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I’m continuing my natural and sustainable hosiery fibre series today with this round-up of wool and wool-blend legwear. Generally, when we say ‘wool’ we’re talking about sheep’s wool, but there is one item included right at the end of this list that’s made with alpaca wool.
You’ll notice also that some of them are described as merino wool – this is wool from Merino sheep, which is renowned for its fine texture and softness. Each strand is up to four times thinner than a human hair! So if you’re intrigued by woolen hosiery but concerned you’ll find it itchy, I recommend giving a merino wool style a go. Of course, this being a luxury wool type, it does cost a little extra.
There are a number of reasons to consider wearing wool tights or stockings this winter. For one thing, it’s well known that wool is insulating. The naturally wavy shape of the fibres traps a layer of air against your skin, which keeps you nice and warm. It’s breathable too though, meaning the wool helps to regulate your temperature and avoid your legs or feet becoming sweaty, plus it’s antibacterial and odour-resistant. Oh, and unlike sometimes happens with hosiery, wool won’t create any static.
From a sustainability perspective, wool is a natural and biodegradable fibre, and renewable – the sheep will grow its fleece back. It is pretty hard to find 100% wool hosiery though, as you’ll see below. It might be mixed primarily with other natural fibres, or it might be blended with synthetics. What the wool is mixed with will affect how comfortable, breathable and durable it is, as well as its price tag.
Cashmere, by the way, is also a type of wool (from the Cashmere goat), but since that is pretty popular in its own right, I’m saving it for another article. In the meantime, here are 21 wool tights, hold-ups and stockings, arranged from highest to lowest wool content. Many of them are available in multiple colours!
Are you a fan of wearing wool? What’s your favourite pairs of wool tights or stockings from this round-up?