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Sweater Materials to Make Your Mouth Water

Oct 23rd 2015 at 6:26 AM

The weather is getting colder, holiday season is approaching quickly.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of wintertime, but fall is unquestionably a beautiful time of year, particularly without the rain falling heavily from the skies.

One other good aspect to fall though is that we get to pull out the sweater collection once more. And that’s something always to be embraced.

Most men, when they think about a sweater, merely consider it to be a somewhat classy, generic pullover that’s to be worn atop a shirt, t-shirt, or other base layer.

Sure, that’s a healthy starting point, but there’s much more to it than this. There are many features that go into this timeless piece.


Sweater Materials

It’s likely the most important facet to consider when investing in a new sweater - the material it’s manufactured from. And that’s especially true, given that the sweater is a garment that helps to protect you in the cooler climes.

Here are a few varieties of sweater materials – all three of which are fantastic!


Wool& Cashmere Sweaters

Best for the provision of warmth given its insulating qualities, wool hails from sheep and it’s been used in various formats over the centuries as a way to keep warm.

There are diverse grades of wool, and my recommendation would be to opt for the highest grade you can afford. It can be pricey, but the luxury afforded is really worthy of the cost.

Cashmere is super. It’s made from the fibers extracted from Cashmere goats. It’s not really a wool as such, but rather a type of hair.

The warmth provided from a cashmere sweater is not as substantial as that of standard woolen varieties, but they still offer great heat retention. Further, it’s a timeless material and will go well with many other items of clothing.

Cashmere is also as soft as can be. It can be blended with wool which helps to provide more warmth, and also to afford extra softness.


Alpaca Sweaters

A popular fiber from South America which has been around for centuries. It’s very similar to wool and cashmere – it offers warmth in addition to softness, and it’s commonly used to manufacture gloves, ponchos, hats, and high altitude sweaters.

Alpaca sweaters are pretty difficult to find though, unless originating from South America. That’s because of low production numbers and a lack of familiarity among the larger sweater manufacturers.


Ugly Christmas Sweaters

In terms of materials, not perhaps quite in the same class as either cashmere or alpaca. Nevertheless, the Ugly Christmas Sweater from stands head and shoulders above anything you can get on the market today purely given its uniqueness.



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