Sweater pilling: We all know it, we all hate it, and we’ve all heard various means of fixing it once it’s already occurred. In fact, we even shared an easy, 30-second way to de-pill your sweaters, which got us thinking: What about prevention? What kinds of sweaters don’t pill? Or do they all?
Naturally, in search of answers, we turned to our favorite place: the internet. What we found—in this Wall Street Journal investigation of sorts, as well as almost every online fashion forum under the sun—was that while the majority of sweaters will pill (no matter the quality or price), the least likely material to do so is merino wool. This is because merino wool “tends to be strong and when used in a tightly wound sweater would be less likely to pill,” according to WSJ. The good news here is that merino wool sweaters are not only easy to find but also available in a range of styles and price points.
Scroll through to shop our favorite less-pill-prone merino wool sweaters below!
J.Crew Mercantile Merino Turtleneck Sweater ($25)
This will be a layering wonder.
Ganni Hand Knit Wool Sweater ($540)
This will look so good with all black.
Madewell Fairbanks Pullover Sweater ($78)
The beginnings of a chic, all-beige outfit.
Tibi Mélange Merino Wool-Blend Sweater ($795)
Tibi has managed to perfect every basic.
H&M Merino Wool Top ($50)
Easy and affordable.
Theory Cable Wool & Cashmere Crop Sweater ($365)
Classic cable knit will always be in style.
Helmut Lang Rib Metallic Merino Wool Sweater ($370)
The metallic touch gives this sweater a dressier feel.
Madewell Baybrook Pullover Sweater ($75)
Puff sleeves turn a simple sweater into a versatile top.
Nanushka Lione Merino Wool & Cashmere Blend Sweater ($385)
For looking stylish on even your most casual days.
Eileen Fisher Rib Merino Wool Sweater ($248)
A worthy investment.
Alex Mill Merino Wool Sweater ($110)
This has a relaxed fit that still looks polished.
Jenni Kayne Boyfriend Merino Wool Blend Cardigan ($395)
We all need one good, basic cardigan.
J.Crew Mercantile Merino Turtleneck Sweater ($55)
Olive is a perfect color for mixing with neutrals.
Totême Pomy Merino Wool Sweater ($420)
Just waiting for a half-tuck.
Tory Sport Ribbed Merino Wool Sweater ($248)
Well this is fun.
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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