With autumn in the air, and winter right around the corner, you may be wondering where you can buy a comfortable yet stylish merino wool sweater. Merino wool sweaters are lightweight, incredibly warm, and naturally water repellant, making it the ideal winter wardrobe staple. Thin enough to layer and fashionable to stand on its own, the merino wool sweater can be patterned and adorned to fit the season’s latest trends or sport basic, clean lines and colors to make it timeless. Whether buying for yourself or as a gift, we’ve simplified your search with the recommended stores and vendors below.
If high quality and classic fashion are what you’re looking for, head straight to J.Crew. Women’s merino wool sweaters and cardigans come in timeless crewneck and v-neck silhouettes, but you’ll also find creative takes, like this season’s funnel neck cardigan, $145, made of a chunkier merino wool and, when buttoned up, sports two buckle closures at the neck for a military chic look. Men’s styles are mainly composed of crewneck and v-neck shapes, some with fashionable yet neutral stripes. Sweater vests, half-zip pullovers, and long-sleeved polos round out the men’s selection and serve as building blocks of winters to come.
Another store to find timeless yet fashionable merino wool pieces is Banana Republic. Again, solid colors and trend-defying simple shapes rule at this store, but you’ll also find updated pieces, like the ruffle-placket open cardigan, $89.50, made of a merino wool and cashmere blend and featuring ruffles cascading down the front. The men’s collection includes extra-fine merino cardigans, one with a full-zip front and allover argyle pattern selling for $89.50.
L.L. Bean is an additional reliable source for merino wool, especially for those looking for function more than the latest fashion. You’ll often catch these items on sale too. Men’s styles include crewneck sweaters and zip-up hooded sweatshirts, but the sweater worth the investment is the waterfowl sweater with trademark wind stopper lining, $129, which “completely blocks gusty winds” and features a thicker, chunkier merino wool.
Macy’s is the go-to department stores for designer styles as well as quality in-house brands. Club Room, a Macy’s line, offers merino wool sweaters at incredibly low sale prices as temperatures dip, often as low as $20 for both men and women. Kohls and JcPenney are other examples of discount department stores that regularly offer sales and feature exclusive designer lines at bargain prices.
For the absolute best deals, look to discount stores like Sierra Trading Post and Nordstrom Rack, which give you the most bang for your buck and give you more than what you pay for. At press time, Sierra Trading Post offered 55 styles of merino wool sweaters, cardigans, sweater coats, and tunics for up to 65% off original prices of $300 and more. Not to be outdone by posh competitors, Target also offers merino wool basics every season at unbelievable prices, on sale, as low as $20 and on clearance for as low as $9.