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The 12 Best Spring Sweaters

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Spring comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb, which makes dressing for the weather a tricky feat. The best spring sweaters are a breath of fresh air after winter’s heavier cable knits, but they still have enough warmth to bridge the gap as temperatures fluctuate. Here you’ll find the kind of trend-driven seasonal styles you genuinely look forward to after hibernating, and some are so soft, they’ll even become year-long staples.

For a spring sweater that feels like a true counterpoint to your go-to winter turtleneck, look for a short-sleeved eyelet sweater or even a shaker stitch tank top you can pair with a cardigan or wear by itself when temperatures allow. There are plenty of cropped styles to go with your high-waisted leggings or mom jeans, including a cropped sweater vest for a hit of ‘90s energy that feels totally fresh. But don’t sleep on the classics, either. A V-neck pullover in a lighter weight will be easier to layer under blazers, and a breezy open cardigan is a versatile piece you’ll wear when you just need a hint of a layer outdoors — and it will become the ultimate cozy, around-the-house piece later in the year.

Seek out fabrics like breathable cotton for lightweight warmth you can wear through the end of the season without overheating. Or if you’re choosing a synthetic fabric blend, look to split hems, off-the-shoulder cuts, and open channel stitching to still achieve that airy feel.

Yes, there are lots of pastels ahead, because after a winter of discontent it’s time for glorious blooms of color. These 12 cute sweaters will see you through balmy days and inexplicable April cold snaps, for a spring wardrobe piece you’ll never want to be without.

1

This Cute Short-Sleeved Sweater In A Lacy Knit

Easy like a T-shirt with a little more style mileage, this pullover sweater has cropped sleeves and a woven eyelet dot motif that’s perfectly seasonal. (And ideal for adding pattern without looking too busy). The viscose blend is soft and promises to feel plenty cool with an airy knit. “This is an awesome short sleeve sweater for spring time! Just right to wear with jeans to be casual or with slacks for business,” a reviewer noted. Best of all, it’s offered in three different options: the classic crewneck shown here, a top with on-trend prairie puffed sleeves, and a notched neck sweater with clean lines.

  • Available options: 28
  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large

2

A Snap-Front Cardigan With A Cult Following

This lightweight cardigan is an Amazon fan favorite: classic but not stuffy, in a cotton-poly blend with a longer hem that hits at the hip and a row of snaps that add a bit more utilitarian edge than plain buttons. It’s finished with wide ribbing on the cuffs and hem, with thinner ribbed edges on the front that’s a nice added detail. Also nice? They include replacement snaps so you can easily repair yours with a guaranteed match and then be on your way. “I love this cardigan. Its a great length and the buttons offer a nice visual when its open. The sleeves are a little long, but the cuffs match and can be folded or slouched as you prefer,” a shopper pointed out, adding, “not too light and not too heavy...and it drapes nicely.”

  • Available colors: 26
  • Available sizes: Small — 3X-Large

3

A Breezy Off-The-Shoulder Sweater

Quite possibly the ultimate lounge sweater for warmer weather, this pick is perfectly oversized to tug off the shoulder. A wide knit band on the neckline, hem, and cuffs add shape, and it’s woven from a lightweight blend of wool and acrylic with a touch of spandex that gets even softer with washing (although you’ll want to let it air dry). “I just got it yesterday and I am already in love. I wore it to work. I wore it to bed. I am wearing it now,” one fan confessed. Another shopper raved of its versatility, “[It] fits perfectly with just the right amount of extra room for that oversized look! I can tie it in a knot or do a bra tuck for the perfect look with skirts or high waisted jeans.” While most shoppers reported this fits true to size, some recommended sizing one step up if you’re after a super-slouchy look.

  • Available colors: 15
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 3X-Large

4

A Lightweight V-Neck Sweater That’s Great For Layering

On days you don’t know what to wear, this is the sweater to reach for. The V-neck feels a little more open than crew necks or mocks, but long sleeves and the soft cotton-poly and modal blend keep you feeling cozy. Wear yours with dress pants or jeans or French tuck it into shorts: it will go just about anywhere. “What can I say, I love this damn sweater,” one reviewer raved. “The quality is wonderful, it's soft soft, not too thick and not too thin!”

  • Available colors: 12
  • Available sizes: 1X — 6X

5

A Classic Cashmere-Blend Sweater That’s So Luxurious

Your basic that’s far from boring, this cashmere-blend sweater is woven with subtle luxe details, and the brand is a favorite of celebs like Ashley Graham and Kim Kardashian. The sweater’s contoured knit is lightweight yet warm, falling somewhere between a tee and a sweater, and has long lines that tuck into anything with ease. A ribbed knit accents half its sleeves to end with sporty thumbholes. “ALL I WANT TO WEAR,” a reviewer gushed. “So cozy. And yet looks good. Looks put together. I could put a blazer on and look professional...Basically I now want it in every color.”

  • Available colors: 10
  • Available sizes: X-Small — Large

6

This Open-Shoulder Sweater With A Pretty Keyhole Back

A cold-shoulder sweater features an interlaced keyhole back and jewel halter neckline that looks more expensive than it is. It hits just past the hip and has billowy lantern sleeves for plenty of warmth with style. (Although the specific knit blend isn’t listed, it’s described as lightweight and skin-friendly). It’s cozy and casual enough to wear with leggings but packs plenty of style for a dinner out. “This sweater is so cute! Not too thin but not bulky either. Doesnt get those annoying fur balls on it like other sweaters do, washes well and doesnt shrink. The cuffs on the sleeves are perfect too. All around good buy,” a shopper vouched.

  • Available options: 12
  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large

7

This Preppy Sweater Vest That Comes In Cropped & Oversized Styles

Whether you’re after a classic or something seriously trend-driven, this ‘90s-inspired sweater vest is an underground fashion find with options to suit just about everyone. From baggy oversized cuts for the scholarly aesthetic to bubblegum cropped styles in a strawberry print, you can wear it solo during warmer weather and pop it over a baby tee or button-down when there’s a cold snap. In a cotton-poly blend, you can count on it to be softly stretchy and comfortable year-round with good durability for just as much wear. Not bad for a bargain price. “Some sweater vests can be itchy and uncomfortable, but this one was so soft and I love the pattern and style,” a shopper commented, advising, “I would size up if you aren't looking for a short and tight look. It is still super cute and comfy and I will be wearing it a lot.”

  • Available colors: 45
  • Available sizes: Small — X-Large

8

A Cropped Cardigan With Retro Charm

This spring cardigan has a vintage-inspired fit with timeless appeal in a palette of pastels. It hits just at the natural waist with three-quarter sleeves and a tiny gathered puff at the shoulder that dresses up with ease. In pure cotton with a delicately detailed weave, it will stay soft and breathable for years to come. “Oh my wow. These sweaters are perfection. You know how you always want a cute little sweater to wear over a dress? This is everything you have ever wanted...100% cotton, looks handcrafted, and the colors are lovely,” one reviewer commented, and more than one fan dubbed it a “perfect” spring sweater. If you live in a colder climate or want something with year-round versatility, snap up this jaw-droppingly affordable 100% merino wool sweater.

  • Available colors: 22
  • Available sizes: Small — 3X

9

An Airy Popcorn Sweater Available In Springy Pastels

It’s fuzzy as a newly hatched chick, but this soft pullover sweater is quite light to the touch with a weave that lets in air. The split high-low hem is perfect for leggings, and a higher crew neck provides the cozy feel of a chunky sweater without a turtleneck’s bulk. Backed by nearly 2,000 Amazon ratings, it comes in the best selection of springtime colors. “Super soft sweater! People are always trying to touch it because it looks so soft,” one fan attested, noting that the fabric was the perfect thickness. “I thought it was going to be see-through, but it wasn't at all.”

  • Available colors: 14
  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large

10

This Cropped Pullover With Statement Sleeves

Technically more of a sweatshirt than a full-blown sweater, this cute crop top checks all the boxes for warmth and style. The polyester material feels like French terry, and oversized grommets with sweet satin ribbon ties are extra breezy against a short hemline. It comes in a good number of lighter shades and tie-dye prints (including moody black and white). “Super cute...crop tops intimidate me but I LOVE this. The ribbons on the side are a lovely detail,” one shopper wrote.

  • Available colors: 14
  • Available sizes: X-Small — 4X-Large Plus

11

A Minimalist Cardigan You’ll Wear Year-Round

This fine-gauge cardigan is whisper-weight for warmth without bulk, in a versatile style that’s elegantly casual. An open front and seamless patch pockets are sleek and streamlined, with a generous cut that leaves room for layers. The viscose-blended weave has a smooth hand, with a good amount of body that drapes well. “This is one great cardigan sweater. This isn't a thick sweater which makes it perfect for layering. It's not too thin either which makes it a great go to for autumn night and a good spring chill,” a fan observed. “Easily fits in with any wardrobe.”

  • Available colors: 9
  • Available sizes: X-Small — XX-Large

12

A Peplum Pullover That Dresses Up So Effortlessly

This pretty little sweater is ultra-elegant with a fitted cut and flared peplum hem. Extra details like a wide ribbed band to accent the waist and a faux pearl button-down front give it a department-store look. The viscose blend is thin yet offers plenty of warmth — it just needs a little reshaping after each wash, according to a few shoppers. Despite this, reviewers declared they would absolutely buy it again, and many confessed to owning multiple colors. “I can't say enough good thing about this top. It's a very fine gauge sweater with a delicate and refined look,” a reviewer praised.

  • Available colors: 9
  • Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large

13

Also Nice: This Sweater Tank In The Perfect Weight

A sweater tank top is a versatile piece you’ll get so much mileage from. Wear it with your chunkiest cardigans during the colder months (or slip on a blazer if you have a Zoom meeting) then go forth with bare shoulders once summer is here to stay. Choose from the high-necked racer style with open-channel knit details shown here or a drapey tank with super-casual flavor for your cutoffs. “What a great spring and summer time shirt. You could probably take it into fall with a sweater over it. The material is light and feels like a shirt that can be dressed up or dressed down. The quality is excellent and I would have paid more for it,” a shopper praised.

  • Available options: 13
  • Available sizes: Small — XX-Large