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25 incredible sweaters you can get for $40 or less

The best time to wear a sweater is literally every day.

Several images of models wearing turtlenecks, cardigans, and mock neck sweaters. Credit: American Eagle/ Etsy/ UNIQLO/ Target

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Sweaters are my favorite thing. They are the beginning and ending of my wardrobe. The inevitable outcome of any and every shopping trip. I will wear them religiously throughout the warmer months, in a state of deep denial about the positive correlation between my rising body temperature and knitwear, and then rejoice the minute the temperature drops below 60 degrees.

As much as I love sweaters, though, they can be a bit financially burdensome if you want to own them in abundance. Therefore, we’ve rounded up the best sweaters you can get for $40 dollars or less, just in time for the holidays. Pardon me while I proceed to fill my shopping cart with this entire selection. A lot of these sweaters are on sale right now, so be sure to grab them before they're gone!

1. A classic turtleneck sweater

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A treat of a turtleneck.

H&M is a great spot to go for staple items at excellent prices, and this simple, well-cut turtleneck would be a great addition to any wardrobe. In addition to being made with soft, fine-knit cotton, this sweater is a reviewer favorite for its comfortable structure and tailored look. Some reviewers recommended buying the sweater a size larger than you might normally if you prefer a looser fit.

Get the Fine-knit Turtleneck Sweater from H&M for $24.99

2. A soft, slouchy crew neck

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Crew necks in fall colors for days.

I’m constantly on the hunt for a perfect crew neck, and this lightweight pullover from Target is pretty close to the mark. It ticks all the boxes—it’s cut close to a crop at the waist, so if you're a 'tuck sweater into pants' kind of human you won't be bogged down by excess fabric, the neckline is structured but loose in the event that you want to layer the sweater with a t-shirt, and it comes in a variety of great colors and patterns. Reviewers recommended this sweater for its cozy fit and versatility.

Get the Slouchy Crewneck Pullover Sweater from Target for $24.99

3. A sweater for your dark academia daydreams

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For the studious one.

This sweater has big early 2000s alt girl vibes, and so could you. This gorgeous turtleneck from Urban Outfitters is a perfect layering staple. With structured shoulders and ribbing for texture, this sweater comes in seven colors and patterns and was a reviewer favorite for its slim fit and soft material.

Get the UO Daydream Turtleneck Sweater from Urban Outfitters for $27.30

4. The fairest of Fair Isles

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Nothing says fall like a folksy print.

This gorgeous Fair Isle patterned sweater comes in a variety of warm fall colors and is perfect for curling up in with a cup of something warm and a good book. Reviewers loved this sweater for its oversized fit and bulky, structured crew neck.

Get the Aerie Fairisle Sweater from Aerie for $35.97

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5. A classically cut cardigan in a great print

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Leopard print is really making a return to the knitwear scene.

This one goes out to all the cool cats and kittens. This leopard print cardigan from Walmart comes complete with oversized sleeves and a 3-D texture effect for a cozier feel. Reviewers loved it

Get the Dreamers by Debut Women's Leopard Print Cardigan from Walmart for $18.50

6. A chunky batwing moment

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Posing this sweater with coffee is really pandering to all of my interests.

Thousands of reviewers swear by this loose, comfortable sweater from Amazon. This sweater has a textured, open weave and high neck for the ultimate cozy experience and comes in 13 beautiful colors, including rich oranges and neutral stripes.

Get the Saodimallsu Womens Turtleneck from Amazon starting at $25.98

7. The lightweight layer you’ll want multiples of

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Perfect for pairing with collared shirts, heavy coats, and more.

I really just love a cropped sweater. H&M is a great spot for trendy knitwear, and this sweater comes at an unbeatable price. Hundreds of reviewers loved this sweater for its lightweight feel and many purchased it in multiple colors.

If you’re looking for some more sustainable knitwear options, H&M released its Conscious line of clothing, which places emphasis on sustainably sourced clothing.

Get the Knit Sweater from H&M for $9.99

8. A gorgeous, detailed cream v-neck

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For your Gossip Girl dreams.

If your style edges toward Blair Waldorf or Serena Van Der Woodsen at all, this v-neck cream sweater with bold stripe detailing on the neckline is the piece for you. This preppy, heavy knit sweater is great for layering with high-neck tops or collared shirts, and if you're a fan of the current plaid skirt trend would be excellent as a paired item.

Get the IVY V-Neck Oversized Knitted Varsity Sweater from Etsy for $32.99

9. A lightweight cardigan

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This cardigan? Iconic.

Basic cardigans are one of the items I find missing from my wardrobe most often, especially when I'm looking for neutral layers to throw on over business tops, tank tops in the summer, etc. This lightweight cardigan from H&M is a great staple layer that comes in 5 lovely colors. Reviewers loved this sweater for its versatility in their wardrobes and recommended buying it a size down if you're hoping for a more fitted look.

Get the Knit Cardigan from H&M for $17.99

10. A comfortable cowl neck

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Cower before the cowl.

Cowl necks can be hit or miss for me. Sometimes the cowl is too large and drapes in odd ways, and they can be hard to wear layers over. However, this cowl neck sweater from Walmart has a smaller, easily adjusted neckline that looks well-suited to being wrapped up in a scarf or coat collar. In nine great colors, this sweater was a reviewer favorite for its length and oversized fit.

Get the Time and Tru Women's Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater from Walmart for $14.88

11. Both a polo and a sweater

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Big Fred from Scooby Doo vibes.

This collared polo in merino knit is the perfect crossover between a sweater and a shirt. If you're looking for something warm enough to withstand the season but nice enough to function as occasion-wear or work-wear, this sweater is a great option. Reviewers noted that this polo felt and wore like a more expensive item than it is and said it was a classy steal for the price.

Get the Men Extra Fine Merino Knit Long Sleeve Polo from UNIQLO for $19.90

12. The perfect cropped white crew neck

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ASOS sweaters are life.

ASOS is my go-to for almost every season, but I make a special point to check out their seasonal sweaters when they drop. While they also carry big brands like Free People and Topshop, the ASOS DESIGN label also puts out incredible offerings. This white crew neck with a fashionable cropped silhouette, ribbed details, and a drop shoulder is a great item for your closet or for someone that needs a few more staple sweaters in their life.

Get the ASOS DESIGN crew neck fluffy sweater with balloon sleeve from ASOS for $24.50

13. A bright v-neck sweater

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A v good v-neck.

If you have someone on your list this year that loves bright colors, consider snagging this v-neck sweater for them. This sweater is bright, layer-able, and extremely festive. Reviewers loved the bright color and quality of the v-neck and noted that buying it a size smaller made for a better fit.

Get the Scoop Women's V-Neck Sweater from Walmart for $29

14. A cropped, thin cardigan that can serve as a shirt

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I love these cardigans unabashedly.

Cardigans as shirts were all the rage in 2020, and this thin cardigan from Urban Outfitters would make a perfect, sweet statement top. Reviewers recommended sizing up, as the top had slim arms that could be constricting.

Get the UO Cutie Cropped Cardigan from Urban Outfitters for $39

15. A chunky mock neck

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Mock necks for days.

I am, rather predictably, obsessed with mock neck sweaters. I love how cozy they are, and how they can be dressed up so easily. This mock neck from American Eagle is currently on sale and is a reviewer favorite for its bulky look but lightweight feel, and many said that the sweater ended up in their rotation of favorites.

Get the AE Dreamspun Mock Neck Sweater for $26.97

16. A gorgeous crew neck in so many colors

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So SOFT.

As I've mentioned, I love a crew neck sweater, and this lightweight cropped number from UNIQLO checks all the boxes. Its lightweight but also thick and cozy from the lambswool, and fits snuggly to the neck so it's easily paired with statement jewelry or collared shirts, or stands out on its own as a fitted, curated piece.

Get the Women Premium Lambswool Crew Neck Sweater from UNIQLO for $29.90

17. A long, cozy turtleneck you can hunker down in

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My favorite thing about turtlenecks is how easy they are to hide in.

I love a slouchy turtleneck. They're versatile, very easy to dress up or down, and cozy without looking overly casual. Plus, they look great with plaid pants. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the bulky turtlenecks you're seeing out in the wild, this option from H&M is a great choice. Reviewers loved this sweater for its oversized fit.

Get the Knit Turtleneck from H&M for $19.99

18. A slouchy cardigan you'll want to live in

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Sandra Bullock in Practical Magic, anyone?

This was an immediate addition to my shopping cart, no questions asked. Not only does this chunky-knit cardigan come in five lovely colors, it's also available in larger sizes. Reviewers loved this cardigan for the way the buttons fall to create a waistline, and many people mentioned that they sized down due to the oversized fit of the sweater.

Get the Wild Fable Women's Slouchy Cardigan from Target for $25

19. A sweater to wear all the time

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The best time to wear a striped sweater?

Striped sweaters are versatile and easily made seasonal, and this soft pullover crew neck from Walmart is no exception. Reviewers loved that this sweater was made with super soft, lightweight fabric and many recommended it purely based on how cozy it felt to wear.

Get the Time and Tru Women's Super Soft Pullover Sweater from Walmart for $9.98

20. A simple, lightweight layer

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A great sweater at an unbeatable price.

While Nordstrom is primarily associated with luxurious name brands, their BP line is intended to provide access to trendy pieces at affordable costs, and this sweater from BP is a perfect staple wardrobe basic, especially if you intend to pair it with a pair of statement pants or a printed skirt. Reviewers loved how this sweater compared to luxury sweaters and recommended it as a dupe for several higher end brands.

Get the BP. Easy Drop Shoulder Sweater from Nordstrom for $9.97

21. A longline cardigan to curl up in

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What's better than a sweater? Two sweaters.

These brightly colored and patterned longline cardigans from Target are wardrobe musts, especially if you love having a sweater available in your home office that you can throw on whenever you get slightly chilly. It's also large enough that you could layer it with other sweaters for double knitwear goodness.

Get the Women's Colorblock Open-Front Cozy Cardigan from Target for $27.99

22. A business-ready thrown-on cardigan

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Cardigans for days.

This lightweight longline cardigan from Old Navy is very, very popular among reviewers for a reason. Made in several bright colors with airy cotton and rayon, this sweater has deep pockets and serves as a versatile addition to any and every wardrobe. Reviewers loved this sweater for its quality cut and weight for the price.

Get the Long-Line Open-Front Sweater for Women from Old Navy for $30

23. A sweater that's really more of a blanket

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Is it a blanket, or is it a sweater?

I own this massive Topshop cardigan and to say that it's cozy would be an understatement. This item is currently on sale at Nordstrom, and is a must-have if you're currently working from home and crave the comfort of a blanket but don't want to be caught in one on a Zoom call.

Get the Ribbed Open Front Cardigan from Nordstrom Rack for $34.97

24. A ribbed, cocoon-like mock neck

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Coziness is king.

The very nature of a cocoon implies coziness, and this ribbed pullover from Target is perfect for snuggling up in over the holidays. Made with soft fabric and drop shoulders for a looser fit, reviewers recommended pairing this sweater with high-waisted pants or shorts and loved the loose mock neck fit.

Get the Women’s Mock Turtleneck Cozy Rib Pullover Sweater from Target for $34.99

25. A staple crew neck for all seasons

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Nothing wrong with a basic.

Sometimes simple is best, and you can't go wrong with this basic merino crew neck from UNIQLO. With hundreds of avenues for styling and plenty of layering opportunities, this is a perfect piece for a capsule wardrobe or for a simple seasonal update. Reviewers loved this sweater for how fitted it was and the lightweight fabric.

Get the Men Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck Long-Sleeve Sweater from UNIQLO for $29.90

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