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Cozy Fall Sweater Guide

Sep 28, 2018

by Aleksa Brown

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Between the tail end of the back-to-school frenzy, the early days of Halloween prep, and a seemingly endless stream of potlucks and playdates, there’s no denying that fall is jam-packed. But that doesn’t mean your seasonal style has to suffer. This year, think big with easy-to-wear sweaters in oversize silhouettes that are both fashion-forward and flattering—not to mention comfy as can be.

The best part? Thanks to their roomy shapes, the most popular looks of the season—long cardigans, cozy ponchos, and boxy pullovers—are easy fits for a wide range of body types, whether you’re buying in person or online. Toss one on, add a chunky gemstone bangle or a ’90s-inspired locket, and you’re good to go.

Get a jump-start on cozy with our favorite knit picks below, from handmade and vintage sellers around the globe.

Long cardigans

Long cardigans from ATUKO, Soft Cozy and Warm, and Luvsick Plus

Clockwise, from left: Oversize cardigan coat from ATUKO, $215; longline cardigan from Soft Cozy And Warm, $299; vintage plus-size cardigan from Luvsick Plus, $64

From modern, kimono-inspired designs to classic button-fronts, you can’t go wrong with a cardigan—and this season, the look takes an elevated turn thanks to an embrace of elegant, exaggerated longer lengths. (See also: the increasingly popular duster coat.) Style yours with a belt for a bit more polish, or leave it open for an effortless, weekend-ready vibe.

Cozy ponchos

Ponchos from Horse and Hound Vintage, Cardan Cabos, and Soft Cozy and Warm

Clockwise, from left: Vintage poncho from Horse and Hound Vintage, $47; one-size poncho from Soft Cozy And Warm, $328; cable-knit poncho from Cardan Cabos, $195

The easiest way to transition from late summer to autumn? Just add a poncho. This versatile and on-trend option looks smart with basically anything—floral frocks, flowy culottes, or wide-leg jeans. Bonus: The cape-like shape means you can even throw it on over a coat come December.

Boxy pullovers

Boxy pullovers from Marikit By Kitty Choy, Rabbit and Wool, and Plexida

Clockwise, from left: Cropped boatneck sweater from Rabbit and Wool, $122; chunky knit sweater from Marikit By Kitty Choy, $149; boxy knit sweater from Plexida, $102

Say hello to your new go-to: a classic knit pullover in a playful boxy crop. Whether you opt for a boatneck, funnel, or drape-y off-the-shoulder neckline, this is one fall staple you’ll find yourself reaching for again and again.

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