When it comes to a sweater, as with most other things, you get what you pay for. However, it’s not unheard of for high-end designer goods to be manufactured of subpar materials and adorned with little more than an embroidered logo. Rather than becoming bogged down in the weeds of specifics, bear in mind the following: It is more expensive to use natural fabrics like wool or cotton, but they also tend to last longer than man-made fibres like acrylic. Will they fall apart quickly after a few wears? Is the zipper prone to catching on the fabric of the sweaters? Ensure that the buttons are stitched in place. In addition, make sure you spend as much money as you can afford and keep all of your receipts.
Types of Sweaters
- Sheep and goat hair are the most common sources of wool, but it also includes the hair of alpacas, llamas, and other exotic animals. If you’re looking for a sweater that can keep you warm in the harshest situations, search for wool.
- An exceedingly finely knit garment that borders on (or can be) a t-shirt, merino is made from the wool of merino sheep.
- Cashmere Sweater: Mongolian goats are used to produce this luxuriously silky yarn.
- When it comes to a cotton sweater, you’ll find it best suited for late spring and early summer layering. Mixing texture and gloss with linen or hemp can add texture and gloss.
- There aren’t many Silk Sweaters around since they are made from moth cocoons sacrificed to create luxurious materials. They are commonly used in combination with other materials, such as cotton or wool because they are prone to deformation. It is possible, however, for them to be warm and comfy while visually appealing and vibrant.
- When it comes to keeping a sweater in shape, acrylic is a terrific option. In addition, it’s a terrific bargain, and it’s easy to care for. A few years can cause it to pill, especially where there is constant friction, such as when the arms come into contact with one’s body.
- Stretch fabric, such as lycra or spandex. Adding a small amount of fabric to a sweater makes it easier to put on and take off and more comfortable moving in.
Keeping a Sweater in Top Shape
Investing in a new sweater means you’ll want to treat it well. Here are a few simple guidelines.
- Sweaters don’t need to be washed all that often. Using a chair or other flat surface, hang it over the back of the chair and let it air out overnight.
- Most sweaters may be hand-washed in a basin with a little soap if needed (dish detergent usually works best). Rinse the soap out with care, but be sure to get all of it out. A mild cycle in the washing is even an option for some of these (read the care instructions). Using a thick towel, lay it out flat to dry. To get the cloth back to its normal shape, you may need to press or block it lightly. Take it to dry cleaning if you’re unsure.
- Sweaters should not be hung on any kind of hanger. It will stretch, and the hanger will leave an imprint on the shoulders. Your shoulders will develop horns, and you’ll look ridiculous.
- When storing a sweater, make a clean rectangle by folding them in thirds lengthwise and folding the arms along the edges. Half-fold the rectangle to create a square.
- Put the sweater away in a closet or on a shelf. During the off-season, put your clean sweater in a non-airtight container and keep them out of direct sunlight.