December 11, 2018 5 min read

As the snow falls down, it becomes more and more tempting to stay at home, snuggled up with blankets. Since most of us don’t have the time to do this every day,  dressing cozily is a great way to stay warm and comfy throughout busy winter days. When it comes to classic comfort, nothing beats putting on a sweater. It’s like wearing a hug! Instant coziness guaranteed.

There are so many different types of sweaters, and even more various styles, textures, and silhouettes that make each one unique! When you decide to treat yourself to a new sweater, it might seem daunting to navigate through all of your different options. This sweater guide will help make achieving peak coziness as easy as staying in bed all day!



When you think of a classic sweater, you’re probably thinking about a pullover sweater. Pullover sweaters are so easy to wear and style, and they are definitely the most popular of all the sweater types. They typically have a crew neck or v-neckline. Pullover sweaters do not have any buttons or other closures on the front, although they might have cute adornments like sequins or embroidery.


When you’re ready to take your sweater game to the next level, you’re ready for a turtleneck. Turtleneck sweaters feature a high, fitted neck that typically hits an inch or two under the chin. These types of sweaters are fantastic for layering, easily providing a sleek and sophisticated look with minimal effort. Try wearing a turtleneck under a slip dress for a unique look!

Mockneck & Cowlneck

If you like the look of the turtleneck sweater, but don’t love having all that material around your neck, you need a mockneck sweater. These types of sweaters have the chic look of a turtleneck, without the commitment to all that fabric. Essentially, a mockneck is a shorter turtleneck. Another alternative to the turtleneck is a cowlneck sweater. These are like turtlenecks but with a funnel neck. The fabric, rather than being fitted to the neck, drapes over itself making a cute, unstructured, scarf-like look. Both mockneck and cowlneck sweaters are on trend right now, and we are so here for it.


Cardigans are a staple in every girl’s closet! While lightweight cardigans are great for layered looks throughout the year, when winter comes around, you’ll want to opt for a cardigan sweater. Cardigan sweaters are sweaters with an open front that can be buttoned, zipped, or otherwise closed. However, some cardigans just rock that open front style! Cardigan sweaters are great because they can add extra warmth and dimension to an outfit, and can also be a removable layer throughout the day. Wearing a cardigan sweater over a pullover will give you maximum coziness.


Another type of sweater that is perfect for winter is the poncho. Ponchos are such fun statement pieces, especially when they have tassels or other adornment. A poncho is essentially a large piece of fabric with a slit in the middle, you know, for your head! Some ponchos go all out with sleeves, pockets, and even turtlenecks! On those cold winter mornings when you wake up freezing, throw on a pair of leggings, a warm pullover, and then top it off with a cute poncho. Take that, Jack Frost!


  • Chenille is our favorite material for all types of sweaters. It’s soft, plush, and so cozy!
  • Fuzzy sweaters, also known as eyelash knit sweaters, have amazing texture that can take any outfit to the next level. Try pairing a red fuzzy cardigan with a black and white outfit for a bold look that will turn heads!
  • Cable knit sweaters are timeless! They have a slightly dimensional look, complete with braided details which are achieved through weft knitting, or crossing multiple layers of yarn across each other. Cable knit sweaters are usually a bit sturdier than typical sweaters.

  • Open-knit sweaters create a slightly sheer look, which can be super cute when layered with a colorful bralette.
  • Ribbed knit sweaters feature a vertical line pattern which can be very flattering, especially when combined with a slimming v-neckline.
  • Marled knit sweaters are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s no surprise! Marled yarn is created by combining single plies of different colored brushed yarns into one soft, multicolored, unique yarn. Some marled yarns use different tones of the same color to create depth, and others use contrasting colors to create a bold look. The resulting marled yarn is then used to create a soft and cozy sweater.


  • Cropped sweaters have been on trend for a few years now, and we couldn’t be happier! Pairing a cropped sweater with a pair of high waisted jeans and sneakers creates such a fun and flirty look. A cropped sweater is an essential in every girl’s closet.
  • Infinity Knot sweaters are trending right now, and we totally see why! This cute style of sweater features a twist back, creating a unique look that shows off some skin. We recommend the Love Someone Yellow Fuzzy Sweater. This fuzzy knit sweater has a gorgeous infinity knot back and such a cozy fit!

  • Sweater dresses are probably the greatest clothing piece of all time. Just like a little black dress, a simple sweater dress can create so many different looks depending on how it's styled. One of our favorite looks this winter is a deep v-neckline sweater dress worn over a turtleneck and paired with thigh high boots!
  • Keep an eye out for cute sweaters with asymmetrical, scalloped, or otherwise unique hems. These pieces will add a fun flair to any outfit. We recommend the Pure Bliss Navy Sweater. Not only does it have an adorably scalloped hem, but it’s also chenille! Win-win!

We hope this guide helped you learn more about all of the different types of sweaters. With cold weather quickly approaching, we are so excited to announce the launch of The Cozy Collection at Bella Ella Boutique! Our stylists have hand picked the best soft, fluffy, and plush pieces to keep you feeling warm and cozy all winter long. This collection will be your one stop shop for the coziest boutique fashion this season!


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Holland Haycock

Holland is a full-time student who is passionate about art, music, and female empowerment. She plans on earning her doctorate's degree and becoming a college professor. In her free time, she loves writing songs and visiting museums. Her fashion philosophy is pink on pink on pink.

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