For centuries, mankind has relied on sweaters for winter layering and autumn-night warmth. But beyond that, they’ve been something of an afterthought. Until today.

Because today we’re celebrating the venerable garment in all of its forms by counting down the 70 greatest moments in sweaterdom—from lumpy cardigans to clingy cashmere hugging the shapely, we’ve found them all. And we’ve assembled them in full splendor.

Without further ado, the 70 greatest sweaters in the world.

1. Ugly Christmas sweaters
 

2. Mr. Rogers’s red cardigan
 

3. Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO hoodie
 

4. Charlie Brown’s yellow zigzag sweater (and its high-fashion variants)
 

5. Hand-knit-by-a-relative sweaters
 

6. Velma Dinkley’s big orange turtleneck
 

7. John Belushi’s “College” sweater
 

8. Aran sweaters
 

9. Bill Cosby’s sweaters
 

10. Ferris Bueller’s “vestigan”
 

11. Ned Flanders’s sweater
 

12. Freddy Krueger’s notorious striped sweater
 

13. The Dude’s sweater from The Big Lebowski
 

14. Any knitwear worn by James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, namesake of the cardigan
 

15. Jackie Onassis’s short-sleeved turtleneck sweater
 

16. Steve McQueen’s sweater in Bullitt
 

17. This Breakfast Club sweater
 

18. Ally Sheedy’s actual sweater in The Breakfast Club
 

19. Archer’s “tacticalneck” sweater
 

20. The thick-ribbed sweaters worn by British commandos
 

21. Cary Grant’s sweater in To Catch a Thief
 

22. The white tennis sweater
 

23. Daniel Craig’s sweater in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
 

24. “Sweater Girl” sweaters
 

25. Steve McQueen’s L.L.Bean Fisherman sweater
 

26. The Brooks Brothers cashmere V-neck that everyone’s grandfather has
 

27. Kurt Cobain’s sweater on MTV Unplugged
 

28. Paul McCartney’s Fair Isle sweater-vest in Magical Mystery Tour
 

29. The titular sweater from Weezer’s “Undone – The Sweater Song”
 

30. Hemingway’s giant roll-neck sweater
 

31. Will Ferrell’s sweater in “The Lovers” sketch on SNL
 

32. Daniel Day-Lewis’ shawl-collar cardigan in There Will Be Blood
 

33. Vampire Weekend’s sweater on the cover of SPIN
 

34. The sweater from The Three Amigos
 

35. Picasso’s Saint James striped sweater
 

36. JFK’s sailing crewneck sweater
 

37. Doug Funnie’s green sweater-vest
 

38. Chandler Bing’s loose black sweater-vest
 

39. Morrissey’s cardigan
 

40. Dick Van Dyke’s entire line of sweaters
 

41. The man’s sweater in the Irish Spring commercials
 

42. Your sweater that your girlfriend looks cute wearing
 

43. Carlton Banks’s over-the-shoulders sweater
 

44. Anyone in the ’80s’ knotted-over-the-shoulders sweater
 

45. The Happy Days letterman sweater
 

46. Liv Tyler’s sweater in Empire Records
 

47. Elvis’s cable-knit sweater in Jailhouse Rock
 

48. The sweater that is a hairy actor’s chest hair
 

49. Alicia Silverstone’s sweater-vest in Clueless
 

50. Waldo’s sweater
 

51. Any sweater Christina Hendricks wears on Mad Men
 

52. Marilyn Monroe’s sweaters

53. Faye Dunaway’s sweater in Bonnie and Clyde
 

54. These Apple sweaters
 

55. Michael Schoeffling’s Sixteen Candles sweater
 

56. This sweater Madonna’s wearing
 

57. The J.Press Shaggy Dog sweater
 

58. The What About Bob? sweater
 

59. Sharon Stone’s sweater-dress
 

60. Cousin Eddie’s sweater in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
 

61. Will Ferrell’s Mugatu sweater
 

62. Jennifer Beals’s Flashdance sweater
 

63. All of Bea Arthur’s Golden Girls sweaters
 

64. Kramer’s “Feeling Good All the Time” sweater
 

65. Nick Hoult’s A Single Man sweater
 

66. Dirty Harry’s red sweater-vest
 

67. Steve Urkel’s argyle sweater
 

68. Harry Potter’s “H” sweater
 

69. Jeff Spicoli’s Fast Times Baja sweater
 

70. Notorious B.I.G.’s Coogi sweater
 

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar