As temperatures cool and days shorten, we find ourselves in need of clothing that warms the body and heartens the soul. Here, we’ve compiled a guide to the softest fabrics to carry you through the season.
Hypoallergenic, water resistant and resistant to pilling, alpaca contains microscopic air pockets that make the garments both light and insulating. Native to South America, alpaca is nature’s kaleidoscope, naturally occurring in 22 colors from black and brown to gray and ivory.
Known as one of the warmest textiles, there are nine types of wool: Alpaca, Angora, Camel, Cashmere, Lambswool, Melton, Merino, Mohair and Shetland. Favored for its natural elasticity and versatility, wool can be woven into heavy, dense fabrics and lightweight, soft fabrics.
Soft, durable and resistant to pilling, camel wool is ideal for outerwear because of its insulating properties. Made by nomadic communities in Mongolia who clean and card the textile before spinning the wool by hand, very limited quantities are available to international markets.