15 Fabulous & Essential Winter Sweaters (PHOTOS)

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Nothing beats a cozy yet stylish sweater when the temperatures start dropping. And this collection has all your essentials to keep you warm -- from cropped to oversized and colorful to the softest hues.

These 15 must-have sweaters will turn your basic jeans and boots combo into a super stylish look, and they will also dress up leggings and allow you to wear your favorite short sleeve outfits with added warmth all through the season. You'll love the textures, open knit, fringe, and asymmetrical hem features of these must-have sweaters.


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  • Open knit.


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    This gorgeous Pretty Pointelle Vee Sweater ($128, freepeople.com) in a beautiful roseglow color is the perfect color to go with your everyday jeans. It also comes in fatigue, graphite, and ivory -- and the open knit makes this cozy sweater feel boho sexy.

  • Sheer beauty.


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    For those who love a sweater but don't want the heaviness of one, the Lights Will Shine Pullover ($128, freepeople.com) is for you. In heather grey or dusty pink, this sweater can be worn with a tank underneath or dare to show a little. I love the cuffed sleeves and how delicate it is.

  • Color burst.


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    The balloon sleeves and gorgeous colorful pattern on this BDG Madeline Pullover Sweater ($98, urbanoutfitters.com) will make this oversized knit land on your holiday wish list.

  • Fringed.


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    I love this Fringe Turtleneck ($210, leilashams.com) -- it's perfect to layer and to keep cozy on the coldest days. Made with a super-soft marled French terry, this sweater features cool geometric embroidery along with fringe. The back is slightly longer than the front -- a gorgeous and stand-out design.

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  • High-low perfection.


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    All you need are black leggings, your favorite boots, and a Marina T. Distressed Pullover ($124, forever21.com). I love the high-low back with the raglan sleeve in this heavenly soft almost-white grey color. 

  • Cropped.


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    The boxy cropped Snowblossom Pullover ($138, anthropologie.com) is made in warm wool and features that pretty felt flower on front and one sleeve. Darling.

  • Softest blue.


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    There is something about the design of the Zigged Formation Pullover ($138, anthropologie.com) that reminds me of a lotus flower, and the softness of the knit, and cream and pale blue colors makes it feel even more serene.

  • Circle hem.


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    The wide crew neck of this Marl Boucle Extreme Circle Hem Tunic Sweater ($69.90, express.com) gives it some sex appeal with an off-the-shoulder look. And black and grey is just classic.

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  • Textured cable knit.


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    It's red. It's a cable knit, a must-have for every wardrobe. But the Textured Cable-Knit Crew Pullover ($98, bananarepublic.com) also has the fuzzy fun textures at the shoulders and front panels. It comes in grey as well, but this Tamale color ... HOT!

  • Tasseled.


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    Just because something is cozy and warm doesn't mean it has to be short on style. Proof is the Jeanne Fringe Sweater ($119, revolveclothing.com).

  • Fair Isle.


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    For the ultimate laid back vibe, I present to you this Striped Fair Isle Poncho ($22.90, forever21.com) with the tassels at the hem and the blanket-like feel. It's the perfect throw-over to take a simple jeans and tee to a whole other level.

  • Deep V.


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    Show off a lace cami with Kimchi Blue Everyday Surplus Sweater ($69, urbanoutfitters.com). It comes in pretty pink and this lovely black and white blend.

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  • Jacquard.


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    This Jacquard-Knit Turtleneck ($19.99, hm.com) is total snow bunny material. Aside from the fantastic geometric print and snug turtleneck, there are gold threads knitted in making this sweater super festive.

  • Eyelash sweater.


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    Jennifer Lopez has great sweaters in her collection! I love this insanely soft Boucle Eyelash Sweater ($54, kohls.com) -- and it comes in pink, marshmallow, and black.

  • Bubble knit.


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    Bubble knit is all the rage and nothing is more needed to keep you cozy and allow you to wear all your short sleeve tops well into winter than this Knit Cardigan ($34.99, hm.com). The neutral cream color allows it to go with everything.

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