A sweater can take many forms—some are lightweight and breathable, while others are heavyweight enough to keep you warm in even the harshest climates. The material used also plays a role in its level of warmth, with cashmere, wool, cotton, and acrylic (synthetic material often used to imitate the look of natural fibers) all providing different qualities of softness and breathability.
The silhouette of the sweater is another important factor, as different shapes can create a very distinct look that will impact how you feel when wearing it. Some silhouettes are better for a formal setting while others are more appropriate for casual weekend wear. Eventually, trial and error will help you figure out what silhouettes work best for your personal style.
Once you’ve chosen a silhouette that fits your body, you’ll want to pay close attention to the seams of the sweater. If there are any loose ends or gaps, it’s likely a sign that the sweater is made from lower quality materials or was not properly constructed.
Lastly, proper storage of your sweaters is crucial to keeping them looking and feeling their best throughout the year. According to Cahill, storing your sweaters in airtight containers or space bags will prevent them from getting moldy over the summer and will ensure that they’re protected against moths when you put them back out on the shelf come fall. Before you do this, however, you should give your sweaters a wash to ensure that they’re clean and ready to be stored away for the season.