How to Find Cashmere Sweaters on a Budget

The first rule to finding a cashmere sweater on a budget is to wait until after Christmas.  Most cashmere sweaters (as well as hats, scarves, etc.) are up to 70 percent less AFTER Christmas than before Christmas.

In terms of where to buy it, my snobby Upper East Side friends, who consider themselves TRUE cashmere experts, swear by Lord & Taylor’s cashmere sweaters.  L&T cashmere sweaters come in a whole range of styles, sizes (petite and plus sizes) and colors for about 70 bucks.  I own a beautiful turquoise cashmere cardigan that I got for $12 at Lord & Taylor’s after-Christmas sale.

Other great brands are Vince, TSE and even J. Crew, which are very nice and very pricey if you purchase them at full retail price.  Lucky for us, you can often find these brands at your local Saks Fifth Avenue outlet (Off 5th), Last Call by Neiman Marcus or T.J. Maxx for up to 70 percent off retail price.

Several major discount department stores like Target, Kohls and even Wal-Mart sell cheaper versions of cashmere sweaters.  However, these sweaters are often not 100 percent cashmere (though the label says otherwise), but cashmere blended with a cheaper wool like merona.

Do you have any cashmere tips? If so, share them below.