Where to find the best affordable cashmere

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This post was inspired by my super-non-affordable Nili Lotan cashmere hoodie, because few items in my closet get as much wear: it’s the perfect (light) weight, isn’t too boxy, and layers like a dream. I wear it so much it’s a little gross, so I considered buying one in another color just to mix things up a bit, but it is too pricey to really consider that seriously. Besides, once I started digging, I found a bumper crop of affordable cashmere options. And as I have pointed out in the past, in my experience, cheap cashmere seems to pill and wear at the same rate as expensive cashmere, so you might as well go for cheap.

 

Naadam may not be the most dirt-cheap option here, but it is probably the chicest (and it is pretty cheap if you go for one of their cashmere-wool blends). This 100% cashmere boatneck sweater has got a super-flattering cut, and I really like the ribbing at the sleeves. And it goes for $125, which isn’t bad at all.

 

The C by Bloomingdale’s line is worth checking out too, and they have the closest dead ringer to the Lotan hoodie I could find. They also have a pretty great travel wrap, which at $138 costs half as much as White & Warren’s popular one.

State Cashmere offers classic silhouettes at really good prices; I’m liking this slouchy cream-colored turtleneck, and I never like turtlenecks. And I’m thinking of going for their gloves, which come in a nice variety of colors.

 

I found a number of decent options at L.L. Bean too, and especially like this heather grey crewneck. They also make a pretty good zipper hoodie.

Naked Cashmere offers the widest range of styles, and cashmere accessories as well, and while this chunky crewneck is not especially cheap, it is quite reasonable when you compare it to, say, this very similar one from 6397 that goes for more than twice as much.

Uniqlo offers famously cheap cashmere, and while their crewnecks get all of the attention (and do come in an impressive array of colors, and sizes up to XXL) I’m quite liking this easy cardigan.

I can vouch for Everlane’s cashmere, which is of surprisingly high quality: I bought a pair of their sweatpants a few years ago, and they have yet to show their age. I am also on the verge of pulling the trigger on this square V-neck cardigan.

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    Inge
    9 Nov 2019
    8:12am

    Everlane says “dry clean”, I normally hand wash all my cashmere (also the expensive ones), have you by any chance tried washing your Everlane cashmere?

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    c.w.
    6 Nov 2019
    5:22pm

    The Neiman Marcus in house brand has good cashmere. It was 84 degrees here today so cashmere seems a distant dream… And I agree, you are KILLING it, Kim!

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      Viajera
      6 Nov 2019
      9:28pm

      I will definitely be checking that out … like right now. Thanks, c.w.!

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    Debra K
    6 Nov 2019
    4:47pm

    I have had good luck with Bloomindales Men’s cashmere for a nice slouchy boyfriend kind of sweater (crew neck and v neck). The fit is great, the colors are nice, and not too bulky. If you can wait, it all goes on 25-50% off sale right after Christmas. I have some that are 5-6 years old and are still in good shape.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    6 Nov 2019
    3:41pm

    I have a few old J Crew pieces which have held up well and Inhabit bought on deep sale. But my favorites are Naked Cashmere – the crew neck is perfectly slouchy.

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    Martina
    6 Nov 2019
    3:48pm

    I have more than a few Lands End cashmere sweaters…they last and the colors are quite pretty.

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    monique J johnson
    6 Nov 2019
    2:04pm

    Very nice selection. I just want to add that I get all of my cashmere from flea markets and vintage stores and rarely pay more than 30 bucks. I look for ones made in Scotland or Italy. For someone who lives in a warm climate (Marina del Rey, CA), I have a ridiculous amount of beautiful cashmere sweaters.

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    Joannawnyc
    6 Nov 2019
    1:04pm

    NICE! I used to have a small collection of cashmere, but then had a moth invasion and gave it up. I’m slowly dipping a toe back in … so these suggestions are well-timed!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      6 Nov 2019
      3:34pm

      How does one avoid a moth invasion?

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        Elisa
        6 Nov 2019
        5:21pm

        I zip them into sweater bags that I get from The Container Store. I wasn’t having luck with other remedies.

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    Sharon
    6 Nov 2019
    1:18pm

    I’ve been trying to source vintage and second hand cashmere, both because it’s so much nicer than anything you can buy now, but also because the cheap cashmere does have a high environmental cost. I have been looking into Nadaam for this reason. It seems a more sustainable brand and the variety of styles and colors is very nice.

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      Darcy
      6 Nov 2019
      6:38pm

      Right. Cashmere is terribly hard on the planet. There are so many good alternatives though! Including flea markets and vintage stores.

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    Kathi
    6 Nov 2019
    12:36pm

    Would love to have some cashmere sweaters, but Fred the cat nixes that idea. And whole heartily agree with Viajera that you are killing it, Kim!!

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    Eloise
    6 Nov 2019
    12:38pm

    So jealous of all GOACA who can still wear cashmere (or non-whisper thin sweaters of any type)!!!!! Hot flashes do me in every time I try. Sigh.

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      SR
      6 Nov 2019
      4:41pm

      My first question lately when looking at sweaters is how fast can I get the thing off me?

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    Maureen
    6 Nov 2019
    11:48am

    I love the Everlane V-neck boxy cardigan. I picked one up last year after the dress code at my office allowed us to ‘dress for our day’ e.g. more casually if we don’t have client meetings, etc and I wear it constantly with jeans, ankle boots and typically over some sort of blouse or striped tee. It’s so good.

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    Viajera
    6 Nov 2019
    11:59am

    I was just looking at the Bloomies, it looks like a lot of it is on sale too. I have expanded out of their sizes. (They probably have a “plus” or whatever … but the segregation annoys me. Not your fault at all, of course, Kim. … Btw you are killing it lately.) They have some beautiful colors. Maybe after I finish whinging I will go look some more. My wardrobe is really inexcusably boring. Mind you, still in fire season here … eeesh.

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      Mimi
      7 Nov 2019
      10:50am

      I bought a Bloomies cabled cashmere crew last year by Aqua, which I think is an in-house brand, and everything about it is perfect. It isn’t very heavy, love the fit and it didn’t pill at all after several wearings. Another Bloomies cashmere I snagged in 2015 is still in heavy rotation. Their prices are pretty good to start with and you can count on promotions and markdowns often. Happy hunting!

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        Viajera
        7 Nov 2019
        3:29pm

        Thank you … this kind of insider info isn’t so easy to get. Truth be told … I may not need more sweaters. But … otoh … I have a closet full of ones that don’t fit right now, so. Hmm.

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    Doyenne
    6 Nov 2019
    11:26am

    Believe it or not, Patagonia’s “recycled” cashmere (95% recycled cashmere/5% wool blend) is so luxe. I found a hoodie in their Web Specials last year and it is so comforting and rich feeling–I bought it really oversized and wear it all sloppy/slouchy around my apt in the winter, yet feel like I’m a really fancy girl in such finery. Their current options look sweetly preppy.

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    Meg
    6 Nov 2019
    11:30am

    I have several Everlane cashmere sweaters from the last 3-4 years. I’ve found however, that their sizing has scaled to shorter lengths and slightly lower quality on key repeat items. Actually measured their online noted dimensions vs actual receipt and it’s way off. If replacement items are on your list- be aware that many current tops are very short.

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      C.Michol
      7 Nov 2019
      11:10am

      I only buy Everlane’s men’s cashmere. It costs the same, avoids the boxy problem, and seems to be higher quality, to boot.

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      MaryAlice
      6 Nov 2019
      12:18pm

      I had occasion to go to the Everlane store in LA this past weekend and I, too was struck at how cropped many of their T shirts, sweater and shirts are (not all, but many). I still love them, but my selections are more limited now. I wonder why they are going in this direction?

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    HickfromStyx
    6 Nov 2019
    9:49am

    Joe Fresh now sells men’s and women’s cashmere sweaters. Only the cashmere-cotton blends are available in plus sizes.

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    LisaR
    6 Nov 2019
    8:54am

    I’ve bought quite a few sweaters over the years from the C by Bloomingdales line (and also Bloomingdales’ Aqua cashmere line), and I’ve been very happy with the quality, especially for their prices (material is soft, I’ve experienced minimal pilling, and they still look new after years of wear). Last fall I purchased a Naked Cashmere cardigan, which has also been great and feels to me like a more luxurious material when compared to the Bloomingdales sweaters.

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    Elisa
    6 Nov 2019
    8:23am

    Lord & Taylor has $59 cashmere today. I get the men’s v-necks, but the women’s is fine, too (maybe a bit thin, but I haven’t gotten in a few years). They are usually around $99 (never the full price), but $59 is the lowest they go.

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      Susanna
      6 Nov 2019
      6:00pm

      Lord & Taylor still exists??

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      Mamavalveeta03
      6 Nov 2019
      3:39pm

      Thanks, Elisa! I’m going to check it out after watching a few more episodes of “Drunk History” on YouTube. 😊

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      Candy
      6 Nov 2019
      1:13pm

      Thanks for this tip! Just ordered a black v-neck. Says online they’re regularly $160, which may be hype, but $59 still pretty amazing.

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    Lola
    6 Nov 2019
    7:11am

    You read my mind!

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