When the temperatures drop, it can be hard to find the best sweaters that don't make you look bulky (but are still incredibly cozy). A good trick of the trade is to select
cozy sweaters made with fabrics like cashmere and cotton, which will keep you warm without looking too puffy. Tops with a more streamlined fit, whether slim or relaxed, will also do the trick when it comes to creating a less boxy appearance and feel.
Don't get me wrong:
Oversized sweaters will never go out of style — but sometimes, it's nice to have something lighter and free-flowing to wear when you're chilly. To achieve this, you'll want to stray away from thicker, stiffer materials like canvas, fleece, burlap, corduroy, and most cable knit sweaters. The term "chunky knit" may also be a warning sign of the sweater being bulkier than you might want.
To help you along your shopping journey, I've compiled a list of
the best bulk-free sweaters that are sure to become staples in your wardrobe. This list offers something for everyone, from turtlenecks and cardigans to cutouts and deconstructed pieces. Each option listed is made of lightweight fabrics that'll keep you warm without feeling overwhelming.
Keep scrolling to check out some of the cutest, non-bulky sweaters that Amazon has to offer.
1 Editor’s Pick: A Slim Button-Down In A Stretchy Ribbed Knit
stretchy ribbed button-down from The Drop is a recent favorite of Associate Commerce Editor Caroline Goldstein’s. “I love the nerdy-chic details, like that extra-pointy collar and horn buttons, but the deep V is low-key sexy,” she says. “The super-slim fit tucks seamlessly into whatever bottoms I put on, too (it looks really cute with a plaid mini skirt for a Dark Academia vibe), though the longer hem looks effortlessly cool, and very on-trend, with a pair of flared leggings or sweater pants.” Speaking of flared leggings, you can pick up the coordinating pair here. Available sizes: XX-Small - 3X 2 This Crisscross Sweater With A Deep V-Neck Opening
Pretty as a layering top or all alone, this V-neck
sweater features a crisscross front that drapes to create a trendy and fashionable look. It's soft and lightweight, falling right at the hip to compliment your jeans, leggings, and skirts with ease. Select from a multitude of subdued colors. Available sizes: Small - 3XL 3 A Lightweight Cardigan With Large Side Pockets
You can top any outfit off with
this cardigan to complete your look for the day. It features an open front, three-quarter sleeves, and side pockets that allow you to tuck your hands and other items. Made of a blend of soft materials (including both cotton and cashmere), this sweater has a streamlined fit that feels cozy and lightweight. Available sizes: Small - XX-Large 4 A Relaxed Color-Block Sweater That Comes In So Many Shades
Enjoy the relaxed nature of this
color-block sweater, which has a crewneck and cozy dropped sleeves. It's made with 100% polyester, so it's just as warm as it is soft. It also features an oversized fit that's sure to go hand-in-hand with many other pieces in your closet. This top comes in a wide selection of color combinations, too. Available sizes: Small - X-Large 5 A Fuzzy Cardigan That Comes In A Variety Of Patterns
open-front cardigan is soft, plush, and easy to layer. Like others mentioned on this list, it closes like a shawl — but there are other options available that close with two buttons. You can also choose from different animal prints, plaid designs, even seasonal patterns. Available sizes: Small - XX-Large 6 This Duster Sweater That Comes In A Variety Of Neutral Hues
Eliminate the need for a coat with this long
sweater duster. It's great for layering with your favorite tees, tops, and tanks — and it features a shawl collar with ribbing throughout the fabric. Pick this up in one of many neutral colors. Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large 7 The Soft V-Neck Sweater That Comes In An Assortment Of Muted Colors
V-neck sweater — which is made with a hint of cashmere — offers a relaxed, lightweight fit that's soft and comfortable. The design pulls over your head for easy wear and can be laundered in the washing machine for added convenience. Choose your favorite of six muted colors. Available sizes: Small - XX-Large 8 A V-Neck Waffle Sweater That Can Be Worn Off The Shoulder
Slip into this
waffle-knit sweater to stay warm without feeling too bulky. It has an oversized V-neck that can be worn off the shoulder, and it's available in over eight colors. There are even a few color-block designs and tie-dye styles with the same build to choose from. Available sizes: Small - XX-Large 9 This Flowing Batwing Sweater With A Fitted Waist
Designed with batwing sleeves and a wide boat neckline, this
sweater will go great with jeans, leggings, and more. It's a loose and lightweight pullover that's available in a variety of vivid hues. It also boasts a 4.5-star rating, which is seriously impressive. One customer wrote, "This sweater is everything! The material is soft and thin; perfect for fall. The waist area is fitted compared to the rest." Available sizes: One Size Fits Most 10 This Cozy Crewneck Sweater Made With 100% Cashmere
You'll feel super cozy in this
crewneck sweater that's made with 100% two-ply cashmere. It's available in nine colors, including some shades with knit designs throughout. They all have rib-knit collars, cuffs, and hems — and they can easily be layered underneath your jacket. Available sizes: Small - X-Large 11 This Oversized Knit Sweater That's "Cozy Without Being Too Bulky"
Made with a blend of two-ply cashmere and wool, this
sweater has chunky knit styling without being too bulky. It's designed to fit loosely and features a round neckline with ribbed designs on the cuffs and hemline. A large assortment of vibrant colors are available for your selection. One person wrote, "This sweater is so soft! It’s a great length to wear with leggings, and it is cozy without being too bulky." Available sizes: One Size Fits Most 12 This Relaxed-Fit Sweater With Ribbed Detailing
crewneck sweater is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe. It features a simple, slouchy silhouette with a squared-off crewneck, as well as wide ribbed detailing on the hem and neckline. Select from nine essential colors, like olive, oatmeal, and navy. Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large 13 An Oversized Mock Neck Sweater That's "Super Soft"
According to various Amazon customers, this comfy
pullover sweater is "super soft." It features an oversized fit with a mock neck and long sleeves highlighted by ribbed cuffs. The style comes in eight different colors. Available sizes: X-Small - X-Large 14 This Cozy, Breathable Plus-Size Sweater With Ribbed Cuffs
Made with a breathable, yet warm blend of cotton, modal, and polyester, this
plus-size sweater is great for everyday wear. It has a casual feel that can be dressed up or down, and the ribbed details throughout the edges make it even cozier. It's available in 10 soothing shades. 15 A Baggy Knit Sweater With A Warm Turtleneck
turtleneck has all the hallmarks of a great sweater: It boasts a breathable knit design along with batwing sleeves and ribbed detailing at the neck, hem, and cuffs. Although it's considered a "chunky knit" option, it's baggy and doesn't appear to be bulky. Available sizes: Small - X-Large 16 This Edgy Knit Sweater With An Off-The-Shoulder Style
Go for a mix of comfy and edgy with this
off-the-shoulder sweater. The long-sleeve pullover is made with ribbed detailing at the hemline and cuffs — and it comes in a variety of colors and leopard prints. Since it's made with viscose, polyester, and nylon, it's also has some stretch to it. Available sizes: X-Small - XX-Large 17 A Mock-Neck Sweater With A Streamlined Silhouette
Made of a lightweight blend of cotton, modal, and poly fabric, this
mock-neck sweater is especially soft. The design features long sleeves and a streamlined silhouette — and it's highlighted with elastic ribbing at the neckline, hem, and cuffs. Select from a variety of colors and patterns. Available sizes: X-Small - 6X 18 A Waffle-Knit Sweater With An Open, Crisscross Design In The Back
sweater is all business in the front and party in the back. It features a chic V-neck top, long rib-cuffed sleeves, and the surprise of cutout crisscross detailing on the reverse side. The waffle knit fabric helps keep it casual and comfy, making it easy to pair with leggings and jeans. Pick from a myriad of styles, sizes, and colors. Available sizes: Small - XX-Large 19 A Sweater With Leopard Designs On The Arms
standout sweater features leopard designs throughout the arms, and it's made with a blend of cotton and nylon. It also boasts ribbed detailing around each trim and comes in eight different colors (all of which have the same leopards on each side). Available sizes: Small - X-Large 20 A Deconstructed V-Neck Sweater With A Worn-In Look
If you enjoy the deconstructed look, you're going to love this
distressed sweater. It fits loose and has a V-neck design with tattered detailing along the sides. This particular pullover sweater also comes in gray — and the pink version doesn't have a V-neck. Available sizes: Small - XX-Large 21 An Open-Front Sweater With A Longline Silhouette
This longline, shawl-style
cardigan sweater features an open front side pockets and ribbed detailing along the cuffs and hemline. It's soft, lightweight, and breathable, making it a suitable piece for various different seasons. Pick your favorite of many colors and pair it with jeans, leggings, skirts, and more. Available sizes: Small - 3XL
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This article was originally published on
November 1, 2020