Planning your winter wardrobe is super fun. This partially because cold weather requires layering, which translates into many more pieces that you can incorporate into your daily outfits. But another thing that makes winter fashion exciting is the many textures and materials you can play around with. When it comes to winter fabrics, there really is no one way about it, as the options are pretty much endless. Here are a couple of our favorite fabrics which will keep your toasty and warm all season long.
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Wool is a classic winter season fabric, and for good reason. This strong, durable material we keep you warm all through the cold snowy days. However, it is not nearly as heavy as one might think. Wool is actually quite lightweight, making it a fabulous option for those transitional days between fall and winter when it’s just starting to get a little nippy. Also, this natural fabric just happens to be water-resistant, so you’ll definitely want to break out that wool sweater grandma got you for Christmas for those rainy days. Raw wool is generally sheered from sheep, but artificial options have been made available by many retail stores.
Leather & Faux Leather
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Like a fine wine, leather is one of those unique fabrics that just gets better with age. Whether you opt for real leather of the faux alternative, this material is a great insulator for the cold winter months. Real leather fits to your form over time, which you’ll notice if you buy a pair of stiff leather shoes. Gradually, they will soften and mold to the shape of your foot. However, leather also needs to be carefully maintained and cleaned, which will ensure that it lasts forever. Many prefer to purchase animal-friendly faux leather garments, which do not use any animal products.
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Cotton is often thought of as a summer fabric, due to its lightness and breathability. However, it is these very qualities that make it the ideal layering piece for winter. How many times have you arrived at the office to find that someone turned the heating on full blast? By layering a cotton tee under some heavier outerwear, you’ll be perfectly prepared for any weather. Also, cotton can be made either thin or thick, making it one of the most versatile fabrics ever. Especially for those who have allergies or sensitivities to fabrics like wool, cotton is definitely your go-to material for winter.
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Silk is considered to be one of the most luxurious fabrics used in garment making, for several reasons. First of all, it’s incredibly soft to the touch. Secondly, silk is a highly breathable fabric, which makes it ideal for hot climates. However, silk is not just a great material for the warm summer months. Among its many amazing qualities, silk also possesses heat-retaining properties. So it will ensure that you stay warm, while still offering that light and airy breathability. Silk is used primarily in blouses and undergarments.