Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to the finer things in life. Heaven knows you’ve earned it. While some moms steer clear of cashmere sweaters (hello, it can be a b*tch to keep clean and it isn’t exactly wallet-friendly), we say it can be done.
Pauline Nakios, the founder of Lilla P, and maker of some gorgeous knits, is here to shed light on the do’s and don’ts of cashmere. When it comes to caring for your cashmere, she says to “wash or dry clean after every two to three wears if possible.” Should you choose to launder at home, she swears by the Laundress (“they make a wonderful Wool & Cashmere Shampoo“) or other gentle detergents.
Beyond that, be sure to “Turn your sweater inside out, put it in a mesh bag and wash on gentle cycle with cold water and delicate detergent, or try hand washing in cold water with a very small amount of detergent.” She adds, “After washing, you can roll the sweater up inside a dry towel, which will help remove the moisture. Gently reshape the sweater when damp and lay flat to dry. If needed, you can steam the sweater to get rid of wrinkles.” When storing your sweaters, “make sure to store them clean and protect from those pesky moths during the off-season,” Nakios says.
Keeping the kitchen counter spot-free, let alone our clothes, is easier said than done. Whatever the culprit may be (wine, dirty hands, spaghetti sauce, you name it), “Be sure to quickly put stain remover or gentle detergent on the stain. Do not rub the spot, but let the treatment soak into the stain before laundering,” she says.
Last but not least, remember that oftentimes you get what you pay for. “Cashmere is an expensive fiber, so generally, a thick, heavy cashmere sweater is going to be expensive,” Nakios says. If you do find a less expensive cashmere sweater then usually it’s made from lower grade fibers. While longer fibers are more desirable and less prone to pilling, “Cashmere that is knit in a finer gauge and looser tension can still make a beautiful sweater,” she says.
Call us crazy but our favorite wardrobe workhorses are the ones that can be styled a plethora of ways. More importantly, they’re pieces that you can reach for when you’ve got no time to spare. Good news, busy mamas: This elegant ballerina-inspired wrap sweater from Everlane is made for tucking. The banded hem specifically makes it a match for your go-to mom jean. It’s produced from 100% Grade-A cashmere but won’t cost you a fortune. Ahem, transparent pricing FTW. This bad boy conveniently comes in a slew of neutrals—from rust to heather grey—so no judgement if you’re tempted to snag one in every color. Amp up the sex appeal with a slinky midi skirt and ankle booties or sub in leggings for some downtime with the kiddos. Styling it for the office? Just add a lace cami for a more HR-friendly lewk.
This season, we’re taking sartorial direction from the Scandinavians—specifically their penchant for simplicity and crazy cozy things. Go ahead and add this easy (as in “easy like Sunday morning”) cashmere striped turtleneck sweater from Lilla P to your capsule wardrobe of hygge style essentials that you’ll reach for season after season. The slouchy neck and exceptionally soft, yet breathable, cashmere make it so that you’ll never want to take it off. Consider pairing alongside frayed hem wide-leg jeans and block heels for a pared-down ensemble. The rich chocolate brown hue is *perfect* for hiding spills and grease marks. For the finishing touch, a messy hair-tuck (i.e. tucking your hair into your sweater) isn’t up for debate. Maybe you’re attempting to disguise third-day hair or perhaps you’re just feeling lazy AF. Either way, the result is insanely chic.
While Amazon may not be the first place you think to look for cashmere (electronics, sure, but cashmere?!), trust us, there are some hidden gems to be found. See exhibit A: State Cashmere’s 100% Pure Sustainable Mongolian Cashmere Sweater is a great starter piece to add to your wardrobe of cold weather-approved knits. The price point is right and the style is versatile enough that you’ll get your money’s worth. Beyond baby blue, this classic crew neck is also available in a handful of neutrals including a traffic-stopping shade of red. For a smart-casual look, we recommend sizing up to allow ample room for layering OR wearing alone and doing a fuss-free half-tuck. The cashmere itself is lightweight, breathable, and hypoallergenic—it’s made from the longest and thinnest fibers to prevent pilling. Maggie C. from Amazon says, “I have a number of State sweaters. They’re comfortable and soft and used for casual, dress up and just ‘laying around.’”
Run, don’t walk, to get your cheap cashmere sweater fix from Uniqlo—the purveyor of Japanese casual wear. At just $50 (okay, they’re on sale… don’t burst our bubble), these babies deserve to be stockpiled. They conveniently come in a spectrum of rainbow hues so you could potentially get one in every color for each day of the week (wink-wink-nudge-nudge). The premium 100% cashmere blend may not be thick enough for the coldest of climates but they’re GREAT for layering. According to customers, the relaxed boxy silhouette and ribbed neckline make for a hella comfortable fit. Toss ’em over your high-waisted leggings for pilates or a pair of straight leg jeans for a minimum effort, high-impact look. One customer says: “Bought a few weeks ago and it fulfils all my expectations! Colour, quality, and fit are just as described and it’s a real pleasure to wear.”
If you’ve only associated Cuyana with minimalist leather goods up until now, then you may be surprised to learn that they also specialize in damn good recycled cashmere. Designed in San Francisco, crafted in Italy, Cuyana’s sustainably-minded cashmere—consisting of 95% recycled cashmere and 5% virgin wool—caters to the modern woman grounded in simplicity. We predict that this trusty mom-approved wrap will be well-loved at first try-on. It comes in three season-less neutrals (black, charcoal, and beige) and includes a wrap-around belt. The hybrid style can be worn a multitude of ways—leave it open over a camisole or try it belted Obi-Wan Kenobi-style for a more pulled-together look. It also includes a high-low hem and relaxed fit. Kids catch you off guard with dirty hands? No problem. Not only is Cuyana’s cashmere washable but word on the street is that it gets cozier with each wash.
Hey Mom! You’ve still got it. 😉 When getting ready in the morning, you have precisely 10 seconds to ponder what to wear. Granted, most days you end up reaching for your favorite fleece pullover and most waistband-friendly bottoms but we digress. Equal parts luxurious and sporty, this boiled cashmere sweater from Club Monaco is exactly what we’re after when we’re seeking a little extra polish. From a parent teacher conference to a fancy dinner with the hubs, this style MVP can tackle it all. (Side note: Polo collars are jonesing for a comeback, and we’re here for it.) The dropped shoulders will lend a tomboyish spin when paired with jeans, while the fierce shade of red makes it seductive enough for date night. If you’re really looking to dial up the sexy factor, chandelier earrings and a velvet mini skirt will command attention post-five o’clock.
Eileen Fisher is our one-stop shop for elevated not-so-basic basics that last a lifetime. While you can expect to pay a little more upfront, the quality is backed by moms everywhere. The brand’s ethically sourced cashmere (70% recycled Italian cashmere, 25% cashmere, and 5% wool… not too shabby) is no exception. This plush raisin-hued cashmere crew neck featuring a drop-shoulder silo boasts a boxy fit that’s hella cozy and effortless—perfect for days when you want to look good but don’t have time to give a $h*t. Seriously, don’t be surprised if you catch this hero piece in action multiple times a week. One happy customer raves: “Great quality, great style and great color. This sweater is sooo soft and the fit was perfect too.” Pair it with a streamlined work trouser, boyfriend jeans, or a pleated maxi skirt for top style marks.
When you’re feeling cozy like “whoa,” allow this cashmere pointelle sweater from Lou & Grey to come thru. Described as buttery and plush, the 100% cashmere blend will keep you toasty around the clock. The temptation to reach for your most coveted drawstring sweatpants will be all too real the next time you’re stuck at home nursing a sick child while *attempting* to maintain a somewhat regular sched. #MomLife We’re partial to the ochre hue—warms you up like a brilliant ray of sunshine on a rainy day—but the icy blue and plum colors are just as captivating. Colette says it best: “Great quality. Solid bright color yarn, darling fit. I bought 3! Cashmere is the bomb.” The bomb diggity, indeed. We love that Lou & Grey’s cashmere is manufactured in a HERproject partner factory that works to provide women with universal access to health, nutrition, and financial education.
Spring?! Who is she? As you hunker down and usher in warmer days, allow this stunning lilac lantern sleeve 100% cashmere sweater from Frances Austen to up the style ante. All of Frances Austen’s conscious cashmere is of heirloom quality (and made in Scotland) so you’ll want to pass it down for generations to come. When you find a jumper that hugs you in ALL the right places—and just so happens to be perfectly cropped above the hip—we think it’s okay to splurge a bit. Best reserved for after-hours or a getaway with no kids (sorry!), this supremely soft ribbed crewneck knit looks flawless with denim. Should you get a hole or snag in your sweater, the Frances Austen team will gladly repair it as part of their lifelong commitment to you.
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