I Live in New York and My Warmest Winter Sweaters Are from This Inexpensive Store
As someone who was born, raised, and currently still resides in New York, I honestly can't picture myself living anywhere else. The people, the scenery, the food, the energy (even in the middle of a pandemic); there's a lot to love about all five boroughs and beyond — but the cold is not on my list. I'm that person who carries around an emergency cardigan on a 90-degree day (just in case!), so once the winter rolls around, I get pretty passionate about finding warm coats and clothes, hoping to keep myself from feeling the biting, almost painful chill.
Please keep all of this in mind when I tell you that, if you're looking for a warm winter sweater, you should hit up & Other Stories.
To be honest, I became a fan of this store completely by accident. Sure, a ton of fashion editors shop there, and the brand is always on top of the hottest trends, selling items similar to those spotted on the runway without the thousand-dollar price tags. But, the reason I finally took out my wallet and made a purchase? I wore the wrong thing to the office on a pre-fall day, and was suddenly freezing. I popped in, bought a sweater, and the next thing you know, my life was changed.
Out of everything I own — including well-made vintage — & Other Stories sweaters have been the only ones that actually keep the cold air out, and have even made me sweat in the middle of a snowstorm. To be honest, I'm not even sure of the secret here, although it might have something to do with fact that these pieces are partially made of polyamide, a fabric that offers low breathability. Still, it's not just the store's knits that I swear by. I own some long-sleeved T-shirts from there that are also insanely warm and thick, and could easily take the place of a light jacket during transitional weather.
Aside from keeping my teeth from chattering, & Other Stories is great at giving its customers plenty of color options, and more often than not, a cute, fun, must-have piece will ring up under $100. At times, the stuff seems like more of an investment — it's a bit less budget-friendly than, say, a Zara or a great Amazon find — but, by sticking with the classics and my own personal aesthetic, I've been able to hold onto these items for years at this point. For me, it ends up being worth it.