best fall sweaters for sensitive skin

Hate Itchy Sweaters? These 19 Styles Are For You

Fashion for sensitive skin right this way.

By: Hannah Baxter

As much as I already miss summertime beach days, I really love getting dressed for cold weather. It’s easier to be creative with fashion when you’re working with multiple layers, which is why I think picking up a few sweaters is an essential first step in your fall shopping. But if, like me, you’re sensitive to itchy fabrics, it can be difficult to choose styles that will work for you online. Not to worry—I’ve put in the hours searching for the most comfortable sweaters on the market right now, in the softest possible fabrics. Think merino wool, baby alpaca, and of course, my favorite, cashmere. (If you ever travel with me, you’ll see that I fly in a full cashmere sweatsuit, right down to the socks. I take my knitwear very seriously.)

With that in mind, check out the 19 styles ahead, which include crewnecks, cardigans, and turtlenecks—all so deliciously soft you might just sleep in them.




A cardigan is always a good idea; the deeper the V, the better. Whether it’s an oversized fit or thin and gauzy, the silhouette should not be overlooked this season. Dare I say, it’s the sexiest a sweater can get.


Aritzia Wilfred Thais Cardigan, $135

Aritzia is my favorite under-the-radar spot to find quality knitwear without breaking the bank. I love this cropped merino wool and cotton cardigan in luxe camel—it’s ideal for pairing with all the high-waisted vintage denim you can find.

Ivory Cable Knit Cardigan, $139

Cozy ivory sweaters are a staple of every fashion girl’s cold-weather wardrobe, especially paired with white jeans or trousers. This cable-knit style is absolute perfection.

Ganni Callahan Cardigan, $280

Ganni knows how to make sweaters that all women will love to wear. My favorite is their Callahan cardigan, preferably worn with bed head, a flowy skirt, and just a flick of mascara.

PlyKnits The Carver Cardigan, $450

A good slinky cardigan isn’t easy to find, but luckily PlyKnits has heard the call and delivered this Carver style for your fall wardrobe.

Marc Jacobs Leopard Cardigan, $450

Animal print is still going strong as a trend for fall, and I’m 100 percent here for it. This Marc Jacobs cardigan is a more subdued but still stylish take on the print.

Ulla Johnson Chunky Knit Cardigan, $525

There’s nothing more comforting than a fluffy alpaca cardigan, which is why I’m adding this Ulla Johnson style to my online cart ASAP.

The Elder Statesman Tie-Dyed Cashmere Cardigan, $895

I will never stop touting The Elder Statesman cashmere sweaters. I need them all, now, please.


Crewneck Sweaters

You are not fully prepared for cold weather unless you have a few classic crewneck sweaters in your closet. There’s nothing more chic than throwing one on with your favorite denim, a chunky boot, a wrap coat, and some bold lipstick, and running out the door. It’s devil-may-care fashion at its finest.


Everlane Cashmere Shrunken Sweatshirt, $100

I swear by Everlane cashmere year after year. I just picked up the waffle-knit style in heather grey (my favorite sweater shade), but now I think the shrunken sweatshirt needs to come home with me, too. You can’t beat the quality for the price.

Paloma Wool Vega Sweater, $122

My favorite summer dress came from Paloma Wool, and now I want each and every one of her sweaters. This blended style has a boxy fit and is delightfully soft and warm.

Billy! Cashmere Sweater, $180

A sumptuous black cashmere sweater is a must for any wardrobe. I just picked up this Billy! style last week, and I’ve already worn it three times. It’s really that good.

Acne Studios Striped Sweater, $430

I finally bought this sweater after dreaming about it for the past year. It’s crazy-cozy, and all I need is to throw it on with some straight-leg jeans and my favorite patent leather boots, and I’m ready to go.

Mansur Gavriel Mélange Cashmere Sweater, $495

If you want to go minimalist this season, look no further than Mansur Gavriel. The brand has mastered chic simplicity without sacrificing quality. This sweater is pure understated luxury, plain and simple.

Khaite Virginia Asymmetric Cashmere Sweater, $1,155

Khaite always creates the pieces I want to fill my wardrobe with season after season—timeless, elegant, and in this case, delicious cashmere you won’t want to take off.



When all you want to do is stay in bed until noon but are forced by work/life to leave your house, a turtleneck is there to save the day. You’ll feel cozy and comforted no matter the weather, and with unlimited style options, you never need to feel bad about picking up a new one. Tis the season, after all.

Filippa K Chunky Roller Neck Sweater, $220

I’ve always been wary of straight-up wool sweaters, but lamb’s wool is the softest of the bunch and totally doable if you have sensitive skin, like me. A chunky navy turtleneck will never go out of style, so please say hello to this Filippa K dream.

Rodebjer Sweater Richa, $245

I can’t help but swoon when I see an oversized slouchy turtleneck, which is why I stopped dead in my tracks, so to speak, when I spotted this blood orange Rodebjer sweater. Come to Mama.

Closed Royal Baby Alpaca Mix Turtleneck Sweater, $342

More alpaca! More merino wool! I can’t wait to curl up in this perfect Closed turtleneck. Or, if you must go outside, throw on a leather bomber and some wide-leg trousers, and feel like a million bucks.

Nili Lotan Mariah Sweater, $625

The structure of this Nili Lotan sweater is everything I’ve ever wanted out of a turtleneck. Plus, the wool-and-cashmere blend will be plush, warm, and keep you stylish all the way until spring.

Joseph Cropped Wool Cable-Knit Sweater, $565

Merino wool is another great option if you have sensitive skin. It’s always comfortably soft and won’t leave your skin itchy by the end of the day. I’m currently eyeing this cropped cable-knit from Joseph.

Allude Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $710

I cannot stop thinking about this gorgeous chartreuse sweater from Allude for obvious reasons. Every girl needs a statement turtleneck in her wardrobe, so you might as well make it slime green.

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