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Best Chicago Fall Sweaters & Shawls For Under $100

October 25, 2011 6:00 AM

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Once the mercury starts to dip, you can start pulling out your warmest wardrobe for fall. Whether you prefer your tops to be thick and woolly or lightweight and tissue-thin, this season’s hottest sweaters span a variety of styles. However you choose to stay warm, a few of our picks below will make sure you stay stylish and cozy, each for under $100.

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Cable Knits with Fur – $89.90

Zara
1 W Randolph St, Space 110
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 368-6178
www.zara.com

A thicker sweater with a chunky knit is all the rage for fall. To keep it stylish, pair with skinny pants or cinch the middle with a belt to give some shape to your silhouette. This version from Zara has a rock and roll vibe and sports another dramatic fall trend: fur. If you’re not so fur-friendly, look for faux varieties or versions that have a large knit collar instead.

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Sweater Dress – $49.99

Macy’s
111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 781-1000
www.macys.com

Perfect for pairing with slim pants, tights or leggings, the sweater dress is one of our favorites this fall. You can work-day length with a dress that hits at the knee, paired with tall boots, or you can go mini and wear something warm underneath. Maxi lengths are best kept to summer dresses, but you can go short or long when it comes to sleeves for this fall trend. Macy’s sells this version with a chunky neckline.

Tissue-Weight -$59.50

Ann Taylor Loft
33 N La Salle St # 110
Chicago, IL 60602 
(312) 346-7768
www.loft.com

If you’re into layers, grab a tissue-thin sweater and put on a cami underneath or pile on a scarf on top. The sheerness of most thin sweaters gives you an option to sport something underneath while still giving you room to put on a jacket over your top. Ann Taylor Loft’s version is nautical-themed to help you get over that I-miss-summer-ache.

Mesh Cardigan -$69.95

Gap
939 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-1745
www.gap.com

See-through and sheer are big on the runways this year, and you can still get in on the peek-a-boo trend while still staying warm. Find a weave that’s thick enough to keep you toasty, but gives you the option to show off something underneath. A flattering v-neck and neutral tone make this sweater from the Gap a great day-to-night option.

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Colorful turtleneck Sweater – $69.50

J Crew
929 W North Ave
www.jcrew.com

The turtleneck doesn’t always get a lot of love, but a warm, jewel toned style looks smart and modern. If you prefer a looser fit, try something with more of a high cowl neck to layer on over tights or jeans. With a streamlined version, you can pair it with any of your best fall skirts, boots and pants. J Crew’s turtleneck comes in a rainbow of colors so that you’ll look your brightest on any autumn day.

Kim Bellware is a writer, producer and print maker living in Ukrainian Village. Her non-writerly pursuits involve soccer, perfecting Spanish tapas recipes and spending more time seemingly fixing her bike than she does actually riding it. 
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