Current Obsession – Cashmere Sweaters

October 18, 2014

I have an obsession with cashmere sweaters. As JCrew always say “The best things in life are cashmere“. Cashmere sweaters to me are like the fashion equivalent of Suqqu brushes for beauty – they are investment-worthy, feel so whispering soft and luxurious against your skin. As for the chic factor, if you have read this ultimate fashion bible (which is my all time favorite fashion book and I highly recommend to everyone), you would know that cashmere is the ultimate hero item to be invested in for a timeless wardrobe.

I like to collect quality cashmere sweaters every fall, so over the time I have accrued many across major contemporary brands that are known for making them such as JCrew, Vince and Equipment. I have seen some cheaper ones from the high street brands such as Zara and Uniqlo, and I wasn’t impressed… Since the good ones can be pricey I thought I’d share my thoughts on some of my all time favorites.

The JCrew Cashmere Boyfreind Sweater was my first cashmere sweater (currently 30% off!). I love it so much so I bought them in three different colors  – the navy, black, and a hot pink. I love the V neck paired with a relaxed fit which just makes this style so Parisian chic and effortless. JCrew cahsmere is the thickest and most weighty brand than all the others so it’s the most winter-proof.

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The Vince Breton Cashmere Sweater is the softest and feels the most plush (currently 20% off at SAKS!). I was in this sweater nearly this entire fall because it felt weightless yet kept me really warm and cosy. It has a longer and more boxy fit so it’s great for wearing it over a shirt like this model, and the stripes makes this sweater perfect for running errands whilst still looking chic.

from my instagram

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The Equipment Sloane Cashmere Sweater (also available here). It has a slightly relaxed fit but more slimmer than a typical boyfriend sweater.  I find this cut the most versatile, as I can easily wear it alone, or over a shirt as well as underneath a blazer. The quality is amongst the best – it feels tender, soft and plush, and stays in shape without balling up. I have been wearing it regularly and tossing it around everywhere, and it still stays in tip top condition!

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Sunglasses – Karen Walker (bought here)

Skirt – (on sale here)

Booties – Toga Pulla (bought here)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Arabella October 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Such an amazing post,I love how you’ve given us detail about each brand and styled it.My momma loves cashmere and I think I’ll get her another one for Christmas.

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Reika October 20, 2014 at 10:59 am

You are such a lovely daughter! 🙂

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Sonya October 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Have you looked at Banjo & Matilda cashmere? I love my grey marle Sloppy Jo Jo.
The best cashmere I’ve owned we’re both vintage Pringle. They were so soft and never pilled.

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Reika October 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

Hi Sonya yes I have. The Banjoy and Matila cashmere looked so luxurious..I’m definitely gong to get one if I find the right pattern 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation.

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ifmakeupcouldtalk October 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Hello Reika,

Simply Gorgeous…Enough said 🙂

-Maria

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haloaloha October 21, 2014 at 1:30 am

How do you wash and take care of your cashmere sweaters? Also how often?

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Reika October 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

Hi I normally take them to dry clean (about once a month), and sometimes I hand wash them cold with the Jcrew cashmere laundry liquid and just lay them flat and let them air dry.

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Katrinchen October 21, 2014 at 7:43 am

what a great comparison! thanks a lot, please tell whether jcrew cashmere is due to size or not?

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Reika October 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

Hi yes the JCrew cashmere runs true to size as a boyfriend relaxed fit style. If you like it loose go for your normal size, otherwise you can size down.

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