The Polo Collar Sweater Is Back for Round 2, and It’s Even Better Than Last Year

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Few things are certain in life, but at this very moment in time, it’s very, very likely that your go-to brand has a polo collar sweater in their lineup...again. Last fall, everyone from Madewell to Everlane to Club Monaco to J. Crew to Reformation had their own version of this posh knit—some with three buttons, some with none, some in cashmere some in cozy cable knit. And now, it’s back for round two. But to be honest, we’re really not that surprised.

Frequent Zoom calls and working from home are still the norm for many people, and it’s still unclear when those trends will (finally) come to an end. This collared style looks professional and polished on camera while also being supremely comfy, for a true win-win combination. However, it’s also a major nod to the Lacoste polo trend of the early aughts—and we all know how much fashion loves a nostalgia moment.

Regardless, this style is super easy to wear with high-rise blue denim, the leggings that have become like a second-skin to you or even the spangly sequin skirt you plan to wear for upcoming holiday celebrations. Here, 12 of our fave polo collar sweaters to buy this winter.

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naadam polo collar sweater

1. Naadam Recycled Cashmere Open Neck Polo

If we’re being totally honest, we’re not sure what we love more: the loose, casual cut of this knit or the fact that it comes in three covetable colors. Plus, since it’s made with 100 percent cashmere—including 70 percent recycled cashmere—it’s not too hard to justify that price tag.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

reformation polo sweater

2. Reformation Cashmere Polo Sweater

If you are, however, looking for a cropped style, look no further than Reformation. Available in a lush caramel, charcoal gray and olive green, this particular polo is the type you’ll want to wear out. Seriously, just add leather pants.

Available in sizes XS to XL

madewell polo collar sweater

3. Madewell Carrabelle Polo Cardigan Sweater

Last year was all about the pullover, but in 2021 we’re seeing more and more collar-adorned cardigans. This super-cozy Madewell number is just the right amount of oversize, plus it also comes in a rich burgundy hue too.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

monki polo collar sweater

4. Monki Vera Ribbed Melange Polo Cardigan

This thin lilac knit works best as a chic top tucked into some high-waist jeans or a pleated skirt. Of course, you could also layer it over a silky cami and some skinny jeans for a night out instead.

Available in sizes XS to XL

everlane polo collar sweater

5. Everlane The Cashmere Collared Sweater

True, this collar isn’t quite a polo cut, but it looks incredibly polished with zero effort. In fact, we might just splurge and pick up all five colors—one for each day of the workweek.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

jcrew polo collar sweater
J. Crew

6. J. Crew Collared Cashmere Sweater

This button-up knit comes in four gorgeous colors, though we’re partial to the bubblegum pink for an unexpected pop against your other autumnal neutrals. It also has an ample front pocket where you can slip your iPhone if you’re running out to the store sans handbag.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

asos gray rib polo collar sweater

7. Asos Design Sweater With Polo Neck In Rib

The ribbed texture makes this knit look far more expensive than it really is. Plus, the gray heather hue goes equally well with black suiting as it does with distressed light-wash denim.

Available in sizes 0 to 14

target ava and viv polo collar sweater

8. Ava & Viv Split Neck Pullover Sweater

Combine two of the greatest fall trends, one old, one new, with a pumpkin spice colored pullover. Oh, and did we mention there are matching knit pants?

Available in sizes X to 4X

jonathan simkhai polo collar sweater

9. Jonathan Simkhai Jasmine Alpaca Polo Top

If you’re willing to spend a little extra, we highly suggest splurging on this alpaca wool knit. The combo of an exaggerated collar, ribbing and dots around the neck makes for a super interesting look despite being monochrome in color. Amp up those icy blue vibes by wearing winter white on bottom and accessorizing with silver jewelry.

Available in sizes XS to L

babaton polo collar sweater

10. Babaton Emporia Cardigan

This chocolatey brown cardi is adorable on its own, but add in the matching cable knit dress and you’ve got yourself the ultimate comfy, cozy holiday party look you can also wear for weekend lounging.

Available in sizes XXS to L

asos stripe polo collar sweater

11. Asos Design Boxy Sweater With Collar In Space Dye In Blue

You know what helps combat winter blues? Cozy clothing items that bring us joy. Which is exactly how we’d describe this periwinkle striped number from ASOS Design. We’ll be wearing ours with loose, relaxed jeans, just like the model did.

Available in sizes 0 to 14

bdg polo collar sweater
Urban Outfitters

12. Bdg Zephyr Pullover Polo Sweater

A simple waffle knit isn’t exactly exciting. But add in some contrasting tortoiseshell buttons and a splash of bright turquoise around the collar and suddenly you’re singing a different tune. (P.S. there are also four other fun colors to choose from.)

Available in sizes XS to XL



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