The Different Types of Sweaters: An Ultimate Guide

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When the air becomes crisp and we begin to prepare for months of cooler weather, there’s no better time than now to get a crash course in all things sweaters! Whether you’re looking to stock up for yourself or gift some comfort to your loved ones this season, cute sweaters are absolute must-haves for winter.

From cozy cardigans to fashionable pullovers, here’s your ultimate guide to the different types of cute sweaters out there–plus, tips on how to style them.

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Fit and Fabric, First and Foremost

Before we dive into the different types of sweaters that you commonly see in stores, it’s helpful to remember that each of these styles comes in all sorts of fits, fabrics and sizes, just like we do! Depending on what you’re most comfortable in, and how you want to work them into your outfits, you might opt for a lightweight layering piece, or a super warm, chunky cable knit style. Keep this in mind when you start your shopping so that you find pieces that work well with what you already have in your closet.


Get ready to make your women’s pullover sweatshirt or sweater your new go-to for the season.  Whether you pick a casual style with witty verbiage inspired by the season, snuggle up in a cozy quarter-zip style on the chilliest days or choose a style with sparkle for a special occasion, you really can’t go wrong. After all, the pullover is a total classic and can be styled in practically infinite ways.

Dress it up with layered necklaces, a glossy high waisted skirt and over the knee boots, or create a casual look with light wash jeans and sneakers. Pullovers look just as cute tucked in as they do worn loosely over your bottoms.

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A cardigan is a sweater with an open front. Some have buttons, others have zippers and some are meant to always fall at your sides. Cute cardigans are super versatile and can really be worn all year long.

Depending on the weather, you can style a cardigan over a lightweight sweater or even a slouchy T-shirt. Wear one over a blouse and with a cushioned headband and crossbody bag for a sweet date night look, or style it casually with a tank top and joggers for a relaxing night in.

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Turtleneck sweaters are classically cute, and bring a little bit of a ’70s retro vibe to any fall and winter look! True turtlenecks have a high piece of fabric that folds over with a crease hitting just below your chin. Mock neck turtlenecks are similar, but don’t need to be scrunched or folded.

Lightweight turtlenecks make wonderful layering pieces, and can bring a touch of comfort when worn underneath a special occasion dress. Heavier, chunky knit styles are perfect for creating cabin chic vibes.


Cute ponchos make wonderful fashion staples that keep you warm, while looking absolutely adorable. Thick, plaid ponchos offer a fun and festive touch that’s perfect for the holiday season, especially when styled with dark wash jeans and shiny black booties. Color block and boho-inspired prints offer visual interest.

Look for sweet details like fringe, buttons or exposed seams for a personal touch. Ponchos make a great outer layer, and can even stand in as jackets on days when the weather isn’t too, too cold out. Long necklaces and hoop earrings add enough shine to elevate your poncho for a special occasion.

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Oversized/Boyfriend Sweaters

Oversized sweaters might just be the coziest kind of all. They’re sometimes called “boyfriend” sweaters because the roomy fit looks a little like if you borrowed it from your guy. Some oversized sweaters are more cropped in length, while others are a longer, tunic length.

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When shopping for an oversized sweater, it’s best to go after styles that are designed to fit this way. If you size up on a sweater that’s meant to have a slimmer fit, the proportions will probably be off and your overall look less flattering.

Sweet, Stylish Sweaters

There’s nothing quite like snuggling up into a cozy sweater, but just because they’re comfy doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish, too! Whether you’re layering a turtleneck underneath a chunky cardigan, dressing up a V-neck for date night or putting on a poncho for weekend errands, there are so many ways you can wear cute sweaters.

Let us know how you style yours in the comments!