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Every Type of Sweater You Should Have in Your Closet for the Winter

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Whether you like it or not, winter is low key upon us. I remember fall like it was yesterday — no, really. Gone are the days of thin long sleeves and jackets getting us through the day. Sweater season is now in full force.

If you’re anything like me, the colder weather can diminish your outfit creativity. So, I’ve racked my brain (and closet) to help inspire all of us with these comfortable sweater-focused outfits. Here are five key sweaters I always make sure I have on hand for when the colder weather arrives:

Cozy cardigans

A chunky cardigan is a must-have for every girl’s closet, especially for the colder months! They’re comfortable, warm and easy to throw on top of any outfit. A tip I’ve recently started integrating into my style is matching the buttons of my cardigan (i.e. those trendy brown tortoise ones) with another clothing piece or accessory. Throw on some sneakers to keep it casual and layer over a t-shirt in case the cardigan proves to be too warm for the indoors.

Oversized hoodie

If you’re the type who prefers comfort over anything, this oversized hoodie (or any oversized hoodie) is just what you need. Pair it with thick leggings or trousers and you’ll look comfortable and stylish. Athleisure is still in, so we might as well take advantage of it for as long as possible. Pairing similar tones is an easy way to elevate a relaxed outfit.

Large turtlenecks

I know not everyone loves the feeling of an absurd amount of fabric around their neck, but if you’re one who gets cold easily, turtlenecks are the ideal. Certain styles purposely have a larger neck hole, allowing you to avoid a potential choking hazard, and if the material still feels too constricting, try going a size up. They also act as the perfect face warmer. Is the wind cold on your chin and cheeks? Pull the neck over your face and you’re good to go (just be careful when putting it on with makeup on your face, turtlenecks are not forgiving when it comes to makeup stains). Turtlenecks are a classic silhouette and always seem to come back into style in some variation. They’ll go with any bottoms you see fit, whether you prefer sweatpants or jeans. If you’re bored with the basic colors, try updating your turtleneck for a fun patterned one.

Fuzzy zip-up

We’ve all seen the teddy jackets that have taken the fall season by storm. But if you’re looking for a different take on the new-found wardrobe staple, you should try out this fuzzy zip-up sweater. To bring it back to comfort, this sweater feels like a wearable blanket. It’s the softest, and warmest piece of clothing I currently own. It’s an easy piece to dress up and down, whether you’re feeling the popular athleisure look or you’re throwing it on because you’re running to class. It’s a go-to this season for me.

Cropped sweaters

It’s ironic that I’ve been talking about the perfect sweaters for the colder weather, yet we’re ending this list off with one that will likely show some midriff. However! Paired with high waisted pants and a warm jacket, cropped sweaters can be utilized even in the coldest months. The silhouette helps maintain your shape, and won’t swallow you as an oversized sweater will. Whether you’re into a high neck, turtleneck, or crew there are plenty of cropped sweaters to choose from.

Danielle was previously the Deputy Editor at Her Campus, where she oversaw social and content strategy, lifestyle, beauty, fashion, news, and entertainment. Prior to joining Her Campus, Danielle worked at House Beautiful as Senior Lifestyle Editor, directing and producing feature videos and stories. Danielle also served as Snapchat Editor at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the brands daily Snapchat Discover channel. In 2016, she launched Cosmo Bites — which is now the official food and beverage vertical at Cosmopolitan. That same year, Danielle was named as a Rising Star in the digital media industry by FOLIO Magazine. Danielle got her start in digital media by launching the Her Campus chapter at Fairfield University in 2014, where she acted as Campus Correspondent for 2.5 years, before graduating with a degree in English and creative writing. She enjoys wine, food, and long walks through HomeGoods. Follow Danielle on Instagram!