ootd: why you should invest in knitwear
Knitwear is something that most of us love for the colder season, I assume, so today I wanted to dwell into the topic a bit deeper. These days, the supply of it is endless, you can find it in both high street and high end stores for prices that vary quite a bit even though sometimes the material that the knits are made from is the same. This got me thinking about my purchases a lot & I think I have concluded some pretty useful tips, or in other words, experiences from my knitwear shopping ventures. Let's start, shall we?
Please tell me that you are also guilty of buying multiple Zara knits every season because they got bobbly, or simply didn't look as good as they did the season before? I am definitely guilty of that. Don't get me wrong, Zara is an aboslutely amazing store, I love their stock most of the time and wish I had the money and the storage to buy 80% of the stuff. However, I am actually quite conscious about my spending (even though it might not seem like that as I am a fashion blogger) + I live in 40 square meters, so I don't have much space to put my clothing and other shit I need in life. That is why, this year I started investing in my knitwear and get rid of the pieces that I don't wear and don't see myself wearing any time soon.
Here are some tips and tricks that you should bear in mind before you buy a piece of knitwear:
- always check the label - you’d be surprised how many times out of ten a piece that is described to be “wool sweater/cardigan/scarf, etc” actually consists of less than 10% wool. I think it is pure cheating on the brand’s part, but what else can we do other than be mindful of the labels and composition of a piece? Yeah, nothing really, so I always do my “homework” before purchasing an item.
- shop on the high street - I truly believe that knitwear doesn’t have to be very expensive to be good quality. Look H&M, ASOS White, &Other Stories, COS - those are my absolute favourites. However, I am not saying that your piece will cost you 20 euros there, they definitely can be anywhere from 40 to 150 euros, but you will for sure buy a quality piece. Acne Studios is known for their mohair knits & those are usually over 300 euros, which is crazy as I can easily find a similar or identical composition on the high street.
- know your materials - this is a no brainer for me, but a lot of people actually don’t know a lot about this stuff. I’ll try to explain in it in a very simple manner. So, you have these three main materials that will keep you warm - wool (alpaca/merino), mohair & cashmere. Those can be pricey, especially cashmere. However, it is super soft and it is not all itchy. I am that person who cannot really stand itchiness, so for me, it is quite annoying to buy knits because I cannot always afford cashmere, but yet I want to feel warm. Mohair is very prone to shed, wool is generally itchy, or if not itchy, then definitely not very soft. Merino wool is quite good because it is very fine and thin, which is great for layering + it is not itchy. Talking about those ‘not so good’ materials there is polyester/polyamide and acrylic. The latter is super soft, but it gets bubbly very quickly and doesn’t wash well at all. That is why most of your Zara knitwear pieces look ‘old’ and warn after one season - it’s because they’re mostly acrylic. All in all, if you cannot afford 100% wool, cashmere, etc., I would suggest looking for wool, cashmere or mohair blends knits because they wear much better than 100% acrylic. However, be aware not to over pay for 95% acrylic and 5% cashmere piece - it is still going to be mostly synthetic, so not as good and I have found that brand like to sometimes overcharge just because there is a word ‘cashmere’ on the label.
- cashmere can be affordable - how much you’ll pay for it will depend on the store where you buy from. It is a little bit stupid, but it is actually the way it is right now. H&M, Zara, &Other Stories, Acne Studios, Lindex, Uniqlo - they all sell cashmere sweaters, scarves, gloves, socks, etc. depends on the store, but the prices are very different. Also, usually cashmere goods are very basic and not trendy pieces, so they sometimes go on sale in January, which is the best time to buy them I feel. A navy crew neck sweater, a grey turtleneck, a camel scarf - they will never go out of style and you don’t have to pay thousands for them. I believe that 100 euros for a sweater is not cheap, but it is worth it because if you care for cashmere, it will last you a loooong time.
- invest in timeless designs - most of the knitwear is usually pretty simple, but sometimes there can be embroideries, recently everyone went crazy for pearls on EVERYTHING, however, my suggestion would be to skip those entirely, or buy them for a cheaper price. Also, keep in my some colors that will always serve you right and those shades of white and cream, camel, grey, black. It might seem boring and not fashionable at all, but for me, there is nothing more stylish than wearing an oversized grey turtleneck, blue jeans, camel coat and spicing everything up with an interesting bag or shoes - maybe velvet red would look stunning this particular season? Or floral pattern? Options are usually endless for every single season & Zara is usually full of pretty affordable accessories.
There you have it, some thoughts on my buying process and justification these days. I hope you like it and to answer the question why you should invest in knitwear is simple - it will last you much longer, it will take up less space in your wardrobe (because you’ll have less) & it will always look great as it was bought this season. What’s not to love?
wearing: cashmere sweater - Lindex | jeans - H&M | rings - Mejuri