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Top 10 Sweater Coats

This Is Fall 2021’s Most Brilliant Outerwear Trend, And We Found The 10 Best Styles

This Is Fall 2021’s Most Brilliant Outerwear Trend, And We Found The 10 Best Styles

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There comes a point in the cozy days of fall where the season reaches its pinnacle. You know the one: when it's not too cold but not exactly warm, it’s sort of sunny but sort of breezy, and a sweater may not feel like enough but a coat feels too aggressive. It’s this kind of perfect temperature that calls for a sweater coat.

What is a sweater coat, you ask? If a sweater and a coat had a baby, this would be it. It’s got the shape and silhouette of a coat, but it’s made of the soft knit fabric that you love about sweaters. It’s easy to style and ensures comfort all day long, and there are lots of ways to wear it—over another sweater, on top of a shacket, or even with a blouse.

Whether it's a light, long duster or something heavier and more structured, there are plenty of ways to stay warm with this essential piece. Some sweater coats can be tied at the waist or belted, and others are designed for layering, so you can totally have fun with piling them on as the colder seasons draw near.

For many of us, the comfortable vibe we channeled during quarantine is still a top priority, and this trendy coat style is the perfect way to carry the vibe into the next few seasons. With that, we rounded up the Top 10 styles you can buy right now.

How We Found The Best Sweater Coats

At Rank & Style, finding the best products online is what we do. Our Top 10 lists are always ranked and vetted by our data-driven algorithm that factors in real user reviews, best-seller lists, and social media buzz. What does this mean for you? A stress-free, simplified shopping experience. To see our algorithm in action and how it can help you find the perfect sweater coat, shop the following styles proven to be the best out there. 

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October 27, 2021

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The Rankings


Faherty Legend Sweater Coat

Our Score

THE BELTED SWEATER COAT

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This beautiful coat made with a thick, chunky yarn will keep you warm on even the coolest fall days. And it’s so cozy, we have a feeling you’ll reach for it even when you’re indoors.

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Designed to show off a cardigan silhouette and made to provide unbelievable softness, you’ll be wearing this all season long.


Uniqlo Souffle Yarn Smooth Knitted Coat

Our Score

THE MINIMAL SWEATER COAT

WHO IT'S FOR: This comfortable knit is a minimalist’s dream. Clocking in at $50, it’s also a great option if you’re looking for something more affordable.

WHERE TO WEAR: Take this coat with you wherever you go—you’ll find that its springy texture makes it great for lounging, too.


Jenni Kayne Sweater Coat

Our Score

THE SPLURGE-WORTHY SWEATER COAT

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This easy-to-layer coat is made of yak, which is super soft and lightweight. Bonus: It comes in four different neutral colors, making it easy to pair with any outfit.

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO KNOW: The superfine nature of yak and cashmere can lead to pilling over time, so we recommend dry cleaning this one only.


Madewell Herringbone Courton Sweater Coat

Our Score

THE HERRINGBONE SWEATER COAT

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This masculine coat boasts notched lapels and oversized patch pockets for an effortlessly cool look.

WHAT IT DOES: Made of herringbone boiled wool, which doesn't let the wind in or your heat out, this sweater coat is as warm as can be.


Amazon Essentials Oversized Open Front Knee Length Sweater Coat

Our Score

THE AMAZON SWEATER COAT

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This classic knee-length sweater is lightweight and boasts a soft acrylic blend of yarn—all at a great affordable price.

USER REVIEW: “I received this sweater yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price. I have a large collection of sweater coats, most of them far more costly or part cashmere. This sweater is on the thicker side and works for fall. I will definitely be purchasing more.”


Banana Republic Cocoon Coatigan Sweater

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THE COCOON SWEATER COAT

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This instant sellout is back again with an updated cocoon fit through the body for an at-ease look that's exceptionally easy to layer.

STYLE WITH: Add a belt to accentuate your figure.


A New Day Houndstooth Open-Front Sweater Cardigan

Our Score

THE AFFORDABLE SWEATER COAT

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This highly-rated, ultra-affordable cardigan will become a staple layering piece for your smart-casual ensembles. Bonus: it comes in a very cute houndstooth pink and a trendy green plaid.

USER REVIEW: “This is a great sweater coat for fall. I never write reviews, but this is super cute! The colors are better in person! Size down if you want a more tailored look.”


J.Crew Eloise Sweater-Blazer

Our Score

THE BLAZER SWEATER COAT

WHERE TO WEAR: Stay warm and cozy during office hours. This sweater blazer boasts a relaxed fit and sits stylishly at the hips.

STYLE WITH: Complete with a smooth lapel and patch pockets, this sweater is made from a light cotton blend that’s perfect to wear on its own or under heavier coats.


Mango Oversized Coat With Pockets

Our Score

THE LONG SWEATER COAT

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: This gorgeous, caramel-colored oversized coat features a sleek calf-length and open-neck design.

STYLE WITH: Complete your neutral fall look with a long sleeve tee and distressed jeans.


J.Crew Juliette Collarless Sweater Blazer

Our Score

THE CULT-FAVORITE SWEATER COAT

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: With its mid-length cut, patch front pockets, and cozy knit fabric perfect for wearing both outside and in, this sweater-coat combo may just be the most versatile option of the bunch. Bonus: wrinkle-free fabric means it's bound to become your go-to travel coat.

USER REVIEW: “I ADORE this sweater blazer! When I first tried it on in store, I already had a lot of ideas of how I would wear this piece throughout the fall and winter. It's super easy to dress it up), but it also works just as well dressed down.”

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