A sweater can either be a cardigan or a pullover. The difference between the two is that pullovers can be worn by pulling it over your head while cardigans can be opened and fastened down the front. Don’t get confused if a person refers to a pullover as a jumper or a jersey. It’s how the British call it and sometimes non-British people use it too. What’s convenient about sweaters are that it can be worn by anyone of all ages and genders. Sweaters are usually worn over blouses and shirts. Other people forego the undershirt and just wear the sweater next to the skin.

Traditionally, sweaters are made from wool. However, other materials such as synthetic fibers, cotton, or a combination of both are also used. Sweaters can easily be maintained by washing and drying in warm water, and by the use of a pill razor or a lint roller.

Winter season is fast approaching, and people are starting to look for new sweaters to wear, especially the ladies. Sweaters are not only made for comfort, but it is also made for fashion. There is a women’s Christmas sweater available online if you’re too busy to shop at your local store.

There is a lot to choose from, so before you head on to your shopping sweater spree, you can read on below to find out more about sweaters.

Sweater Designs

There are different designs of sweaters. For example, the neckline can be a turtleneck, a v-neck, or the crew neck. The lengths of the sweater are characteristically at hip length or longer. If it is over the hips, the length is usually overlapping the waist of your skirt or your pants. However, over the years the length of the sweater varies. It can range from just below the bust to mid-thigh, and longer for a knitted poncho shirtdress.

There are also sweaters with no sleeves. However, if it does, it can be short-sleeved or a cap sleeves, three quarters or full-length sleeves. The hems can have different borders like ribbing, picots, and frills.

Knitted fabrics are usually more elastic and soft to the touch compared to a woven fabric. Tight-fit sweaters or ones that softly drapes over your body does not require tailoring.

Alpaca

One material that was recently introduced by fashion designer Ula Johnson is alpaca fiber which she found at numerous weaving and knitting cooperatives in Peru. Since sweater season is about to begin, many department stores have since been offering knitted sweaters using alpaca fiber. Fashion designers are choosing to work with alpaca fiber due to its soft and luxurious feel, as well as its sustainability.

The alpaca are animals similar to llamas, and it produces silky and natural fiber materials and, depending on the age of the animal and how it is processed, is also flame resistant and hypoallergenic. Alpaca fiber can be worn all throughout the year. It is warmer than sheep’s wool, but it’s not prickly and has no lanolin.

Not only are you wearing a fashion comfort sweater, but you are also wearing something that is sustainable since alpacas have one of the most ethical fibers and are eco-friendly during the production process. Don’t worry though; the alpacas are handled carefully and with respect during the process.