By request: more wool-free sweaters and cardigans

This season's best wool-free sweaters and cardigans. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

There are few things more comfortable (and comforting) than a cozy sweater when the weather turns crisp. But many of you have mentioned that you’re allergic or sensitive to wool and/or cashmere, so I’ve embarked on a style hunt for wool-free sweaters.

When I posted a roundup of wool-free sweaters and cardigans last year, it was a popular topic, so I thought I’d update with current styles. For this year’s selection, I wanted to stick with predominantly natural fibers.

  • Cotton sweaters (or cotton blends) are relatively easy to find. They’re breathable and often washable, and tend to be more budget-friendly. But many “cotton blends” include some animal fibers, so I’ve done my best to filter those out.
  • Silk and silk blends are lighter weight and often have a more refined look, but they are sometimes pricier.
  • Tencel is a breathable fabric made from cellulose fibers that’s generally regarded as being a more sustainable choice.

Pullovers

AQUA braided sleeve cotton sweater. Details and more wool-free sweaters at une femme d'un certain age.

This 100% cotton sweater has such an elegant look! I love that braiding detail on the sleeves. And it’s very reasonably priced!

Madewell floral jacquard cotton blend sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The subtle jacquard pattern on this cotton-blend sweater adds visual interest. In sizes XX-Small to XX-Large.

Splendid zebra print wool-free sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a softer take on zebra print. Sizes X-Small to X-Large.

Talbots split neck cotton blend sweater in ivory. Details at une femme d'un certain age

This split-neck cotton-blend sweater has an interesting diagonal rib pattern. Available in Black or Ivory, and in Misses, Petites, Plus, and Petite Plus sizes.

Chico's side twist cotton blend sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This side-twist sweater is a lighter weight piece that will layer nicely. Available in sizes 4-18, also in Petites.

Lands' End supima cotton v-neck sweater in burgundy. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This classic v-neck cotton-blend sweater is another good layering option. It’s available in 5 colors in Misses and Plus sizes. (Budget-friendly, too!)

Eileen Fisher striped funnel neck sweater in tencel blend fabric. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This subtly striped funnel neck sweater is made from a sustainable tencel-blend fabric. Sizes X-Small to X-Large.

Talbot's ribbed cotton-blend turtleneck sweater with button cuff detail. More wool-free sweaters at une femme d'un certain age.

The warmth of a turtleneck without the itch! This button-cuff sweater is available in several colors in Misses, Petite, and Plus sizes.

Madewell windopane textured turtleneck sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love the look of windowpane! This textured turtleneck top is offered in sizes XX-Small to XX-Large.

Everlane organic cotton crewneck sweater in Tan. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I have this budget-friendly organic cotton crewneck sweater on order in the Cream and Burnished Copper colors. Sizes XXS-XL. Will report back on sizing.

J.Crew cozy cotton terry turtleneck. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This cotton terry turtleneck is available in a few colors, sizes XX-Small to 3X.

Vince Camuto stripe sleeve sweater. Details and more wool-free sweaters at une femme d'un certain age.

These striped sleeves add a nice accent without being overwhelming. This cotton-blend sweater is also available in Red, sizes X-Small to XX-Large. (According to the description it runs a little large.)

Cardigans (and Sweater Jackets)

Madewell organic cotton cardigan top in ivory. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This 100% organic cotton cardigan is available in 3 colors, sizes XX-Small to XX-Large.

Anthropologie long cotton-blend sweater jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love the look of this abstract stripe sweater jacket, and had it been offered in Petite, I would have jumped on it. Sizes XS-XL.

Talbot's textured sweater jacket in wool-free blend. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This versatile textured sweater jacket works equally well with casual or polished looks. Available in 3 colors, in Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizes.

Banana Republic silk cotton long cardigan. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This silk-cotton blend long cardigan is soft and drapey. It’s offered in 4 colors, Misses and Petites.

Talbot's plaid cotton blend sweater jacket in ivory/black. Details at une femme d'un certain age

Mad for plaid? This cotton blend sweater jacket in a bold monochromatic plaid is available in Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizes.

Maje topstitched cotton cardigan in navy. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The topstitching and button details on this cotton cardigan make it distinctive. It’s a more spendy piece, but is currently marked down substantially. Ignore the matching shorts…I’d wear this with jeans.

Everlane texture cotton cardigan. Details and more wool-free cardigans at une femme d'un certain age.

This textured cotton-blend cardigan is available in four colors, sizes XXS-XL.

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10 Comments

  1. Robyn
    November 3, 2020 / 3:12 am

    J Crew used to sell a nice cotton funnel neck cotton sweater, but I noticed they don’t have it this year. I find a cashmere-cotton blend is comfortable. I recently ordered one from a British company called Woolovers. I’m very pleased with the service and quality. I like the ones from Banana Republic too. The ones you featured are beautiful but do not work for my body type.

  2. SueDC
    November 3, 2020 / 6:15 am

    What a brilliant selection! I’ve already clicked on half a dozen, and need to narrow my choices. You’ve saved me hours of on-line shopping.

  3. Shari Heberton
    November 3, 2020 / 6:25 am

    For your readers who are like me and can only fit into Tall sizes, these website carry tall tops, though be aware that not all carry sweaters. Did I miss any? Let me know in a follow up comment. Thanks!
    Ann Taylor
    Athleta
    Banana Republic
    Banana Republic Factory
    Eddie Bauer
    Gap
    JC Penney
    J. Crew
    J. Jill
    Lands’ End
    L.L. Bean
    Long Tall Sally
    Loft
    New Look
    New York & Company
    Old Navy
    You’re welcome. 😉

    • Amy
      November 3, 2020 / 12:29 pm

      Thank you, Shari – there are a couple on your list I wasn’t aware of. It’s good to know all our tall options. Two places that offer tall pants but not tops are Chico’s and White House Black Market.

      Amy

  4. Kathy
    November 3, 2020 / 6:39 am

    Thank you, thank you for this post, I’m not allergic to wool but it is too hot for SW Florida. Even when I lived in North Carolina, I couldn’t wear wool teaching because my classroom was so hot n the winter. More fall/winter posts please for those of us in warm climates.

  5. Pam Nordahl
    November 3, 2020 / 6:47 am

    I would love to see some pant options that do not have synthetic material. I have a sensitivity issue and I can’t believe how hard it is to find pants! Thank you!

  6. Kay
    November 3, 2020 / 11:14 pm

    Tencel is my favorite fiber!

  7. Elizabeth Kay
    November 4, 2020 / 5:52 am

    Thank you for this useful collection post! I appreciate!

  8. November 7, 2020 / 12:18 pm

    Wonderful assortment of sweaters, thank you.
    From your previous post, I just ordered the animal print silk and cashmere scarf. Cannot wait for that to arrive.

    Gracias

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