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7 Knitwear Designers Share Fall’s Top Sweater Trends

What to invest in now—and wear forever.

By: Nicole Kliest

Knitwear is to autumn what linen is to summer: *oh, so* essential. Now that the leaves are turning to burnt hues of orange and yellow and the temperatures are dipping into that glorious zone of requiring comfy layers and textural accessories, it’s an apt time to investigate your sweater situation for the season ahead. Unlike hyper-timely trend pieces such as oversized scalloped collars or bustier tops, autumnal knitwear is an item you’ll invest in now and likely wear year after year on repeat.

So, what to invest in for the fall/winter 20202021 season? Naturally, there are the usual suspects like classic crewneck pullovers and a turtleneck or two. But beyond the basics, there remain a handful of investment-worthy knitwear pieces worth your consideration right now. Ahead, hear directly from six knitwear designers who shared with Coveteur what the number one trend they’re rooting for at the moment is, and—as always—shop the picks to flesh out your closet for crisp, cool days in the coming months.

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Versatile Cardigans

 

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“For fall, I love the idea of wearing a cardigan as a top or pairing it with our cropped cashmere sweater tank for a new twist on a twin-set. Worn with high waisted pants, it’s the perfect transitional look.” —Vince Creative Director Caroline Belhumeur

Big Moment Scarf

 

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“For fall, the ultimate transitional piece that will work on a cool, crisp autumn day and colder winter days is a statement wool scarf. And you don't have to sacrifice style over comfort, you can throw them over a classic black coat or layer up over more bright knits.” —Hades Founder Cassie Holland

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Delicate Embellishments

 

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“I am passionate about floral hand embroidery work on knitwear. All of our embroideries are made by hand and we are now using rhinestones.” —Tach Co-founder and Designer Sabrina Tachdjian

Oversized Knits

 

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“Knitwear is my favorite go-to piece, in general. I love oversized chunky sweaters and cardigans that I style with jeans and ankle boots and statement jewelry. I also love oversized knit polo shirts and knit dresses that are just a perfect wardrobe staple especially for the colder winter months. They are cozy, comfortable but also elegant especially if you style it with knee-high boots.” —Nanushka Founder and Creative Director Sandra Sandor

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Matching Sets

 

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“I’m all about comfort and convenience these days, so I think bold colors and color blocking in twin sets make my dressing process really easy and hassle free, and make me feel less like I’m wearing PJs.” —YanYan Knits Co-founder Phyllis Chan

Easy but Special

 

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“I’ve been pretty reclusive and a homebody since January, so I’m loving things that make me feel special yet effortless. I’m loving sparkly tinsel and lurex right now, and I can’t wait to wear our embroidered lambswool pieces soon.” —YanYan Knits Co-founder Suzzie Chung

Outfit MVP

 

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“I love the fact that knitwear can be soft on the skin and a key piece within the outfit. For example, oversized knit pieces totally build the look—they can be the masterpiece.” —LouLou Studio Artistic Director and Founder Chloé Harrouche

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