Few things make me feel more unprofessional than a sweater covered in micro-balls of knit debris — something that's especially annoying when you invest in a high-end piece that's meant to carry you through many winters. But the pilling phenomenon has nothing to do with how much you spend: According to The Wall Street Journal, there's no way to know whether that Uniqlo x Lemaire sweater you ripped from the clutches of a fellow shopper will result in broken microfibers that become loose and tangled together. Instead, you'll have to wait and see if repeated rubbing from seat belts and book bags will take its toll, when it's already too late.
To combat the problem, I use this nifty little fabric shaver that trims fuzz like a beard. The battery operated device is gentle, but I still recommend being cautious with ultra-luxe sweaters. That said, it's perfect for crisp cold mornings when all I want to wear is a men's cashmere sweater and soft wool pants — and need to minimize messy patches of fuzz where my cross-body bag rubs against by waist. And now, as I bring my sweaters out of hibernation, they could all use a little trim for the new season.
Conair Battery Operated Fabric Defuzzer, $11.99, available at Amazon.
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