The Best Lightweight Sweaters for Women

The Best Lightweight Sweaters for Women

The best lightweight sweater for women can give you an extra layer for work in an overly air-conditioned office or when you need something to keep you warm on a chilly summer light. They are also a great choice in transitional weather when you aren’t quite sure what to wear.

There are a lot of beautiful, lightweight pullovers out there, so we have rounded up a few of the best v-neck and crewneck designs in relaxed, flattering fits that you will love from high-quality brands that you trust.

3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Lightweight Sweater

Fabric– All thin and lightweight fabrics aren’t created equally. If you are looking for a warm-weather option, look for cotton or mostly cotton fabric blends that will give you coverage but not make you overheat. If you are looking for a thin sweater that will keep you comfortable on cold days, look for a lightweight yet warm wool-like merino or cashmere.

Design– You can get thin styles in all of the common sweater designs, so things to consider when shopping is whether you want the pullover to be fitted or not fitted, where the hem will fall at the waist (the length), and the style of the neck (v-neck, crew, scoop).

Quality– Due to the thin nature of the material, some lightweight sweaters may not be as durable as you are used to with certain types of clothes. They may be more likely to snag or get holes depending on how they are laundered. If this is a concern for you, you may want to look for lightweight fabrics that are also known to be durable. Merino tends to have relatively strong fibers, and certain types of acrylic or polyester may help with durability if they are included in the fabric blend.

We have found beautiful cotton-blend sweaters if you want a breathable option for warmer weather. We have also thrown into our list a few lightweight types of wool, like merino, that will keep you warm without the bulk that women love for being neither too light but not heavy.

Scroll down to see a few of the best lightweight sweaters that are the closet staples you need for work or fun.

Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Crewneck or V-Neck Sweater

The Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Crewneck in sand color


The Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Crewneck or V-Neck Sweater is an inexpensive, lightweight style made from a soft and comfy cotton-modal-poly blend fabric. It has a looser fit through the body, making it super versatile, so it looks good tucked in, with leggings, dressed up, dressed down. The looser fit also helps to ensure you feel comfy.

It comes in a great color selection (11 solid colors and 4 striped designs). Reviewers find it good quality, well-made, and describe it as thin and not bulky, but it still keeps them warm.

Available from Amazon

J. Jill Arbor V-Neck Sweater

J. Jill Arbor V-Neck Sweater in navy

The J. Jill Arbor V-Neck Sweater is a soft, light sweater made from a cotton blend material that works well as a seasonal transition sweater when temperatures are shifting. Shoppers love to wear this v-neck with jeans or dress pants and love the colors that it comes in.

The fabric has a little bit of stretch and the design is a regular mid-length that is neither too long nor too short. Some women find the design a little more fitted than expected and end up going up a size- so if you are interested in this style, be sure to read the sizing recommendations.

Available from J. Jill

Madewell Lightweight Sweaters

Lightweight sweater from Madewell

Madewell usually has some great lightweight sweaters that vary depending on the year. Often they are patterned or colorful, or both and come with Madewells excellent quality and workmanship.

Available from Nordstrom

Banana Republic Seamless Merino Crew-Neck Sweater in Responsible Wool

Super pretty Banana Republic Seamless Merino Crew-Neck Sweater in Responsible Wool

Banana Republic’s Seamless Merino Crew-Neck Sweater is a  lovely classic style made from unbelievably soft merino wool.  Like most of Banana Republic’s sweaters, it feels well made and good quality. The colors it comes in make it a perfect choice for spring, and the styling is classic so that you can wear it year-round, but it isn’t intended for very cold weather.

The fit is somewhat close to your body, so order a size up if you want a loose fit. Since the fabric is thin, you can wear this style under a blazer or just on its own. This is a wonderfully luxurious and elegant option that makes it a great choice.

Available from Banana Republic

Naadam Lightweight Mockneck Sweater

Naadam Lightweight Mockneck Sweater


Naadam Lightweight Mockneck Sweater is a polished style made from a silky-soft silk-cashmere blend that would be excellent for the office. The design is a slim fit that is very flattering and comfortable.

The fabric blend is 85% silk and 15% cashmere, and since both are natural insulators, this is a great option when you want to be warm but don’t want a lot of bulk.  Reviewers describe this as soft, thin, and feminine light, comfortable, beautiful, pleasant to wear. The weight is perfect for spring, fall, and cool summer days, as well as cold-weather layers.

Available from Naadam

Everlane The Organic Cotton Crewneck Sweater

Striped Everlane The Organic Cotton Crewneck Sweater

Everlane’s Organic Cotton Crewneck Sweater is a super lightweight choice that is great for spring, and it would probably be good for cool summer evenings as well.

This is a well-constructed basic sweater that could be dressed up with a skirt or nice pair of pants or down with a pair of jeans. The organic cotton makes this really breathable and comfy to wear. If you are looking for a  simple, elegant, and classic style, this could be the sweater for you.

Available from Everlane

I just wanted to mention if you are a fan of men’s sweaters. There are a few in our post for men’s lightweight sweaters that were very popular with women. Check out the Old Navy, Uniqlo, and Banana Republic picks if you love an oversized fit or look in your sweaters.

Molly London