Cozy Sweaters for Fall: Zara

From left to right: Cable-Knit Sweater | Cable Knit Sweater | Boys’ Knitted Sweater

I’ve been actively looking for durable cable knit sweaters with a narrow gauge since last winter but my efforts were repeatedly thwarted by poor timing and unrealistic expectations.

My search continues this fall and I suspect this will turn into a multi-part series so have designated it as such.

My first stop was Zara, known for affordability and trendiness, and it did not disappoint.

Boys’ Knitted Sweater – size 11/12 – Ecru
Advantage: At $39.90, it is reasonably priced (a similar J. Crew boys’ sweater costs nearly twice as much) for a fisherman’s sweater.
Disadvantage: unflattering fit (unsurprising as it is meant for adolescent boys); the braid pattern also doesn’t extend to the back of the sweater.

Length: 23.5″ | Bust: 17″

Cable Knit Sweater – size S – Ecru
Advantage: is a great color, warm, and not particularly bulky.
Disadvantage: has 3/4 sleeves; I also wish the stitch patterns were more varied.

Length: 22″ | Bust: 17.5″ | Sleeves: 17″

Cable-Knit Sweater – size S – Nude
Advantage: This is a very warm, tightly-knit, perfectly functional sweater.
Disadvantage: Lack of color variety (only comes in “nude” and navy).

Length: 26″ | Sleeves: 26.5″

Boat Neck Sweater (Short-sleeve version) – size S – Black
Advantage: Drapes well, is comfortable, comes in half a dozen colors, and is very affordable at $16.90.
Disadvantage: Thin, tissue-weight fabric that attracts lint.

Sweater with Faux Leather Elbow Patches – size S – Black
The style is cropped and the elbow patches are somewhat oversized (both qualities I consider pluses but can see them being unattractive traits to others). I almost want to get it in both colors.

My next stop is L.L. Bean.

While Columbus Day is behind us, sales and promotions are still going strong.

Select petite styles are up to 70% off at ASOS.

Sale styles are an extra 30% off at J. Crew with code FALLSALE. This offer is both online and in stores.

Take 35% off your entire purchase at the Gap with code GAP24HR.

Get 40% off your purchase at American Eagle with code 09L27551.

Enjoy 40% off your purchase at Ann Taylor, no code needed.

Happy shopping!

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