What is Merino Wool?

What is Merino Wool?

Here at StylishGuy Menswear, we know how to dress for Irish weather better than anyone. When recommending a light jumper to throw on on a chillier day, or to layer under a jacket as we approach the changing seasons, we always prescribe a Merino Wool jumper. 

Our customers constantly ask us the difference between merino wool and regular wool. We want to clear it up once and for all and let everyone know the special benefits of merino wool. 

This guy is part of the merino sheep breed, living in Australia or New Zealand, they have the softest wool of any sheep. Their wool is super fine and super thin and garments made from it do not itch. 

The fabric is extremely breathable, meaning it's amazing at removing moisture from the microclimate ( space between the skin and the garment ). The fibres can absorb and retain up to 30% of their own weight in moisture and still feel dry to the touch.

Typically we know the benefits of wool for winter - the merino wool has a natural crimp to it that helps it trap more dead air than any other fibre. Dead air is a wonderful insulator providing a great defence against the cold.

During the other seasons when your body warms up the moisture stored within the fibre will begin to evaporate, cooling the air between your skin and the fabric. The warmer you get the more evaporation takes place and the bigger the cooling effect. Because of its self-management of moisture, usual odour-causing bacteria cannot thrive.

Taking off our Stylish lab coats, some bonus (and more straightforward) benefits of Merino Wool to finish:

  • For those with sensitive skin, the hypoallergenic properties of the wool mean skin irritation is at bay.
  • It has protective qualities from harmful UV rays.
  • And lastly, it's super soft and lightweight essential wardrobe item, that will bring you through the four seasons. 

We hope our blog this week was insightful. If you want to check out our range of Merino Wool jumpers, you can HERE. 

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