9 Ways To Wear A Crew Neck Sweater

Characterized by its close-fitting round neck, the crew neck sweater makes a great piece for layering with shirts and accessories because the neckline won’t compete with the other pieces the way a turtleneck or mock neck sweater might.

The round neckline was first used in tshirts for navy sailors and  sweatshirts for rowing teams (the crew) for comfort and function, but like many items of function, it became a mark of fashion over the years. You can find a crew neck on pullover shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters and even dresses.

Odds are you have a crew neck sweater in your closet. It’s a winter staple and a versatile piece for creating countless winter outfits, and in lighter weight knits, it’s perfect for fall and spring too.

If you’ve gotten bored with it or have exhausted ideas for wearing a crew neck sweater, check out these nine crew neck sweater outfits.

Wear A Crew Neck Sweater Over a Button Up Shirt

Not every button up will with work with every sweater, so this will take some trial and error to achieve a smooth look. A fitted button up will work better than an oversized one and a thicker sweater or a cable knit sweater with texture will more easily hide any lumps underneath.

For a smart and polished work wear outfit, wear a crew neck sweater over a button up shirt. A crisp white button up, French blue or blue striped button up make particularly professional crew neck sweater outfits.

This is also likely a go to look if you prefer menswear inspired or androgynous looks.

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Take the same concept and create a casual off duty look by layering a crew neck sweater over a plaid button up shirt and couple them with grey jeans and ankle boots. For an even more casual weekend look, don’t tuck the plaid shirt and let it hang out below the hem of the sweater.

Pair Your Sweater With A Pencil Skirt

An ensemble of a crew neck sweater and pencil skirt finished off with pumps will create another smart office outfit. Accessorize with some delicate jewelry.

This used to be one of my “go-to” outfits for work when skirts were practical for my day. A smooth medium weight sweater is preferred for tucking into a skirt.

crew neck sweater and pencil skirt outfit
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Pair a crew neck sweater with jeans

This off-duty combination of a camel crewneck sweater and white skinny jeans is extremely easy to put together in seconds, making you look awesome and prepared for anything without spending too much time scouring through your wardrobe. Finish it off with snakeskin or leopard flats.

Come spring, swap the neutral camel sweater for a bright color sweater.

camel crew neck sweater with white jeans winter outfit

Sweater- JCrew Factory; jeans- NYDJ; similar; loafers- Steve Madden; headband- Amazon

Go for a classic (and currently trendy) look with a cable knit sweater.

A cable knit sweater is a classic must have, and cable knit is extremely popular this year.

Team up your cable knit sweater with corduroy for added texture.

cable knit sweater with corduroy pants

Sweater- Gap; purse- Amazon; boots Amazon; hat- Forever21; necklace- Target

Add some color or interest to the plain neck of a crew neck sweater with a scarf.

This crew neck sweater outfit is easy to pull off and easy to level up with a scarf. Add your favorite ankle booties.

bright pink fuschia crew neck sweater.

Sweater; jeans; scarf; similar boots; belt

Layer over a dress.

Add some cool vibes by teaming up the look with lug sole boots. The ruffle neck top of this dress looks so sweet peeking out from the crew neck.

Dress- Amazon; boots-Amazon; sweater- Amazon

Layer a crew neck sweater under a blazer for another polished office outfit.

Consider adding some color to your work wear with your sweater and finish off the outfit with some fun patterned shoes. You can pull this off with chunkier sweaters and ovesized blazers, but I find that wearing a sweater under a blazer works best with a thinner, smoother sweater. Try the JCrew Factory teddy sweater or the Worthington sweaters from JCPenney.

While most blazes will work, a wool blend blazer or heavier weight like a houndstooth or tweed also pairs nicely with the texture of sweaters.

crew neck sweater office outfit

Sweater- JCrew Factory; pants- Ann Taylor; blazer- JCrew Factory; shoes- similar

Drape a crew neck sweater over your shoulders for cool vibes.

This also makes a great way to carry an extra layer with you for fluctuating temperatures. Cross tying the sweater over your torso has also become trendy.

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Layer a longer tee or blouse under your sweater, like Audrey does.

You can find several examples of this over at Putting Me Together. It’s a great way to layer for warmth without being too bulky.

Go with a striped tee like the outfit below, or opt for a solid white or grey tee and let the hem of the tee hang out from the bottom of the sweater.


Are crew necks flattering?

This style of neckline will draw attention to your face and neck. It will also accentuate your bust and widen your shoulders. It’s better suited for small frame petites, those will small busts and long necks.

That’s not to say that you can’t wear one if you fit those profiles. Wear it in your best color, or wear something that draws the line down, like color on the bottom. Show off your legs with that sweater and pencil skirt outfit if your legs are your best feature.

How should a crew neck sweater fit?

That’s a matter of personal preference with all of the oversized fits available, but ideally a crew neck sweater should fall just below the belt line and the shoulder seams should come to the spot where your shoulder bone ends. The sleeves should end at the base of your thumb or a little shorter if you want a cuff or another shirt to peek out.

How do you accessorize a crew neck sweater?

As already discussed, the crew neck doesn’t compete much so you can accessorize any way you want. If the round neck is making your face look rounder, choose a pair of longer, dangle earrings.

Don’t wear a round earring. Tuck the front of your sweater and add a belt to highlight a fabulous waistline. This neckline is perfect for wearing with scarves.


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