The Classic Sweater Style Every Woman Should Own

When it comes to basics, the reality is that they’re often just that: basic. However, as with everything, there can be certain exceptions to this trope. Take the topic of today’s post, the striped sweater, as an example. There’s no denying it’s a classic, and it definitely has its place in every woman’s wardrobe, yet somehow it seems to feel like a standout piece too—and that’s why we love it. Whether in a bright multicolor pattern or in muted tones, classic silhouettes or updated cuts, the staple can not only be found in countless forms but also styled so many ways.

On that note, as you probably could have guessed, today we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to wear striped sweaters this fall and beyond. Of course, we’re also bringing you six of them to shop, all of which are under $30—and you can thank our very own Who What Wear collection for that. To see the outfit inspiration for yourself then get shopping, simply continue on below.

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What doesn’t look good with leather pants and a fuzzy coat?

Eva Chen knows how to keep it classic and cool.

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You can add “pairs well with statement jeans” to the list.

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Stripes on stripes done right!

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Net-a-Porter Fashion Director Lisa Aiken knows a thing or two about classics.

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Add a bright belt bag and you’re a street style star.

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Ideal for achieving that model-off-duty look.

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There’s something I love about the combination of a miniskirt and sweater.

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When winter rolls around, use it as your base layer.

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Perfect with pencil skirts, too.

Leave it to Lucy Williams to find the perfect color combo.

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Easily emulate Chiara Ferragni’s fashion week look with our Striped 3/4 Sleeve Shoulder Frill Crew.

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Last but not least, a bucket-hat moment even I can get behind.

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