Wool is such an interesting and versatile fibre. It ranges from coarse and scratchy to supremely fine and light. I’ll talk about various types of wool in the coming months, but today I wanted to concentrate on worsted wool.
Grana have recently released a few worsted wool items in their lineup, and they sent me a heap of information about the wool and why it’s different from other woollen products.
What is worsted wool?
Worsted wool fibres are longer and less ‘woolly’ than the wool of your favourite winter jumper or cardigan. There isn’t any fluffiness to worsted wool because the natural crimp has been removed during the twisting process. The long length of the fibre is achieved through carding, which is when the wool is combed to remove the shorter fibres.
During carding, the fibres are aligned parallel and end to end to each other. Once woven into a bolt of material, this makes for a tight, hard yarn that is effective at keeping out wind and rain. The resulting fabric is also very lightweight and crisp, which means it’s great for use in outerwear manufacturing and structured clothing like trousers. According to Grana, the process to produce worsted wool is time consuming, but you end up with a much stronger, finer, and durable fabric. For you the consumer, that means your worsted wool items should last longer and age better.
Grana sent me their worsted wool tapered drawstring pants to try out.
How do they feel ¦ From the start, these are a very pleasurable pair of pants to don. The worsted fabric is incredibly lightweight and very fine. The legs are actually lined down to about the knees, an intuitive design addition and one that I as the wearer appreciate infinitely.
The material is a little cool to the touch and doesn’t ‘heat up’ with wear (because there is less space between the fibres to catch warm air, which is why woolly jumpers feel cosy), but despite this I haven’t felt clammy whilst wearing the pants. This may be due to the mild autumn weather, or just the properties of the wool itself. I’ll be interested to see how these pants fare in the dead of our Tasmanian winter and through the biting winds.
Elastic waist? ¦ Considering these pants are being included in a work wear edit, can the elastic waistband and draw string be considered appropriate? Strangely enough I think they do work in this situation.
I mentioned before that the finish of worsted wool results in a really slick, hard wearing material, and it’s this structured drape that seems to counter the casual elements of the elastic waist band and drawstring. I believe as long as you keep the trousers pressed to maintain that front crease, the design isn’t too casual for the office.
Tucked or un-tucked ¦ I tried wearing the pants with a tucked and un-tucked shirt, and I’m feeling the tucked version better. That could be something to do with the higher waist, the cropped and tapered cut of the leg, or that the a defined waistline suits this design and the drape of the fabric better.
Flats or heels ¦ The cropped cut falls comfortably at my ankle without making me look stumpy; on a taller person the effect would be a proper crop perhaps hitting about the shin/lower calf. I feel the ankle length works well with both heels and flats. However these are not really pants to tuck into tall boots, and I think you need to let boots take a back seat by keeping them underneath, letting the pants take centre stage.
I’ll admit that the closed toe boots I’ve got here are not the best pairing with these pants, but you can at least see what leather boots would look like. I think I’m going to have to do a Pinterest style search to see what would be most appropriate to pair with cropped trousers that will work in the winter time.
This post contains gifted items from Grana, but no affiliate links. If you would like to check out Grana’s worsted wool collection, find everything here (for the ladies) and here (for the gents) and don’t forget to use my discount code to receive 10% of free shipping – CINDYxGRANA.