Acrylic VS Wool Scarf
An acrylic scarf is made from acrylic fibers, a synthetic material. It is a man-made textile that’s lightweight, inexpensive and does not usually require special care instructions. It does not fade easily and is wrinkle- and stain-resistant. Although acrylic is not as soft or as breathable as natural fibers, it is an effective alternative for people with sensitive skin and/or who have allergic reactions to wool. Acrylic scarves hold their shape and can be wrapped around the neck loosely, clasped in a loop over your shoulders, or tied and tucked into your coat.
Wool is a natural fiber that is derived from animal fleece. Its properties make it a fine material for scarves and other cool-weather clothing. Wool is water-resistant and wicks away moisture. Wool fiber can hold up to 30 percent of its weight when exposed to moisture without becoming damp. It also keeps bodies dry by absorbing moisture (like perspiration) and draws it away. Wool’s hollow fibers and unique ability to create air pockets over the skin make this material breathable and a great insulator.
Types of Wool
Scarf Size, Color and Designs
Once you’ve decided on wool or acrylic (or even a blend of the two fibers), selecting the perfect scarf will depend on size, color and/or patterns. Try on different scarves and pay attention to length and width. A scarf that’s too short will be difficult to tie. A scarf that’s not very wide won’t offer the protection you desire around your neck.
Scarves look best when they complement an outfit, but should not match it completely. For example, a red scarf paired with a coat sporting the exact red shade may make you look like one large color block. For something more dynamic, choose a wool or acrylic scarf that features a pattern. Houndstooth, plaid and striped patterns are just some of many designs available.