As we approach the month of September, we’re starting to notice the changes outside our windows. Instead of walking to work in a warm, bright sun beam, we face the slight darkness of dawn. And instead of the unbearable heat of the summer past, it’s now a slight chill in the air. As a tiny girl, it has hit me just how fast the weather can change.
Once we get used to the slightly cooler temperatures that surround us, we can forget about this feeling and enjoy being out for Halloween, Bonfire Night and around Christmas. But until then, we must pick our clothes carefully to fight the frost.
There’s nothing better to keep your temperature balanced than something from nature itself. What I want to share with you is why wool is a great transitional fabric to be wearing between fall and winter.
My personal favorite is not just any kind of wool though – I’m going to tell you about merino wool. Normal wool and merino both have a lot of shared qualities, but merino has that extra touch that makes it the best kind to choose from. So let’s take a look at why.
Wool is a natural fiber. It is the most commonly harvested type of animal wool which can be collected on a seasonal basis, and they usually come from sheep. In nature, because sheep need to keep themselves well protected from the weather, this is where their fleece comes in useful.
After a period of rainy weather, a sheep’s wool can initially stay fairly dry if not left in the rain for too long. Although care must be taken to avoid it in wet weather. This is because the fibers contain small amounts of a type of fat, which helps repel water for a bit. If exposed for too long, it will absorb the water, but all too well.
Otherwise, as natural piece of material, it is able to soak moisture quite well and let it go again in the form of water vapor. This is very handy if you are very warm and sticky in your woolen garments.
This feature is probably the best and biggest reason why people choose to wear woolen materials. Wool is such a great insulator of heat. It’s ability to trap and hold warmth in it’s fibers because it’s natural shape is usually wavy or curly. You’ll notice the typical shape of a sheep’s fur is often not straight, but without the messy wool, it wouldn’t have its ability to hold in heat.
Those bumps in the wool are necessary for it to hold in the insulation, Between this are air spaces which result in you staying nice and toasty between the fabric and you.
This is a pretty essential feature for sheep to have in the outdoors, as without this they would probably freeze in the cold winters of the northern hemisphere. So when they are sheared in the summer months, we get to benefit from the great properties of wool while they get to cool off from the heat somewhat.
Though it is true that wool keeps you very warm during the colder months, the same can be the opposite for warmer weather. This magical natural fiber can do no wrong!
In the slightly warmer months, this fabric has the ability to keep you slightly more balanced temperature-wise. It’s not guaranteed to make you feel perfectly cold, but it can help your body stay in check.
Again, this has everything to do with its purpose on sheep. The wool regulates their body temperature throughout the year and keeps them in check. So when you’re wearing this beautiful fabric, its looking after you without you knowing it.
Its chemical make up is brilliant for all these reasons so far. But being antibacterial makes it a very hygienic item to have in your wardrobe. The fatty acids in those little strands of wool are great a stopping bacteria from growing in your fabric.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t wash your wool clothes at all. You can still wash these garments in cold water and wool detergent to give it a fresh smell every season or so. But the truth is, to keep it refreshed, you can hang it up to air dry, or hang it in the sun. This is sufficient enough to look after your wool properly.
Go For Merino
So there are actually a few different types of wool. Depending on the type of sheep it originates from, and the type of wool it creates, they often have slightly different properties.
Most common types of wool are often thick and as a result is quite uncomfortable to wear. But fortunately this doesn’t mean you have to avoid wool altogether.
There is one type of wool that is favored for it’s soft, fine texture.
And it’s Merino Wool.
When I first heard about Merino, I was fascinated by it. A wool with a limited amount of properties that are considered unfavorable? Yes of course that sounds great! I first thought it was the kind that would be hard to find.
But you know what? It is pretty much everywhere you look. You can get lovely merino wool pieces from high street brands such as Uniqlo, GAP or H&M. It’s is probably my favorite transitional fabric to wear, either in fall or spring.
And usually, because of merino’s properties (as with any wool), its capability of keeping you warm with little amounts of it means that even a thin wool jumper will keep you so warm. It’s the perfect layering piece without bulking you up too much.
So this fall, if you’re looking for a multi purpose fabric that’ll look after you this season? Consider wool, because it is a natural gift.