Words by Penny Goldstone
I am obsessed with cashmere and when I’m not going out (hello, winter hibernation), you’ll find me lounging in a cashmere sweater and joggers. Extra, I know, but I just haven’t found anything as comfortable and durable so I personally think spending a bit more is a good investment.
There really is cashmere to suit all budgets, too. You’ll be hard pressed to beat John Lewis & Partners, M&S, GAP or Uniqlo on the high street, which all have a great range of jumpers and cardigans in various colours for under £100. If you’re looking to invest in a designer piece, Chinti & Parker, Vince and Bella & Freud deliver fashion-forward styles I think you’ll love.
Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best cashmere pieces out there, from jumpers to scarves. Yes, some pieces are pretty pricey, but if you care for them well they will last you a lifetime and you just can’t beat them for the cosy factor. Don’t be afraid to shop the men’s collections, either – I love the baggy feel, which goes really well with this season’s slip skirts.
Side note: I’ve ruined many a cashmere jumper because I’ve either been too lazy or ignorant to wash it by hand. So first off, check the care label as some styles are machine washable (M&S do a great line), but others aren’t. Usually, you’ll need to wash them by hand in warm – but not hot – water or, in rare cases, dry clean only. Make sure you also lay cashmere pieces flat to dry so that they don’t lose their shape. Need the full low-down? Find out how to wash and store cashmere here.