Wool is one of the more breathable materials available, and it’s also extremely moisture absorbent. As you sweat, the wool you’re wearing will wick it right off your skin to keep you dry, which will ultimately keep your body temperature stable, whether that means you need to heat up or cool down. It also means odor-causing bacteria won’t stick around long enough to stink. Which means more wears and less laundry. Here are six non-itchy wool pieces we love.
Duckworth Vapor Tee, $60
Duckworth was one of the first brands that opened my mind to wool as a material for products other than thick, itchy socks. All of Duckworth's wool comes entirely from a ranch in Montana and their vapor wool fabric is lightweight and dries super fast. Thanks to the wool's microbial fiber, you can wear this T-shirt about a million times before it starts to stink. If $60 feels like a high price tag for a T-shirt, consider this: Americans send 13 trillion tons of clothes to landfills ever year. By investing in quality pieces like this one, instead of that inexpensive four-pack of cotton T-shirts, you're taking a huge amount of pressure off the environment, not to mention keeping more money in your pocket over the long term. Available in multiple colors for both men and women. Buy here.
Smartwool Women’s PhD Seamless Racerback Bra, $60
Your wool baselayers won't be nearly as effective if you're wearing cotton underwear underneath them. Smartwool engineered this sports bra not only to support our chests, but to keep our skin dry as well. An ultra-stretchy and seamless fit combined with thick racer-back straps provides solid support for up to a C cup. I've gone as many as six wears before needing to throw this Smartwool bra in the wash. Buy here.
Toad & Co Shire Sweater Leggings, $125
Made from 100 percent merino wool, these stretchy leggings are the ultimate cozy layer for winter. The festive pattern from the knee down gives these leggings a leg warmer look while the itchless fabric is soft next to skin. Essentially, it’s as if your favorite wool socks went all the way up--way, way up, as these are some of the highest waisted leggings I’ve ever worn. Buy here.
Voormi AN/FO Jacket, $600
Made in the United States, Voormi created something original with this burly wool outer layer constructed with Merino wool. In the same way sheep use their wool to keep dry in the elements, this 3L jacket with is fully waterproof thanks to the merino wool's natural membrane and a DWR treatment. With ample pockets and adjustable hood, this jacket functions like outwear but the four-way stretch gives it a thick midlayer fit and feel. Available in both men's and women's fits. Buy here.
Pendleton Iconic Shawl Collar Cardigan, $249
Pendleton Woolen Mills opened in Oregon in the early 1900s, starting with their signature Pendelton trade blanket. They've since expanded to include tweed, flannel, and wool apparel while remaining family-owned and operated. Admittedly, this sweater is a total splurge, but it's also a timeless piece that I'll be holding on to for years to come. Pendleton blended wool with cotton for an extra soft feel (versus the standard itchy wool sweaters we've all worn). With a little stretch, this is one of the most comfortable sweaters I've worn, and it's incredibly warm. The Journey East Shawl Collar Cardigan is a similar piece for men. Buy here.
Skida Vista Knit cashmere hat, $68
Corinne Prevot started sewing hats at her mom's kitchen table in high school. Today, her Vermont-based company Skida sells hats in more than 200 retail locations. Using 100 percent cashmere made in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, where Prevot has a long-standing relationship with one of the oldest and largest cashmere factories in the area, the Vista Knit cashmere had is the softest thing in my closet. It needed a little stretching out before it fit me comfortably, but has since held its shape for several years of regular wear. Buy here.