Cashmere jumpers have been a wardrobe staple of mine for as long as I can remember. I've experimented with styles over the years, some more questionable than others (ahem neon everything and Mr T necklaces), but they are the one item I've never strayed from.
Alongside the best cosy cashmere scarves, cashmere jumpers are a secret weapon in ensuring you remain warm and stylish, no matter what the weather may throw at you. So much so that I gift them to my family every Christmas.
It is a great fabric to rely on for its warmth. It's naturally breathable and provides insulation, plus has unparalleled softness. It's also extremely durable: look after it well (see our guide to wash and store cashmere) and it should last you a lifetime.
When investing in a cashmere jumper, it is important to take into account colour and silhouette. If you're looking for a wardrobe staple, I'd suggest a neutral shade such as beige or grey, though it can always be fun to invest in something more statement too. I have an orange Vince jumper I love pairing with tailored cream trousers.
Cashmere jumpers are endlessly versatile as well. While you might be inclined to pair it alongside trousers or jeans and your winter coat for a day at the office, styling your jumper alongside a sequin skirt can be great for an evening out.
Keep scrolling to read about how to care for your cashmere and then shop best cashmere jumpers around.
What is cashmere?
You might know that cashmere is a more luxurious type of wool, and therefore is more expensive, but do you know why? That is because it comes from a specific type of goat, the cashmere goat, which produces finer, softer hair. Each goat sheds its hair once a year, and there isn't much of it, so it makes the fibre rarer and therefore pricier.
How to wash cashmere:
First off, you'll want to check the care label as some cashmere jumpers are machine washable (M&S do a great line), but others aren't. Usually, you'll need to wash them by hand in warm - but not hot - water, or in certain rare cases, dry clean only. Make sure you also lay it flat to dry so that it doesn't lose its shape, we have a full guide on how to wash and store cashmere here.
Best cashmere jumpers:
There is no denying it, cashmere jumpers are an investment so come with a higher price tag than your average wool jumpers. That said, some high-street stores such as John Lewis, M&S and Uniqlo sell budget-friendly styles that don't compromise on quality.
If you're looking to invest in a designer piece make sure to check out the selection at Net-a-Porter and MATCHES. Shop my edit of cashmere jumpers, including both 100% cashmere styles and cashmere blends.
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Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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