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.
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.
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.