How to Choose the Right Sweater for your Body Shape

A cool fall day and a cold winter night have something wonderful in common—the cozy feel of your favorite sweater, soft and warm against your skin. This season, designers have dazzled the critics and wowed the crowds with their singular originality with fabrics, colors and shapes. Now it’s our turn at Shop Your Shape to show you which sweater styles enhance your personal assets and which ones you should avoid. Remember, there are 8 distinctive female body types, and we’ll help you recognize yours. Unlike a salesperson on commission or a loved one who doesn’t want to hurt your feelings, we’ll always tell you the truth.

Our resident fashionistas have carefully chosen eight popular sweater styles and identified which body types wear them best—V-necks, cowl necks, turtlenecks, crew necks, off-the-shoulder, wraps, belted and ponchos. You’ll be warm and comfy in these hot, new fashions.

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Off-the Shoulder Sweaters

Heritage Off-the-Shoulder with Cowl Neck

Two sweaters in one, this striking cowl knit from Heritage features a draped collar that easily slips into a sexy off-the-shoulder sweater. The dramatic neckline brings attention to the upper body which makes it a flattering sweater for gals with Straight body types. Add a belt to define the waist. Perfect for Body Types: Straight

Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters

Off-the-Shoulder Sweaters

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Cowl-Neck Sweater

‘Lulu’ Rugby Stripe Cowl Neck Sweater by Free People

Thick rugby stripes wrap the body while narrower stripes band the sleeves and ample cowl neck of this luxurious alpaca blend sweater from Free People. The layers of the cowl reach down to the top of the breast area. The larger stripes on the sweater body create a color block effect that minimizes the abdomen and keeps the focus on the upper body. For gals with Straight body types, the sweater’s ample cowl neck and striped pattern enhances the upper torso and de-emphasizes your lower body. For gals with Pear body types (hips are larger than the bust), the cowl neck and striped pattern enhances your smaller bust and provides balance with your larger hips. Perfect for Body Types: Straight, Pear

Cowl-Neck Sweaters

Cowl-Neck Sweaters

V-Neck Sweater

Charter Club Cashmere Long-Sleeve V-Neck Sweater

Brighten up a dreary winter day with this tomato-colored cashmere sweater from Charter Club. Incredibly soft and luxurious, the v-neckline and the non-hugging casual fit that hits at the hips is a flattering shape this fall. Gals with hourglass and top hourglass figures can add a contrasting belt to dramatically define their small waist. Gals with inverted triangle shapes may prefer to wear this sweater without a belt because the relaxed fit will camouflage your subtle waist and smaller hips. Perfect for Body Types: Hourglass, Top Hourglass, Inverted Triangle

V-Neck Sweater

V-Neck Sweater

Poncho Sweaters

H&M Knit Poncho Sweater

With its undulating hemline and free-flowing style, this soft knit poncho from H&M has a distinctive dramatic flair that suits different female shapes perfectly. The wide, rib-knit cowl neckline brings visual interest to the upper torsos of gals with smaller upper bodies and creates slimming and flattering lines for most body types. The asymmetrical draped silhouette creates a flattering flow that easily camouflages problem areas such as stomachs, hips and butts. Slip this poncho on over tops, pants, jeans, skirts and dresses and look good every time. Perfect for Body Types: Straight Body, Pear, Oval, Diamond, Spoon

Poncho Sweaters

Poncho Sweaters

Wrap Sweaters

Vintageous Modernism Wrap Sweater

The flowing, asymmetrical lines and bold, geometric pattern of this wrap sweater from Vintageous make it a must-have for your fall/winter wardrobe. Straight figured gals will enjoy the added dimensions of this playful wrap. Inverted Triangle shaped gals will discover this is a particularly flattering style, too. The flat lapel collar de-emphasizes broad shoulders and ample bust while the flared, draped silhouette adds volume to your lower body for symmetry and balance. Perfect for Body Types: Straight, Inverted Triangle

Wrap Sweaters

Wrap Sweaters

Wrap Sweaters

Wrap Sweaters

Wrap Sweaters for Ovals and Other Body Types

Lauren Ralph Lauren Petite Buckled Wrap Sweater

If you’re an Oval body type, your waist is larger than your bust and hips, your hips are narrow compared to your shoulders, and your breasts are ample. That’s why you will look in this Lauren Ralph Lauren sweater. The sweater’s deep V-neck with a small shawl collar tapers your bust. The sweater wraps at the waist with a stylish belt closure that defines your waistline, adds dimension to your hips and provides symmetry and balance to your Oval body type. Perfect for Body Types: Oval, Hourglass, Inverted Triangle, Spoon

Wrap Sweaters

Wrap Sweaters

Wrap Sweater for Diamonds and Other Body Types

This gorgeous Fleece Circle Cardigan Wrap from LAmade is designed to look lovely on several body types. Straight, Oval, Diamond, Spoon, Pear. For women with oval, diamond, spoon or pear body types, the generous contrasting draped collar enhances and brings attention to a smaller upper torso by providing more dimension and balance. The lighter grey patches on the upper sleeves help keep the interest on the upper half. The collar then flows into a darker draped front with a flared back. This soft, flowing fabric creates a pleasing gathered look that helps to camouflage and downplay the larger mid-sections and hips of these body types. For straight body types, this cardigan wrap adds dimension to the upper torso and creates the illusion of a smaller waist as one gathered side wraps over the other at the waist.

Wrap Sweaters for Diamonds and Other Body Types

Wrap Sweaters for Diamonds and Other Body Types

CREW NECK SWEATERS

Fair Isle Pullover Sweater from Joie

What happens when you merge a classic crew neck sweater with an iconic Fair Isle pattern? You get nothing less than an on-trend timeless classic beauty like this Fair Isle Pullover Sweater from Joie. This simple crew neck sweater works well for gals with straight or pear body types. The shoulder and bust area is accented with a bright, intricate geometric pattern which contrasts with a solid navy on the body of the sweater. The sweater drops straight down to just below the waist. For Straight and Pear body types, the bright knit pattern enhances the smaller bust area. For Pear body types, the straight sweater line hits the top of the hips which de-emphasizes the ratio of the smaller waist and wider hips. Perfect for Body Types: Pear, Straight

Crew Neck Sweaters

Crew Neck Sweaters

BELTED SWEATERS

Shawl-Collar Cardigan from INC International Concepts

A marled-knit design delivers rich visual texture to this comfy cardigan accented with a thick shawl collar and removable self-tie belt. Chunky cardigans like this one from INC International Concepts are ideal for gals with hourglass figures who appreciate how a belted sweater shows off their small waist and perfect curves. Straight figured galls appreciate how a belted sweater helps create the illusion of a more hourglass shape by defining their waist and adding volume to their upper and lower torso. Perfect for Body Types: Straight, Hourglass

Belted Sweaters

Belted Sweaters

TURTLE NECK SWEATERS

‘Teresa’ Cashmere Cable Knit Turtleneck Tunic by Quinn

This turtleneck cashmere sweater by Quinn puts an elegant twist on the classic cable knit pattern. The sweater line is long and luxurious at 28 inches and the elongated cable pattern further emphasizes the length. A flattering sweater for straight figured gals, the turtle neck and chunky cable knit add dimension to the shoulders and upper torso. Add a belt to look more curvy. Perfect for Body Types: Straight

Turtleneck Sweaters

Turtleneck Sweaters

Which sweaters will you chose for your personal collection?

Now that you have a better idea of the most flattering sweaters for your female body type, you can elevate your personal style with confidence. The key is knowing how to “shop your shape,” accentuate the positive and downplay the negative. The results? You’ve never looked better! So let the cold winds blow. We’ve got you covered in your own personal style.

If you don’t know your measurements, visit Body Shape Guide.

If you know your measurements, visit Calculate My Body Shape.

  

If you don’t know your measurements, visit Body Shape Guide.If you know your measurements, visit Calculate My Body Shape

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