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Here's How to Tell If a Sweater Is Cheap or Expensive

Not all sweaters are created equal.
Here's How to Tell If a Sweater Is Cheap or Expensive
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Not all sweaters are created equal.

It’s my favorite time of the year a.k.a. the "sweater weather" season! Don’t you just love lounging around at home on a rainy morning with a nice book and a comfy sweater on? The being said, I’m talking about those soft, cloud-like jumpers that can last you years, as opposed to the annoyingly itchy ones that stick to your skin in an uncomfortable way. 

If you’re shopping for a new pullover to keep you warm this season, make it count and study up on what makes a high quality sweater worth your money—allow Teen Vogue's Sammie Scott and sweater expert Kristine Rodriguez to help you on that!

Below are a few tips:

Fiber Content

Much like the tell-tale sign for T-shirts, finding out what fabric a sweater is made of is a good jump-off point to determining its true worth. When shopping in stores, make sure to check the tags for natural fibers such as cotton, linen, cashmere, or wool, seeing as these plant based and animal based sweaters are more high quality, therefore, more durable.

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Seam

Another thing you can check at the stores is the tailoring of the sweater. More expensive ones are usually carefully constructed, hence, you can barely notice the seams when you stretch out the fabric on its side, as opposed to sweaters with obviously messy construction. 

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Stretch out the sides to check the seams.
PHOTO BY YOUTUBE/Teen Vogue

Ribs 

Speaking of seams, an easy test to quickly determine the quality of a sweater is to examine if the ribs on the shoulders are neatly aligned when they meet at the seams. Ribs that match up are usually indicative of carefully crafted handiwork, making the piece more expensive and definitely worth your money.

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An example of a sweater where the ribs don't match.
PHOTO BY YOUTUBE/Teen Vogue

Watch the full video below to learn more!

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