When the American Sheep Industry Association's Wool Council polled people as to what type of winter accessories most often come to mind, the majority responded "wool-knit caps, mufflers and gloves."
While the three continue to enjoy their decades-old status as major bluster busters, some newer winter woolens--capelets, shrugs and neckwarmers--are fast becoming warm and fashionable favorites.
Also establishing a toehold in the fickle fashion world are woolen fabric-wrapped shoes in such stylish choices as salt-and-pepper tweed dress pumps and pinstripe and flannel ballet slippers.
An increasing number of women also have been spotted clutching woolen fabric handbags, which, like the shoes, are typically trimmed in leather or accented with metal for a proper fashion finish.
American wool's durability, adaptability and consumer appeal in these, and other products, was recently touted in the fourth addition of Wool Clips, the Wool Council's newsletter.
The newsletter is printed in English, Spanish and Chinese and distributed to more than 3,000 international apparel manufacturers.