Spun with merino wool and added flexible fibres, our core knits are soft, insulating and layerable.


Words: L. Thorpe

Warm, plush and comfortable, merino wool has been used for centuries as a premium alternative to regular sheep’s wool. Versatile and durable, it’s often woven into activewear because of it’s temperature regulating properties, but works incredibly well as fine knitwear too. Wondering if merino deserves a spot in your winter wardrobe? Here’s why it’s worth the investment this season.

What is merino wool?

Merino is a special type of wool sourced from the merino sheep in New Zealand, Australia and South America. It’s a soft, fine fabric that is thin, flexible and sits comfortably against the skin, making it ideal for fine knits such as roll necks and cardigans. Merino is also breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin, meaning it stays fresher than synthetic fabric.

Why we love merino

Aside from all of the above, the fine fibres of merino make it one of the softest fabrics to craft with. It’s also durable, wrinkle resistant and reduces the itchiness associated with standard wool. Furthermore, it’s more sustainable than synthetic fabrics due to its ability to biodegrade.

At Moss, we love how lightweight merino is, which is why we’ve incorporated it into many of our knits, blending it with acrylic to add a little bit of a stretch and make it easier to care for. All of our merino jumpers are machine washable at low temperatures, and will keep their shape through repeated wear. Check out our guide to caring for your knitwear for some tips on looking after your merino pieces.

How to wear merino

Merino works just as well for casual events as it does for more dressier occasions. Play it safe by going for a neutral black, white or grey, or add a bit of colour with our selection of tonal pieces such as the acid green roll neck or the wine zip neck.

Mock necks and roll necks are layering staples, and a great way to tone down a smart suit. Paired with a classic 2-piece, they add a relaxed feel to a sharp look, but work just as well with chinos or tailored trousers without the jacket. Add in a chestnut overcoat and you’ve got a polished finish that’ll see you from desk to dinner.

Moss - blue fog merino blend long sleeve polo shirt

For a more relaxed weekend look, try a light blue merino polo shirt with chinos and chunky trainers. It can easily transition into formal if needed, and the fine knit allows for breathability which works well for those in-between seasons. If it’s really chilly, layer with an overshirt or a chunky knit for extra warmth.