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These are the 4 types of sweaters your fall wardrobe needs

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The bad news: Summer is coming to an end. The good news: Sweater weather is finally here! As part of our annual celebration, we’ll be stocking up on a few new fall knitwear essentials. Keep scrolling for the four types of sweaters you have to have in your autumn wardrobe and our favorites from each category.

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1. Cozy Cardigan

There’s nothing like wrapping yourself up in a thick, cuddly cardigan. They’re especially great for those in-between autumn days when you have no idea what the weather is going to do. Snag a few that you can toss over almost any outfit.

You’ll want to wear this grandpa-style cardigan absolutely everywhere. It’s made of a soft and fluffy knit with a long hemline and oversized fit to keep you warm and cozy. As the weather gets cooler, layer the sweater over a button-down or turtleneck. Other colors include gray, light blue and light brown.

$80 at Abercrombie & Fitch

This slouchy sweater has a cool vibe that’s perfect to wear around the house or during your more casual weekend plans. The extra-big balloon sleeves have a rainbow of stripes from the elbow to the wrist, making it more interesting than a solid-colored cardigan but still totally versatile. It comes in ten different shades, all with the same rainbow stripes.

$40 at Amazon

2. Cashmere

It’s worth investing in one or two good cashmere sweaters. The fine natural fiber is incredibly soft, with lightweight breathability that keeps you at just the right temperature, whether it’s warm or cool outside. Of course, it’s also one of the most luxe-looking knits.

If you love the traditional v-neck sweater but want an updated look, try this super soft design. The hemline is slightly cropped, and the neckline is a little deeper than usual, creating a universally flattering silhouette. It’ll look just as good paired with slouchy jeans as it will with trousers. You can shop it in a whole spectrum of colors and neutrals.

$138 at J.Crew

This elegant sweater is all about quiet luxury, with subtle accents like drop shoulders and a rollover mock neckline. And thanks to Quince’s innovative supply-chain model, it comes in at almost half what you’d pay at most retailers. The sweater is available in this trendy mustard tone as well as black, gray and raspberry.

$80 at Quince

3. Cable-Knit

Equal parts cozy and sophisticated, cable-knit sweaters are a quintessentially fall. We love the chunky look in basically any pattern, shade or silhouette.

Quarter-zip sweaters might seem like they’re meant only for middle-aged dads, but we promise — give one a try, and you’ll never look back. This oversized option has extra-long sleeves, a funnel neck and big cable stitching that combine for a unique, slightly funky aesthetic. It also comes in a bright, heather turquoise.

$77 at Nordstrom

Go for a total throwback look with this retro-inspired varsity sweater. It has an ultra-deep v-neck and boxy cropped silhouette for a vibe that’s super fun and flirty. Cable knitting down the front and contrasting trim add to the playfully preppy feel.

$55 at Lulus

4. Crewneck

Your fall sweater collection won’t be complete without a classic crewneck. From plain to patterned and slouchy to slim, this iconic knit is a must-have for good reason.

An oversized crewneck silhouette is a perfect canvas for this fun color block design. The neutral gray, white and beige color combo keeps the funky pattern from feeling over the top. Drop shoulders with exposed seams add another fun element.

$30 at Nordstrom Rack

Available in eight different colors, sizes XS to 4X and regular, tall and petite versions, this crewneck is made for just about all of us. The silhouette is on the more fitted end of the spectrum, with fine ribbing that adds dimension and texture. We’re planning to get it in at least three shades.

$40 at Old Navy

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