Merino wool – an everyday miracle fibre

A guide to fashion’s use of the miracle fibre

The Fibre

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Wool has become an integral feature in our lives, particularly in creating versatile clothing.

Merino wool in particular is hypoallergenic which makes it one of the best fibres to use for babies and its natural origins and biodegradability makes it a hit with those who wish to minimise their environmental impact.

But the versatility of the fibre is what makes it such a go-to fabric, meeting an of array needs, some of which are quite surprising. Take a look at the broad range of products that use Merino wool.

Suiting

Merino wool is considered the premium fabric for suits, used by the world’s best fashion and tailoring houses, such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Hugo Boss, Thom Browne and Giorgio Armani, to name a few.

A large part of its appeal is its breathability, which allows the wearer to remain cool even during a hot summer.

It is also a fabric that, with thanks to its natural drape, can be tailored to suit different body shapes. Its elasticity also means it is highly resistant to crinkling.

Everyday clothing

Merino wool is used for everything from traditional garments, such as sweaters and suits, right through to t-shirts. The ultrafine fibre makes it incredibly lightweight, making it perfect for all-year-round clothing.

Because Merino wool easily absorbs and dissipates moisture, it can be a lifesaver for those who are prone to sweating.

As a hypoallergenic fibre (with some research even suggesting that it is antibacterial), it is a favourite for those with sensitive skin.

Active wear

The use of Merino wool in active wear increased as designers and athletes began to better understand the benefits a natural fibre such as wool had.

From form-fitting gear used in running and cycling, to thicker hiking garments, natural wool’s elasticity gives it a high level of mobility, while natural UV protection helps prevent sun damage.

Read more about the incredibly diverse properties of Merino wool base layers and active wear.


Undergarments

More so than even cotton, superfine Merino wool is the fibre par excellence for people with sensitive skin. Research is revealing that it can help with skin conditions such as eczema.

Used in undergarments such as underwear and socks, Merino wool provides an ultra soft and comfortable fabric that, thanks to a natural stretch, offers incredible support. Its moisture absorbing properties also prevent discomfort during summer months and it won’t retain odours like synthetics.

Outerwear

For all its fineness, Merino wool is quite hardwearing, making it the perfect choice of fabric for outerwear such as coats and jackets.

As outerwear, Merino wool has resistant qualities that help repel water, helping to prevent suiting and other clothing from becoming wet should you find yourself caught in an afternoon downpour.

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