Winter is a time of involuntary hibernation. For those who aren't willing to embrace this forced shut-in period (aka a whole lot of people), the promises of spring can often be a little overwhelming. And while the tendency to shoot straight to summer gear is almost irresistible, there are plenty of reasons to defer to the lightweight sweater. We know, wearing more sweaters once the weather warms can seem unbearable — but you'll be thankful for the added warmth (and style) that lighter-weight, cotton-comprised sweaters will bring on those chilled spring nights. Grab these now for layering, later for wearing alone with shorts and sandals.
Your spring everyday.
Pocket Sweater With Raglan Sleeve, $37.04 at ASOS.
Stripe My Fancy
Stripes are always the way to go.
Striped Sweater With Contrast Band, $59.26 at ASOS.
Bring the best of florals and lightweight to the equation.
Crazy Daisy Crop Sweater, $68 at Nasty Gal.
Wear your fashion cred on your chest.
Kenzo "K" Logo Sweater, $355 at Barneys.
Lightening up doesn't mean you have to go soft.
Round Neck Knit, $42 at Koshka.
A punchy graphic and neat neckline is just what the designer ordered.
McQ Alexander McQueen Arrow-Intarsia Cotton-Blend Turtleneck Sweater, $495 at Net-a-Porter.
A cotton cardi with a high-fashion pedigree.
Maison Martin Margiela Oversized Leather-Trimmed Cotton Cardigan, $960 at Net-a-Porter.
Downright airy (and perfect for inventive layering).
3.1 Phillip Lim Black Translucent-Striped Sweater, $495 at SSENSE.
The perfect color for spring anticipators.
Knitted Quilted Zigzag Jumper, $64 at Topshop.
Shape (and Color) Shifter
Obsessed with the bold color and silhouette of this neat sweater.
Knitted Rib Textured Jumper, $76 at Topshop.