Although I’m dreading the onset of winter and the blistering cold and slush etc. it brings, I always look forward to cool afternoons and evenings and the return of sweater weather. I just love bundling up in a big cozy sweater. And while it feels like we’re going to skip right from this summery weather we’ve been having to brutal winter once again, I’m excited to start wearing sweaters every day again, as they’ve become a key piece of my winter wardrobe. While in the past I’ve been more about splurging on shoes, bags, coats, and denim, I’ve come to realize the importance of investing in a few quality sweaters each season. Not only because I wear them to death, from fall through the cooler spring temps and even on cool summer nights at the beach or lake, but also because they last longer and go a long way in elevating an outfit. While I have lived in a few choice J.Crew and Zara knits, usually cheap sweaters tend to look cheap and rarely last more than one season, and really nice neutral sweaters tend to be worth the splurge. In winter when you’re bundling up, a fabulous sweater is an instant outfit-maker. And when I look back, it’s the really nice high-quality and admittedly pricier sweaters — a cream Theory turtleneck/poncho I scored on sale at a sample sale, a Vince cashmere crewneck I’ve basically wore every cool day since I found it at Woodbury commons this summer, an extravagant cashmere cardigan coat I was actually gifted years ago — that I continue to wear season after season because they last, make me feel elegant even in the doldrums of winter, and just look and feel so much nicer. The good news is that if you’re smart, you don’t have to spend upwards of $300/$400 on a quality sweater. Between sample sales, outlets, and mega online sales, I’ve managed to score super luxe sweaters all at a fraction of the cost and that makes these less of splurges (although honestly with a baby that spits up added to the equation, even spending $100-200 on a sweater feels like a gamble). Higher quality knits tend to last longer too, weather the dry cleaning, storage, etc. much better than cheaper materials. With that said, the key really is to stick to neutrals and classic patterns, as trendy colors and prints tend to make a sweater feel overplayed by the next winter. With the holidays and our annual ski trip on the horizon, I’ve been narrowing down my wish list of sweaters to invest in this year, I’ve narrowed down my list to these picks that are guaranteed to go with everything in your closet and look and feel chic this winter and for years to come.