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Navy blue sweaters are (arguably) the greatest piece of clothing. John Jannuzzi, former GQ senior digital editor and one of our favorite writers, asserted just that in a poignant essay filled with more romance than those hacks in Hollywood could ever hope to bring to the big screen.
Both its color — “it’s slimming, it’s sexy, it’s clean” — and its ability to go with just about anything — “few things match so well with a pair of perfectly-aged black jeans, but it’s just as at home with light or dark blue jeans, a navy suit, or chinos” — make the navy sweater absolutely essential for fall.
If you need to read any more about navy sweaters, then, frankly, you might be a lost cause. So may we present, without further ado, the best ones to buy right now.
This is a good cashmere sweater at just $100 from Everlane. At this point, you’re basically losing money by not buying it.
Uniqlo’s sweaters ($29.90) are so good that they could single-handedly turn the word “basic” into a compliment.
The J. Press Shaggy Dog ($245) is an all-time classic. The brushed-wool made-in-Scotland Shetland sweater is a prep icon beloved by the likes of JFK and now, hopefully, you.
Loro Piana is Italian for luxe AF. That’s really just a guess based on this Cable-Knit Baby Cashmere Sweater ($1,495).
SNS Herning makes the kind of basketweave navy sweater ($330) you wear when pretending to be an accomplished seaman getting home from a long journey and looking to impress a landlocked lover.
Folk is so dedicated to the waffle knit that it even made it to the chunky neckline on this $225 sweater. That’s the kind of detail that turns a normal navy sweater into a perfect one.
British designer Margaret Howell masterfully designs some of the best minimalist options available. This Wool Mock Neck Sweater ($260) is no different.
Get a little weird with your navy sweater assortment via this one from Marni ($595). The slanted hem makes this sweater a stunner.
This Massimo Alba Cashmere Rollneck Sweater ($965) will make you feel like an heir to a railroad fortune, according to Jannuzzi.
You’ll never want to take Elder Statesman’s RA Crew Sweater ($720) off, and you really won’t ever have to.