Sweaters have been a staple item in both men’s and women’s wardrobes since the 1920’s. Originally meant to keep the wearer warm, they have since been used as fashion items to be worn with a variety of outfits. They are also used by designers to make statements that go beyond the basic function of warmth and comfort. For example, the Knitwear Collective SIBLING designed a sweater to be worn with matching sweatpants that features blue and white pastoral scenes that at first glance look like traditional toile de Jouy patterns but are actually scenes of 2011 London riots.
While there are many types of sweaters, the most common is the pullover. This type of sweater is characterized by a ribbed collar, hem, and cuffs. It is typically knitted from natural fibers such as wool or cashmere, though it can also be made with synthetics. When shopping for a pullover, it is important to make sure the fabric is high quality. Lower quality examples may only state the percentage of wool or cotton, while better options will often provide details such as the ply and country of origin of the yarn.
Another popular type of sweater is the v-neck, which is usually made from a softer material such as cotton or linen. It can be worn with a wide variety of outfits, from formal attire to casual weekend ensembles. It is sometimes accompanied by a tie or ascot for formal occasions.