The Best Light Sweaters for Spring

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Spring may bring warmer days, but we are still very far away from walking around in sundresses and short-sleeved tees.

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Cooler evening temperatures and unexpected showers are common for this time of the year so making sure you have a light sweater to slip into may save you from a dreaded cold.

Of course, the keyword here is light. Bulky knits in wool or cashmere are a winter staple and they have no place in your spring closet. Instead, opt for pieces in natural cotton or soft silk that provide an extra layer of warmth but still allow your body to “breathe.” Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as polyester or nylon, since they do not absorb moisture that well and are also bad for the environment.

Related: Spring Essentials Every Woman Should Have in Her Closet

And since it’s spring, you can never go wrong with a bold floral print. If that’s not your thing, then consider a sweater in classic white adorned with feminine details. You can ditch the dark hues and go for bright pops of color—there really is no better time to wear color.

Now check out the most stylish spring sweaters that will keep you warm and looking chic.

Lightweight Sweaters for Women


Courtesy Nordstrom

Brunello Cucinelli Monili Stripe Cotton Sweater

This is the perfect weekend sweater—it has a lightweight construction and cuts a boxy, casual drop-shoulder silhouette.

To buy: $1,295, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Etro Floral Knit Cotton Blend Sweater

The Italian label’s affinity for bold multicolor patterns makes this floral sweater perfect for spring. Metallic threads have been intertwined with the cotton yarn for a bit of shimmer.

To buy: $1,315, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Proenza Schouler Bicolor Silk Jacquard Floral Sweater

This floral-pattern piece reflects the bicolor trend we see everywhere this spring. Crafted from one hundred percent silk, the sweater has a fitted silhouette for an elegant look.

To buy: $750, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Harrods

Weekend Max Mara Cotton Breton Stripe Sweater

Max Mara’s version of the classic French Breton sweater comes in cotton and adorned with a chest pocket.

To buy: $100, harrods.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

Rebecca Taylor Ruffled Sweater

This pretty sweater oozes an elegant, feminine vibe thanks to the mix of cable, mesh and pointelle stitches as well as ruffles.

To buy: $350, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Moda Operandi

Oscar de la Renta Fringed Patterned Silk-blend Sweater

Looking for a statement piece? This lightweight cotton/silk blend sweater features an eye-catching print, fringe trims, and tie fastenings in the back. We also love its slightly off-the-shoulder silhouette.

To buy: $2,290, modaoperandi.com

Lightweight Sweaters for Men


Courtesy Mr Porter

The Elder Statesman Men’s Tie-dyed Silk Sweater

Tie-dye prints often remind us of the hippie years of the last century, but this sweater is something else. Crafted from soft silk, it only features diagonal white and pink stripes, a decidedly less psychedelic result of the tie-dye technique.

To buy: $1,045, mrporter.com


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Burberry Men’s Slim-fit Logo-embroidered Cotton And Silk-blend Sweater

Luxury silk-and-cotton blend makes this army green sweater a spring staple. Wear it with jeans or light colored chinos for a classic off-duty look.

To buy: $460, mrporter.com


Courtesy Hugo Boss

Boss Hugo Boss Men’s Regular-fit Color-block Sweater

Made from soft silk, this regular fit sweater cuts a classic crew-neck silhouette but its color-block pattern makes it stand out.

To buy: $298, hugoboss.com

Related: The Best Men’s Spring Essentials to Invest in This Season


Courtesy Brioni

Brioni White Crew-neck Sweater

This super soft Italian-made silk-and-cotton sweater will make your weekends a lot more enjoyable.

To buy: $1,450, brioni.com