Winter Sweaters To Add To Your Closet for Women Over 50

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During the winter, it can be extremely difficult to want to change out of your pajamas or feel inspired to put together a cute outfit. I personally find it the hardest time of year to dress myself! As a result, I find myself reaching for a cozy winter sweater to start as the base of any outfit.

When I was putting together this post, I decided to shop my own closet. I have had some of these winter sweaters for a long time. In fact, one of the sweaters in this post is over 36 years old, and I wore it on one of my dates with Joe! This goes to show that if you shop for quality, timeless items will truly last you. Can you guess which sweater it is?

I styled all of these sweaters with the same pair of pants. They are the Spanx flare jeans in a midnight shade. Sometimes winter sweaters are bulky and can add a little visual weight to your torso. That’s why I love that these are made without a button and zipper, so they don’t add extra bulk to my midsection. These jeans are so flattering, and I think they are so comfortable!

Here are my favorite winter sweaters for women over 50 — plus, how to get the look at every price point.

Turtleneck or Cowl Neck Sweater

When the temperatures drop and start freezing, I immediately reach for a turtleneck to keep me warm. As we age, I know that many women feel like they can’t wear turtlenecks because they emphasize their wrinkles and loose skin or can look harsh against your face, depending upon the color you’re wearing. But there are ways to do so while still looking chic.

  • Avoid tight turtlenecks. Try a cowl neck sweater for a similar look. They are looser around your neck and can be much more flattering for women over 50.
  • If you have a short neck but still want the warmth of a turtleneck, look for a mock neck version, which is quite popular these days. This will leave at least a little bit of your neck still visible.

Fair Isle Sweater

You’ve seen me wear these nonstop on the blog already this year! But, wearing a fair isle sweater after Christmas can be tricky. I would avoid ones that look like traditional holiday colors. I’m currently loving this one and this one, and I think they can both be worn all winter long.

Cable Knit

I am a sucker for cable knit winter sweaters! The cable knit design is a classic pattern that is beautiful and stylish, and like many of you, I have been sporting them for decades. I love cable knit turtlenecks, but I also like incorporating the cable knit pattern into crewnecks like this one or a v-neck like this! You can also consider a cable knit cardigan that you can slip on and off easily.


There’s nothing like reaching for a soft cashmere sweater on a cold day! Cashmere sweaters are a luxury and often come with a higher price tag. Since these are investment pieces, try to select cashmere sweaters in classic styles (like this crewneck). Avoid choosing trendier sweaters so that you can wear your new sweater year after year without worrying about it going out of style.


Cardigans are staple pieces in my wardrobe that you can find me wearing all year long! Shorter, waist length cardigans like this one are super popular right now, but I gravitate towards buying the longer versions like the one I’m wearing in this image (find a similar one here). They are great for wearing over leggings to hide your bottom, but I also love layering them over tee shirts, button-ups, dresses, and more.

Dark Colored

Dark colored sweaters like black, charcoal, and navy are so versatile in that they go from dressed up to dressed down with just a few accessory changes. I usually reach for a darker-colored sweater when I need to go somewhere fancier, like a nice restaurant, but they can be casual too (like the cashmere zip-up version I’m wearing above).

Camel Colored

This color has a hold on the fashion world, and I see why! It’s neutral, chic, and it somehow makes any outfit look more expensive. I paired a classic v-neck sweater in camel over a button-up in the above photo, but you can find a camel in every style of sweater this winter. I love this camel turtleneck and this oversized cardigan! Since camel is a neutral, sweaters in this color family can go with basically anything.

Cream Colored

If you’re looking for a winter sweater you can wear on repeat and pair with virtually anything, look no further than a cream sweater. Every woman needs one (or two or three, haha) in their rotation! I have been loving this cream hoodie style sweater because it’s so easy to dress it up or down. This one checks three of the boxes… cream-colored, turtleneck, and cable knit!

Do you like wearing winter sweaters? If so, what’s your favorite style?

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