21 best sweaters for women so you can stay stylishly warm this season

Upgrade your winter wardrobe with the best sweaters for women

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The best sweaters for women are a year-round staple, and with winter on the horizon, we have plenty of sweater-wearing days ahead of us. And let’s face it, depending on where you live, you might need a sweater for every season.

Much like our favorite jeans, the best sweaters are a style staple. From your wardrobe basics to a statement-making knit, a sweater is both practical and chic. Whether you want to learn how to dress simple but stylish, or you're on the hunt for a cozy number to snuggle up in on the sofa, there are a plethora of stylish sweater options out there and we believe you can never have too many.

"A sweater is a non-negotiable wardrobe staple in my eyes. Super versatile, if you find one that is the perfect shape, color and thickness for you, then you've won the fashion lottery,” says former woman&home style editor Joely Chilcott.

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When it comes to the best sweaters for women there are a number of things to look out for. Fabric reigns supreme in this instant and some natural fiber content will ensure your sweater has better breathability. The reason this is important is that your sweater can help regulate your body temperature, keeping you warmer, and trapping heat in when needed, but without making you sweaty. The best cashmere sweaters are an excellent example of this. However, natural fibers such as cashmere can be expensive, so look for wool blends, or synthetic fabrics for more budget-friendly options that will still keep out the chill. 

When it comes to the fall 2022 fashion trends, oversized knits once again reigned supreme on the runway, with statement knits and plenty of color being key to keeping winter-ready looks directional this season. Collared knits that started strong in early 2022 remain a central silhouette, alongside festive iterations that will usher in the holiday season.

How to style a sweater

There really are no bounds when it comes to how to wear a sweater. Day or night, the best sweaters will work for any occasion when styled right. 

“Sure, a sweater is great with jeans and trainers, but it also looks high-end when the front is tucked into flattering wide-leg trousers. Or re-work your party pieces by throwing a chunky sweater on with a sequin skirt to make it more casual,” says Joely.

The half-tuck is a fashion trick stylists swear by and it’s perfect if you feel like your figure is being swamped by an oversized sweater. The half-tuck involves just tucking in the front part of the knit into your trousers or skirt - as opposed to the whole knit which can look bulky - and it can help highlight your waist too.

When it comes to what to wear over a dress, try slipping on a sweater and add a belt over the top to help streamline your silhouette. Alternatively, slimmer knits can be layered under dresses for extra warmth.

How to choose the right sweater

Whilst every capsule wardrobe needs classic sweaters on rotation - think simple grey pullovers, fine roll necks, or a cream cable knit - you may want to consider tapping into some of the latest fashion trends 2022 to give your closet a bit of a new season spin. 

Sweater vests are having a moment right now, offering a preppy, retro twist, they make great layering tools for early fall and spring seasons. We’re also seeing a lot of half-zip sweaters, adding interest and a sporty edge to the staple.

“This season, I've invested in the sweater vest too. A sleeveless layering option that can be worn over printed midi dresses or striped shirts for a transitional look,” says Joely.

Don't forget to consider fabric too. In the spring and fall, when the weather can still be surprisingly warm, breathable fabrics will help to regulate your temperature. Synthetic fabrics will be less breathable, but very warm and durable during the depths of winter.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.