Wool-free sweaters to wear now and into Spring…
Sweaters are the hardest-working pieces in my cool weather wardrobe. I love my wool and cashmere sweaters, but many of you have mentioned that you’re allergic or sensitive to wool or other animal fibers, so I’m always on the lookout for alternatives.
With Spring on the way, I thought I’d update this post with some current wool-free sweater styles. I’ve tried to stick to natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk) for this roundup, though some of the blends do contain synthetics.
- Cotton sweaters (or cotton blends) are relatively easy to find. They’re breathable and often washable, and tend to be more budget-friendly. But many cotton blends include some animal fibers, so I’ve done my best to filter those out.
- Linen is lighter in weight than cotton, but in a denser weave can still provide warmth. Linen-cotton blends are common too. Early spring is the best time of year to find a good selection of linen and linen-blend knits.
- Silk and silk blends are lighter weight and often have a more refined look and feel, but they are often pricier. (These tend to be more widely available in the Fall.)
Here are a few wool-free pullovers and cardigans that I thought you might like.
Eileen Fisher always has some good cotton-linen blend sweaters. This one is offered in a few colors; I think this “Hydrangea” is pretty. Sizes XXS-XL. Though the shape is boxy, the linen gives it a nice drape.
Boden is another good source for wool-free sweaters. They have several styles in cotton and cotton blends at the moment. This 100% cotton sweater with stripe detail at the neck is available in 3 colors, sizes 2-22.
This organic cotton henley sweater buttons at the neck, so you can adjust the opening to your preference. Other colors available too, though some sizes are limited. This “coffee” color is available in sizes XXS-XXXL.
I recently stumbled across a new-to-me brand, Lisa Todd. While many of her designs skew a bit more bohemian, I liked this cotton blend heart print sweater in black* and white. It’s available in Large and X-Large, though the other colors have more size availability.
*Or maybe that’s navy? Hard to tell on my monitor.
A marled/space-dye knit is a nice option that adds some visual interest without being as demanding as a print. This one is from Max Mara, so it’s spendy, but think of everything you could wear this with! It’s 100% cotton, sizes XS-XL.
Here’s a cotton-linen sweater that’s fitted enough to layer under a jacket now, and wear open over a tee or tank when the weather warms up. Sizes 00-(0/2) to 4-(20/22). It’s also offered in a blue floral pattern.
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