Friday, July 20, 2012

Fall Face-off: Knits vs Wovens

It should come as no surprise that fall fashion is being talked of. The trends are hitting stores, summer sales abound, and if you're like me, you're starting to get that itch.

The itch of fall clothing! It's my favorite time of year for my wardrobe, since I live in the Midwest. Although, with the neons, it's going to difficult to say goodbye to summer. But there might be another itch with fall fashion...

When shopping, just keep in mind some basics. Some people often complain that their sweaters are scratchy, or their blouses don't have any give, their khakis aren't flexible enough, their cute tee shrinks.

In terms of flexibility, feel, and fit, here's what you should know: 

Knits are any fabrics that are made by knitting loose loops together, creating rows. Think of a scarf. But it doesn't just have to be a chunky sweater. Most basic tees, camisoles, tanks, pajamas, etc. are knits. They will have give and stretch, allowing you to move freely, with a wide range of motion and position.

When looking at what material your clothing is, knits will generally be cotton, rayon, nylon, spandex, and jersey. Be careful, if an article of clothing is one hundred percent rayon, it will likely shrink. Also, if a sweater has acrylic, it will pill like crazy. Same goes for wool (will pill less, and will actually look alright), and angora.

Woven fabrics have little give or stretch and are created on a loom. They have a liner, under/over crossing of threads. Items such as jeans, blouses, and some dresses are usually woven. 

Fabrics that are woven are denim (but spandex is now usually incorporated for some stretch), chiffon, silk, satin, and twill.

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