Sweater Weather Is Closer Than You Think — We Tested The Versatility Of 3 Staple Sweaters For Fall

"Sweater weather" means different things to different people. For some, it is simply a state of mind. It means getting cozy with a long Netflix queue, curling up with your favorite cuddle buddy (human or plush), and drinking hot cocoa as the temperatures drop. For me, sweater weather definitely achieves those ideals, but I take it a bit more literally. There is no such thing as having too many sweaters — whether they're chunky turtlenecks, classic crews, marled knits, oversized cardigans, cropped ribbed numbers, or throwback cable knits. In other words, it's the absolute best time of year.

If you're stockpiling sweaters like I am, then it’s helpful to think about their versatility. When you invest in a piece of clothing, it should be able to work with a variety of things in your closet. The perfect sweater should pair easily with jeans, skirts, or even dresses, and it should layer effortlessly with your favorite shirts and outerwear. Beyond that, you should be able to throw on your sweater as-is and feel cozily put together all day.

We’ve teamed up with Abercrombie & Fitch to test out this theory and explore the many ways you can wear your favorite sweater staples this fall. We styled a chunky pullover, fitted crop, and oversized cable knit so you have all the fall fashion inspo you need to take you through the colder months — no matter what you choose as your signature sweater.

Play With Long Layers And Texture

Featuring: Slouchy Shaker Stitch Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $44; Plaid Duster Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Cropped Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, Abercrombie & Fitch, $98

Keep It Simple

Featuring: Slouchy Shaker Stitch Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $44; High Rise Girlfriend Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Superga Platform Sneakers, Abercrombie & Fitch, $72

Put A Casual Spin On Classic Prep

Featuring: Slouchy Shaker Stitch Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $44; Plaid Pocket Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $58; High Rise Super Skinny Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Twill Parka, Abercrombie & Fitch, $69; Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker, Abercrombie & Fitch, $65

Layer Over A Longer Plaid With Classic Black Skinnies

Featuring: Ribbed Crop Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $29; Plaid Pocket Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $58; Alyssa Super Skinny Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Wool Explorer Hat, Abercrombie & Fitch, $34; Dolce Vita Keiton Bootie, Abercrombie & Fitch, $130

Go Boho With A Boyfriend Jean And Textured Outer Layer

Featuring: Ribbed Crop Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $29; Boyfriend Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Shaggy Knit Coat, Abercrombie & Fitch, $68; Dolce Vita Ackley Clog, Abercrombie & Fitch, $170

Balance A '70s Suede A-Line With Classic Details

Featuring: Ribbed Crop Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $29; Faux Suede A-Line Skirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $58; Classic Denim Jacket, Abercrombie & Fitch, $49

Balance Tradition With A Little Grunge

Featuring: Cable Knit Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; High Rise Girlfriend Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Relaxed Plaid Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39

Throw It Over Your Favorite Bodycon Midi

Featuring: Cable Knit Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Mock Neck Bodycon Midi Dress, Abercrombie & Fitch, $54, Felt Wide Brim Hat, Abercrombie & Fitch, $38

Keep It Effortlessly Polished Over A Soft Chambray

Featuring: Cable Knit Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Drapey Chambray Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch, $58; Alyssa Super Skinny Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39

Bonus Fourth Look!

Feautring: Cable Knit Sweater, Abercrombie & Fitch, $39; Tennis Skirt, American Apparel, $54

Because who doesn’t love pleated skirts and thigh-highs for back-to-school season?

Images: Kenny Suleimanagich/ Bustle

This post is sponsored by Abercrombie & Fitch.