Sweaters 101

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Sweaters
Sweaters

Time to cozy up with warm fuzzy sweaters this season. Everything you need to know about sweaters and how to wear them is right here! Let us begin :

Materials

Cashmere: Perhaps, the most expensive kind of them all and yet the warmest. Cashmere sweaters are made from wool of the Kashmir goats (in India). It takes quite a few of them to make one sweater so they are more pricey. Cashmere sweaters are top notch in luxury and softness. However, great care must be taken because they’ll come apart rather easily.

Wool: Very common, durable and gentle on the sheep that they are sheared from. Wool is one of the oldest fabrics known to man. When buying a sweater, look for the maximum wool mix in the fabric. Often times, wool is mixed with cotton and synthetics to give you the shape and style you desire.

Cotton: A season-less material, a cotton sweater can take you from Fall to Winter and from Winter to Spring with ease. Care is easy and most cotton sweaters are machine washable. Cotton sweaters are great for layering up and easy on the wallet. So, you can buy different colors and let them peak in your outfits.

Styles

V necks : Very Flattering and stylish, a V-neck sweater can be styled in so many ways. Throw on a button down shirt underneath to create instant style over a pair of jeans and boots. Alternatively, you can wear a turtle-neck tee underneath and a statement necklace to make the look more dressy.

Turtle necks: Warm and chic, turtle neck sweaters are great for layering up. Should you choose a heavy woolen turtle neck, wear skinny jeans or leggings to balance the proportion. If you are bottom heavy, go for turtle necks with a high-low or asymmetrical hemline to show of your curves the right way.

Cardigans: Simply put, a cardigan is a trend-free closet staple. From boyfriend cardigans that is loose and long, worn over skinny jeans to fitted waist-length cardigans worn at work, these just don’t stop evolving. This button-down sweater looks great when layered under a blazer or over a fit-and-flare dress.

Open Front: As the name suggests, it is draped open in the front i.e. with no closures or sometimes, a button or tie rope closure for shape. This may not be the warmest but certainly a lot of style. Look for interesting drapes on the front and wear it over a fitted jacket or a blazer for a cool, casual look.

Patterns

Polka dots: Cute and pretty polka dot sweaters will take a gloomy day to a sunny day in no time. If you are top heavy, go for small polka dots. Throw on a chambray shirt underneath and roll up the sleeves for the weekend lunch with friends.

Stripes: Unless the stripes are thin, go for stripes in not more than two colors to keep the outfit about you and not the sweater. Horizontal stripes are more common than vertical so be careful when buying the right width of the stripes. The safest bet is thin but closely arranged stripes.

Christmas prints: When the best time to wear festive prints is only once or twice in a year, you may want to go for prints that aren’t so loud that you don’t get many uses. Keep the prints and colors subtle so you or whoever you gift to can wear it more often.

Care

Fold not Hang: If you hate to see your sweaters stretchy, then it could be because you are hanging them. Since sweaters are made by weaving or knitting, they will stretch when put on a hanger. So, fold them neatly and they’ll last you for a long time.

Washing and drying: Sweaters carry a lot of static electricity when out of the dryer. So, wash them in the delicate cycle and air-dry them instead. It may take a day or more to dry but it’s better than loose ends and wool frizz that dryers cause in sweaters.

Wash dark colors separately: More so important for sweaters because they will carry along the lighter threads from other garments throughout their life. So, wash dark colors separately and prevent yourself from spending time removing the threads by hand.

Sizing

For the over-sized sweaters; go for the usual size in the sweater that is branded as over-sized. When you just size up it may not have the right fit and bunch up in unflattering ways.

For all sweaters; Sweaters must match your shoulder points (ends of the shoulder-beginning of your arm) exactly. If they don’t (even slightly) it is not the right size for you.

Sleeve fit: Some thick sweaters have extra room around the elbows, and cause almost a balloon type effect on your arms. Stay away from these. Look at the sweater sleeve when you pick it up; it should fall right along the body in a straight line. If it even causes a slight curve, it is not going to look good on the person wearing it.

Buying

When stores offer sweaters in very low prices there are a couple of reasons. One, it would contain very little wool and hence provide less warmth and two, the washing care would require ‘Dry clean’ only. This implies that you’ll spend more on dry cleaning than you did on the sweater. Buy smartly and spend your money wisely. A sweater ought to keep you warm and not cause an extra chore to take care of them.

Now that you know everything there is to know about sweaters, go on the sweater shopping spree with confidence!