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Live here long enough, and you'll soon find that a stack of dependable sweaters is a must to layer underneath your finest Gorpcore. So why not ensure every ounce of warmth packs equal amounts of style? Consider this list of essential sweaters a jumping-off point for your fall wardrobe shopping. (And don't miss our rain boots roundup to brush up on new footwear.)


SCHOTT NYC Waffle Knit Thermal Wool Blend Pullover, Nordstrom

$80

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This ultra-warm but lightweight wool sweater has a crossover collar and ribbing at the cuffs and hem. Perfect for channeling your best professor vibes. 

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Cotton Crewneck Guide Sweater, Filson

$275

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Made of 100 percent Peruvian Tanquis cotton that's spun into 10-gauge yarn, this soft sweater ups the warmth and softness. 

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The Original Westerley, Pendleton

$249

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This Pendleton design debuted in 1972 and was brought back by popular demand after the Dude famously wore it in the cult classic film The Big Lebowski. Does it abide? It does, but you know, that's just, like, our opinion, man. Downtown

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Corridor Alpaca Donegal Black Crew Neck, Prism

$207

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Made in Peru, this soft-structured sweater is made from a blend of alpaca, merino, and donegal wool for a warm medium weight and casual cool. Ballard

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Men’s Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Fleece, Patagonia

$119

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Outerwear brand Patagonia sells a slew of sweaters too, including some used ones available under its Worn Wear label. This zip-up sweater is made from recycled polyester.

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Jackman Waffle Sweater, Freeman

$175

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Tokyo brand Jackman is beloved for its balance of comfort, function, and style, and this waffle-knit sweater offers all that in spades. Capitol Hill

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Smartwool Sparwood Half-Zip Sweater, REI

$100

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Stalwart warming apparel brand Smartwool does more than make top-notch winter socks. This double-knit, single-layer jersey sweater is lightweight but also does a great job keeping out drafty weather.

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