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When it comes to knitwear shopping, Lucky editors don't mess around. Click through for their expert advice on finding the perfect sweater.
"I love vintage sweaters—especially vintage mens sweaters. There's something about a scratchy, wooly, crew neck in a classic collegiate shade that is just so New England amazing. LL Bean Signature has a pretty great selection this season. I buy them in the smallest sizes available, and either wear them with my slimmest skinnies (if they're boxy) or my widest wide-legs (if they're shrunken). It makes me feel like my 90s-era, thrift-store-addicted self again!" - Jayna Maleri, senior fashion writer
"Unless you're familiar with the brand or already own the product, don't buy cashmere online. Once upon a time, cashmere sweaters were special (and expensive!) and it meant you maybe owned one or two classic styles. The proliferation of cheap cashmere is great on our wallets, but not all "100% cashmere" tags are created equal. A very thin and fuzzy cashmere is going to pill really quickly. You'll want something thicker—it should have some heft!—if you want it to last more than one season. I've also offered this tip before, but J.Crew's Men's Merino V-Neck Sweater is my go-to. It's not cashmere, but it's the perfect, slouchy, slightly oversized but classic style. Go one size smaller than you'd wear in women's. And then pair it with a floor-length feathered skirt and pretend you're Jenna Lyons." - Verena von Pfetten, executive digital editor
"Vince makes the best sweaters! They're all so cozy and soft, and very warm. A Vince sweater, a fireplace, and some hot mulled cider is winter heaven for me." - Maura Lynch, senior beauty editor
"I have a crazy weakness for waffle knits. Not only do they deliver big-time in the softness and texture departments, but because of their tightly-knit construction, they also tend to pill far less than standard sweaters (or is it just my imagination?). Either way, I'm addicted. And obviously, anything with 'waffle' in its name is bound to be good.
Marc Jacobs' versions from several years ago are the obvious gold standard—and until they're reissued, I'll be silently scolding myself for not splurging on one or two when I had the chance. On the more affordable side of the spectrum, though, Madewell makes some of the coziest, most long-lasting waffle knits on the block." - Elana Fishman, senior digital editor
"J.Crew has the best cashmere tee. It's a simple crew neck long sleeve sweater in a thin knit. It comes in tons of colors and the fit is perfect." - Noelle Sciacca, associate market editor
"After going through a major Blair Waldorf-inspired clothing era when I was 18 (just slightly embarrassing), I've owned enough cardigans of all makes and models to last me a lifetime. I have almost none of the original batch with me in New York, but one cardigan that has shown the test of time is a lambswool J.Crew men's button-up that I hijacked from my brother a few years ago. Not only does it have that classic J.Crew edge (simultaneously simple and on-trend), but it's also insanely soft, oversized and cozy. And most importantly, it doesn't feel like a costume, unlike some of my older preppy versions." - Maura Brannigan, digital fashion news writer
"If you're looking for something light enough to layer, but still warmer than a T-shirt, merino wool is the way to go. It has a thin enough weave to fit under a blazer or heavy sweater without bulging, and is really easy to tuck. Plus, unlike with most natural materials, like lambswool and cashmere, you can easily find high quality options for well under $100. J.Crew, Gap and Uniqlo all have great ones." - Alison Syrett Cleary, digital writer
"Around the office, I feel like I'm constantly asking people where their sweaters are from and 99 percent of the time, the answer is Forever 21. Shocking in a way, but so cool! Some are super basic but others are more trendy and fun. You would think Forever 21 is a store to simply try trends that may not necessarily last, but their sweaters and knits are apparently a Lucky favorite and stand the test of time." - Kristie Dash, assistant to the editor-in-chief
"Last winter I had the hardest time finding a reasonably priced cashmere sweater with a true crewneck—a neckline that's high without choking you or becoming a mock turtleneck. I found what I was searching for on Everlane and was impressed with the quality and density of the yarn. They have a nice selection of basic colors too." - Karen Wilson, senior digital producer
"Right now, I've got a taste for Elder Statesman cashmere. It's really expensive, but so soft and you won't find a lot of people wearing it. A good cashmere sweater will last you a lifetime, so consider it an investment in a warmer future." - John Jannuzzi, senior digital projects editor