Best Chunky Sweaters under $100

September 13, 2011 9:00 AM

Photo Credit: Express

By Mary Wheeler

Belted chunky sweaters and cardigans are making bold statements on the runways this fall. Whether worn plain, or jazzed up with accessories, you really can’t go wrong with this super cute trend.  We hunted down five fashionable and cozy sweaters for under $100.
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Long Cardigan; $59.95
Promenade Shops at Evergreen
503 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 432- 3398

This super comfy cable-knit cardigan (available in cream) will leave you never wanting to take it off. This soft and thick cardigan is a must-have basic for any wardrobe. Hitting just below the hips, the cardigan has two large pockets right in the front; adding an element of practicality to the overall shape. Pair with a white-cami, jeans, and gold flats for an effortless date outfit. The casualness of this piece is perfect for a long day of running errands.

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Granita Cardigan; $98
Anthropologie – Promenade Shops at Evergreen
503 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 432- 3398

This ubber soft (think cashmere) cardigan is the perfect bold accent piece to any outfit. Available in Ivory, this sweater is super comfortable and takes on the appearance of a jacket, so it can be worn from day to night with ease.  The plunging shawl collar creates a more dramatic look, while the large chunky buttons and two large front pockets add a cute element. This sweater can be worn with a solid print dresses or for a rock-in-roll vibe, pair with black skinny jeans and ankle boots. This cardigan is the perfect rainy- day-curl-up-and-watch-a-movie.

Insider Tip: Anthropologies’ is one of several stores in the Evergreen Walk that allows leashed and carried dogs in their store.

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Seed Stitch Dolman Sweater; $59.90
Express – Stamford Town Center
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT 06901
Hours: Mon to Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm; Mon 10am-6pm

The classic shape of this sweater (available in cool earth and heather gray) is thick enough to keep you warm without weighing down your whole look. Made of mostly acrylic and wool, this seed stitch knit (a knit where the stitches lay flat and actually resembles scattered seeds) is flattering on all body types. The ultra-chic cropped dolman sleeve (where the sleeve is wider at the arm and narrower at the wrist) adds the perfect touch of femininity to this strong structure. Due to the earthy tones of this sweater, don’t be afraid to play with a bold, bright top (try fuchsia pink or turquoise). Pull the whole look together with a fresh pair of stream-lined slacks.

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WoolrichDevan Henley Sweater; $55
475 East Hartford Blvd. North
East Hartford, CT 06118
Hours: Mon to Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 10am-8pm

This cozy pull-over sweater is the ideal piece to wear on a hiking or boating trip. Available in black heather, this soft and stylish sweater features a strong rib-knit v-neck cut. Made with 55% ramie/15% acrylic/15% nylon/15% wool, the delicate hand embroidered lambs wool accents on the cuffs add a sweet touch of femininity to this masculine shape. This sweater hits mid hip and drapes nicely, so you never have to worry about bunching. Flattering on various body-types, this comfy piece pairs perfectly with skim-fit khakis and sneakers.

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Chunky Cable Sweater Vest; $79.50
Banana Republic – Danbury Fair Mall
7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Hours: Mon to Sat 10am-9:30pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Not exactly a full-on sweater-but still super cute. This sleeveless sweater vest (available in silt gray) is thick and made of 100% cotton; the perfect way to keep that California summer look well into fall.  With cable trim, this effortlessly chic piece will pair well with with various tops already in your closet. Pair over a delicate tank-top or flowly blouse for a professional work look or for meeting up with friends after a long week.

Insider Tip: Now through October 29th, Danbury Fair Mall will be hosting a Farmer’s Market with over 40 vendors from the CT/NY area, featuring meats, cheeses, and artisan foods.

Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York,, and AOL’s Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.

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