As far as budget sweaters sweaters go (people have mentioned H&M, gap, etc.) I was actually pleasantly surprised with a regular merino vneck I got from Express, a shitty mall store, of all places. I bought it way before I found SF and started learning how shitty mall clothes are etc. but I've had it for about 2 years now and I'd say it's on par with the ones I also have from jcrew. fits better than the ones from jcrew or gap, too. no opinion on H&M since we don't have one.