Cashmere Luxury Sweaters: How to Shop and Care for Your Favorite Sweaters

The Cashmere Sweater FAQ Guide to Finding and Caring for the Most Luxurious Sweaters

An elegant cashmere sweater is an affordable wardrobe investment you’ll wear year after year. These beloved sweaters work well through all the seasons and never go out of style. 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. We’ve put together some FAQs in this guide to help you care for and style these luxurious cashmere sweaters.

What Is Cashmere?

Cashmere is a fancy name for the world’s most delicate 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. While the outer coat of the Mongolian goat is coarse enough to protect the underbelly, the hair of their undercoat is the one that is soft and ultrafine. Every year, a single animal produces only a few ounces of this fine fuzz, making it a true luxury.

How Do I Care for Cashmere?

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.

How Do I Store My Cashmere Sweaters?

Never place cashmere sweaters on a hanger—it’s best to store them folded in a cool, dry place. Use mothballs to protect against pests. Cashmere sweaters can also go into the freezer, but sweaters should be put in a bag for extra protection. Let it sit overnight to destroy odor-causing bacteria and moth larvae, but don’t keep it permanently in the freezer or refrigerator.

Is It Better to Iron or Steam a Cashmere Sweater?

You can iron or steam a cashmere sweater. If you choose to iron the sweater, make sure the iron is on the wool setting. You’ll want to iron a clean sweater, or else you’ll leave stains behind. Only let the iron rest in any single place on your sweater for a few seconds at a time, or else it can burn through the fabric. Steaming may be a safer solution if you are nervous about ironing your sweater. A clothes steamer can remove wrinkles without causing any harm. It also fluffs up the yarn to give your cashmere sweater a more voluminous appearance. Steaming can also get rid of germs that give cashmere sweaters that unpleasant mothball smell.

Is It Best to Dry Clean a Cashmere Sweater?

It’s not necessary to expose yourself to the harsh chemicals or expense of having to dry clean your cashmere sweater. Your local dry cleaner is undoubtedly an option, but it’s not an absolute must to keep your cashmere sweater clean. Instead, you can wash your sweater in cool water with a wool-safe detergent. Use a capful of white vinegar to get rid of any lingering odors. Swirl it around before rinsing it clean. Wrap it in a towel and press down to soak up any excess water. After you reshape your cashmere sweater, let it air dry by laying it flat.

How Can I Style a Cashmere Sweater?

Combine your cashmere cardigan with a maxi dress to layer up. Wear them with statement accessories like sunglasses or sandals that you can wear through the seasons. You can wear a cashmere pullover with shorts during the hotter months. Try a shorter dress with a long open cardigan for effortless chic. Find a cashmere sweater that fits your personality. You can have one that is structured with a feminine fit or with details like lace and ruffles. Mix it with other textures like a comfy cotton dress or women’s black jeans. Play with textures such as an off-white textured sweater, shorts, and boat shoes to look like you’re about to set sail. Say goodbye to shivering in a damp towel because you can even use a cashmere sweater as a bathing suit cover-up.

How Long Does a Cashmere Sweater Last?

Your cashmere sweater is a wardrobe staple piece. If you follow the simple care instructions like washing in a wool-friendly detergent in cold water by hand or on a delicate cycle, your cashmere sweater can last a lifetime.

Is Cashmere Only for Winter?

Contrary to popular belief, no, cashmere isn’t just for winter. Our women’s cashmere sweaters naturally regulate temperature. It will keep you warm during the winter and will absorb perspiration to keep you cool during the summer. Wear cashmere sweaters in darker colors like a deep red or rich purple during the cool-weather months. Bright and bold colors work perfectly for the spring and summer seasons.

Is Cashmere a Renewable Fabric?

Cashmere is a natural fiber, so it’s both renewable and biodegradable, unlike polyester and other synthetics.

What Makes Cashmere So Special?

While wool can come from both sheep and goats, sheep’s wool tends to be coarser than cashmere wool. That’s why wool sweaters are often associated with being itchy. Not our goat cashmere sweaters. It’s softer on the skin, and not to mention that it’s even warmer than sheep’s wool.

Is Cashmere Expensive?

It can take several goats’ hair just to make one cashmere sweater. A sheep can produce around 8 pounds of wool, while a cashmere goat typically only produces about half a pound. Cashmere can be an everyday luxury, and Lands’ End has plenty of options for affordable cashmere sweaters. Your cashmere sweater doesn’t just need to come out for holidays as the special Christmas sweater. It can be an everyday staple to wear along with your favorite women’s T-shirts.

What Else Is Cashmere Used For?

Besides your next favorite cashmere turtleneck sweater, cashmere can be used for nearly any type of clothing or furnishing. The naturally soft and insulating properties of cashmere make it an excellent option for scarves as well.

What Do I Look for in a Great Cashmere Sweater?

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.

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