How to Style Sweaters: Fall 2021 Guide

Friday, September 10, 2021
pretty blonde in fall outfit

Maybe it’s the start of a new school year or the often quick transition from hot to cold weather that has us so eager to shift our wardrobe the second September hits. Whatever the reason, we’re swapping out swimsuits and shorts for sweaters, and we’re not mad about it. 

A cute sweater is one of the fall wardrobe essentials; it’s comfortable, stylish, flattering, and polished all in one cozy bundle. Plus, styling this staple is relatively easy: you can simply throw it on with jeans and a pair of booties and walk out this door without a second thought. 

However… if you’re looking for a few fresh ways to wear your sweaters this season, you’re in the right place. We’ll show you how to style sweaters for fall 2021. There are so many great ways to pair this fall essential with other pieces in your closet to create a variety of chic looks, and this year, you may actually have places you get to wear them! 

Keep reading to discover how to style sweaters in both trendy and sophisticated ways so you can transition into the season with style. 

Go Monochrome

Sets are still the style for fall, and layered sets look super chic while keeping you warm. For an ultra plush and refined look, layer a sweater and cardigan of the same fabric and shade. Our fall collection allows you so many ways to achieve this. You can choose from this classic v-neck sweater, chic mock neck sweater, v-neck hoodie sweater, or this blouson sleeve sweater. You have options in terms of color as well; choose from navy, dark grey, espresso, light grey, and sand.

After you’ve pulled on your sweater of choice, pair it with our drape cardigan in the matching hue.  All of these pieces are created with a super-soft recycled fabric blend, so they will not only feel delicious on your skin, but they will pair together perfectly. The result is a monochrome set that looks polished and effortless. On the bottom, opt for a pair of dark wash jeans. We suggest a flared style as they are on-trend this season and look great with a pair of heeled booties.  

This look is also one of the great plus size fall outfit ideas as well in an assortment of colors. Explore our other plus size tops as well to find your preferred style. Shop the plus size cardigan here and the matching sweater here.  

Back to the 90s

It’s no secret that many trends from the 90s are back in a big way. This is still the case this fall, so if you want to style your sweaters in a way that feels current, reminisce on your favorite sweater outfit from a couple of decades ago. One that will work well this season, is layering a fitted sweater underneath a camisole dress or jumper-style dress. Grab this turtleneck top (you’ll want it in every color!) and try pairing it with a dress you have on hand. We suggest one with a midi or mini length. While the shift style is signature of the 90s, you can also belt this look around your waist to add definition. 

You can also gather inspiration from your favorite old TV shows to learn how to bring the 90s back through your favorite sweater outfit. Take a page out of Rachel Green’s book and wear your sweater with a mini skirt, tights, and ankle boots this fall. This fuzzy knit sweater is the perfect ingredient for this recipe. Its high-low silhouette will show off the mini skirt and your waist. Plus, it’s comfortable, versatile, and can easily be layered under a coat for colder weather. This is a great option if you’re already thinking ahead to what you will wear this Thanksgiving. If that’s the case, add some great jewelry, such as these brass earrings

Womna wearing animal print swater and brown trousers

Faux Layers

Sweaters that consist of two separate fabrics are on-trend this season. They give the illusion that you’re wearing a blouse underneath a sweater, but in reality, you’re only wearing one perfectly tailored piece. 

These faux-layered sweaters make it easy to achieve a put-together, layered look without having to go through the trouble of finding a sweater that lays just right over your blouse or a blouse that peeks out just enough under your sweater. 

We embraced this trend completely and designed a variety of layered sweaters for you to wear this fall. To embrace the classic fall look, this trend was built on, reach for this grey sweater with a white shirt peeking out from the collar and hem. We’d wear this with jeans and ballet flats any day of the week. 

For an option with a little more color that would be great for the office, try this black and blue floral combination, or reach for this fun leopard-hemmed option, which is also available in petite sizes and plus sizes as well. Any of these sweaters can transition from work to play seamlessly. Wear them with black pants and flats at the office and jeans and sneakers on the weekend. Wear your hair in your favorite way or channel Elle Woods and put it up in a high pony, and wear a pair of glasses to complete her look. 

For Work 

While layered sweaters are great for the office or virtual office, they aren’t the only toppers that can put your look into professional mode. Have fun with animal prints this season by wearing this sweater. The rich tones are perfect for fall, and the blouson sleeves hit the full-sleeve trend on the head. Pair it with the black curved hem piper pants, which are always professional and always comfortable. Complete this patterned sweater look by stepping into black loafers or booties, and don’t be afraid to add a few gold accents here and there, be they on your shoes, your bag, or your jewelry. This look is fun and fall forward. 

For another sophisticated sweater that you can wear to work, look to this plush turtleneck, crafted from a super soft recycled fabric blend that will keep you warm, even in a drafty building. Pair it with our signature travel pant and a block-heeled shoe or bootie. Complete the look by adding this feather pendant necklace, which will sit beautifully atop the soft sweater and add just the right amount of sparkle.

Follow the Trend

Fall is the season where fresh trends are everywhere, and while you’re transitioning your wardrobe and stocking up on a few new styles, it’s an exciting time to try them. There are plenty of ways to style sweaters that go in tandem with the season’s best trends. 

For instance, sweater vests are everywhere. Grab a cable knit sweater version with a slightly oversized fit and pair it with wide-leg jeans and check off two trends at once! This is a great look to go to when the weather is still warm, but you want to look like fall. When the weather cools off, layer the sweater vest with a button-down blouse or even a shirt dress underneath. It’s tailored and modern.

Another way to follow the trends this season with your sweater outfit is to incorporate color. Color is everywhere this fall. Particularly, rich jewel tones and saturated hues, such as dark pink, marigold, and blue, are having a moment. Embrace the trend by wearing this blue sweater, also available in plus-size. It’s ultra-soft and has a modern asymmetric hem that looks great over jeans or leggings. Plus, the vibrant hue is sure to brighten your day.  

Model wearing light blue jeans and white sweater

Casual and Cool 

Looking for casual fall outfit ideas? There are so many great ways to wear sweaters and places to wear them, but some of our looks are simple and casual. If you haven’t yet, get yourself a pair of great dark wash jeans. Not only are they a fall essential, but they’re also the perfect complement to a great sweater. For a cute and simple outfit utilizing this reliable combination, pull on your jeans and this fabulous two-tone turtleneck, which also comes in plus sizes. Even barefoot and with a bun in your hair around the house, you’ll feel put together. When you’re heading out, though, we suggest finishing the look with ankle boots and a fashion hat, such as this leather trim velour one.   

Another way to play it casual and cool when styling your sweaters is to layer them under a wear-everywhere cargo jacket and slide on some combat boots. This high-low pullover sweater is just the thing to wear underneath. This look is sporty enough for a campfire and chic enough for a day of shopping.  

Finally, for those days when you just want to be comfy and casual at home, but may go on a walk with your dog or run a quick errand, reach for a casual printed sweater, such as this relaxed tie-dye option, and slip on your favorite leggings.

How do you plan to style your sweaters this fall? 

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