Falling temps mean just one thing: sweater season. Sad as we might be to say farewell to another summer, there is something wonderfully comforting about slipping into a cozy knit or wrapping a cardigan around yourself as you drink your morning coffee. Here are seven of our favorite picks for this season’s sweaters — get ready to snuggle up.
Indigenous Bell Sleeve Pullover in Forest, $118
This gorgeous green sweater features bell sleeves with contrasting stitches. The sweater is made from 100 percent organic cotton fleece and was handmade in Peru by artisans paid a fair wage in safe working conditions. This is the perfect sweater to pair with dark jeans and a pair of boots … but then, isn’t every fall sweater made for boots and denim? Looking good this season couldn’t be easier.
Everlane The Cashmere Turtleneck in Dark Navy, $130
This author owns several of Everlane’s cashmere turtleneck sweaters and is here to say that they are the TRUTH. Never bulky, always wonderfully soft, these are the staples you will have in your closet for years to come. This ultra-dark navy is a great neutral you can wear all of fall and into winter. This sweater was made in the Dongguan Leroy Far East Knitwears, Ltd. factory, and you can read all about it on Everlane’s website as part of their commitment to transparent fashion production.
Naadam Volant Silk Cashmere V Neck High Low in Smoke, $125
This pretty high-low sweater is made out of a sustainably harvested silk-cashmere blend that’s perfect for those warmer fall days when a full-on knit would make you start to sweat. Naadam is working to “democratize cashmere,” in their words, and makes a point to pay the nomadic herders they use 50 percent more than other fashion houses, invest in breeding and vaccination programs for healthier goats, and develop sustainable grazing practices. Additionally, all of their factories have both labor and environmental certifications. So go ahead, get more than one sweater.
People Tree Angie Cardigan in Coffee, $139
This cozy cardigan is the perfect layering piece for when you’re not sure what the weather will bring (it is Chicago, after all — it could be 75 degrees by the afternoon). It’s made from 100 percent organic cotton by Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills in India. The factory is a pioneer in organic garment manufacturing and works to combine high-quality tailoring with a fair financial compensation for farmers and workers.
Amour Vert Belicia Sweater in Mustard, $188
This gorgeous sweater features a high v-neck top at the front and a gorgeous twist detail at the back — perfect for a date night, but you could easily dress it up or down. The sweater is made from 100 percent Merino wool milled in Italy at a sustainably-powered plant from ethically treated animals. FYI, for every T-shirt you buy from Amour Vert, they’ll plant a tree in North America with their partner American Forests.
Cuyana Open Cashmere Cardigan in Light Heather Grey, $225
This unstructured cardigan is a fantastic neutral piece that you’ll use all the way through to spring, and for many years to come — which is the whole point of Cuyana’s gorgeously simple closet staples. The cardigan was knitted in Italy from 100 percent Italian cashmere, under safe working conditions.
Jamie and The Jones The Mid-Weight T Sweater, $268
This gorgeous, boxy piece features a cropped hem and wide sleeves, making it an excellent, yet simple, statement sweater to pair with fun jewelry or patterned shoes. Made from a mid-weight fabric, this is the ideal sweater for October, when you don’t need to break out the heavy knits just yet. At Jamie and The Jones, each piece is made to order, and is designed, hand-cut, sewn, and packaged in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jessica Suss is a native Chicagoan residing in Washington, D.C. She is currently getting her master’s degree in secondary English education at the University of Maryland. She enjoys petting other people’s dogs and is faithful to Lou Malnati’s alone. Jessica is also a supporter of MAZON and No Kid Hungry.