When I was a girl cashmere from Montaldo’s and Pendleton wool sweaters were held as the gold standard of luxury winter wear in my home.
While nothing can beat the investment in a pure cashmere sweater or coat, its nice to find ourselves in a world where affordable cashmere can be worn on our Saturday outings.
Lord & Taylor is having its annual Cashmere Sale. Their cashmere sweaters are solid quality and will last you multiple winter seasons. The color kaleidoscope is particularly beautiful this year with several shades of pinks, deep jewel green, and several gradations of the different neutrals (grey, brown). A variety of styles are available for your preference from turtleneck to cardigan to vneck and crewneck pullovers.
Please know that this is not a compensated post. I have been buying my cashmere sweaters from L&T for years and feel strongly that they are meeting a useful market need and meeting it well.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CASHMERE
(Excerpt from Real Simple magazine)
The care label may read “dry clean only,” but hand washing a cashmere sweater will actually make it softer over time. Be sure to use baby shampoo or a mild detergent like Woolite or Essence. Press out the excess water, but do not wring the sweater. Lay the sweater flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries. To avoid a line running down the middle of the sweater, fold each side of the sweater inward by a third. Smooth the arms down, and fold in half. Never hang a cashmere sweater―it will distort the overall shape.
Tip: Wet cashmere can take days to dry. To cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water. Use one with a pull cord; they’re more effective. Then lay flat to dry.