Women's no-wool sweaters - une femme d'un certain âge

I found a bunch of wool-free sweaters (and some are on sale!)

Many of you have mentioned that you’re sensitive to wool or other animal fibers. So I’ve been out foraging with my virtual shopping basket, and turned up some lovely cotton and other no-wool sweaters.

Women’s no-wool sweaters

Susan B wears an ivory cotton fisherman sweater, gold initial necklace, boyfriend jeans.

This cotton fisherman sweater isn’t new; I’ve had it for over 2 years. Yes, it’s spendy, but I wanted to show you just how well it’s held up. I’ve washed this one several times (in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle, rack dry) and it still looks almost new. It’s available in a bunch of colors, most in sizes XS-3X. (I’m wearing the XS.)

Previously shown HERE.

Here’s a more budget-friendly option, currently 30% off with code SHOPNOW. It’s available in several colors, sizes XX-Small to 3X. (Winters, check out the “Sail Blue” color.)

This cotton “chore” sweater jacket is relaxed enough to wear at home but has enough structure to work in a smart casual outfit. Three neutral colors available, sizes XXS-XL.

I recently ran into an acquaintance who was wearing this sweater, and I was really impressed with how nice it looks in person. (The feathers you see above are part of the skirt, not the sweater!) The sweater’s available in 4 colors, sizes XX-Small to 3X. (This icy pink is good for Winters, so is the black. Springs & Autumns, both the Linen and Sandy Beach are worth a look.) This one’s also 30% off with code SHOPNOW.

If you’re looking for more of a statement sweater, this one has an interested texture and pattern. On my monitor, this looks like it leans toward a Winter emerald green, but might work for some cooler Springs as well. It’s also 100% cotton, sizes XS-L.

I purchased this little cotton sweater in pink last year (see here) and just ordered this style in bright Spring green. (Autumns, check out Golden Oak.)

I love the “spaced” stripes on this scoop neck sweater, which looks like it would transition nicely into Spring. Sizes XS-XL.

Women’s no-wool V-neck sweaters? you ask…here’s one in a textured cotton, available in sizes XS-XL. This “Mineral Blue” color could work for Winters and some Summers.

This collared cotton sweater is available in four colors, in Misses, Petite, Plus & Plus Petite sizes. Pistachio Green & Clementine should work for most Springs, Indigo Blue for Winters. Provence Blue could work for some Winters & Summers.

Here’s a reversible sweater in a fun dot print. It’s available in Misses size XS-4X, also in Petite & Tall.

And this half-zip striped sweater in cotton boucle is fun too. In Misses, Petite & Plus sizes.

3 ways to style a striped sweater

This textured cropped cardigan can be worn on its own, or as a top layer. Several colors available, sizes XXS-XL.

In a classic fisherman knit, this zip-front cotton cardigan is available in 3 colors in Misses, Petite & Plus sizes. (Summers, take a look at the Muted Rose Heather.)

More sweaters sans wool…

The week’s best sales

J.Crew30% off wear-now styles, extra 50% off sale styles, code SHOPNOW

Talbot’s – Red Door Sale, 50% off 2+ sale items

Madewellextra 40% off sale, code REFRESH

Nordstrom – Half Yearly Sale, up to 60% off

Brian + MW – save on makeup workshops & Masterclasses

BLACK Luxury Accessories – Winter sale, up to 50% off

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  1. Deanna
    January 6, 2023 / 5:26 am

    I love the sweater you are wearing but really appreciate your finding less spendy options for us. Also, thank you so much for advising on colors for the various seasons. I love that you’re including this information. Have a great weekend!

    • Sarah
      January 6, 2023 / 1:36 pm

      You might check out Quince (onequince.com) for less expensive options. I just bought my daughter an organic cotton fisherman’s sweater for Christmas; it’s lovely and well made for under $40. It comes in numerous colors. It’s a bit more cropped than the one Susan is wearing.

      • Katrinka
        January 7, 2023 / 5:19 am

        Sarah, thanks for mentioning Quince as I’d not thought of them when reading this blog. Although I love the boxy sweater above I know from experience that shape isn’t good for me. I have several Quince pieces and will order their cable knit cardigan.

  2. Michaellynne
    January 6, 2023 / 5:30 am

    Hello Susan,
    I was reading your site today and saw you mentioned “cool springs”. I was so excited as I was deemed a spring in my younger years but today I am assuredly cooler. Light pink is so much better than peach. Could you let me know if this could be so. It would answer so many questions I have had.

  3. Kathy
    January 6, 2023 / 5:35 am

    Thanks for a great post Susan. I live in southwest Florida and only buy cotton sweaters. You showed some nice ones!

  4. Susan Kolofer
    January 6, 2023 / 6:54 am

    Thank you. I’ve never been able to wear wool or any other animal by product. These sweaters are great.

  5. Annie
    January 6, 2023 / 7:10 am

    Very nice compilation. I, as someone who’s now sensitive to wool, appreciate the nod.

    As an aside, so many online retailers cannot show a photo of the actual item to save their lives (or sell a sweater). We have models crouching, leaping, pouting, etc., but no photos of the actual item itself. A half-tuck disguises the length of the sweater — sleeves are pushed up — hair covers the neckline — and so on. It makes online ordering difficult to impossible — and then consumers are blamed for ordering two sizes (size bracketing) and excessive returns.

    • Kami
      January 6, 2023 / 8:22 am


    • Kami
      January 6, 2023 / 8:26 am

      I’d also like to mention that there are a few sites (Garnet Hill comes to mind) that actually give the measurements of the garment. This is helpful information in order to compare to similar items you already own to better understand how it will look on your own body. It’s not foolproof, but it helps. I wish more sites would do this.

  6. Karen
    January 6, 2023 / 7:17 am

    Oooh, I love the zip front fisherman cardigan. I find that I love having a jacket-type sweatshirt (mine are usually more casual fleece and your recommendation looks more sophisticated) so I can put it on and take it off throughout the day as my temperature changes.

  7. Kay
    January 6, 2023 / 7:23 am

    I love non wool sweaters in early fall and early spring but come winter give me merino wool. I know I am lucky to be able to wear wool, cashmere and other wools. They are so much warmer without the weight.

  8. No Fear of Fashion
    January 6, 2023 / 8:34 am

    Such good examples. If I lived in America I would order that pink one. It is great.
    I am very sensitive to wool.
    You look very good. That silver/white hair suits you.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 6, 2023 / 10:14 am

      Thanks very much, Greetje!

  9. Alexandra Martella
    January 6, 2023 / 9:00 am

    Love the J Crew sweater – second option – is there a good spring color?

    • Susan Blakey
      January 6, 2023 / 9:20 am

      Hi Alex, the Warm Pink would probably be the best color for you in that batch. It’s a bit on the softer side but can work.

      • Alexandra Martella
        January 6, 2023 / 10:11 am

        Thank you!

  10. kb
    January 6, 2023 / 9:19 am

    Dear fellow followers: please allow me to give a BIG shout-out to Susan — who is not only very personable and engaging IRL — but who also truly knows color theory. And to Brian + MW, an excellent and enthusiastic educator about all things cosmetic. I was fortunate to spend time with both of these talented people, and highly recommend each one’s services without hesitation!

    • Susan Blakey
      January 6, 2023 / 9:22 am

      Thanks so much, kb! It was such a pleasure meeting you!

  11. Terry Gulden
    January 6, 2023 / 11:41 am

    Hi Susan, thank you for all the time and work you put into your posts. I really appreciate it. . Loved all the options for non wool sweaters that you identified for us. I love the green French Connections but have a few questions. And a favor
    Question- . Is it extremely short? and extremely boxy? Did it run true to size for you?
    Favor – On the website they have a bubblegum pink and a golden gloss on sale. Is the pink you purchased the bubblegum? Would and the golden gloss (looks light & bright) Be good for a spring?
    Thank you

  12. Susan W
    January 6, 2023 / 12:59 pm

    Thank you so much for finding this great array of sweaters. I’m tired of layering wool or cashmere over cotton tees or even silk underwear. Still can get itchy neck, also, The added bulk can get tiresome as well.

  13. Robyn
    January 7, 2023 / 3:12 am

    Thank you for all your suggestions and I appreciate how you include colors for all color palettes. Banana Republic Outlet has non-wool sweaters. They are called the Forever Sweater, I have a gray one from last spring. May I also suggest the men’s and boy’s departments. They often have a better selection of non-wool alternatives, the fits are more classic-less trend focused, and the quality is often better.

  14. Terry
    January 10, 2023 / 7:10 am

    Thank you Susan for this great information on non-wool sweaters. Can you tell me the length of the French Connection sweater as it is not listed on their site. Thank you.

    • Susan Blakey
      January 10, 2023 / 8:39 am

      Hi Terry, the length of the back of the sweater (size Small) is 19-1/2″

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