The right sweater should hug your body comfortably without bunching or pulling. Its hem should overlap your waistband at a minimum or fall below it if worn over a dress shirt.
Look for natural materials, such as wool or soft cotton, rather than synthetics like nylon and polyester. These can cause the sweater to pill and fade over time.
Choose a Style That’s Right for Your Body Type
Determining your body shape is the first step in choosing the right women’s pullover sweater. There are five main body shapes (sometimes called “somatotypes” ): apple, pear, hourglass, ectomorph, and mesomorph. Once you know your body type, picking clothes that flatter you is much easier.
For example, if you are an apple-shaped woman, you can balance out your curves with wrap dresses and sheath styles that cinch at the waist. You can emphasize your hips and thighs with flared jeans if you’re a pear-shaped woman. And if you’re an hourglass-shaped woman, you can create a more defined silhouette with fit-and-flare dresses and tops with curved dimensions in the waist, bust, or sleeves.
Once you’ve figured out your body type, you can choose a women’s pullover sweater that fits your needs. For example, you can wear a short-sleeve performance sweater with cropped wide-leg pants in the spring or a V-neck cashmere pullover sweater under a blazer with women’s corduroy leggings in the fall. You can keep it casual and wear a women’s pullover sweater over a button-down shirt.
Choose a Comfortable Material
When shopping for a women’s pullover sweater, it’s essential to consider the fabric used. Some natural materials, such as cotton or linen, are softer and more comfortable to wear next to the skin than others. Others, like polyester, offer durability and longevity. The fabric choice will depend on the specific style and purpose of the sweater and the climate in which it will be worn.
The most comfortable sweaters are made from soft, flexible, and lightweight fabrics while still being able to withstand the elements. The fabric’s breathability, or ability to allow air to circulate freely, also determines how comfortable it will be to wear. Some materials are naturally breathable, while others, such as wool, require special care to maintain their breathability.
For example, a pullover hoodie is a women’s sweater that combines cotton and polyester fleece for maximum comfort and durability. The result is a versatile women’s sweater that can be worn in warm or colder temperatures.
Look for a Neckline That’s Flattering
The neckline of a pullover sweater can be the perfect finishing touch to your outfit. Choose a boatneck to pair with dress pants and heels for your next date night, or rock a cowl neck with a skirt to elevate a casual weekend look.
Try a crew or v-neck sweater to create a flattering business casual style. These can be worn with a blazer or button-down shirt to create a more formal ensemble. A crew or v-neck sweater can also be worn with a scarf to add a pop of color and extra warmth.
To check the neckline of your sweater, have someone measure around the widest part of your neck. If you plan to wear your shirt tucked in, make sure that you’ll be able to fit a shirt underneath comfortably. You can also check the length of your sweater by measuring from the back of your collar to your waist or from the tops of your shoulders to your wrist bone. The sleeve length is also important to consider since you’ll be doing a lot of walking, bending, and reaching throughout your day.
Check the Length
The overall length of your sweater can greatly impact how it looks and fits. You’ll want your pullover to hug your body slightly but not be restrictive or tight.
If your sweater is shorter, the excess fabric can hang off your waist or look awkward when cuffed up. However, if your shirt is too short, the sleeves will sit back on your wrists, which can be unfashionable and uncomfortable.
Generally, your sweater should be about 2 inches longer than your wrist-to-wrist measurement. This is called wearing ease. It’s important to consider this when choosing the size of your sweater, especially if you wear it over other clothing like a t-shirt or turtleneck. If you’re working from a pattern, this is already built into the chart dimensions. If you’re knitting from scratch, it’s easy to measure your wrist with a tape measure and add the necessary amount of wearing ease. Then, you can compare the sleeve length to your measurements to ensure it’s the right length.
Check the Sleeves
Having the right length on your sleeves is essential to comfort. The cuffs need to be snug but not so tight that they’re cutting off circulation, and you can’t breathe easily. You also want your sleeve to be a manageable length. This can cause the sweater to ride up when walking, bending, or reaching.
Pull the sweater on to check your sleeve length and have someone help you measure from where the shoulder seam sits on the shoulder down to where you’d like the cuff to sit (such as your wrist). You can then add that number to the back neck-to-cuff measurement the pattern gives you, providing your exact sleeve length.
With a comfortable slattering sweater and the right length, you can be confident that you’ll feel great and even better.