn for many years and they transition well from season to season. Remember to store your sweaters folded neatly on a shelf with a smooth surface (to avoid any snags) or hanging on a sweater hanger. Wash your wool and cashmere in cold water using wool shampoo and lay flat to dry. For cotton sweaters, wash with a mild detergent and lay flat as well.
Below, I’ve rounded up all the best sweaters for fall.