It seems like the second September rolls around, everyone's eager to whip out their chunkiest knits and declare it sweater weather. However, fall is full of fickle days—sometimes it's sunny and the temps teeter around 70, and other times it might as well be winter. That's why we're firm believers that fall's best basic is the trusty layering sweater. Just like your go-to white tee, it's a cinch to style—you can wear it tucked into high-rise jeans or underneath an edgy leather jacket, then when the weather really turns chilly, you can wear it as a base with your heavy-duty winter layers. To help you maximize your fall fashion possibilities, we've rounded up an algorithm-backed list of the best layering sweaters you can buy. From V-necks and crewnecks to the softest cashmere and the prettiest colors, keep scrolling to stock up on the Top 10 styles that are sure to carry you through the season. Opening image: jcrew.com
Did you like our 10 Best Layering Sweaters? Check out our Best Sweaters lists for more top-ranked finds!
Top 10 Lists serve as unbiased shopping guides to the most trusted product recommendations on the internet. Products are scored and ranked using an algorithm backed by data consumers find most valuable when making a purchase. We are reader-supported and may earn a commission when you shop through our links.
Halogen Ribbed Sweater
WHAT IT DOES: A close-fitting crewneck can do no wrong. Whether you're headed to the office or into the weekend, this ribbed version seamlessly tucks into jeans and trousers to have you ready in a cinch.
USERS SAID: "Such a great basic sweater! It's so easy to layer, very soft, and super flattering, but it's also thick enough to keep you warm—perfect for fall!"
Old Navy Soft-Brushed Crew-Neck Sweater
WHY YOU NEED IT: Inexpensive sweaters are notorious for shrinking and pilling, but this affordable find just gets softer and softer with each wash.
LOVED FOR: Fall doesn't necessarily have to mean all neutrals all the time. This ultra-soft sweater comes in so many happy hues, you could have one for every day of the week and then some.
Charter Club Crew-Neck Cashmere Sweater
WHY YOU NEED IT: Quality cashmere doesn't typically come cheap, but these crewneck sweaters ring up under $150. We don't know about you, but we'll be stocking up.
HELPFUL TIP: These run a little large, so we recommend sizing down for easier layering and tucking.
Amazon Essentials Lightweight V-Neck Sweater
H&M Fine-Knit Turtleneck Sweater
Amazon Essentials Lightweight Crewneck Sweater
USERS SAID: "I am so impressed by this sweater! I had my doubts about ordering an Amazon sweater, but I’m so glad that I did. It has a looser fit, and it's great quality—not thin at all. This definitely rivals a sweater that I would purchase from J.Crew, but it's a fraction of the price. I'll be purchasing more products from this brand!"
HELPFUL TIP: Rarely does an Amazon sweater rack up over 450 rave reviews. This one's worth the hype—trust us.
H&M Fine-Knit Sweater
BEST FOR: Just like a fail-safe crewneck, V-necks are a cinch to style—but they're particularly perfect if the weather allows for a little less coverage.
STYLE WITH: Thanks to the relaxed fit, this sweater works well over a crisp white button-down—fall style at its finest.
Naadam The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater
BEST FOR: If softness is what you seek, look no further. This one feels even better than wrapping up in your favorite fleece blanket.
USERS SAID: "These sweaters are so gorgeous. I am awestruck at the quality of the fibers, weave, softness, depth, and richness of color. An outstanding buy at $75 each. I AM IN LOVE!"
J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
BEST FOR: For fun options that go beyond basic black and classic camel, J.Crew's got you covered (in super-soft cashmere). The brand has a range of vibrant, custom-developed hues that come straight from their in-house color library, and each one rings up at just $98 each.
STYLE WITH: Pick one up in neon peony or bright cerise and add a pop of color to your black skinny jeans.
Everlane The Cashmere Crew
WHY YOU NEED IT: Everlane's popular pick is made of certified Grade A cashmere—the best there is—but they sell it at the same cost that most retailers would sell Grade C. It's more durable, pills less, gets softer with every wear, and rings up at just $100. Run, don't walk.
AS SEEN ON: Meghan Markle wears Everlane's Cashmere Crew, so we wear Everlane's Cashmere Crew.