It’s this time of year when the days shorten, the temperatures cool, and the leaves start to fall, that I start my whole routine of hauling out those good old sweaters. I really, really love sweaters so this is always a bit of a joy for me; even if it means putting up with brisker weather and loss of sunlight. Perhaps it is in my Finnish Lapland blood that I don’t mind it so much. It must be inbred in me to at least somewhat tolerate Arctic Circle conditions.
The great thing about most sweaters is that they seem to last forever. I am talking about natural fibers here. Cashmere, wool, mohair, and angora are my faves; not so much acrylics and cotton. They will last a long time if you care for them (yes, you can gently hand wash all natural fibers). Just don’t overdo the washing. A sweater can be worn many times without it getting dirty, and it’s good for the fibers not to be washed so much. And please, do NOT dry clean sweaters…no, no, no!
Another fab thing about sweaters is that they usually stay in fashion forever, year after year, if you choose a classic style. I wear a lot of vintage sweaters and I love cashmere. Vintage cashmere is super thick and soft, especially the sweaters made in Scotland. I love wrapping myself up in a comfy cashmere sweater because it’s the only natural fiber that I can wear next to my skin. Cashmere keeps me warm without much bulk which is always good for looking a bit sleeker. I mean, I like heavy wool sweaters but I have to wear a layer underneath and I end up looking like a linebacker!
So out come my favorite cashmere sweaters, I’ve kind of missed them. It is actually kind of sensuous and sexy to wear them; a bit of the old vintage sweater girl aura. My heavy wool sweaters will come out eventually, when icy cold winter rolls around. But I only save the big guns for the fiercest weather… girl’s gotta have her fashion priorities!
“She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause a cardiac arrest in a yak.” ~Woody Allen