3 steps to finding the perfect winter sweater

08 September 2017
3 steps to finding the perfect winter sweater
It’s that time of the year again, with the days getting shorter and mornings getting colder, it’s time to prepare your wardrobe for autumn and winter. A particular item of clothing which we’re always quick to recommend, especially since our followers are lovers of dressing smart, is the sweater.

It’s the ideal item for the colder months as it can be teamed up perfectly with the likes of trousers, blazers and shirts for both formal occasions such as work and more informal outings such as social events. However, when it comes to buying a sweater you should consider more than just it’s style to ensure it’s well suited for you.

We’ve looked at everything you should consider when buying the right sweater.

Fabric type

Buying a sweater for the colder months should be done so while keeping in mind how warm it’ll keep you since that’s usually one of the main reasons for its purchase. The fabric of the sweater will play a large role in this and there are a few to decide between. The best material to offer warmth through the winter is wool. Merino wool tends to provide the greatest degree of heat retention while still offering a soft and comfortable finish.
There are alternatives to wool, such as cotton and cheaper cotton and polyester blends, however they will often lack the level of heat retention compared to wool and tend to suffer the effects of wear and tear a lot quicker too.

Fabric thickness

The fabric of a sweater can not only impact how it looks, but it will also dictate the comfort it delivers. The thickness of a sweater will impact you in 3 main ways. Firstly, it’ll dictate the level of warmth, secondly it’ll impact your outfit appearance, and finally it can also distort your body figure.

In terms of the warmth it’ll offer, thicker sweaters are obviously likely to keep you warmer. However, the main sticking point here is whether or not they’ll keep you too warm. While autumn mornings can make for a chilly start to the day and seemingly ideal weather for a thick sweater, come lunch time you might find yourself sweating heaps as the sun reaches its peak and it gets a little milder.

The thickness of your sweater will also impact your look. For example, a thick sweater is likely to affect the way in which a blazer will sit on it. You don’t want your blazer to look frumpy as it’ll ruin its appearance so opt for a thinner sweater might serve you better when wearing a blazer. Alternatively, a sweater that’s too thin might require a perfectly fitted shirt to be worn under it to avoid visible shirt creasing which can make for an eye sore under a thin fabric.

In addition to it impacting the look of your outfit, it can also misrepresent your body shape. For most people this isn’t a major issue, however if you’re conscious of things such as how broad you are then keep this in mind as a thick sweater will most likely make you look even broader.

Style and fit

If you follow our blogs regularly then you’ll be aware of how much of an onus we place on the fit of suits and shirts – and it’s no different when it comes to sweaters. You’ll want to find a style that sits well on your body.
The neck line is one of the main determinants when it comes to how good a sweater will look on you – and there are a variety to choose from. For example, the added exposure offered by v necks can give the impression of a longer neck and provide a slimming effect. Meanwhile roll neck and turtle neck sweaters tend to hide most of the neck making them ideal for individuals with longer necks. It’s worth trying different styles to see which best sits with you.

In addition to this, certain neck lines are also better suited to particular occasions. For example, roll neck sweaters can be perceived as being more casual, while crew and v neck sweater can be worn for formal events given the fact they can be teamed up with a shirt.

Final words

Sweaters make for a great way to spruce up your looks while maintaining your comfort during the colder months. It’s worth noting that with sweaters you often get what you pay for, so spending a little more on a sweater that you’ll wear more often will work out better in the long run than one that’ll sit in your wardrobe or simply get ruined after a couple of wears.
Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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