split image of Sophia Hayden wearing sweaters and sitting next to sweater pile

Sophia Hayden from Washington, USA, has broken the record for the most sweaters worn at once with a sweat-inducing total of 45.

Sophia put them on one by one, using sweaters of increasing size.

She was required to pull each one down to her waist before putting on the next, and any that ripped would not be counted towards the final total.

The previous record was 40, achieved by 11-year-old Thomas Hocquet-Umambo (France) in 2022.

Sophia is not the first person in her family to break a world record; her mother, Alessandra, currently holds the record for the longest marathon crocheting.

Alessandra couldn't use her crocheting skills to create bespoke sweaters for Sophia’s record attempt though, as each one was required to be commercially available.

“It took a lot of time to gather enough sweaters for this attempt,” said Alessandra, who bought the sweaters from stores such as Old Navy, Target, and Kohl’s.

Sophia attempted the record at her local library, and after successfully achieving it, she donated all the sweaters to charity.

Sophia wearing 45 sweaters

This record was first set in 2014 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! by Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, who managed to wear 25 sweaters simultaneously.

Serial record breaker André Ortolf (Germany) then surpassed Guillermo’s record by one in 2016, before Theodore Kinsella (USA) took the title in 2021 wearing 30 sweaters.

A year later, Thomas Hocquet-Umambo became the first child to break the record, with his small frame allowing him to don 10 more sweaters than André could.

And now that Sophia has further increased the record to 45, we edge ever closer to discovering the limit to how many sweaters it is humanly possible to wear at once.

Sophia sitting next to a pile of sweaters

More sweater world records

The most expensive sweater/cardigan sold at auction is a grey mohair five-button cardigan once worn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, sold on 26 October 2019 for $334,000 (including buyer's premium) at an auction in New York, USA.

The world’s largest sweater has a chest measurement of 15.11 m (49.5 ft), a body length of 18.49 m (60.6 ft) and a sleeve length of 15.88 m (52.1 ft). It was created by the Bayrampaşa Textile Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association from Türkiye.

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