Although they are an important part of our fall/ winter wardrobe, the sweaters are not always getting the attention they deserve. A good quality sweater can add grace and sophistication to an outfit and it will also keep you warm and comfy.
When it comes to buying a sweater, the fabric is the element to choose carefully, even before the color or the cut. The shops are filled with acryl and polyester clothing items and people are buying those most of the times because they don’t know better. Wool, cotton and cashmere are the fabrics you should be looking for if you want a good quality sweater. Wool is probably the most popular, its finesse can be different depending on the price of the item and usually even the most affordable sweaters are a good investment. Cotton also has a good price versus quality ratio, but it won’t be as nice and warm to wear as the wool. Cashmere stands for luxury and excellence, so a 100% cashmere sweater can put a real dent in your wallet. When buying a cashmere sweater get it in a versatile color as you will want to wear it every day!
We decided it’s our responsibility to help you buy a good quality sweater so here are 6 tips and tricks:
- Whatever the label might say, it is important to feel the fabric with your hands and even your face. It should be extremely soft and a pleasure to the touch. If your hands will like it, so will your upper body. If you’ll find it scratchy, don’t give it a second thought as you will struggle wearing it.
- To test the quality of a sweater you can try rubbing a small portion in between your fingers. If pills form immediately, it’s a good indication you don’t need it as the quality is questionable to say in the least.
- Elasticity is another important feature of a good quality sweater. Try pulling it with both your hands to see what happens. If it doesn’t return to its previous shape as soon as you release it, then it is not for you. If you buy it you will notice that after the first wash the sweater will turn into a shapeless dress.
- Unless it has some lurex fibers in it, there is no reason for the fabric of the sweater to have a shine. These kind of items have a special appeal to women as they tend to look good at first sight, but we can tell you for sure that the quality is not the highest.
- If the sweater costs less than $10 it’s probably not 100% cotton. If it’s less than $25 it’s probably not 100% wool and if it’s less than $100 it’s not 100% cashmere for sure.
- Don’t ever buy a sweater that wrinkles when you clench the fabric tightly.
Facts you need to know about a quality sweater:
- Cashmere sweaters, although more expensive and of a better quality, will outwear sooner than the wool sweater.
- Cashmere clothing items or even accessories need special care to be kept in good conditions for a longer period of time.
- Usually, a cashmere sweater will be softer than a wool or cotton sweater.
Written by Anne Matea