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Best Sweaters for Fall/Winter 2012

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Just because sweaters are a no-brainer in fall and winter, doesn't mean you shouldn't put a little bit of thought into the ones you pull on. Read on for the best sweaters for the upcoming season.

1. Whimsical Sweater

tiger sweater

When you're feeling confident but want to keep your overall look casual, you can't go wrong with this Hive & Honey Animal Intarsia Crew Sweater. The charcoal grey and tiger print crew neck sweater is totally fierce.

Style Tip:Wear this attention-getting sweater with your favorite pair of colored jeans.

The Hive & Honey Animal Intarsia Crew Sweater is available in extra small through large.

2. Sweater Coat

sweater coat

Part sweater, part coat this Vince Scarf Collar Car Coat will keep you warm on those in between days when it's not quite time to break out your down winter jacket. The cozy coat even has pockets!

Style Tip:In addition to wearing this sweater coat over leggings or jeans, you can also pair it with your favorite summer sundresses. Try it belted to show off your waist.

The Vince Scarf Collar Car Coat is 68 percent wool, 16 percent silk, 9 percent cashmere, 7 percent polyester. It is available in sizes extra-small through large and comes in camel or black.

3. Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater

turtleneck sweater

A well-fitting turtleneck sweater is one of your top basics any fall or winter season. This White + Warren Cashmere Essential Turtleneck is a bit of an investment, but you'll wear it for years—if not decades—to come.

Style Tip:A classic sweater like this one will go with almost everything from suits to denim to skirts. Opt for the taupe if your are fair and the black if your are olive to darker skinned.

The White + Warren Cashmere Essential Turtleneck is 100 percent cashmere. It's available in taupe or black and comes in extra small through extra large.

4. Cashmere Cardigan

women's cardigan sweater

A cardigan is celebrated for its versatility. You can dress it up or down and take it on or off depending on the weather or the heating situation at your office. This L.L. Bean Classic Cashmere Cardigan is destined to become your go-to piece this winter—and for many winters to come.

Style Tip:When you find one you truly love, buy it in multiple colors.

The L.L. Bean Classic Cashmere Cardigan is 100 percent cashmere and available in extra-small through extra-large (Note: reviewers say it runs large so you may want to order down a size) and comes in nine different colors.

5. Argyle Sweater

argyle sweater

For a classic, preppy look, pull on an argyle sweater like this Tippi Sweater from J.Crew. It's 3/4 sleeves, hip-length and slim fit keep it from feeling dated.

Style Tip:Wear with a longer tank top underneath to elongate your silhouette.

The J. Crew Tippi argyle sweater is available in sizes extra-extra-small through extra-large and comes in blue on blue or burgundy on blue.

6. Ombré Sweater

ombre sweater

For a classic sweater with a twist, reach for this Lacoste Ombré sweater. It has a traditional scoopneck style that is made modern by ombré patterning.

Style Tip:The sweater is 100 percent cotton making it perfect to wear on any mid-winter warm weather getaways.

The Lacost Obmré Scoopneck Sweater is available in sizes zero through 10.

7. Sweater Dress

sweater dress

Sometimes you need more than a sweater...you need a sweater dress. This Fara Sweater Dress from Athleta is ubercozy and easy to pull on for a Saturday morning running errands or shopping. Bonus: The cotton-polyester blend dress is machine-washable.

Style tip:To tone down the patter of this Fair Isle Sweater Dress, top with a jean or corduroy jacket.

The Atheleta Fara Sweater Dress is available in extra-extra small through extra large and also comes in red.

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