Great clothes require great materials. Take a deep dive on a few of our favorites, from Alpaca to Velvet, below.
This luxe, exceptionally fine wool is gathered from goats, and is favored for its silky, soft feel and lightweight warmth.
First developed in the early 80s, this cozy fleece is a durable synthetic fabric meant to mimic wool’s natural properties.
A soft, ridged cotton fabric with a timeless appeal, corduroy’s iconic ridges are called “wales.” The fewer ridges per inch, the chunkier the cord.
Velour has all the plush softness of velvet (and some of its shine, too), but just enough stretch to give it a sportier finish.
Like cashmere, alpaca is prized for its exceptional softness — but it’s also water-repellent and hypoallergenic.
Mohair yarn comes from the hair of the Angora goat, and it’s prized for its luster and durability; when it’s brushed, it gets an extra fuzzy look and feel.
The threads in velvet are evenly cut and distributed so as to give it a dense pile, which creates the luxe shine and superior softness it’s known for.
Ranging from rugged to refined, flannel is synonymous with cold-weather dressing — look for brushed flannel for an extra-soft finish.