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Sweater weather is in full swing and what better way to celebrate than slipping into a cozy cashmere sweater on a crisp winter day? Their soothing softness might be the extra dose of comfort you need right now, whether you’re layering up for an office commute or snuggling up at home on the weekend. And while the best cashmere sweaters for women have a reputation for having a high price tag, direct-to-consumer brands have given the covetable piece a more approachable price point, starting at the $75 mark. (Not to mention, they make a fabulous holiday gift).
If you’re unfamiliar with the material, cashmere comes from the fluffy undercoat of cashmere and pashmina goats and has been used to make yarn, textiles, and, of course, clothing for centuries. Unlike sheep’s wool, cashmere is softer and more supple, cementing its place as a luxury staple in your wardrobe. When shopping for your choice of cashmere, there are a few helpful tips to consider: First off, determine what type of style, warmth, and weight you’re after—this will be a defining factor in your sweater’s durability over time. And finally, if possible, try and get a good look at your cashmere choice in person to check for any pills, test out its touch and feel, and inspect for any loose threads in the stitching. And when it comes to caring for your cashmere, avoid any unwanted visits from moths by always washing by hand.
What’s even better is that many designers and direct-to-consumer brands like Everlane and Naadam have committed to ethical and sustainable cashmere practices so that you can not only look good in your cashmere of choice but feel good about it too. Below, we’ve pulled together a handful of stylish sweaters to invest in. This mix of classic silhouettes will stay fresh season after season and includes yummy oversized turtlenecks from Tory Burch and Lafayette 148, crewnecks from Loulou Studio and J.Crew, perfect polos from Alex Mill and Bode, and cult-favorite cardigans from Khaite and Another Tomorrow. Standout shades range from camel and charcoal gray to navy and off-white, and then of course there are a few options that pack a punch of color. Festive Fair Isle finds that easily transition from the streets to the slopes are also up for grabs. Cashmere sweaters are endlessly versatile, all pairing well with go-to denim, black leggings, skirts, and trousers. They’re also the perfect layering essential to style over your favorite winter dresses or under an elegant winter coat.
Whether you’re planning for a winter weekend spent at the slopes, snuggly staying put in the city, or just simply looking to treat yourself or a loved one this holiday season, here are 60 of the best cashmere sweaters to consider that are as chic as they are cozy.
Cozy cashmere cardigans are a favorite among the street style and celebrity set. Who could ever forget the time Katie Holmes iconically stepped out in the Khaite Scarlet cardigan with a matching bralette? Other cardigans that stand out just as much include Allude’s gray ribbed cashmere cardigan, camel-colored cardigans from A.P.C and Lisa Yang, and a sleek black number from COS. In a festive red, J. Crew’s relaxed-fit cashmere cardigan makes for easy layering this winter. Wear your cashmere cardigan of choice with a lived-in pair of baggy jeans and sleek black boots.
In the colder months, there’s nothing like cozying up in a yummy oversized cashmere turtleneck. Treat yourself to luxurious options from Tory Burch, JW Anderson, and Lafayette 148 or a more price-point-friendly pick from Everlane. Cashmere turtlenecks from Citizens of Humanity and Cos are especially warming. Pair the oversized silhouette with a more tapered trouser or a body-skimming maxiskirt for sartorial success.
The easy, comfortable fit of a classic cashmere crewneck is magic in your winter wardrobe. A standout is this belted cashmere-blend sweater from Extreme Cashmere that creates a sultry cinched-waist silhouette. For an oversized option, Loulou Studio’s Ratino sweater features a chunky round neckline and relaxed dropped shoulders. A cashmere cable knit from Totême is up for grabs, while bright red and pink crewnecks from Cos and High Sport attract all kinds of attention. Style J.Crew’s camel-colored crewneck with a pair of corduroys for total sartorial success.
Hoodies and Zip-Ups
For a casual yet cool daytime look, find any of these neutral-colored cashmere hoodies and zip-ups from The Elder Statesman, Naadam, and more. The slouchy fit feels perfectly undone, pairing well with any tailored trouser or even a leather midiskirt. Style the staple for night with a heeled sandal and evening bag. For a colorful option, find Arch4’s cropped green version.
Prepster dressing is always a top trend thanks to a crop of perfect knit polos, like these cozy cashmere choices. Alex Mill, Bode, and Purdey keep it buttoned up, while Everlane and Reformation feature deep V-necks. Khaite’s Jos cashmere pullover will transition seamlessly between seasons. Style your preppy polo with a pleated pant and menswear-inspired pair of loafers.
Fair Isle Finds
The Fair Isle sweater has long been a cold weather wardrobe staple, worn by skiers on the slope and stylish street stylers. This season, festive options from Khaite, Naadam, We Norwegians, and more capture the winter spirit exceptionally well. Go bold and find Lisa Yang’s neon pink turtleneck.
A statement striped sweater is a staple in your winter wardrobe—or any wardrobe for that matter—for a reason. Of course, La Ligne’s Marin striped wool-and-cashmere-blend sweater is at the top of our list, while others from Kule, Altuzarra, and Alex Mill rank just as high. The striped style is not only limited to nautical summer fashion; dress the style for winter with a suede boot and chic camel coat.
For winter and beyond, it turns out that a sleeveless sweater vest is as practical a layering piece as it is statement-making. The vest in all its glory is having a moment now, as seen on editors and celebrities alike, but none are as luxurious as these cashmere picks from Nili Lotan, Boden, Extreme Cashmere, or Chloé. Throw a well-loved white T-shirt underneath these from The Row and Everlane for a casual yet cool daytime look.
Continue the cashmere celebration, and don’t stop at just sweaters. Why not consider a matching cashmere set this winter to really cement the style? A matching skirt set from Christopher Esber is special for nights out, while Le Kasha’s cable-knit turtleneck-and-pant set calls for cozy nights in. With upcoming holiday travel on our minds, Suzie Kondi’s green ribbed cashmere set is the perfect two-piece to throw on and go.
When shopping for cashmere, it’s important to always consider its source. Luckily, there are chic sweaters that deliver both sustainability and style. Cuyana’s split-neck sweater is made from 98% recycled cashmere, while Naadam’s Essential crewneck comes in at 100%. The ReCashmere cardigan from Everlane features the luxurious touch and feel of classic cashmere while using more than 90% fewer raw-material carbon emissions. Reformation and Naked Cashmere are also committed to using only environmentally conscious cashmere in their sweaters. For House of Dagmar, sustainability is their core value as seen in this luxurious black turtleneck.