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13 Super Soft Sweaters That Won’t Itch Your Skin All Autumn Long

Allie Flinn

Photo: Getty/Klaus Vedfelt

My pre-COVID fashion choices seem like they belong in a different century—rigid jeans that took sweat and a prayer to put on, strappy heels that hurt my feet, and low-cut dresses that required me to use literal kinesiology tape as a bra (imagine ripping that off and try not to wince). Now, the only things that I’ll allow to touch my body include soft sweaters, softer sweatpants, and the softest socks around.

First of all, who wants to wear uncomfortable clothing when your desk is now your couch? Second, soft clothes are comforting, and I think we could all use as much comfort as we can get to make it through the rest of 2020. So while I would love nothing more than to go into cryogenic sleep until the end of the year, as that seems like an unlikely option, I will instead take refuge from the world in the gentle embrace of these soft sweaters. I’m like one of Harlowe’s baby monkeys, clinging to soft fabric as a surrogate for actual touch and support. Cozy up in one of these picks.

1. Italic Boxy Cropped Cashmere Sweater, $75

Italic Cropped Cashmere Sweater
Photo: Italic

I may or may not have fallen asleep in it after typing out some “deep” (Old Fashioned-fueled) late-night thoughts in my Notes app. The next morning I went to gaze upon my creative genius, but the only new note was this list: hot knife, love ridden, sleep to dream, shadow boxer, paper bag, never is a promise, werewolf. I was concerned before I realized that it was a list of Fiona Apple songs, not me reverting back to my Evanescence-loving, Hot Topic-wearing, Plath-reading emo phase. TLDR: This sweater is super comfy.

Shop Now: Italic Boxy Cropped Cashmere Sweater, $75

2. Free People BRB Tunic Sweater, $80

Free People Soft Sweater
Photo: Nordstrom

I like to cocoon myself in this sweater while I draft emails about my love of unavailable men to my favorite advice columnist.

Shop Now: Free People BRB Tunic Sweater, $80

3. Staud Cargo Sweater, $145

Staud Cargo Sweater
Photo: Staud

Sad girl autumn, but the “drinking red wine and watching raindrops trickle down your window” version, not the “wake up with shredded cheese in your bed” one.

Shop Now: Staud Cargo Sweater, $145

4. Adorned By Chi Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt, $44.99

Adorned By Chi Sweater
Photo: Adorned By Chi

My two 2020 moods are this sweatshirt and asking Siri: “Can not having sex for a long time kill you?”.

Shop Now: Adorned By Chi Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt, $44.99

5. For Love and Lemons Amaryllis Button-Down Cardigan, $218

For Love and Lemons Soft Sweater
Photo: Shopbop

I’ve decided that my new aesthetic is cottagecore but with cleavage, which loosely translates to this sweater worn over Anne Of Green Gables-inspired lingerie, while making my own lip stain out of dried berries using a mortar and pestle.

Shop Now: For Love and Lemons Amaryllis Button-Down Cardigan, $218

6. Pact Side Slit Tunic, $60

Pact Soft Sweater
Photo: Pact

I reach for this flowy, sustainable sweater on days where I eat too much chickpea pasta and am super bloated but still have to go outside and walk my dog.

Shop Now: Pact Side Slit Tunic, $60

7. Naadam The Essential $75 Sweater, $75

Naadam Soft Sweater
Photo: Naadam

Shop Now: Naadam The Essential $75 Sweater, $75

This is my “Michel from Gilmore Girls in that episode where he has ennui” soft sweater.

8. Current Air Slouchy Cardigan Sweater, $98

Current Air Sweater
Photo: Current Air

Wear this sweater on days when you want your beloved to, as Taylor says, take you to the lakes where all the poets went to die so you can cry in the Windermere Peaks.

Shop Now: Current Air Slouchy Cardigan Sweater, $98

9. A New Day Crewneck Pullover Sweater, $20

Target A New Day Soft Sweater
Photo: Target

This is the soft sweater you slip on after Googling “how to calm down after hate-reading QAnon conspiracy theories on Twitter” and discovering that wearing pink is essentially the color equivalent of a weighted blanket. (Then you drink.)

Shop Now: A New Day Crewneck Pullover Sweater, $20

10. Lou & Grey Rainbowstitch Sweater, $90

Lou and Grey Soft Sweater
Photo: Loft

I dare your brain not to feel happiness again when you put on this plush, colorfully accented sweater.

Shop Now: Lou & Grey Rainbowstitch Sweater, $90

11. Stuzo Clothing Woman Up Sweater, $50

Stuzo Sweater
Photo: Stuzo

Me to myself three glasses of wine in, about to send a risky text to an ex.

Shop Now: Stuzo Clothing Woman Up Sweater, $50

12. Skies Are Blue Plus Size Marbled Color Block Sweater, $80

Skies Are Blue Soft Sweater
Photo: Skies Are Blue

This is the colorful sweater I will wear on my next family zoom call to project an upbeat attitude. And also distract everyone from the frenzied look in my eyes as I respond “I’m fine” whenever someone asks how I’m doing living alone through all of this.

Shop Now: Skies Are Blue Plus Size Marbled Color Block Sweater, $80

13. Feat BlanketBlend Hoodie, $118

Feat Soft Sweatshirt
Photo: Feat

This hoodie is so soft and cozy that I kept referring to it as a blanket in the first draft of this description.

Shop Now: Feat BlanketBlend Hoodie, $118

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