The 2024 guide to wearing merino wool knitwear

At Trenery, we choose merino wool fibres for their luxurious softness and natural comfort. We also love how easily merino blends with other fibres, from a beautiful merino-cashmere sweater to a sleek merino knit skirt or blazer. Discover our key merino knitwear staples, luxury wool alternatives, and how to keep your knitwear looking its very best.

What Is Merino Wool?

Merino wool is known for its exceptionally fine fibres, derived from the fleece of the merino sheep that graze in the highlands of Australia and New Zealand. The microscopic scales on merino fibres create a breathable fabric that regulates body temperature, making it an ideal choice for winter clothing. Our dedication to using only the finest and softest merino wool ensures that each knitwear garment not only feels luxurious against the skin but also highlights the natural beauty and resilience of merino yarn.

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Wearing Merino Wool

Merino wool knits offer numerous comfort and style benefits, including some that may surprise. Softness and durability aside, merino is also naturally insulating, ensuring comfort in most climates. Perfect for layering under jackets and coats, we craft our core merino wool sweaters from Australian Extrafine wool, available in an assortment of timeless styles. It’s easy to see why merino is such a trusted name in knitwear, and why we stand by merino as a signature in our collections.

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Merino Wool Cardigans

By design, the cardigan has always felt like a true collaborator, allowing unique components of an outfit to shine through. In the case of merino wool cardigans, the airy lightness and silky handfeel adds an extra level of luxury to the experience. Let the silhouette guide the overall mood of your look, from a classic button-front style to elegant long line cardigans, which drape softly over denim and dresses.

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Merino Wool Jumpers

Topping the list of timeless investments, right alongside the white shirt and the trench coat, you’ll find the merino wool knit. If you’re knitwear shopping and unsure where to start, build a base of classic merino crew and rollneck styles in black and neutrals. The ultra-fine merino fibres feel gentle and non-irritating next to the skin, so you can style your knit jumpers on their own with a pair of jeans or layered under a tailored jacket or long-sleeved dress.

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Merino Wool Knit Tops

Our women’s collection features a variety of transitional knitwear styles alongside our classic silhouettes. Designed with a blend of merino wool and light stretch, our sleeveless tank tops and T-shirts provide optimal breathability and durability, ensuring they retain their shape for seasons to come. With a focus on both practicality and style, our 100% merino wool and merino blend tops are easy to care for, maintaining comfort and quality across the seasons.

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How To Care For Merino Wool

Preserving the quality of your cherished merino wool garments is a key consideration for any knitwear lover. Merino requires gentle care to maintain its exceptional properties; from the intricacies of hand washing to moth-free storage, our merino wool garment care tips empower you to extend the life of your knitwear, ensuring they remain staples for years to come.

To clean merino wool knitwear, hand-wash the item in cold water with an approved wool detergent. Do not soak, wring or twist the garment. Gently press out any excess water, reshape, and lay flat to dry in a cool place. Keep away from direct sunlight and heat, which could stretch or distort the shape of your knitwear.

Proper storage is the key to maintaining the beauty and quality of your knitwear. Start by folding neatly; avoid hanging wool knitwear as it will stretch and ruin the shape. Opt for breathable garment bags or natural fabric storage bins to protect against dust, and consider using lavender sachets on shelves and in drawers for a natural, moth-repelling fragrance. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your cherished knits remain in pristine condition.

Exploring Merino Wool Alternatives

When it comes to beautiful wool clothing alternatives to merino, two stand out for their exceptional qualities: cashmere and alpaca wool. Pure cashmere is known for its exceptional softness, providing weightless warmth and luxury. Alpaca wool offers that similar soft wool feel to merino but with a loftier texture, blending effortlessly with other fibres.

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Our alpaca blend jumpers, cardigans, and scarves combine premium texture and cocooning softness with a lightweight profile. The inherent breathability of alpaca knits ensures optimal airflow, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor wear. Elevate your wardrobe effortlessly with our lofty alpaca blend pieces, offering polish and practicality in equal measure.

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Whether crafted from 100% cashmere fibres or a high-quality blend, cashmere wool is renowned for decadent softness and comfort. The cashmere jumper, in particular, stands as a hallmark of impeccable taste and enduring style. The complementary pairing of merino wool and cashmere enhances the durability and breathability of a garment, resulting in luxury knitwear that imparts versatility and sophistication to your wardrobe.

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