Must Have Fabrics: You’ll Never Regret a Fall Outfit Again

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Published October 31, 2021
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There are a variety of woven and knit fabrics to choose from when it comes to fall fashions. Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

During fall, weather apps aren’t enough to prepare you for what to wear for the day. Fear not, the frustration that comes with this season has come to an end. Now, you can actually go about your day confidently without regretting your outfit of choice — and yes, that means free of the fall sweats or chills.

It all comes down to what fabrics you’re wearing. Fabric is made by interlacing fibers, usually woven or knit. Wovens are made of the culmination of different yarns being threaded together, while knit is just one continuous yarn. Listed below are the best woven and knit fabrics to wear in the fall.

WOVENS

Woven fabrics are made up of multiple fibers interlaced together. Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

Woven fabrics are made up of multiple fibers interlaced together.
Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

Wool

Protein fibers that make up wool are gathered from sheep. The insulation that traps air and moisture regulates the body’s temperature. For this reason, wool should be at the top of your list of wovens and knits to purchase this season. Popular wool garments include wool suits, jackets and shirts.

Ripstop

Mainly made of nylon, or plastic fibers, ripstop is a durable fabric that is also extremely breathable. Ripstop pants, in particular, are a good buy for those of you who are regularly active during the fall. This fabric will not get worn down.

Denim

If there is one fabric that comes to my mind when it comes to fall fashion, it’s denim. A lot of people may just buy denim because it’s stylish, but denim is more than that. This thick material is made of cotton strands that are tightly woven together to create some of the most reliable pieces; think of your old jeans and denim jackets. A good pair of denim will hold up well in all conditions and is incredibly easy to maintain.

A good pair of jeans will hold up well in all conditions and is super easy to maintain. Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

A good pair of jeans will hold up well in all conditions and is super easy to maintain.
Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

KNITS

Jersey Knit

No, its name doesn’t originate from our state. Jersey knit can be made from cotton or a blend of synthetic fibers. It is smooth and stretchy and is best for long sleeve garments. Jersey knit is most commonly found in cardigans.

Fleece Knit

Fleece can be used for anything. It is a soft and fuzzy material that tends to be lightweight. This cozy fabric is made from polyester which traps moisture due to its fibers. Because of that, its thermal insulation is perfectly suited for outerwear.

Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

Fleece can be used for anything.
Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

Hacci Knit

Hacci knit comes in many different weights. It is super stretchy and feels like a common soft sweater. This is another knit that tends to be used for cardigans, but I suggest looking for hacci bottoms because this knit is very comfortable and breathable. I have had some hacci pieces, and from my experience, wearing them during those breezy days in the fall feels like a barrier between the cool air and my skin.

Knit fabrics need little care to keep their appearance, while woven fabrics need more maintenance. If you want your garments to last this fall season and beyond, pay attention to how you wash and store your clothing.

Knit fabrics are made up of a single fiber looped in an interlocking pattern. Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

Knit fabrics are made up of a single fiber looped in an interlocking pattern.
Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

The majority of wovens should be washed in cold water and folded to avoid stretching, while knits can be machine washed in warm temperatures. All fabrics can be interlaced with different fibers, so if you want to be 100% sure of how to take care of your clothing, then check the stitched tags.

Stitched tags will inform you of the proper way to care for your garments. Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

Stitched tags will inform you of the proper way to care for your garments.
Photo courtesy of Brianna Dejesus

The ups and downs of fall weather are sure to come. Now is the time to prepare, and you can take control of how you feel throughout the day by being conscious of the type of fabrics you are purchasing. Happy fall and fabric shopping!

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