The Sweater Search

Fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera wears a Tobi lace-up sweater, Acne Studios boots and APC halfmoon bagOutfit details on fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, including a Tobi lace-up sweater and Lovers + Friends black jeansWinnipeg fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera sits at the Manitoba Legislature wearing a Tobi sweater, Acne Studios boots and Celine Audrey sunglassesPortrait of fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, wearing a Tobi sweater, APC halfmoon bag and Celine sunglassesFashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera stands at the Manitoba Legislature wearing a Tobi sweater, Acne Studios boots and an APC bagTobi sweater (c/o)
Lovers + Friends jeans (c/o REVOLVE)
Acne Studios boots
Celine sunglasses
Keltie Leanne Designs ring (c/o)
Madewell rings

When it comes to sweaters, the struggle is real. Life with a wool allergy – okay, let’s be serious, an allergy to pretty much all animal fibres – is, simply put, annoying. I remember the first, and only, time my mom sent me to school wearing wool. Although I had a full cotton turtleneck on under the pink sweater vest she dressed me in, by the time I arrived at school, I was unbearably itchy. For the next two decades, I avoided wool entirely. It seemed the only sensible choice.

But it’s not easy to avoid wool. Especially in the fall and winter. The fabric has a way of sneaking into garments in small amounts – ten percent in a scarf here, twenty percent in a cozy sweater there. I live in a cold climate and even if I didn’t, I would love knitwear. I can’t help it. In a store, piles of sweaters draw me in. Every. Single. Time. And that means that fall and winter shopping is, inevitably, a series of disappointments, because it very often seems that everything cute contains wool… or mohair… or alpaca… or, well, I could go on, but you get the idea.

Wool coats present less of a challenge. With a good lining and a thick scarf, I can wear them easily. But sweaters are another matter. Sometimes, I try to convince myself that a small amount of wool will be manageable, but how can I really know what percentage of wool in a sweater is too much? It’s impossible. Other times, I tell myself that if I take an antihistamine, I can wear my beautiful wool sweaters for a few hours without risking hives. But as life choices go, taking medication to wear special garments is, I realise, a bit extreme. Like I said; the struggle is real.

It’s been a while since I’ve convinced myself that buying a wool sweater was a good decision, but I won’t deny I have a few in my closet. I have a particular weakness for chunky knits, which are hardest of all to find in 100% acrylic… which is why I was pretty much over the moon to discover this sweater from Tobi. It has all the heavy gauge stitching I want with none of the animal fibres. And yes, I will be wearing it on repeat for the rest of the season. That’s partly because of my excitement – I finally have the chunky knit of my dreams! But it’s also partly because I’m not likely to find any other chunky acrylic sweaters anytime soon… For once, though, I’m okay with that.

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  1. It’s a really cute sweater. Love the “party” in the back 😀 Yes, finding a great sweater is challenging. The material. The style. You really have to look at everything before purchasing. I have sensitive skin, so I really have to be cautious. I live in a warm climate, so I don’t have to wear them for long during the year.

  2. SO with you Cee! While I don’t have an allergy to wool, I hate wool, it’s so itchy and way too hot for me. I too stick to all cotton sweaters (or acrylic) and yup they’re so hard to find. As for your sweater?! Oh my gosh, sweater of my dreams too and can’t wait to see you re-style it. Happy Thursday friend, let’s hook up another skype date soon. Miss you!! xo

  3. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to have to avoid all animal fibers! It’s true, so many pieces I pick up often have just a nominal amount, which I think is equally annoying, though that is because I’m usually searching for 100% merino wool or cashmere or something of the like.

    I’m glad you’ve found a new sweater source and can enjoy adding some new knitwear to your wardrobe this fall and winter!

    And the chunky lace up back is such a fun design element.
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