As fall kicks in, we’re getting closer to sweater weather every day. And if you’re tired of having to find your fabric shaver every time you wear your favorite pullover, these tips from personal stylist Nicola Harrison-Ruiz can help you avoid those little balls that appear on your beloved knits.
Go for these materials - Merino wool is soft, elastic, and breathable, plus, the fibers are long, so it doesn’t pill as easily. Merino wool blend is another good option, just look for a low percentage (about 10%) of viscose mixed with the merino wool. An acrylic blend with no more than 40% acrylic is also recommended, but if you have a bigger budget, you can’t beat thick cashmere, just expect a $300 to $600 price tag for a heavy and soft cashmere sweater.
Avoid these materials - Steer clear of a wool and polyester blend, which can be harder to de-pill, leading to snags and damage. And stay away from sweaters with three or more different fibers in them as well.
Test the sweater in the store - If you pull the sweater gently and it bounces back into shape right away, that’s a good sign. Check out the sweater before you buy it to see if it’s already started to pill, since immediate pilling can be a sign of lower quality fibers.
Take care of your sweater - That cross-body bag is cute, but it’s rubbing your sweater the wrong way. Jackets with abrasive linings can make pilling worse too, but a fabric comb or stone can help remove them and so can a fabric shaver. Just make sure the item it totally flat before you start shaving because just a slight ripple can cut a hole. Dry sweaters flat and don’t hang them up to store them and they’ll stay in good shape longer too.