As I have mentioned before, I have always been more of a summer time girl. Although I will admit nature is most definitely at it’s best this time of year with the leaves changing from green to red and orange and yellow, I know this mostly from when I am forced to leave the warmth of my house to go to class or the grocery store, otherwise I just admire the beauty from the window. I am never prepared for how fast the temperature changes and how the days grow shorter and how the sun never seems to poke through the clouds long enough to share a little of it’s warmth. The one ray of sunlight I find in the weather getting colder is that the chillier it gets, the more layers of style I get to play with. Knowing how to layer the right fabrics can help in such an unbelievable way when trying to stay warm and comfortable in the winter. This includes knowing which fibers to look for and which fibers to stay away from when shopping for layers.
Scout & Catalogue scarf made with 80% wool, 20% silk.
Silk/Wool blends are super luxurious and are sure to keep you comfortably warm. It can sometimes be hard to resist buying Polyester blends because they tend to be a lot cheaper but something to keep in mind is that garments with a large amount of Polyester tend to not breathe well and can make you feel very clammy.
Although many people see it as more of a summery fiber, silk is great for the winter. It has amazing heat retentive properties while also being lightweight. A silk camisole can be a great alternative to long-underwear, eliminating the bulk.
Wool is obviously known for it’s warmth but it is also more comfortable than acrylic because of it’s natural wicking properties. (Acrylic is often used as an alternative to wool.) Any sweat/moisture is wicked away from the skin by wool fibers whereas acrylic can leave your skin feeling a little sticky.
Cotton/Viscose cardigan from Anthropologie.
Cotton is another fiber that is known to be very comfortable. Although it does not have the wicking properties that wool does, it is absorbent and therefore less likely to hold moisture close to the skin.
Viscose (or rayon) is usually added for it's silk-like aesthetic and to enhance the fabric's drape. Rayon shares many properties with natural fibers such as cotton due to its cellulose base in manufacture, meaning it is not usually something to shy away from when buying. :)