20 Sweaters I Swear Won't Pill (Because That's a Straight Up Waste of Money)


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Sweater pilling is one of life's most pesky wardrobe nuisances. The situation occurs when groups of fibers on the surface of your knitwear get tangled together and form a tiny ball (or pill). It usually goes down in the areas where there's the most day-to-day friction, like your sleeves or the back where you put on and take off coats. It's annoying, and it's not cute. If you're currently suffering from pilling, then be sure to check out this video on how to de-pill your sweater in 30 seconds. However, if you want to avoid this situation altogether, then consider the following.

We already know that merino wool sweaters are the least likely to pill. That's because the fibers are stronger and thus more tightly woven together. Taking this bit of information and applying the logic, if you want a sweater that's not going to pill (or at the very least, pill at a much slower pace), then look for sweaters with sturdier fibers and run like the wind. Ahead, shop my picks for sweaters that I swear won't pill.

And now, your guide to the best affordable cashmere.

Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)