This time of year, about three-fourths of my closet space is taken up by my sweaters. It’s a collection I’ve been slowly and patiently building for my entire adult life. Everything good takes time, and knits aren’t a wardrobe area to cut corners on—ever. I have $10 cashmere from my local Goodwills, $100 knits accumulated over the years from various sales, and a $1000 sweater that took a significant amount of courage to press purchase on. I wear them all equally, and one look around New York City tells me that I’m not the only one.
My sweater collection isn’t unique, and that’s okay. I see many of the knits I wear on repeat all across the city, from uptown to downtown. Like you do when you drive past someone in your same car, there’s usually a subtle moment of recognition between me and the other person. They’re in on the ultimate fashion secret. The guide below allows you to be in on it too. From affordable offerings at Nordstrom and J.Crew and lavish investments from Khaite and The Row to fashion-insider picks like Almina Concept and Almada Label, everything you need to build a sweater collection people will stop you on the street about is one scroll away.