Does everybody know about Wool and the Gang? The funny thing is, I love their sweaters that aren’t made of wool, a fiber that makes me itch like crazy and shrinks in the washer to doll-size. I yearn for the cozy look of wool, but I won’t go near synthetics like acrylic (cheap-looking, -feeling, -wearing, -washing), and cashmere that thick and heavy is a fortune. Enter Wool and the Gang’s non-wool sweaters, often a perfect proportion of cotton to alpaca for both chunky texture and surprising warmth. They’re mostly one-size, normally a red flag for bad fit, but their loose, stretchy quality makes them flattering on a range of body types: they drape on angles and cling to curves. (There are men’s and unisex styles as well as women’s.) I throw them in the washer AND dryer; I leave them balled in closet corners; nothing fazes their New York-Paris casual cool. They’re available on the Wool site, specialty boutiques (the list is always changing but includes retailers like Creatures of Comfort), and Madewell, which carries a few items a season (there’s one on sale right now with free shipping)!