The Only Thing I Want to Buy For Fall 2020 Is a Clown Sweater

Samantha Sutton
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Any time the temperature dips below a certain degree, my whole personality begins to change. Rather than daydreaming about barbecues and beach days, I suddenly feel the urge to grab a fluffy blanket, drink something warm, and watch a Halloween movie. And then, of course, comes the fall shopping.

While I highly doubt I'll be getting much use out of jeans this season, there is one essential that I know I can wear from anywhere, even the couch: cozy, comfy, cute sweaters. My Etsy cart is slowly filling up with fabulous vintage finds, and I recently noticed that many of the options I'm digging all include a ruffled collar.

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Courtesy A recent vintage sweater purchase of mine, from viralthreads on Etsy.

In many ways, this look goes along with my love of clown-like pieces — polka-dot prints, balloon sleeves, lots of vibrant colors, etc. — and after looking at photos of actual clown costumes, I realized my new obsession is literally a Clown Sweater. It's the same collar and everything.

Getty Images A nice clown wearing a ruffled top, similar to my favorite sweater design.

If this newfound love of Clown Sweaters sounds a little random, I understand. But in reality, it likely subconsciously stems from a trend that I've noticed on runways and fashion influencers. Ruffled-top sweaters have slowly been creeping up on us, and Celine even included them in its Fall 2020 collection.

Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Celine Fall 2020 Runway

Clown Sweaters also tie into another emerging look that I love, the oversized collar. Earlier this year, pilgrim collars were suddenly popping up everywhere — mostly thanks to Ganni, which included them in many designs. However, with the help of a removable, frilly, or even lace option, almost any old knit can transform into a piece that's a bit more whimsical and circus-approved.

Matt Jelonek/Wire Image Ganni Fall 2020 Runway

Aside from hitting up Esty for these vintage, ruffled finds, there are also similar, more modern sweaters you can shop ahead of the cooler weather. Ahead, I've compiled a few Clown Sweaters — some more subtle than others — along with a seasonless Blanket Dress, all of which feature the same eye-catching detail.

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Marc Jacobs Frill Neck Sweater


Shop It: $275 (Originally $550);

Miu Miu Sweater


Shop It: $590;

Warehouse Sweater With Ruffles in Black


Shop It: $47 (Originally $73);

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Ruffled Collar Jumper


Shop It: $710;

J.Crew Ruffle Mockneck Sweater with Pointelle Stitch


Shop It: $80;

Victoria, Victoria Beckham Ruffled Metallic Ribbed-Knit Sweater


Shop It: $355;

ELOQUII Ruffle Neck Top


Shop It: $37 (Originally $75);

H&M Collared Sweatshirt


Shop It: $25;

Zelie For She Dreaming in the Clouds Dress


Shop It: $159;