11 Gilmore Girls-Inspired Sweaters Straight From the Closets of Lorelai and Rory

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Rory Gilmore wearing a white cable knit sweater


October marks the anniversary of the Gilmore Girls premiere, when we met one of TV's best mother-daughter duos, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. If you've ever seen the show or heard talk about it, you probably know that this iconic pair is famous for their fast-paced conversations, endless coffee consumption, and enviable style. Both characters take eclectic dressing to a new level by mixing pieces we wouldn't normally think of putting together—but they make it work. And given the show takes place primarily in the fall and winter in fictional Connecticut town Stars Hollow, we have endless Gilmore Girls sweaters to take inspiration from when building our fall wardrobes. Whether you're a tried-and-true fan or simply looking for seasonal knitwear inspiration, we rounded up 11 of the most iconic sweaters Lorelai and Rory Gilmore ever wore, from the iconic white cable knit to colorful, cozy designs galore.

Barbiecore Turtleneck

Lorelai Gilmore wears a fuchsia turtleneck sweater, low ponytail, and minimal makeup look


Lorelai was ahead of the times with this one. In true Barbiecore fashion, add some color to your fall wardrobe with a cozy fuchsia turtleneck. Style it with a pair of dark wash jeans and booties to complete the look.

White House Black Market Long-Sleeved Ribbed Turtleneck sweater in Baie fuchsia color
White House Black Market Long-Sleeve Ribbed Turtleneck $85.00

Pumpkin Spice Sweater

Rory Gilmore wears an ombre burnt orange sweater, ponytail hairstyle with ribbon, and stud earrings


If you're looking to embody quintessential fall in a sweater, look no further. Rory's ombré gradient sweater features hues of copper and brown, making for the perfect fall look. She completed her festive ensemble with a matching ribbon in her hair.

Bella Dahl Slouchy Sweater in chocolate ombre
Bella Dahl Slouchy Sweater $163.00

Minimalistic Neutrals

Lorelai Gilmore wears a neutral turtleneck rib knit sweater and curled hairstyle


Lorelai wasn't much of a minimalist—we all know she had a penchant for putting together some wacky outfits—but she kept it simple with this one, which we immediately want to add to our fall wardrobes. In this sweater, the Gilmore Girl looks polished and put-together for another day at the Dragonfly Inn. To embrace a neutral color palette, style a similar knit with a light brown slip skirt and coordinating loafers.

Re Ona Slouchy Sweater in vanilla
Re Ona Slouchy Sweater $188.00

Pretty in Purple

Rory Gilmore wears a gray and purple patterned v-neck sweater and black headband


It can be intimidating to work prints into your wardrobe, but if you take a page from Rory Gilmore's sweater playbook, she makes it look simple. Take this gray and purple v-neck, for example: It's very understated while still adding dimension to a classic sweater.

House of Bruar Shetland Laurel Crew in purple
House of Bruar Shetland Laurel Crew $120.00

Ombré Effect

Lorelai Gilmore wears a red and pink sweater with ombre stripes


This fiery red and pink sweater was very on trend and very Y2K of Lorelai. I vividly remember a sweater I wore in middle school resembling this almost identically. Fast forward, and brands like Ulla Johnson have elevated early 2000s trends with a current spin. If you're looking to add color to your wardrobe in a fresh and fearless way, this does just that. Style it with your favorite denim, and tie the bright hues into some colorful heels.

Ulla Johnson Rosalia Gradient Sweater in sunset colors
Ulla Johnson Rosalia Gradient Sweater $390.00

Rory's Iconic White Sweater

Rory Gilmore wears an oversized white cable knit sweater and backpack


Fashion goes full circle, and a new wave of fans are discovering Gilmore Girls and falling in love with Rory's iconic white fisherman's sweater from the pilot episode. It's timeless and has major L.L. Bean catalog energy, so we're totally here for it.

Aelfric Eden Woven Pattern Knit Sweater in khaki off-white
Aelfric Eden Woven Pattern Knit Sweater $60.00

Tomato Girl Fall

Lorelai Gilmore wears a red turtleneck sweater and red lipstick


If you didn't have enough reasons to admire Lorelai Gilmore, her confident ability to rock any color is a major plus. Not to mention, she was ahead of the times on yet another buzzy trend: the scarlet shade that's taken over for fall following "tomato girl summer." Pictured here having dinner at her parents' house, Lorelai wears a striking scarlet turtleneck that coordinates perfectly with her red lipstick. This look is really easy to emulate—you just need a good pair of black pants and your favorite red lip.

Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Cashmere Turtleneck in true red
Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Cashmere Turtleneck $398.00

Royal Blue

Rory Gilmore wears a navy blue rib knit sweater and low ponytail hairstyle


Royal blue is associated with regal energy, symbolizing confidence and strength. Not quite a navy, but also not a neon, royal blue is a beautiful, rich color for a fall sweater that will have you looking and feeling like your most confident self.

Banana Republic Atiena Alpaca-Blend Sweater in cobalt blue
Banana Republic Atiena Alpaca-Blend Sweater $150.00

Wintry Fair Isle

Rory Gilmore wears a black and white fair isle sweater with teal t-shirt underneath


If you're a Gilmore Girls fan, you know Lorelai and Rory's favorite time of year was winter, specifically when it snowed. True to their love of everything snowy and magical was Rory's fair isle sweater, a trend that's currently having a major resurgence for après-ski. To elevate a fair isle zip-up, style it with a fitted tank and black mini skirt. Tights are optional, depending on the weather and your style preference.

Naadam Fair Isle Quarter Zip in black with gray print
Naadam Fair Isle Quarter Zip $315.00

Buttoned-Up Cable Knit

Rory Gilmore wears a white cable knit cardigan and crossbody messenger bag


A good cable knit cardigan will always stand the test of time. A fan of classic styles, Rory would often rotate out hero pieces, including this button-up cardigan. Stay true to Gilmore Girls style by layering yours over a tee with baggy jeans and sneakers.

Abercrombie & Fitch Cable Short Cardigan in cream with tortoise buttons
Abercrombie & Fitch Cable Short Cardigan $80.00

Colorful Stripes

Lorelai Gilmore hugs Rory while wearing a multicolored striped sweater and carrying a pizza box


Lorelai's taste for the colorful and chaotic is ideal if you're looking for ways to bring some fun to your cold-weather wardrobe—we love the energy of this multicolored striped sweater that she wore in season three. With color blocking a major trend for upcoming seasons, you're sure to get lots of wear out of a Gilmore Girls-inspired sweater in whatever palette sparks joy for you.

Victor Glemaud Striped Crew Neck Sweater in blue, orange, yellow, and black
Victor Glemaud Striped Crew Neck Sweater $495.00

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