A sweater is one of the coziest garments you can own, but there are plenty of opinions on what makes for a comfortable sweater. Ultimately, the most comfortable sweaters are the ones that work for
you. Do you prefer cardigans or pullovers? Are you dressing for late-autumn cold snaps or the office air conditioning? Do you need something lightweight that can be thrown into a handbag, or is a thick knit your priority? How To Choose The Comfiest Sweater
Fabric is the crucial factor. If you’re shopping for warmth, wool and cashmere are the gold standards. Wool sweaters have a reputation for being itchy, but the finer the wool, the less likely you’ll want to climb out of your turtleneck. Cashmere, on the other hand, is soft, beautiful, and expensive — but arguably worth the investment if you’re willing to
commit to a little extra care and washing by hand.
Sweaters that are made of cotton are
lightweight and easy to care for, while acrylic is a common synthetic fiber used in sweaters; it is lightweight and warm, hypoallergenic, and easy to wash — not to mention a good choice for people who avoid wool due to allergy or ethical concerns. Teddy and fleece make for wonderfully soft and cozy sweaters, and they’re easy to care for, thanks to their synthetic nature. However, some styles are more casual and might not lend themselves to dressier occasions.
So if cold weather is headed your way, here are the most comfortable sweaters on Amazon, from
boxy oversize styles to classic crew-neck options. 1 Editor’s Pick: A Cozy Cardigan With Blouson Sleeves
Kate Miller says, “This sweater is legitimately so soft, and it layers over tees perfectly. So much so that I probably wear it too often. It has a really nice shape that makes it look equally good buttoned or unbuttoned. I already own it in two colors.” Featuring a chunky rib-knit design and blouson sleeves, this V-neck option is made from a blend of breathable cotton plus cozy acrylic and polyester, and the color selection (that includes ivory, coral, olive, and more) feels totally fresh. According to a reviewer: “Adorable sweater! Looks just like the online photos. Quality is great; well-made and well stitched. The material is soft and thick and extremely comfortable to wear. I like that the buttons are the same color as the material, which gives them a subtle look.” Sizes: XS — 2XL | Colors: 10 2 Editor’s Pick: The Shaker Sweater That’s Soft & Slouchy
Although it’s technically marketed as menswear, Bustle editor
Kori Perten says this ribbed crew-neck is one of the best cotton sweaters she’s come across: “When I want to feel super comfy but a little put-together, this perfectly slouchy sweater from Amazon Essentials is my go-to. It's loose enough to layer over a shirt or dress but not too thick to wear comfortably under a jacket. And since it's made from 100% cotton, it's soft without feeling even remotely itchy.” The crew-neck sweater has cuffs to seal out the cold and comes in muted tones like camel, burgundy, and light blue. According to a reviewer: “I tried it on just to see how it feels, and I love how it looks on me! I'm female, 5'9, 165lbs, women's size medium, and the large in this fits me like an oversized, slouchy sweater. Whenever I try to buy women's oversized sweaters, they're always too short on me to wear with leggings because I'm tall. This one is the perfect length. The knit is chunky and thicker, it's nice and warm. It's not super soft, but not stiff or scratchy either. This is my new favorite sweater!” Sizes: X-Small — 2XL | Colors: 9 3 A Classic V-Neck That'll Go With Everything
If you're in the market for a staple that'll be on regular rotation in your closet, look no further than this
V-neck sweater that'll look put together, no matter if you're wearing it with a pencil skirt, your favorite jeans, or under a cute jacket. Even better, the fine-gauge sweater is made from a blend of breathable cotton, cozy acrylic, and ultra-soft modal, so it feels as good as it looks. Elasticized ribbing at the collar, cuffs, and hem seal out cold air on chilly days, which means this sweater — though lightweight — is still warm. Choose from various colors and patterns, including camel heather, light pink, and striped options. According to a reviewer: “I have been searching for a couple of years for a sweater exactly like this! It drapes nice, the V neck is perfect cut, material is soft but keeps its shape, just the right amount of room so it’s not clinging & sleeves are long enough.” Sizes: 3XS — 6XL | Colors and patterns: 34 4 Editor’s Pick: This Boucle Sweater With Balloon Sleeves
Want something ever so slightly baggy that still manages to feel put-together? According to Bustle editor
Amy Biggart, this is the one for you: “An oversize sweater always feels cozy and comfortable to me, and I love this one that has a ribbed bouclé design with balloon sleeves that really make it comfy to wear. And, since this sweater has a chic mock neck, I've worn it to work and out to a nice dinner, and it really elevates a look. I also love how warm it is!” This sweater has ribbing at the neck, hem, and sleeves and is made with a blend of wool, nylon, and acrylic — with just a touch of elastane for stretch. According to a reviewer: “I am obsessed with this sweater!! So soft and comfy, I never want to take if off once it is on!” Sizes: X-Small — 2XL | Colors: 12 5 This Mock-Neck Pullover In Cuddly Sherpa
It doesn’t get much cozier than a
fuzzy sherpa sweater , and this one with an oversize fit and high-low hem has a fun, fuzzy popcorn texture for added interest. It’s cotton-acrylic, so it’s lightweight but still cozy. The product description initially recommends hand-washing but later says you can machine wash it with similar colors. Plus, there are 18 colors to choose from, including black, pale pink, and color-block designs. According to a reviewer: “I love this sweater! It looks so good on and is very comfortable. Looks great with straight leg jeans and yoga pants. I want to buy one in every color!” Sizes: Small — 2XL | Colors: 18 6 A Great Basic In 45 Fun Colors & Prints
This crowd-pleaser comes in 40 colors and prints, including stripes and argyles in multiple colorways.
The crew-neck sweater is streamlined but not fitted, however, you can opt for slim-cut options that are ideal for layering under other garments. The machine-washable cotton, modal, and polyester blend is lightweight, warm, and soft to the touch, and the relaxed fit hits mid-hip on most people. And while the price is low, Amazon shoppers say the quality of these beautiful sweaters rivals more expensive retailers. According to a reviewer: “I have re-purchased this sweater in almost every color and design. It is the perfect weight sweater, great on its own or for layering up. Works for casual or work. Great for air-conditioned office spaces, smart looking, wears well. I have also purchased this sweater for gifts for all ages, you just can't beat it.” Sizes: 3XS — 6XL | Colors and patterns: 40 7 This Oversize Cable-Knit Sweater With So Many Cute Details
oversize cable-knit sweater has a ton of cute details that make it as chic as it is comfortable. With a ribbed and cable-knit pattern, a subtle V-neck, and a stylish tie on either side, it's a fun staple that's easy to throw on. This sweater comes in 12 colors, including blue, khaki, and red, and drapes nicely over a pair of jeans. Plus, this cozy winter essential has won over more than 2,300 five-star ratings on Amazon. According to a reviewer: “I absolutely love this sweater!! I’ve fallen in love with it. Not only is it comfortable, chic, and overall adorable- the color is so vibrant! Definitely thinking about purchasing other colors.” Sizes: Small — 5XL | Colors: 12 8 A Cheery Crew-Neck With Ombre Rainbow Stripes Cordat’s striped crewneck sweater in sorbet shades is a cheery pop of color for your wardrobe. It’s 100% acrylic, so those with allergies or who avoid animal products can click “add to cart” with peace of mind. Dropped shoulder seams and a boxy, slightly cropped cut paired with rainbow stripes lend themselves to a casual-cool look, but the rib knit at the cuffs and collar give the look a teensy bit of structure. This sweater looks amazing when paired with distressed or white denim and is a dose of happiness for your closet all year long. According to a reviewer: “This sweater looks and feels great and is so soft and comfy! Quality is so good! [...] I machine washed on the delicate cycle, tossed in the dryer for a few minutes then hung to finish drying, and the sweater still looks and feels exactly the same. Win! Sizes: Small — XL | Colors: 4 9 An Extra-Fuzzy Fleece Pullover With A Hood
While not technically a sweater, this
sporty but fuzzy sweatshirt in a cloud-soft material just might be the most comfortable hoodie of all time. The fleece pullover is designed with a slightly baggy fit, has side-seam pockets, and comes in over 30 colors to choose from, including khaki, dark gray, and pink. The longer banded hem pairs well with leggings and layers nicely over other shirts without constricting movement, and the polyester-spandex blend is stretchy and soft. According to a reviewer: “This hoodie is amazing, so warm, but also light. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. Pockets are roomy enough to hold a phone! I love this for the winter and cold mornings. It makes me feel like wearing a blanket in the best way!” Sizes: Small — 3XL | Colors and patterns: 32 10 Editor’s Pick: This Classic Cable-Knit Sweater Vest With An Oversize Fit
Amy Biggart says, "This sweater vest shocked me with how soft and comfortable it is. I did not expect such a high-quality fabric, but it has a little bit of stretch and isn't a medium weight that makes it perfect for transitional seasons. I also love the oversize fit, V-neck style, and cable-knit design. I love it so much, I own two in different colors!" Made from a soft blend of viscose, nylon, and polyester, this is a versatile pick that you can throw on over any top for an extra bit of warmth (you can also wear it on its own once the weather heats up). Pair it with loose-fit trousers and a button-down to channel a classic Diane Keaton-inspired look, or wear it with leggings and boots for ultimate coziness. According to a reviewer: “I ordered one to try and it is nice and comfortably large on me. It's very warm and washes very well. I like it so much, that I ordered another two in different colors. I wear them almost everyday. Great product.” Sizes: Small — XL | Colors: 11 11 A Soft & Lightweight Open-Front Cardigan
open-front cardigan in a versatile cut with simple lines and solid shades is a must-have in almost every closet. This one is soft and made of a lightweight viscose and acrylic and falls to the mid-thighs. You'll fall for the small design elements like functional pockets on either side and the banded hemline. This sweater comes in a whopping 38 different shades and patterns for you to choose from, including white, black, and mustard yellow, and boasts more than 7,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. According to a reviewer: “This is my all time favorite cardigan. It drapes very beautifully. It is wonderful value for the money paid. It looks phenomenal on. One of its best features is that it has good, sizeable pockets! It is very lightweight and offers a good amount of stretch. It definitely fits as expected. Just be sure to follow the size chart! I bought this in the ivory white color. I love the look of the beige one too. This is a highly versatile, essential closet staple. I highly recommend this product.” Sizes: Small — 3X | Colors: 38 12 This 100% Cashmere Sweater That’s Worth The Investment
If it’s comfort you’re after, you can’t get much better than cashmere, which is famous for its softness and lightweight warmth. This
100% cashmere sweater is (predictably) the most expensive option on the list, but the classic crew-neck design means you’ll wear it for years, and it’ll look equally great with jeans, trousers, and pencil skirts. It’s made from two-ply yarn for durability, and the 12-gauge knit results in a fine, lightweight texture. (For reference, one-ply cashmere would be more likely to wear down quickly, and a lower gauge number than this would tend to be bulkier.) It comes in neutrals like gray and oatmeal and bright hues like royal blue and berry.
Be advised that you’ll want to hand wash this piece, so it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for a low-maintenance sweater.
According to a reviewer: “I bought three of these cashmere crew neck sweaters and they are the most luxurious treat to wear. It's like wearing a soft, gentle hug all day long. They are excellent quality and they hold up well to cold water wash (in a garment bag), air drying and light ironing. I expect them to last many years and to be a staple of my winter wardrobe.” Sizes: Medium — 3XL | Colors: 10 13 An Oversize Turtleneck With Cable-Knit Details
This oversize cable-knit
turtleneck sweater is the kind of thing you'll want to put on first thing in the morning — and then never take off. Made of cotton and acrylic, this cozy sweater features chunky cable-knit detailing, loose turtleneck design, and balloon sleeves for extra comfort. It comes in 38 colors and patterns, including green, blue, and color blocked styles, and handwashing is recommended to maintain quality. According to a reviewer: “I love this sweater! [...] Even after washing, it's still very soft and cozy. I keep changing into it to relax in at the end of the day because it's much more comfortable/soft/cozy than other sweaters/sweatshirts that I have.” Sizes: Small — 2XL | Colors and patterns: 38 14 A Color-Block Duster Cardigan
long cardigan comes in an array of striped designs, including classic stripes in a rainbow of hues and on-trend color blocking in a thinner knit. There are also a few muted colorways in chunkier chenille. The viscose-nylon blend is soft and flowy — and machine washable! — while the longer length is easy to dress up or down. According to a reviewer: “I’m not lying when I tell you that this cardigan is probably the best item of clothing I’ve bought on Amazon in years in terms of quality. Fabric is soft, fine knit, and is clearly well stitched.” Sizes: X-Small - X-Large | Colors: 21
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This article was originally published on
November 24, 2019