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Not to brag, but my style peaks in the fall. I love a sundress as much as the next person, but bundling up in a bunch of cozy sweaters is my favorite thing, maybe ever. And to make it even harder on my (very small) wardrobe, I have a massive crush on fall 2021’s sweater trends. Like, it’s a problem! Someone stop me before my savings account balance hits zero.
But how could you blame me when the sweaters are this cute? The most in-demand styles run the gamut from bold two-tone options to sheer, breezy layering staples. And I couldn’t possibly forget to mention the chunkier quarter-zip picks that look like they’d be more at home on a New England college campus than in the big city.
There are also some returning trends, too! If you recall the whole sweater-bra trend from last year, then I’m happy to report that you can still find a bunch of adorable matching knit bra-and-cardigan sets that beg the question: “Will I ever wear a real bra ever again?” The answer is no.
Oh—and sweater vests are still very much a thing this season. But instead of being oversized, this season’s iterations have gotten the tennis club treatment. They’re cropped, collared and are will look so cute paired with a pleated mini skirt.
If you’re ready to ditch your cropped tanks and replace them with some very cushy knits come fall, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to check out all of this season’s biggest trends from all of your favorite sites, like Mango, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Happy shopping!
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Why choose one hue when you can wear two? Two-toned knitwear and color-blocking are everywhere right now. This option from STAUD features two very fall-appropriate pink hues—plus it comes in nine (!) other colorways.
While chunky sweaters were everywhere last year, the fashion set is leaning toward sleeker, longer options for 2021. Try rocking a longline cardigan like this one from Open Edit with a coordinating pair of ribbed knit trousers—you’ll never reach for your hoodie and sweatpants ever again.
Cut It Out
It’s no secret that cut-outs dominated our collective spring and summer wardrobes and I am happy to report that the sexy look is still going strong for fall. Cut-outs have made their way onto the humble turtleneck sweater—and have totally transformed it in the process. This Kelly green pick from Eloquii is right on the money.
Collar Me Maybe
No, this sweater isn’t part of a private school uniform. Collared sweaters—particularly collared sweater vests like this one from Reformation—are the layering basics you never knew you needed. Why? Because they work well under other crewneck options without adding extra bulk and they look great on their own, too.
Zip It Up
Part Sporty Spice, part Yale-era Rory Gilmore, quarter- and half-zip sweaters are this season’s preppiest look. While striped options are everywhere these days, invest in a fresh white version like this white one from Varley to pair with virtually everything.
Does it ever feel too warm outside for an actual sweater, but too cold for you to go out with nothing on? That’s where open-knit sweaters like this one from Mango come in. Wear ’em over a tank or tee during the day and with a lace bralette for a night-out. And yes, this is definitely an early 00’s look made 2021-friendly, but I’m here for it.
Set It Up
Wearing a matching sweater-and-bra set is the secret to getting dressed in a snap—and looking like you put in way more effort than you actually did. Sure, you can just wear a neutral sweater, but in the words of Nicki Minaj: “Who wants to look simple when you can look stunning?”. I don’t think she was actually talking about this printed cardigan or the matching tank from Urban Outfitters when she said that, but it applies nonetheless.
A version of this article previously appeared in January 2021.