An elegant cashmere sweater is a wardrobe investment you’ll wear year after year. However, it’s good to know what to consider before buying one in your favorite color and why it’s worth treating yourself to this stylish staple.
Cashmere is a fancy name for the world’s finest goat hair. Lands’ End sources its cashmere from Inner Mongolia, where the harsh climate helps goats grow undercoats of long, soft hair that’s perfect for cozy cashmere turtleneck sweaters. A single animal produces only a few ounces of this special fuzz every year, making it a true luxury.
It’s also a luxury that lasts – with proper care, you can enjoy a cashmere sweater or wrap for decades. To keep it in good shape, wash your sweater with a wool-friendly detergent in cold water, either by hand or using your machine’s delicate cycle.
Never place cashmere sweaters on a hanger – it’s best to store them folded in a cool, dry place. Use moth balls to protect against pests.
Before buying something made of cashmere, carefully consider its feel, finish and appearance. The sweater’s knit should be dense and hefty, with an almost springy quality. Avoid anything with an irregular, patchy finish (a classic sign of poor manufacturing) and look at the sweater closely; if it’s well made, you’ll detect a slight sheen. Or, simply look for the Lands’ End label. Their cashmere quality is verified by an independent firm in London, so you always know you’re getting the very best.