Our Warm, Snuggly, All-Encompassing Guide To Embracing Cozy Style

Now that it’s November, we’re getting used to the feeling of waking up in the morning and checking the weather with mixed emotions. On one hand, seeing a Fahrenheit measurement hovering around 40 degrees — maybe with a little snow or rain icon dancing next to it — might cause you to groan and smash the snooze button with a vengeance. Or, if you thrive on chilly temps, you’re hopping out of the bed and pulling on your merino wool leggings like it ain’t no thing.

No matter where one falls on the enthusiasm spectrum, we can all agree on one thing: the time for layering up with the softest, fuzziest, and most insulating fabrics that money can buy is now — and we want to know what all of our options are before dropping coin on a pricey cashmere pullover. From smooth-to-the-touch lyocell to deep-pile shearling that will swallow you alive, we’ve laid out all of the comfiest, coziest fabrics that you can look out for this season. So settle in and prepare to snuggle up with our handy-dandy guide to cozy.

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Cozy Phase 1: Lyocell

Lyocell — also called Tencel or modal — is silky-smooth and strong, a perfect choice for a lighter-weight layer that’s still skin-friendly. (It‘s also made from recycled wood pulp, making it a top-notch sustainable option.

Ninety Percent Stretch-Tencel dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Allbirds Trino™ Tubers, $, available at Allbirds

Mae Modal Blend Miwi Jogger Pant, $, available at Amazon

Cozy Phase 2: Suede

Suede — leather’s cozier cousin — is simply made from underside of the hide, which bears a signature hairy, sturdy finish. Sure, we love leather’s suppleness, but suede’s added extra-soft hand helps cement its place in our ultimate coziness guide. 

And Other Stories Belted Suede Workwear Jacket, $, available at And Other Stories

Kenneth Cole Reaction Suede OTK Boots, $, available at Zappos

Shegul Ava Suede Pant, $, available at CoEdition

Cozy Phase 3: Velvet

This slinky, lustrous fiber is a fall-and-winter must have, providing both comfort and elegance in the same luxurious package.

Year of Ours Velvet Football Legging, $, available at Free People

Norma Kamali Cropped Stretch-Velvet Jumpsuit, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Lulus Jacinda Teal Blue Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress, $, available at Lulus

Cozy Phase 4: Chenille

Shopping team proclamation: this velvety-meets-silky spun ’90s knit is long overdue for a comeback. (You heard it here first.) Help us make this happen by investing in a cozy chenille sweater this season.

H&M Chenille Sweater, $, available at H&M

Out From Under Out From Under Snow Day Chenille Lounge Short, $, available at Urban Outfitters

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Oversized Chenille High Neck Sweater, $, available at Verishop

Cozy Phase 5: Wool

Possibly the most OG of all the cozy fabrics, this insulating fiber is the first thing we reach for when the temperatures begin to dip. Looks for washed, blended, or brushed wools if you're looking for high cozy/low scratchy.

Sperry Saltwater Quilted Wool, $, available at Zappos

ModCloth Prim Class Hero Midi Skirt, $, available at ModCloth

Coyuchi Sierra Climate Beneficial Wool Mittens, $, available at Coyuchi

Cozy Phase 6: Cashmere

Some might call this luxurious fiber GOAT — either because it is actually the greatest of all time, or because it’s made from goat hair. (Baaa.) It’s finer than wool and about one million times as soft. It can be pricy, but it‘s worthwhile to splurge on this premium fiber to ensure you’re getting the best possible quality.

J.Crew Long-sleeve everyday cashmere crewneck dress, $, available at J.Crew

Everlane The ReCashmere Stroopwafel Turtleneck, $, available at Everlane

Beklina Cashmere Socks Stripes, $, available at Beklina

Cozy Phase 7: Alpaca

We’re obsessed with this camel relative based on looks alone — with an inquisitive lil’ face, perky ears, long neck, and short legs, it resembles a cartoon being engineered strictly for meme-dom. However, an alpaca’s hair is also super-soft, strong, and warm; and makes a great hypoallergenic alternative to wool.

Lunya Cozy Pima Alpaca Pant, $, available at Lunya

COS Alpaca Blend Cable Hat, $, available at COS

Wray Gorges Sweater, $, available at Wray

Cozy Phase 8: Sherpa and Fleece

A cruelty-free alternative to shearling, synthetic sherpa and fleece is dominating outerwear this season. Whether you’re looking at a pair of fleece-lined boots or a get-lost-in-it teddy overcoat, this material ranks high on the cozy hierarchy.

Everlane The ReNew Teddy Liner, $, available at Everlane

Sandy Liang Rory Camo Print Fleece Jacket, $, available at Nordstrom

Madewell Sherpa-Lined Corduroy Swing Chore Coat, $, available at Madewell

Cozy Phase 9: Faux Fur

Sky’s the limit with this engineered shag — it comes in all colors and densities for maximum comfort (and coolness). We’re the lookout for the hairiest options we can find that will give our appendages the appearance of being eaten alive by a fur-monster. (It’s a lewk, okay?)

Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide, $, available at Zappos

Scoop Vegan Fur Leopard Printed Coat, $, available at Walmart

Free People Faux Fur Cardi, $, available at Free People

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