I Found the Perfect Sweater + Said Goodbye to ‘Fast-Fashion’

The Perfect Sweater

I have been on the hunt for the perfect sweater. Last month my favorite cardigan mysteriously developed holes all over it. I keep a very small wardrobe so I was feeling pretty lost when I had to throw it in the trash. I knew I didn’t want the next sweater to meet the same fate.

I have been looking for a sweater that will last the rest of my life.

It has been over 18 months since I got rid of my wardrobe in favor of a minimalist closet. I was tired of feeling overwhelmed with my choices and as a result wearing yoga pants every.darn.day. Since I have made the switch I have been very careful about adding new pieces into my closet.

I have learned a lot about fashion and a lot about clothing waste. Did you know that every year each American generates around 70 pounds of used clothing that goes straight to the landfill?

Somewhere in the last generation our clothes have become cheaper and more disposable–this is called “fast fashion“. The trend towards fast fashion has led us to buy 5 times more clothes today than our parents did in 1980.

This is why I am on the hunt for a lifelong sweater–to end my relationship with disposable clothing. 

I knew the perfect sweater would come with a lifetime warranty. I also knew the perfect sweater would be machine washable, soft, warm, cute, and manufactured by a socially responsible company.


All things are possible because I found it: The Perfect Sweater. 


It was in the most unexpected of places–at my kid’s clothing store, Hanna Andersson.

This is my first purchase from their line of women’s clothing, however we have been loyal to their kid’s pajamas for years. This long cardigan is made out of 70% cotton and 30% merino wool, which makes it super soft and washing machine friendly. As a bonus, I love the vertical lines along the bottom edge that add a slimming effect. I also love that it was 40% off when I bought it. 

Best of all, every Hanna Andersson product comes with a promise. If I am not 100% happy with it forever–I can return it for a full refund at anytime.

There’s more. Hanna Andersson has great sustainable programming. One effort that I admire is called Hannadowns. Their legendary pajamas are designed to last through many children. With Hannadowns, they ask you to bring outgrown pajamas back to the store to be repurposed for children in need.

I don’t have to worry about this sweater ending up in a landfill, because I plan to keep it forever. Do you have any clothes that you plan to keep forever?

No compensation or free product was given for this post–it is based on my opinion alone. 

Denaye Barahona

Denaye Barahona is a loving wife and mama of two. She's a therapist for moms, an author, and the host of the top-ranked Simple Families Podcast. Denaye holds a Ph.D. in Child Development and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been featured on the likes of The Today Show, Netflix, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Forbes, and numerous other media outlets.