A Guide to Cashmere Apparel and Décor

A Guide to Cashmere Apparel and Décor

Ah… cashmere, it's the most luxurious fiber there is! Whether you are new to the wonderful world of cashmere or just want a refresher, let’s look at how to wear and enjoy this wonder.

G.O.A.T. from Goats?

Yes, this greatest of all-time fiber comes from cashmere goats. Cashmere is a type of hair that comes from goats that originated in the mountainous region of Kashmir, which is north of the Indian subcontinent. The hair is combed from the goats' bellies, cleaned, sorted (only the finest hair passes the test), and then spun into fine yarn. As a natural fiber, cashmere is incredibly soft and warm and breathes. These qualities, paired with its distinctive look, make it the G.O.A.T. fiber.

Sumptuous Sweaters

It’s sweater season—and the most sumptuous sweaters are cashmere sweaters. There is no easier way to create everyday elegance than to wear a cashmere sweater. Whether you choose a cashmere turtleneck, cashmere cardigan, or tunic-styled cashmere sweater, simply pair it with your favorite pants from yoga pants to jeans to dress pants for a beautiful, effortless ensemble.

Cashmere sweaters are not just wardrobe staples; they can become legacy pieces. Few garments are handed down from one generation to the next these days, but right along with classic Chanel suits, you will find women passing down their cashmere cardigans (and grateful daughters, nieces, and granddaughters receiving them). A classic cashmere sweater in a neutral color will be a go-to wardrobe piece that never goes out of style and is somehow always on-trend.

Bundle Up in Blankets and Throws

A cashmere throw? Yes, please! A cashmere throw blanket is not only the coziest way to bundle up in front of a fire or with a good book, but it is also a gorgeous addition to any décor. When you’re not using it for cozying up, drape it across a chair, sofa, or bed for a beautiful look.

Awesome Outerwear

How do you upgrade a winter coat? Add cashmere winter accessories, such as hats, gloves, and scarves. They will dress up your wool coat and be super cozy with a down coat, too. For the ultimate leather gloves, look for a pair lined in cashmere. You will have the combination of sharp-looking leather to keep you warm against the winter chill and wonderfully soft cashmere right next to your skin.

When shopping for cashmere hats and gloves, keep fit in mind. Gloves should be long and wide enough to allow for ease of movement without slipping around while you wear them. Hats should be large enough to be comfortable while staying snug (and working with your hairstyle). When buying a scarf, think about the coat with which you plan to wear it and how you will wear it. Do you like having a scarf that hangs down, one that you can wrap around your neck a few times for added warmth, or something in between? How you plan to wear the scarf will determine its optimal width and length.

Cashmere Care

Your cashmere deserves some tender loving care. Not only is it made from delicate natural fibers, but cashmere can last for decades if you take good care of it. When you buy a new cashmere sweater or another lovely cashmere garment, always read the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Cashmere is sturdier than it looks but needs special care when washing. Most cashmere can be either handwashed or dry-cleaned. Although dry cleaning is handy, if you take your cashmere to the dry cleaners, ask them how they care for it. Some dry cleaning chemicals can be harsh and reduce the life of your cashmere. Handwashing your cashmere only when necessary and using the most delicate laundry products available may be a better way to go.

To handwash your cashmere, start with a clean basin and fill it partway with cold water. For best results, wash one cashmere garment at a time. Use a gentle detergent and swish the cashmere back and forth to loosen any dirt or perspiration stains. When it looks like you have lifted all the dirt from the garment, empty the water from the basis and refill it with cold water. Rinse your cashmere gently and ensure the water looks clean. Once the cashmere is rinsed, remove most of the water from the cashmere, but don’t wring it tight. Place your cashmere on clean towels and reshape it. If it takes more than 12 hours to dry, replace the towels with fresh, dry towels.

With a bit of intention, you will love wearing and caring for your cashmere for years to come. Welcome to the wonderful world of cashmere!


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