13 Wintery Sweaters That Will Never, Ever Itch or Irritate Your Skin
Let’s be real: Buying a sweater that feels supremely soft and cozy in the store only to end up feeling itchy and irritated when you get home is one of the most frustrating feelings. Like kittens, it’s easy to be fooled by a cute sweater before it scratches you (or makes you scratch all over). Since layering for the winter chill and having to walk around like the Michelin Man all day is enough of a drag, picking a sweater (or two) to wear to protect against the cold shouldn’t have to be, too. Keep on scrolling to shop the best irritation-free sweaters and learn how to take care of your favorites that sometimes do make you itch so they can keep being your faves for years to come.
The best irritation and itch-free sweaters
Reviewers say this sweater “comfortable, classy, and unique,” and we agree. It’s just one of those sweaters you don’t want to ever take off, and that’s thanks to its soft material and perfect fit. Plus, the bright blue cashmere blend wool stands out in a crowd of other neutral styles in your closet (although Summersalt offers various colors).
Behold: The Jenni Kayne cashmere Cocoon cardigan that never fails to constantly sell out. We’ve written (aka, raved) about it, and it’s one of the most popular sweaters W+G readers buy every week. For good reason: It’s made of 100 percent Mongolian cashmere, feels like your wrapped in whipped cream, is lightweight but still keeps you toasty, and it looks amazing on. Sure, it’s pricey. But is it worth every penny? Absolutely.
Quince, the brand known for making luxury goods more affordable without losing the quality component, offers up a lovely cashmere turtleneck that’s easy on the wallet, and looks great in the wardrobe (and on you). Made of 100 percent Grade A Mongolian cashmere, this wintery piece comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors.
Looking for something casual, yet still sleek and makes you look effortlessly put together? We like to imagine ourselves wearing this in a cozy beach house in Maine as we drink a cold, crisp glass of pink wine by the fire—that’s the kind of vibe this cashmere poncho gives off. It fits perfectly (we love a nice, relaxed fit that looks cute with jeans or leggings), and comes in a pretty grey or jade.
With 15 unique shades to choose from, this cashmere sweater comes in a color to fit in any wardrobe. The loose fit makes it easy to wear a long sleeved top or turtleneck underneath, and the V-neck will even show off a little skin or a fun layered necklace.
If you’re looking for something a little different to pair with jeans or leather pants on a night out, this sweater shirt has your name written all over it. The strappy look is very on-trend while the tie closure makes it easy to adjust to your liking.
How to take care of sweaters
While classic wool and alpaca fibers may feel like the itchiest of the lot, acrylic, polyester, nylon, and rayon fabrics are the worst when it comes to sensitive skin, because they are all synthetic. According to Harold Lancer, MD, FAAD, Los Angeles-based dermatologist, if you find your skin, red, irritated, or itchy when you’re wearing a sweater, “it’s possible you’re allergic to one or more natural fibers,” he explains. Dr. Lancer recommends steering clear of buying sweaters made with the above materials, since that could be a sign that you have textile or clothing dermatitis—a form of contact dermatitis. “Smooth, soft, natural fabrics, such as fine cotton and silk, feel best worn next to the skin…If you love your sweater I recommend wearing a base layer such as a long-sleeved polypropylene undershirt, especially in the winter. The polypropylene wicks away moisture from your skin and keeps you dry,” Dr. Lancer adds.
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