9 wool garments every man should own

If you look at well-dressed men in magazines or at events, fashion fairs or business meetings, you will notice that many of the garments worn by these well-dressed men will be made out of wool. Wool garments can upgrade every men’s wardrobe very easily. At the same, time wool makes you also feel more comfortable in your clothes due to the breathability, softness and elasticity of the fibre.

If you are looking to invest in a few items that will last you a very long time while always making you look well dressed, have a look at these 9 wool essentials to complete your wardrobe.

Wool Suit

I don’t know what it is exactly, but men in suits still look their best. A well-fitted wool suit somehow flatters every man well. Since most office jobs don’t require a suit attire anymore, there are of course fewer occasions to wear a wool suit. However, investing in one high-quality well-fitted suit is still a good investment. Once you have a wool suit that makes you look smashingly hot you know you will look your best at the next weddings, fancy birthday party, job interviews, networking events, conferences etc. and don’t have to dread wearing a suit. A wool suit well taken care of will last you several decades as long as you can keep that waistline of yours.

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Woolen jacket

A woolen jacket is a blazer made out of woolen fabric that has more of a coarser and thicker touch compared to a worsted fabric of which a wool business suit would typically be made of. One example of a woolen fabric is tweed. Due to the textures and various shades of colours woolen jackets often have, they can be combined very flexible with all sorts of other clothing items. They work well with jeans, khaki, suit and corduroy trousers. If there was only one woolen item you wanted to invest in, I would recommend buying a woolen jacket.

 

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Wool Coat

Another wool essential is the wool coat. Again investing once into a good quality wool coat will give you a very good return on investment. Due to the breathability of the wool, a wool coat will make sure that you stay warm in winters but not overheat nor sweat like it is often the case in a functional outdoor or down jacket made out of synthetic fabrics.

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Scarf

A soft merino wool scarf will also last you for a very long time and will work well together with your wool coat or woolen jacket. Once the weather gets cold and damp, a wool scarf will protect you and keep you comfortable.

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Socks

Wool socks of course also come in all forms and sizes, so it is a very broad category. While I highly value and recommend wool hiking socks and thick winter socks, I believe very thin and fine merino wool socks should be part of the men’s wool essentials collection. A good looking wool sock completes the look, even though other people just see a few centimeters of them. In addition, a wool sock ensures that you don’t get sweaty feet but also no cold feet as the socks breathe and manage skin moisture vapour.

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Sweater

A basic uni-coloured wool sweater is another classic item in a men’s wardrobe. It looks well just worn with a t-shirt or shirt underneath but can also be worn underneath a woolen blazer for some extra warmth. Make sure you pick a very soft merino wool sweater to avoid any irritation on your skin.

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Hat or beany

With cold temperatures in winter time, a wool hat or a beany are also essential. Here again the style of a hat or beany can vary immensely. As long as your head is comfortable and you like the look, go for it.

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Long Johns

For years I tried to convince my husband to wear a pair of wool long johns underneath his jeans whenever we would go out into the cold for a long walk but he always refused. Finally he bought a pair of merino wool long johns for a winter trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights. Since then he wears them now regularly during our outdoor activities during winter. He finally experienced the comfort a pair of wool long johns can give you on a cold winter day.

Wool essentials long johns by Dilling at Wool Lifestyle blog

Dilling Underwear

Merino T-shirt

A merino t-shirt may not have been an essential wool garment in the past, but things have changed. There is a vast variety of merino wool t-shirts available in the market made out of very soft next to skin suitable wool. These shirts work well for any outdoor activity but also just worn as part of a daily outfit. The advantage of a merino wool t-shirt is that it does not smell of sweat so easily due to the odour resistance of the fibre.

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Dilling Underwear

 

Is there a wool garment you think should be part of a men’s wardrobe essentials? Leave me a comment below. I would love to hear about it.

9 ways to use a wool blanket in your home and life

I own a total of 10 wool blankets and all of them have been gifts from colleagues and friends. With each wool blanket that found its way into my life, one of my dear colleagues and I would say ‘Oh, you can never own too many wool blankets’.  Why is that? Because a wool blanket can be used and enjoyed in so many different ways.

Here is a list of places where you can benefit from a wool blanket in your home and life.

Sleep better

The classic use of a wool blanket is of course on top of your bed. Last night I was so cold in bed, I actually asked my husband to throw two wool blankets on top of me and my duvet. I like the flexibility of a wool blanket because you can just add or take away the wool blanket to adjust to the current weather and room temperature while keeping the same duvet. In summers I often only sleep under one very thin wool blanket. (If you want to learn more about how wool improves your sleep you can read this article here.)

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Wool blanket on the Isabella wool bed from the Wool Room.

Stay cozy on your sofa

Another classic use of a wool blanket is of course also the sofa. It is just pure comfort and coziness to cuddle under a blanket while watching a movie or tv. Always good to have more than one wool blanket around your sofa to offer also to your guests.

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Photo by Stephen di Donato on Unsplash

Decorate your home

While a blanket is wonderful to keep warm and comfortable it is also a very decorative element in your home. Just look at any interior magazines or type into pinterest living room or bedroom and you will spot a (wool) blanket in majority of the images. Similar to decorative pillows, wool blankets also add that extra splash of colour and style.

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Wool & Mohair blanket by Hinterveld

No more car sickness

Every car owner should also always keep a wool blanket in their car for two reasons. First, a wool blanket can be a life saver if you ever get stuck in your car during cold temperatures or snow. The wool blanket will help you stay warm while you need to wait for longer periods in your car. If you ever need to assist in a car accident it can also be vital for anyone injured to be protected from the cold with a blanket.

The second reason for keeping a wool blanket in the car is to reduce car sickness of any passenger. Especially new cars release a lot of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can make us feel sick in our car. Wool, however, absorbs these VOCs and therefore improves the air quality inside our cars. (If you want to find out more about VOCs listen to the Wool Academy Podcast interview with Graham Ormondroyd here.)

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Enjoy a picknick

Enjoying a nice picknick or BBQ outside is always a lot of fun and a wool blanket should not be missing on this occasion. The insulation properties of wool are perfect to keep any cold temperatures or moisture from the ground away from you. If you happen to spill any food or liquid onto the blanket, you will be surprised how easy it is to quickly wipe away the liquid before it can get absorbed. Any food stains that do occur will easily come out with a damp cloth.

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Keep your baby comfortable

A wool blanket has also many flexible uses for a baby. A wool blanket will keep any baby snuggly warm in its pushchair or stroller. It can be used as a blanket on the floor to play inside or outside the house. The advantage of a wool blanket is that it does not catch fire, burn or melt which makes it very safe for a baby.

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Cats and dogs also love them

Since I have my own dog, I was amazed to see how much dogs also love wool. Wherever there is a chance to snuggle onto or under a blanket, my dog goes for it. Especially in the winter time when we go on long car trips, Cooper lies on a recycle wool blanket in the car to keep him warm.

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Wrap yourself

Some cultures like the people from Lesotho wear wool blankets as part of their traditional outfit which looks stunning. Nowadays you see many wool blanket manufacturers show their wool blankets also as an item to wear. A wool blanket can be an interesting addition to your fashion outfit that will also keep you comfortably warm and if needed can be easily taken off again.

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Wool poncho by Hinterveld

Travel around the world

I just returned from a trip to South Africa, which included an 11-hour flight overnight. Surely enough I traveled with my own little wool blanket to keep me comfortable during the flight. While I use the airplane’s blanket to cover my legs, I then also wrap my upper body in my own wool blanket to keep me warm and help me sleep.

I even made good use of the blanket during my stay in the hotel because the duvet that was provided was too hot and heavy, so I just used my wool blanket on top of the sheet to sleep in.

Travelling with my wool blanket makes me feel a little bit like Charly Brown, but somehow the blanket is a nice comforter, while also being very practical during a long trip away from home.

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Wool Blanket by Waverley Mills

Wool blankets are also a perfect and easy gift as you cannot go wrong with the size and they are helpful for so many purposes. Unless you choose a very bold design they also fit into everyone’s home and style.

How are you using a wool blanket in your life? I would love to hear your tips and trick on what all you can do with a wool blanket. Just leave a comment below.

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Wool blankets by The Wool Room

 

Have a look at these websites to find your perfect wool blanket. I don’t get a commission from any of these brands, I just happen to like their products:

The Wool Room

Waverley Mills

Hinterveld

 

Get warm feet with these wool slippers

When I was younger I always thought slippers and especially wool slippers were so uncool. Since then, either my taste has changed or there are now many new wool slippers on the market that actually look cool and are super comfortable to wear around the house.

As I write this blog post in December 2017, it has become quite cold where I live in Germany and across the Northern Hemisphere. So thinking about wool slippers to keep warm at home seems like a good idea. However, I do wear my wool slippers all year round, even in summers. So if cold feet are not your issue right now, you might still find a nice pair of wool slippers to wear also in summers.

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Mahabis Slippers

Those of you who have already read my product review on the Mahabis slipper know that I am a big fan. I wear my Mahabis wool slippers every day while working from home – through summers and winters.

I personally like the look of the Mahabis slippers and I find them super comfortable. I think it is fun that you can combine the slipper with different attachable coloured soles. The attachable soles also make the slipper practical to wear the same slipper inside and outside the house. What I do is I wear the soles all the time, only when I lounge on the sofa and feel like keeping my wool slippers on, I take off the soles.

Have a look at the unique Mahabis wool slipper style and the colour combinations you can choose from here.

 

Baabuk

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Baabuk Slippers

Baabuk is another brand I am in love with, however, I have not yet had the chance to try their wool slippers personally but I love the story behind the slipper. The Baabuk slipper is based on the traditioanl Russian shoe called Valenki. The Valenkis are made out of wool and were essential for surviving in the cold Siberian winters. The founders of Baabuk adapted the Valenki into a modern wool slipper. The Baabuk wool slipper is made in Nepal by local wool experts using only wool, water and soap.

The slippers come in all sorts of fun colours as well as children, women and men sizes. Have a look at the Baabuk wool slipper here.

 

Lasso Shoes

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Lasso Shoes

While I already wrote about the Lasso Bag, I don’t want to miss out mentioning the fantastic Lasso wool slippers as well. These felted wool slippers come in 4 different styles of which all are made out of 90% wool and 10% Viscose. What is special about the Lasso slipper is that you assemble the slipper by yourself at home with a pair of laces that are available in 13 different colours. This gives your wool slippers a unique touch as you are part of the making process.

The Lasso Classic is the simplest version of the felted wool slipper. Then there is the Lasso Furry version which has sheep wool inside the slipper for extra warmth and comfort. The Lasso Nubuk has a nubuck leather look on the outside instead of the felted wool and the Lasso X Briagell gives the option of crazy prints to make your slipper even more unique.

The Lasso wool slippers are made within a 500 km radius around Paris which reduces the products environmental footprint quite a bit.

Check out the Lasso shoe website here.

 

Giesswein

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If you like your slippers to look more like a Ballerina shoe, you will get lucky over on the Giesswein website. Giesswein has a very long tradition of manufacturing wool slippers, I even wore several Giesswein wool slippers when I was a child. Their options of wool slippers is huge but I have my eyes set on the ballerina styles.

Check out the Giesswein ballerina wool slippers collection here.

 

Allbirds

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Allbirds Lounger

The Allbirds Lounger is not really marketed as a wool slipper but never the less can also be a wonderful shoe to lounge around at home.  The Allbirds Lounger is more like a proper shoe designed to be worn inside and outside the house. I find the Allbirds Lounger a great wool slipper if you prefer to look more dressed up at home and don’t want to feel like you just got out of bed. For a full product review of the Allbirds Lounger continue reading here.

Hopefully, you found a wool slipper that you like and is right for you. If you came across a wool slipper I did not mention in this post, leave me a comment below, I would love to learn more.