It’s been really chilly this spring in Los Angeles. We almost experienced four seasons in the first week of March – spoiled LA people suffered from unusual rains and winds this spring. There are definitely no rules in spring fashion this year in LA, only limits to be pushed out. Seasonal fabrics, layers and how to style them, we have no rules to follow. But I really love thick wool or fur to be layered over a seasonal spring outfit when unexpected winds and rains arrive. Like last week with LAFW, I had to put a winter blazer to survive the one-minute red carpet in a chilly spring fashion night. For a not-so-warm spring, wool scarf and wool oversized blazers are perfect for the late morning sun and versatile enough for a sudden temperature drop on a mid-March day.
This reminded me of a messy classy rainy-day outfit in London or Paris. A wool wrap coat and rain boots looked chic and classic, still standing out in the crowd. Wool is more versatile than fur or down jackets in most of the fashion occasions. A well-timed trench coat or a soft silky wool scarf is appropriate in all seasons. Wool is definitely the most environment friendly fabric that retain the luxurious touch and high-fashioned casual style. I am personally comfortable with the fact that it’s an animal product without use of chemicals. Mixing wool with other fabrics has been popular in the past couple of years, but the newest trend is mixing patterns and materials to give a fresh look to the basic garments by creating a new stylistic expression. Wool has been unique and peculiar when dyeing with different characteristic colors and shades. The traditional fabrics would look much more creative with unique prints and dyes.
Like buying a designer bag, the softness and quality of the key items that you wear speak volumes about your personal style and taste. I would never compromise the materials of my formal suit and dress pants. Again, luxury wool sweatshirts, skirts, dresses and coats are the classic pieces that last for years in every women’s wardrobe – perfect transitional pieces for office and special occasions. When it’s not so springy and still raining outside, a breathable wool blazer warms me up and slays the spring trend.
Ok, In less than five minutes, I am wrapped up and ready to head out.
Wool Fabric 101 From Tissura.com
Wool fabric is a type of cloth made with application of animal hair for retaining body heat. It has always been one of the most expensive materials with exclusive properties. The luxury of wool is still perceived as the sign of high social status.
In different world regions, particular wool fibres traditionally enjoyed the highest popularity: in Europe, that was sheep, goat, mohair and angora, in the Middle East, people preferred camel, in the footheels of the Himalayas — cashmere, while in the region of Andes — llama, alpaca, guanaco and vicuña. The production technologies and logistics have advanced with times — these days, we have access to any wool fabric type. That is why it is important to know some important features of the each one to make the right pick for your outfit.
Wool is a natural fiber clipped from animals such as sheep, goat, camel, llama, alpaca, etc. Wool is renowned for its warmth and crease resistance, as well as moisture absorbing properties. One of the softest kinds is the merino wool sheared off merino sheep. Available in a range of weaves, designs and colors, wool fabrics are mostly used for overcoats, jackets, suits, and dresses and are also a popular choice for home textiles.