When the winter season arrives most people get engrossed in the hype of shopping for proper winter wear. Whether you call it a sweater, jumper, knit or cardigan doesn’t change the fact that it is the winter essential. Knitwear comes in so many shapes, sizes, styles and is made from a huge variety of different materials that it is hard to know what is right for your needs. Also, because winter weather clothing is often the most expensive, its hard to tell whether you’re getting a bargain for a high quality piece or a rip-off for a cheaply constructed sweater.
When purchasing sweaters for winter, or any other season, most people are attracted to cotton sweaters first. Undeniably, cotton sweaters are often inexpensive and can make for an attractive buy. They are also often very soft, and much easier to care for than wool, cashmere and even some acrylics. However, when it comes to warmth, cotton sweaters are certainly not the best pick. Cotton sweaters were originally designed to be worn during the spring and summer seasons because of the fact that they breathe well, are often lightweight and offer poor insulation.
Cold Weather Knits
Wool sweaters are the seemingly obvious choice for winter warmth. They often come in distinct varieties and blends depending on the type of wool being used, where it comes from and how organic it is. Wool sweaters can be either manufactured or handmade and vary in thickness. These sweaters have great insulation and are generally thicker than every other type of knitwear. Unlike cotton sweaters, wool retains heat and minimizes moisture; for this reason wool is also great for winter socks. Woolen sweaters absorb substantial moisture hence they are ultimate for regulating moisture in the feet.
Many people today refuse to buy synthetic fabrics, especially when it comes to knitwear. This decision is often justified in a variety of ways: most frequently excuses are used like ‘a desire for natural fibers’ and ‘a belief that natural fabrics are higher quality’. Today, however, many synthetics, specifically many acrylic knit pieces are designed to be just as high quality as natural fibers. Furthermore, acrylic fabrics don’t fray and ball the same way that natural fibers do with wear, making them the better choice in some cases. The idea that natural is better seems to be going out the window, but the idea that natural is more scarce helps natural fabrics maintain their value.
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