Cashmere on a Budget: Where to Get It and Evaluating the Quality
An interesting post I ran across on the web from the New York Post. by RAAKHEE MIRCHANDANI
Photos of Caitlin Thorne, Zandy Mangold, New York Post
CHEAP CASHMERE IS EVERYWHERE – HERE’S WHAT TO GET
Throughout the ages, cashemere has been the gist that says luxury, that says privilege, that says “See how much I spent on you?”
Until now. This year, it seems like nearly every store is offering an array of sweaters at decidedly populist prices – all $100 or less. But there’s no reason your giftees need to know that.
We woere, washed, wrung and wore again to save you – and your nearest and dearest – from the awful pillage. All cheap cashmere, it turns out, is not created equal.
Old Navy hooded babydoll tunic sweater, $70 at Old Navy stores
Pros: Perfect with leggings and Uggs or as a minidress with tights, this one wins our vote for the most stylish sweater. It’s hand-washable and so, so soft.
Cons: You have to layer – the V-neck is too deep and the sweater itself isn’t terribly warm. Also, it’s a bit pilly.
Verdict: We love it. The tunic style keeps it current, and it’s a lot of sweater for the price.
Isaac Mizrahi for Target shawl-collar ($90), turtleneck ($35), hoodie ($70) and bell-sleeve ($50) sweaters, all at target.com
Pros: Hoodies! Turtlenecks! And lots more. Mizrahi’s cashmere collection is as colorful as it is versatile. Plus, we only experience minor pilling even after wearing it around all day and hand-washing it in our bathroom sink.
Cons: It’s not as soft as some of the others, which means it works best if you like to layer.
Verdict: The hoodie wins, hands down – the only sub-$100 one we could find.
Maxstudio silk cashmere turtleneck and V-neck sweaters, $98 each at Max Studio, 426 West Broadway; (212) 941-1141
Pros: These sweaters are super lightweight and thus perfect for layering under bulkier, itchier things and keeping out the chill.
Cons: The color palette is too neutral and the silk/cashmere blend makes it feel like a luxe long-sleeve T-shirt.
Verdict: Good underneath. Not so good on its own.
There’s more to the article and make sure you hit the photo gallery!! It’s important to go through the gallery to get the details!
Go forth and support your local economoy!
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