stylish non itchy sweaters
Anthropologie $118 $69.95

Every winter, I take incredible pleasure in finding my clients stylish non-itchy sweaters. No one wants an itchy sweater, least of all me. My skin is very sensitive, and I have some clients who are even more sensitive than I am.

Non Itchy Sweater Material

Is cashmere itchy? Is acrylic itchy? Is wool itchy? These are the questions we wish we had straightforward answers to, but alas, we don’t.  When it comes to non-itchy sweaters, it’s usually about the quality of the combination of the materials, rather than one specific material by itself. But here’s my brief guide to non-itchy sweater material…

  • Wool: Yes, generally itchy
  • Cashmere: Poor Quality Cashmere, Yes
  • Alpaca: Sometimes
  • Acrylic: Sometimes
  • Polyester: No
  • Cotton: No
  • Rayon: No
  • Viscose: No
  • Nylon: No
  • Silk: No

If you are in a store, it is easy to try on a sweater and realize it’s itchy. In that journey, you will find some exceptionally soft, non-itchy wool blends, cashmere, and acrylic sweaters, but online shopping is a different beast. To ensure the arrival of a non-itchy sweater, you must look at the product details and see the breakdown of the materials. As long as the majority is a mixture of the rarely-to-never-itchy materials listed above, you should be safe. Unless of course, you have a genuine fabric allergy. Those who have fabric allergies may experience skin irritation along with burning eyes and chest tightness. If you think you have a fabric allergy, you should have a medical professional perform an allergy test.

The Softest Sweater Material

non-itchy sweater
Nic+Zoe $148.00 $88.80

Obviously, if you are allergic, skip any item that has any amount of the material you’re allergic to. But many of us do not have any allergies, we are just super sensitive and desperate for the softest sweater material. In this case, purchase sweaters made of 100% cotton or a cotton or rayon blend. This blend can include polyester, viscose, nylon, and/or silk. If you want the absolutely softest sweater material, here are my favorite fabric combinations for softness:

  • Cotton + Silk Blend
  • Cotton + Rayon
  • Rayon + Polyester Blend
  • Cotton + Polyester Blend

Keep in mind, a hint of nylon and viscose is never an irritating addition unless, of course, you are allergic to those fabrics as we discussed above. Scroll past the next two subheadings for more super soft stylish sweaters!

How To Make A Sweater Less Itchy – Layer It!

How to make a cashmere sweater less itchy
C by Bloomingdale’s Cashmere Sweater

Obviously, we strive to buy non-itchy sweaters from the get-go. But sometimes a sweater you buy on final sale, or a sweater you just LOVE can turn out to be itchier than expected. In that case, I recommend layering a thin, fitted long sleeve t-shirt underneath, as I mentioned in my post on Stylish Long Sleeve Tops. I call these types of layering tops, “liners.” Not only will a layering top protect your skin from the itchy material, but it can also add a little extra warmth if you need it. Pictured above is my favorite statement sweater. It is a Bloomingdale’s exclusive 100% cashmere sweater, and I seem to become more and more sensitive to it over time — damn you, itchy cashmere! I was heartbroken for a split second because it is literally my favorite sweater ever made. It is a brilliant and versatile design I never tire of and could wear forever. Then I quickly remembered my layering trick. I put one of my favorite long-sleeve, fitted liner tees on underneath and was saved. The super thin Uniqlo Heattech Scoop Neck Tee is a 100% effective barrier, and you cannot tell at all that there is another top underneath my itchy sweater.

Listed below are my favorite liner tops to put underneath an itchy sweater. Notice there is a fitted turtleneck tee on the list as well. This is a great choice for those who need full protection from an itchy sweater’s neckline. Since this type of liner will show, make sure you select a complementary color to your sweater. Thankfully, Uniqlo has a plethora of colors to choose from.

  1. Uniqlo Heattech Scoop neck Tee ($19.90)
  2. Uniqlo Heattech Crew Neck Tee ($19.90)
  3. Uniqlo Heattech Turtleneck Tee ($19.90)
  4. Skims Stretch Cotton T-Shirt ($54)
  5. Skims “Silkier” Polyamide/Elastane T-Shirt ($54)

How to Make A Sweater Less Itchy – Hair Conditioner?

There are also some interesting Internet theories out there on how to make sweaters less itchy. I came across a Glamour article that suggested washing your sweater with conditioner and then placing it in the freezer to get rid of the itch. My amazing assistant Madeline Hornbuckle volunteered to try it for us on one of her itchy sweaters. She said it worked! Here’s her step-by-step guide on how to make your sweater less itchy (if you’re just here for my recs on non-itchy sweaters keep scrolling down)…

  • Step 1: Get Your Itchy Sweater and Supplies

how to make a sweater less itchy

I chose this Camila Coelho sweater because it’s cropped, making it easier to work on. Plus, the washing instructions on its tag said hand wash so it was the perfect candidate. Besides your itchy sweater, you’ll also need a bowl to soak it in, white vinegar, conditioner, and a large ziplock bag.

  • Step 2: Soak Your Itchy Sweater

how to make sweaters less itchy

I filled the bowl with cold water and added 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Then, I turned the sweater inside out and soaked it for 15 minutes. I checked in about halfway through so that I could massage the water and vinegar into the sweater.

  • Step 3: Massage Your Itchy Sweater With Conditioner

how to make a sweater less itchy

After the 15 minutes were up, I drained the bowl and wrung out some of the water from the sweater, but not too much. I then started massaging the conditioner into the sweater. I massaged it by section, starting with the sleeves and then moving to the torso. Once I had finished, I realized that I didn’t put much focus on the ribbed cuffs and collar/hemline. I went back and made sure to massage extra conditioner between the ribbing, but I wish I was more meticulous about it (more on why later). Then, I let the conditioned sweater sit in the bowl for another 30 minutes.

  • Step 4: Rinse Your Sweater

After the 30 minutes were up, it was time for me to rinse out the conditioner with cold water. It was advised to rinse it out completely, and I must admit, this was the most tedious step. Not only was it a challenge to make sure the knit was conditioner-free, but it was also scary to wring out the water while making sure I wasn’t stretching out the fabric. I was doing this process in the kitchen sink, but I think the shower would have made this particular step easier. Also, I would recommend using a larger bowl or bucket than the one I used. This step took me about 30 minutes because I wanted to make sure I was thorough.

  • Step 5: Air Dry Your Sweater

how to make sweaters less itchy

After rinsing out the sweater, I laid it flat on a towel to dry. It took much longer to dry than I was expecting. This might have something to do with my home being overly cold, since my heater has been temperamental (pun intended!).  So, instead of the sweater drying in time for me to place it in the freezer overnight, I had to wait until the next day to do so.

  • Step 6: Put Your Sweater In The Freezer (yes, really)

how to make a sweater less itchy fast

Once the sweater was dry, I folded it neatly in a ziplock freezer bag and left it in the freezer for about 6 hours.

  • Step 7: Warm Up Your Sweater & Enjoy Its Non-Itchiness

how to make acrylic sweaters less itchy

When it was time for me to test out the sweater, there was a bit of frost along the ribbed cuffs, collar, and hemline because those areas are extra ribbed and must of had some water still trapped inside. After letting the sweater warm up for about 15 minutes, I tried it on… and it was a success! I would say about 90% of the itchiness is gone. The areas where I noticed some minor itchiness are a couple of spots on the sleeves and the cuffs (most likely because I wasn’t as thorough with the conditioner as I had hoped — especially in those extra ribbed spots). All in all, I’m very happy and impressed with the results. I have had this sweater for so long and hadn’t worn it once because it was too irritating on my skin. This has made a significant difference. Yay!!

So there you have it. That is a lot of work though when we could just be buying fabulous non-itchy sweaters from the get-go. So with that in mind, I’ve listed my favorite non-itchy sweaters below. I’ve also included their material breakdown, so you can decide for yourself how itchy you might find them based on how sensitive your skin is.

Open Edit Semisheer V-Neck Dolman Sleeve Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Open Edit $29.90

Sizing: True to size. It is supposed to be baggier in the arms and torso, and then snugger in the hip area. You will tuck this sweater in for a beautiful blouse look.

Itch Factor: None.

Fabric Content: 40% viscose, 30% nylon, 25% polyester, 5% wool

Nic+Zoe Shaker Stitch Cotton Blend Crewneck Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Nic+Zoe $138.00 $62.10–$99.99

This stylish non-itchy sweater by Nic + Zoe is available at Nordstrom, Zappos, and Lord & Taylor.

Sizing: Runs slightly big. Order your true size as well as a size down to compare.

Itch Factor: None.

Fabric Content: 80% cotton, 20% rayon

Nic+Zoe Femme Sleeve Space Dye Sweater

non-itchy sweater
Nic+Zoe $148.00 $88.80

This Nic+Zoe Femme Sleeve sweater is available at Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, and Amazon.

Sizing: Runs true to size, but order a size down as well to compare.

Itch Factor: None.

Fabric Content: 58% cotton, 18% rayon, 12% nylon, 12% viscose

Dolan Left Coast Pointelle Top

non itchy sweater material
Dolan Left Coast $118

This Dolan Left Coast non-itchy sweater is available at Anthropologie.

Sizing: Runs true to size.

Itch Factor: None.

Fabric Content: Rayon, with pointelle knit acrylic sleeves

By Anthropologie Ribbed Crew Neck Sweater

is acrylic itchy?
Anthropologie $118 $69.95

This long sleeve non-itchy sweater is available at Anthropologie.

Sizing: Runs true to size.

Itch Factor: None. 

Fabric Content: 100% acrylic

Caslon Spacedye V-Neck Sweater

stylish non itchy sweaters
Caslon $69 $31.05

This Caslon stylish sweater is available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs true to size.

Itch Factor: None

Fabric Content: 70% acrylic, 30% nylon

1.State V-Neck Sweater

non itchy sweater material
1.State $79 $31.97-$79

This 1.State stylish long sleeve sweater is available at Nordstrom.

Sizing: Runs slightly large, order your true size as well as one size down.

Itch Factor: None.

Fabric Content: 73% acrylic, 24% polyester, 3% spandex

French Connection Caballo Floral-Lace Sleeve Sweater

stylish non itchy sweaters
French Connection $118

This French Connection sheer-sleeve sweater is available at Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: It runs HUGE. Order two sizes down.

Itch Factor: The lace might irritate the MOST sensitive person, but no client has complained yet.

Fabric Content: Sweater is cotton, sleeves are polyamide, and the trims are polyester

Pilcro Mock-Neck Cable-Knit Sweater

stylish non itchy sweaters
Pilcro $118 $89.95

This stylish non-itchy sweater is available at Anthropologie.

Sizing: Runs slightly large. Order your true size as well as a size down to compare.

Itch Factor: None.

Fabric Content: 58% cotton, 35% acrylic, 6% polyester, 1% elastane

Stylish Non-itchy Sweaters From Years Past

I originally wrote this post on non-itchy sweaters years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton Blend Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Eileen Fisher $248

You are going to love the coziness of this Eileen Fisher Organic Cotton Blend Sweater. And I am loving a baby blue sweater right now. So refreshing.

Sizing Tip: Runs large. Order a size or two down.

J.Crew Collection Cable Mock Neck Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
J.Crew $188

This chunky cotton blend J.Crew Collection Cable Mock Neck Sweater is for you slim ladies. It intentionally adds weight and drama to your sweater and jean look. This sweater is available at Nordstrom and J.Crew.

Sizing Tip: Runs a bit big, order a size down for a less bulky look.

Chaus Off the Shoulder Chevron Cotton Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Chaus $79

This Chaus Off the Shoulder Chevron Cotton Sweater will give your leggings a sexy, warm look this winter. Pair it with a delicate necklace.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size.

Nordstrom Signature Stripe Cashmere Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Nordstrom Signature $199

I absolutely adore the Nordstrom Signature Stripe Cashmere Sweater. It is cashmere so my clients and readers who have any issues with cashmere should skip it, but it works with my skin.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size.

BP V Neck Cotton Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
BP $39

This BP V Neck Cotton Sweater is super soft (of course). It works great tucked into skirts.

Sizing Tip: This brand usually runs small, but this sweater runs large. Order a size down.

French Connection Zoe Chunky Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
French Connection $148

This French Connection Zoe Chunky Sweater is the epitome of stylish non-itchy sweaters. The sleeves might not be the best option for keeping your sweater out of your soup, but I can’t get enough of this look. Pair it with leggings and skinny pants.

Sizing Tip: Runs large in the width. Order a size down. Note, when you order a size down, the length will be shorter.

Dreamers By Debut Cowl Neck Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Dreamers by Debut $49

The mustard color of this Dreamers By Debut Cowl Neck Sweater is everything — and the sweater feels like pajamas.

Sizing Tip: Runs large. Order a size down.

Joie Colorblock Cotton Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Joie $248 $148.80

This Joie Colorblock Cotton Sweater is wonderfully sporty and itch-free.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size, but I would order a size up as well to compare fits.

Vince Ribbed Cashmere Sweater

non-itchy sweaters
Vince $275

This Vince Ribbed Cashmere Sweater could irritate the most sensitive of my clients, but so far everyone is raving about it.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size, but I recommend ordering a size down as well to compare the fit.

Vince Colorblock Cashmere Pullover

non-itchy sweaters
Vince $345

This Vince Colorblock Cashmere Pullover may bother my most sensitive clients, but it is already a favorite of three of my clients.

Sizing Tip: Runs true to size, but I recommend ordering a size down as well to compare the fit.