These Luxe, Washable Sweaters Will Keep You Toasty While Saving You a Trip to the Dry Cleaner
October is here, and with all that brisk autumn air and overall spooky vibes comes the fresh indecision: To sweater or not to sweater? On one hand, it feels good to bust out the knits to stave off the chill, but if they get sweaty or dribbled with pumpkin space latte (it happens!), that means a trip to the dry cleaner—something nobody's got time for.
If your ambitious desire for a Gilmore Girls type of October has got the best of you, trade the dry-clean only cashmere and wool for a luxe washable sweater. These easy-to-clean fashion staples have all the snuggliness and style of your favorite turtleneck or crew, married with the convenience of being machine-washable. And, no, they won't fall apart in the wash. Most styles from brands like Lunya and Universal Standard are durable, allowing you to slow your consumption or worrying about about accidentally (*sob*) shrinking it to the size of your hand.
Go ahead and make the decision "to sweater" with a washable style. That way, when you do inevitably drip hot cocoa on your cardigan, you can skip the dry cleaner and all its harsh chemicals. Find our favorite machine-washable knits below to add into your autumn rotation ASAP.
These luxe, washable sweaters are worth every penny
Lunya is beloved for its washable silk PJs, but its knit collection offers a new level of effortlessness. Luxury that’s easy to care for? Sign us up! The fitted, flattering ribbed construction of this cashmere long-sleeve sweater is designed for shape retention (meaning it doesn’t lose its structure over time.) And no, your eyes aren’t deceiving you—it’s cashmere. Washable cashmere, which is well worth the investment, in our opinion.
Available colors: Tan heather or gray heather.
Available sizes: 4XS-4XL
A cardigan is always helpful, whether your desk is *right* in front of the AC vent at your office or you just tend to catch a chill easily. They’re layerable, elegant, and the friendliest items in your wardrobe. This Curve Cardi by Universal Standard has a stylish curve-front design that flatters every body, while the luxe fabric and easy-to-care-for maintenance make it a Well+Good fave. Bonus points for a wide range of sizes, making it the most inclusive option on this list, too.
Available colors: Black, cream, olive, and slate.
Available sizes: 0-14
Lululemon is always top of our list for performance wear, a quality they’ve extended to their knits collection. Crafted from merino wool, recycled nylon, viscose, and other materials that wick away sweat and keep you comfortable, this textured crew-neck is colorful, fun, and versatile. As if we needed *another* reason to love a machine-washable sweater, this baby is reversible. One side has a smooth exterior, while the other’s honeycomb (and a different color.)
Available colors: Spruce/wasabi, lavender/magenta, and graphite/black.
Available sizes: XS-L
More of a pattern person? Never fear! Machine-washable knits don’t only come in basics. This striped roll-neck sweater from Cos has an attractive (and timeless) striped pattern on the hem and the sleeves, creating a chic, color-block look you’ll want to rock all season long. Soft, blended cotton and wool mean this sweater is just thick enough to keep you warm as the temperature drops but just cool enough that you can start wearing it on those awk in-between days.
Available colors: Light beige/white, beige/white, and white/black.
Available sizes: XS-L
We can’t get enough of the dopamine pink hue that’s been called the color of 2022. This pink shade keeps ya happy and bright even as the days get a lil’ darker—and that’s enough reason to want it all over our closets. The 100 percent cashmere means this turtleneck is positively indulgent to wear, while long fibers in the knit (a trait signaling your sweater will last for years) get softer with every cold wash cycle. Translation? A buy you can reach for time and time again without worry.
Available colors: Pink, black, gray, and blue.
Available sizes: XS/S-M/L
Who says your sweater has to have long sleeves? Kilte’s Kimberly Tank is a sleeveless washable option that’s ideal for layering. Created by an all-mom team craving functional style, this polished tank feels cozy and luxe against skin—never scratchy, even if you put it underneath a bigger sweater. The brand’s patented super-tight knit means that you can spin cycle without worry. It’s also dry-able, so if it gets mixed in in the dryer, it won’t shrink. Hooray!
Available colors: Beige
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