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    If you could only have 3-4 sweaters in your closet

    I’m looking for inspiration and curious what people like and why?

    What colors, fabrics, cuts, etc.


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    If it were limited to 4 items, I'd go for different styles over different colors. Chunky cable shawl cardigan, mid weight fleece zip up, mid weight ribbed turtleneck, and fine merino v-neck. As for the color, I'd get them all in charcoal. Boring, I know, but they'd go with any color of coat/jacket and give a nice contrast with lighter tops or blend in easily with dark monochrome looks.

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    Blue v neck sweater
    Gray v neck sweater
    Blue cardigan regular not shawl
    Burgundy cardigan regular not shawl

    That would work for me. Not ideal but cover 70% of the times I wear a sweater which is for work.

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    TBH now that I wear jacket+tie for work I barely ever wear sweaters and have donated most of the ones I owned. I have one tobacco brown button-up cardigan that I keep at the office as an emergency "warm layer," one charcoal zip cardigan that was a gift from my mom from her trip to NZ, and one chunky, oatmeal lambswool shawl cardigan that I very rarely wear.
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    I want to like cardigans on me, but I have a bit of a gut, and I always feel like the buttons end up pulling and just accentuating it. Maybe I just haven't found the right one.

    They haven't gotten any love in this thread, but I'm honestly a big fan of crew neck sweaters. They definitely skew casual, but so do I. So if I was just picking 4 sweaters I'd probably do 4 medium weight crew neck sweaters in navy and 3 colors out of black/oatmeal/grey/olive/burgundy.

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    1 gray shetland crew neck
    1 navy merino v-neck
    1 other color merino v-neck
    1 fisherman's sweater. I love the chunkiness of them.

    If I had more space I would throw in something like a nice thick cashmere sweater but good ones cost money and if we go the cheaper route I much prefer merino wool to cheap cashmere.
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    @Deke, both jcrew and banana republic have shawl collar pullovers that give you that nice chunky collar without the bulky buttons and pockets of a cardigan

    My four would be:
    camel merino v-neck
    navy merino v-neck
    light grey thick cashmere polo collar
    cream or navy fishermans sweater, either cabled or a chunky waffle knit

    The v-necks can do anything from casual to wear under a suit for extra warmth, the other two can go casual to business casual. This was tough for me. Since I don't wear suits at work, I wear a lot of sweaters and I love them them. Nothing feels better to me. I have a pair of vintage thick cashmere sweaters that are unbelievably nice to wear. Recently I've been trying to find a cabled sweater that I like. My wife could knit me one, but that could be $150 in materials alone and it would take a couple months to finish.

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    Most wool sweaters I can't tolerate due to allergies so:

    Navy v-neck cashmere
    Camel/tan cable cotton cardigan
    Burgundy crew neck cashmere
    Gray crew neck cashmere

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    These are what I currently own:

    2 x fine merino wool cardigan (light grey, wine). Strictly worn under a sport coat.
    2 x wool crew neck (burgundy, heathered dark green). Worn as outermost layer, or under a jacket/coat that is not a sport coat.

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    I'd' have one of each: crewneck, henley, V-neck, cardigan.
    2 cotton (probably the crew and the henly); 2 wool.
    navy, charcoal, camel, and "fun" color--like a burnt orange or something.

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