The best lightweight sweaters for breezy, year-round tropical travels, plus changing temps back home: stylish cardigans to easy pullovers to versatile wraps.
Last updated: September 2023
When traveling to the tropics, visions of floaty maxi dresses, wide-brim sun hats, oversized sunnies and that exceptionally flattering one-piece likely come to mind. All essentials, yes, but there’s one tropical travel staple that’s too-often overlooked: the versatile, lightweight, all-weather sweater.
That go-to throw on for when sun-kissed days turn into breezy evenings and later, windswept nights by the sea. Or when lounging about in the A/C-cooled resort lobby or dining in that indoor restaurant that’s always just a little too cold for bare shoulders. I haven’t even mentioned the inescapable in-flight draft you’re bound to experience reaching the tropics in the first place, which always calls for that elusive extra layer.
Because tropical travels can go from balmy to bitter in an instant, we’ve prepared an edit of 18 wardrobe wonders all keeping you covered amongst cyclical temps. Whether you prefer the streamlined look of an open-front cardigan or the ease of a relaxed pullover – or perhaps the versatility of an effortless wrap – these all-weather sweaters go with practically everything. Plus, wear perfectly in the midst of changing temps back home, too.
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Barefoot Dreams Nylon/Rayon CozyChic Lite Island Wrap in Taupe, $110.00
Nap Loungewear Modal/Nylon Flowy Open-Front Cardigan in Spindle, $129.00
Cupshe Polyester V-Neck Pullover Sweater in White, $37.99
Pact Organic Cotton Honeycomb Knit Open-Front Cardigan in Camel, $138.00
L*Space 100% Cotton Sun Ray Sweater in Daybreak Stripe, $119.00
PULI Viscose/Polyester Cross Front Poncho Sweater Wrap in Ginger Yellow, $38.99
Cupshe Polyester Ribbed Knit Cutout Oversized Sweater in Apricot, $26.99
Amazon Essentials Rayon/Cotton Lightweight Open-Front Cardigan in Light Caramel, $24.70
Maaji Ecovero Viscose Tropical Tango Adele Kimono, $97.00
Cupshe Acrylic Coffee Break Textured Knit Open-Front Cardigan Sweater in Grey, $39.99
L*Space Cotton/Polyester Azores Duster in Toffee, $198.00
ViX Paula Hermanny Crochet Knit Georgia Sweater, $348.00
MELIFLUOS 100% Bamboo Viscose Ruana Open Front Cape in Gray Khaki, $35.92
Pact Brushed Organic Cotton Airplane Cardigan in Mountain View, $94.00
Amazon Essentials Rayon/Cotton Lightweight Open-Front Cardigan in Grey Heather Stripe, $24.70
Nap Loungewear 100% Merino Wool Stretching Cat Jacquard Sweater, $169.00
Cupshe X Savannah Acrylic/Nylon Knit Warm Hugs Lantern Sleeve Cardigan, $31.99
ZESICA Acrylic Batwing Sleeve Open Front Chunky Knit Cardigan Sweater in Camel, $40.99