It goes without saying that sweaters are a great winter staple. And, while styles of sweaters for women tend to change only subtly from year to year, there are plenty of ways you can style your sweater this winter to make countless different sweater outfits. In this article you’ll find the best winter sweaters for women as well as how to wear them.

Types of winter sweaters for women

Before we talk about how to wear your sweater, how about what type of sweater to choose?

There are so many different sweater styles you can choose from, but below are the main ones to think about adding to your closet this winter.

As with all of your clothing, think about what is flattering for your body type.

V-neck sweaters for women

Winter sweaters for women - Rachel wears a yellow sweater | 40plusstyle.com

A V-neck sweater is the most universally flattering sweater style there is.

That’s because the V-neck naturally elongates the figure by drawing the eye up and down rather than across.

You could opt for a classic neutral shade, or something brighter to liven up your outfit.

Rachel (above) chooses a bright yellow v-neck with her jeans. If you love yellow, you’ll also want to take a look at how to wear yellow.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jeans and knee high boots.

Chelsea28 oversize V-neck high/low sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 oversize V-neck high/low sweater

Round-neck sweaters for women

Round neck sweaters for women | 40plusstyle.com

Another classic style when looking for winter sweaters for women, the round neck, or crew neck, tends to draw attention to your face, and can be a particularly flattering option if you have a long neck.

Nic (above) layers her round neck sweater over her classic white shirt.

Get her look with this similar sweater, jeans, booties and sunglasses.

Everlane cashmere crew sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Everlane cashmere crew sweater

Turtleneck sweaters

Turtleneck sweater for women | 40plusstyle.com

A great layering piece for winter, you can wear your turtleneck on its own, or layer a block color turtleneck under a dress.

Ariane (above) opts for a stylish neutral outfit and wears her gray turtleneck with a brown skirt and matching boots.

Check out this similar sweater, skirt, boots, bag, tights and sunglasses.

Reformation turtleneck cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Reformation turtleneck cashmere sweater

Boatneck sweaters for women

Boat neck sweaters for women | 40plusstyle.com

A boatneck sweater can be a particularly flattering option for pear shapes as it helps to balance wider hips.

Ky (above) pairs her boatneck with leopard print jeans.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, printed pants and boots.

Tommy Bahama boatneck ribbed sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy Bahama boatneck ribbed sweater

Winter sweaters for women: The cardigan

Cardigan sweaters for women | 40plusstyle.com

Cardigans can have an unfair reputation for being frumpy, but they really can be one of the most flattering knitwear options you can choose.

You can opt for a tie-waist to show off your figure, or choose a long option to look taller and slimmer.

Daphne (above) chooses a poncho-style cardigan which she wears with her jeans and ankle booties.

Check out this similar cardigan, long sleeve top, jeans, booties and necklace.

Tory Burch colorblock cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch colorblock cashmere sweater

Off the shoulder sweater

Winter sweaters for women - Erin wears an off-the-shoulder sweater | 40plusstyle.com

An off-the-shoulder sweater can be the perfect way to add some subtle glamour to your jeans, or you could style one with a skirt for a night out.

Erin (above) wears her off-the-shoulder sweater with jeans and sneakers.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jeans and sneakers.

Lulus off the shoulder sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Lulus off the shoulder sweater

Trendy winter sweaters for women

Trendy sweaters for women | 40plusstyle.com

If you already have all of the sweater styles above in your closet, there’s always an on-trend style of sweater you can choose to update your looks.

This does, of course, incorporate lots of different styles, but every season you’ll find there’s a fresh twist on the sweater.

Trends this year include bell sleeves, cropped styles, fluffy or oversized sweaters, and cold shoulders.

There are lots of other variations on these sweater styles, but hopefully that has got you thinking about what is most flattering for you.

Marina (above) chooses a sweater with on-trend sleeve details.

Check out this similar sweater, pants, booties, bag, sunglasses and earrings.

Halogen puff sleeve sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen puff sleeve sweater

Oversize sweater

Winter sweaters for women - Charlotte wears a striped sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Another trend this year when it comes to winter sweaters for women is the oversized sweater. To make sure you keep your outfit in balance, you could wear your oversized knitwear with slim pants like Charlotte (above).

Check out this similar oversize sweater, leggings, shoes, sunglasses and a Gucci bag.

Liny Xin cashmere oversized knitted sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Liny Xin cashmere oversized knitted sweater

Winter sweater outfits ideas for this season

So, now that you have chosen your most flattering winter sweaters, how to you incorporate them into stylish winter outfits?

Below are 13 ideas for you. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments in you have a favorite way to wear your sweater.

1. All neutrals

Neutral sweater outfit for women | 40plusstyle.com

Who says you have to give up neutrals when colder weather sets in?

An all-neutral look can still look chic for winter. It tends to work best if you choose a creamier white rather than a shade which is too stark.

Beige, taupe or tan may sometimes be seen as a frumpy option but by switching your outfit around so you wear your beige on top and your white on the bottom (rather than the more conventional beige pants and white sweater), you can make your look instantly more modern. You could also opt for soft grays.

While there are some beautiful richly-hued jewel colors among the fall color trends for 2020, whites, creams, camels and pale grays can also look stunning when looking at sweaters for women in stores, or shopping your closet. They can create real impact when worn together.

Tanasha (above) looks super stylish in her white turtleneck, beige coat and over-the-knee white boots.

Check out this similar turtleneck sweater, coat, jeans, boots, handbag and beret.

How to wear a sweater: all neutrals | 40plusstyle.com

VERO MODA long wrap coatHalogen cashmere turtleneck sweaterJag Jeans skinny jeansAetrex bootieStreet Level reversible toteEttika square earrings

2. Sweater with wide-legged pants

Wide-legged pants are a stylish option no matter what the season. High-waisted styles can go beautifully with shorter, cropped sweater styles.

How to wear a sweater: tucked into wide leg pants | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen short double breasted coatZella funnel neck pulloverASKK NY high waist wide leg crop jeansCalvin Klein bootieSole Society leopard crossbody bagEttika hoop earrrings

For more inspiration take a look at how to wear wide leg pants.

3. Wear your sweater with a leather skirt

Sweater for women worn with a leather skirt | 40plusstyle.com

If you have a leather skirt in your closet, you can style it for winter with a sweater in a solid or block color.

Again, play around with where your sweater falls to make sure it ends at the most flattering part on your body.

Adding a sweater to your outfit, rather than a more formal blouse is a great way to wear your leather skirt in a more casual setting for daytime.

Patricia (above) tucks her turtleneck into her leather skirt for a glamorous look which would work for any time of day.

Check out this similar sweater, jacket, skirt, pumps, handbag, beret and sunglasses.

How to wear a sweater: With a leather skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman wool blend coat Alex Mill cashmere sweaterFrank & Eileen button-up shirtBLANKNYC faux leather skirtVANELi knee high bootDreubea faux leather toteSterling Forever dangling pearl bolo necklace

4. Wear your sweater under a blazer

Winter sweaters for women - Joy wears a sweater with her blazer | 40plusstyle.com

This combination can be a great look for the office or for weekends. You’ll want to choose a sweater which is lightweight so you don’t add too much bulk.

Joy (above) opts for a striking red, white and blue outfit with a white sweater underneath her velvet blazer.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, blazer, pants, pumps, handbag and necklace.

Below is another option for you which would be a great casual Christmas party look.

How to wear a sweater: With a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 plaid blazerVince turtleneck topWit & Wisdom stripe fray hem skinny jeansNine West pointed toe bootDreubea faux leather toteEttika hoop earrrings

5. Layered with other knits

Winter sweaters for women - Mimi wears her sweater under a poncho | 40plusstyle.com

To stay warm AND stylish, you could layer your sweater with other knits. A turtleneck is a great layering option to wear under a poncho.

Mimi (above) wears her poncho over her sweater, and accessorizes with her Chloe handbag.

Get her look with this similar sweater, cape jacket with faux fur collar, jeans, booties and sunglasses.

How to wear a sweater: layered with other knits | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen V-neck cashmere ponchoVince turtleneck topZella high waist leggingsDr. Scholl’s bootDreubea faux leather toteUncommon James by Kristin Cavallari textured hoop earrings

6. Layered over a white shirt

Winter sweaters for women - Sarah wears a white shirt under her sweater | 40plusstyle.com

To instantly add extra interest to your sweater outfits, you could layer a classic white shirt under your knitwear.

Sarah (above) wears her shirt under a blue sweater, and adds extra on-trend elements to her look with her loafers and over-the-shoulder bag.

Check out this similar sweater, white shirt, pants, loafers and belt bag.

How to wear a sweater: worn over a shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London mixed media layer sweaterBOSS houndstooth plaid pantsStreet Level reversible toteSARTO by Franco Sarto bootieCanvas Jewelry statement chain necklace

7. With your favorite jeans

Winter sweaters for women - Mo wears a beige sweater with white jeans | 40plusstyle.com

It goes without saying that your sweaters are a fabulous pairing with your favorite jeans.

Mo (above) shows how you can still wear your white jeans for winter.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jeans, loafers, scarf, hoop earrings and sunglasses.

Sweater worn with your favorite jeans | 40plusstyle.com

Blank Noir textured leather and ponte moto jacketCotton Emporium leopard sweaterJoe’s high waist bootcut jeansTHE MARC JACOBS leather crossbody bagCalvin Klein bootieUncommon James by Kristin Cavallari textured hoop earrings

8. With your leggings

Winter sweaters for women - Lou in a white sweater | 40plusstyle.com

If you love the comfort of leggings, I’m sure you already wear yours with a tunic top.

You can continue to wear your leggings in the colder months by looking for a long jumper.

A moto jacket worn over the top will add interest by working with a shorter layer worn over a longer-length sweater. Or you could opt for a coat which skims your hips.

Lou (above) keeps her look totally monochrome, but she adds interest through the textures in her outfit.

Check out this similar turtleneck sweater, jacket, leggings and lace-up boots.

How to wear a sweater: with leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Via Spiga wool blend coatLiny Xin cashmere oversized knitted sweaterZella high waist leggingsCalvin Klein bootieSole Society leopard crossbody bagDean Davidson drop stud earrings

There are plenty more tips in this extensive guide on how to wear leggings over 40 or beyond.

9. A sweater with a midi skirt

Sweater outfits: Winter sweaters for women and how to style them

A cozy sweater can be a soft, glamorous option with a midi skirt.

You could opt for a more casual sweater style and sneakers for daywear, or choose an off-the-shoulder number for an evening out.

Sandra (above) opts for a glamorous daywear look in soft neutrals.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, skirt, boots, belt and beret.

How to wear a sweater: With a pleated skirt | 40plusstyle.com

BLANKNYC suede moto jacketLulus off the shoulder sweaterReformation wrap midi silk skirtNine West pointed toe bootStreet Level reversible toteAkola hoop earrings

10. As a dress

Winter sweaters for women - Oxana in a sweater dress | 40plusstyle.com

A sweater doesn’t have to end at your waist or hips. A sweater dress can be one of the easiest, most stylish outfits for winter and fall.

You don’t need to worry about matching separates. You can simply pop on your dress with tights and boots.

Oxana (above) wears soft beiges and grays for a stylish winter neutral look.

Steal her look with this similar sweater dress, coat, sneakers, handbag and sunglasses.

Sweaters for women: sweater dress outfits | 40plusstyle.com

Via Spiga faux fur trim belted coatAFRM turtleneck sweater dressCalvin Klein knee high bootDreubea faux leather toteWander Agio plaid scarfDean Davidson huggie earrings

11. Layered under a dress

Winter sweaters for women - Elena wears her sweater under a dress | 40plusstyle.com

Again, a turtleneck is put to good use as a layering option.

Victoria Beckham has been layering hers under a shirt dress recently. It means you can continue wearing a thinner dress for fall and winter. Team yours with knee-high boots.

Elena (above) wears a black turtleneck under her animal print dress.

Check out this similar turtleneck top, dress, booties, bag and sunglasses.

How to wear a sweater: layered under a dress | 40plusstyle.com

Donna Rico leopard faux wrap dressHalogen long sleeve turtleneckCalvin Klein knee high bootTHE MARC JACOBS leather crossbody bagAkola hoop earrings

12. Over a dress

As well as under a dress, you could, of course, think about wearing your knitwear over a dress. Slip dresses are particularly on-trend right now.

However, if you prefer not to show your arms, and you want to add extra warmth, you could add a cardigan or sweater over your dress.

You’ll find more dresses with sleeves in this article.

Sweater over a dress | 40plusstyle.com

Reformation cardigan setReformation silk dressSPANX power shortsDr. Scholl’s leopard print sneakersTHE MARC JACOBS leather crossbody bagAkola drop earrings

13. For the party season: Sweater and skirt outfit

Winter sweaters for women - Jas wears a sweater with metallic skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Who doesn’t love a Christmas jumper as the festive season approaches, but that doesn’t mean that you have to adorn your sweater with reindeers and flashing baubles (unless you want to of course).

A more subtle approach will keep you stylish for parties or Christmas morning.

Jas (above) wears an on-trend puff sleeve sweater with her tiered metallic skirt.

Check out this metallic skirt that you can wear with this similar sweater, ankle strap sandals and hoop earrings.

Party sweater outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Donna Karan asymmetrical sweaterMax Mara crop wide leg pantsSam Edelman slingback pump Kurt Geiger London leather clutchStella + Ruby chiffon hoop earrings

Winter sweaters together in one capsule

Below, you can see many of the sweaters used in this article, together in one capsule wardrobe for winter. You can see you could switch around the bottoms and tops to create many more outfits.

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

A capsule wardrobe of sweaters to wear in fall and winter | 40plusstyle.com

More winter sweater inspiration for you

Below is a previous season winter capsule featuring timeless looks which should still provide you with inspiration for the upcoming weeks.

A capsule wardrobe of sweaters to wear in fall and winter | 40plusstyle.com

How will you be wearing your sweater this winter? Have these winter sweaters for women outfit ideas given you some inspiration?

Continue reading:

  1. Where To Shop For The Best Cashmere Sweaters
  2. How To Wear A Cardigan Without Looking Frumpy: 8 Cardigan Outfits For You To Try
  3. The Best Winter Coats For Women This Season And How To Choose A Coat

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