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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that sweaters are my favorite part of Fall. If I could wear a sweater every single day, I would be the happiest person on earth. But because seasons don’t actually work that way and because global warming has extended Summer through almost all of September, I am stuck staring at virtual sweaters online and telling everyone which to wear.

Sweaters come in all different shapes and sizes and price ranges and it’s hard to really wrap your head around where to start. The best way to really get the most out of your sweater is to know what you’re paying for. Whether it’s the label sewn into the collar or what it’s actually made of, finding the perfect sweater for you is all about filtering out what you want and don’t want and going from there. You can literally find sweaters for every price, material, and shape.

Here are a few sweaters in every price range for you to gawk over and then potentially purchase.

(Related: 4 Ways To Wear A Sweater In The Summer Without Overheating)

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Sweaters that fall in this price range can be a bit hit-or-miss. When it comes to knitwear with a cheaper price tag, the risk of looking cheap is high. The best things to do are to look for neutral colors in a baggier silhouette (the cheaper the piece, the easier it is for the fit to be bad). Also, try a turtleneck or mock turtleneck, which done right, can look extremely chic, regardless of price.

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I usually aim to find sweaters in this range, especially at places like Forever21 and H&M because even though it’s still affordable, this is on the higher-end for the fast fashion retailers. Aim for patterns, especially stripes and plaids, or trendy colors (like Camel) because even though they’re great for during this years’ fashion trends, they can easily transition through the year.

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This price range is really one of two things. Either you’re paying for the quality of material, usually merino wool or cashmere, or you’re getting a designer label on sale. I chose a mixture of both because there’s no shame in buying a label you follow. Go for a mostly neutral sweater with one thing that takes it to the next level, whether it be the material, an embellishment, or a kitschy saying.

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Alright, so if you’re going to sink your paycheck into a sweater at this price, you’re most likely buying it for the label. And there’s nothing wrong with that, really! As I said before, there’s no shame in buying a label because if you love the label, you’ll take care of whatever you buy from it. A sweater is no different. Choose one that’s either really unique, or one that you can wear with a bunch of different outfits. That will make it worth the price tag.

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If you’re willing to spend this much money on a sweater, then more power to ya. My advice for someone wanting to buy a piece of knitwear that’s worth more than half my month’s rent, is to really go for it. Get something a little weird, a little out there. Find a piece that you immediate say “Hey, I think I saw that on a Style Blog and I’m pretty sure Bill Cunningham took the photo.” (I don’t have a tip for this price range because it is just unattainable to me, TBH, but a girl can dream.)

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