The Best Sustainable Sweaters: Cozy Up With Clean Textiles and Hand-Knit Designs

Image courtesy Mr Mittens

Is nothing more synonymous with cool weather fashion than sweaters? From chunky cable knits to elegantly fitted v-necks, we love sweaters in all shapes and sizes.

While I love a good maxi dress and spend as much of my summer hours in a swimsuit as possible, there is nothing like cold weather fashion. The way you can build an outfit with layering easily beats out our style options for the rest of the year. Not to mention, fall colors are always chic and look amazing on all skin tones – it’s a win, win.

Sustainable sweater options of the past relied on cashmere, angora, and wool, but there is a new wave of sustainable knitwear bringing us the best in animal-free options with sustainable textiles and fine hand-knit designs. Happy shopping!

Best sustainable sweaters

1. Mr. Mittens Pointelle Knit Sweater

Mint green, for fall? You better believe it. This chunky cotton knit sweater from Mr. Mittens is the perfect combination of chic and cozy. Crafted by Italian knit ateliers, using time-honored techniques Mr. Mittens brings the value of community and traditions together with sustainability in this exceptional knitwear.

2. See by Chloé Sailor Knit Pullover

Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean we cannot bring nautical vibes into our fall wardrobes. This soft organic cotton sweater from See by Chloé has an elegant square yoke and perfectly ribbed cuffs. Wear this with your favorite pair of high-rise jeans or pair it with a midi skirt to bring your summer staples into fall.

3. Nagnata Lucid Sweater

While studying abroad in London I took a rugby class, because apparently, that is what one does while studying in London. This sweater gives me Saturday rugby in the park vibes and the instant I saw it I had to “add to cart.” Part of Nagnata’s “Sama” collection, this genderless sweater is proving that retro sports styles are to be worn by all. It is spun from organic cotton for a cozy, sustainable piece made for fall wardrobes.

4. GANNI Bubblegum Sweater

One of 2021’s hottest fashion trends is saturated colors—and boy does this hot pink sweater from GANNI fit the bill there. Made from recycled cotton-blend jersey, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions were slashed in the making of this gorgeous textile. It is cut for a relaxed fit with balloon sleeves to still keep that elevated style.

5. SKIN Wakely Sweater

If chic, simple, neutrals are your style, I urge you to check out all of SKIN’s clothing. This “Wakely” sweater is knitted for a relaxed but chic fit and made from a fine-gauge GOTS-certified organic cotton-blend. It pairs perfectly with jeans, skirts, trousers, and everything in between.

6. Stella McCartney Aran Stitch Oversized Sweater

I simply cannot deny a good cable knit, especially not a sustainable one. Made in Italy with GOTS-certified organic cotton, this oversized sweater from our girl, Stella McCartney, is one for the ages. All the fibers are grown without the use of harmful pesticides making it an easy choice for fall shopping. With its neutral colors and classic style, this one you’ll be wearing for years to come.


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