Tips for Finding Great Cashmere Sweaters


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.

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  1. Jazmine Foxx says

    Most cashmere needs to be dry cleaned- remember to read the care label so you don’t end up with a Barbie doll size sweater after your first wear. In addition, pay attention to accessories you pair your favorite sweater with to avoid snags and pills.

    • Debwalston says

       You can safely wash cashmere.  I have washed my cashmere sweaters by hand many times with woolite detergent and the results are fine.  There is information on how to hand wash cashmere and other sweaters online if you are not sure,  just do a search on how to safely wash cashmere. 

  2. jr1 says


    I am an avid hand knitter. When I was taking my beginning knitting class, they told us that the preferred method for cleaning cashmere or wool is hand washing with an appropriate shampoo with cool water and then lie flat and let air dry. A company called Laundress makes a good shampoo for sweaters. It’s gentler than dry cleaning.

    But machine washing is a don’t. So is washing with hot water at it will call the sweater to felt.

  3. Town says

    You can handwash most cashmere sweaters with a little bit of shampoo and dry flat.  Never had a problem with shrinkage using this method and I have 20+ cashmere sweaters.

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