I see grey cashmere jumpers everywhere I set my eyes on. Swaddles of it on Instagram. Sneaking its way into my virtual baskets. Joseph and Zadig et Voltaire whispering treacherously every time I pop into Selfridges.
I’ve pretty much accepted that I’ll be wearing nothing else for the next six months. It’s fine with me because frankly- why would I want to wear anything else? Good bye, merino. Au revoir cotton. To paraphrase an old Krug advert- no cashmere, no thanks. Talk about current mood.
I wrote about a perfect cashmere jumper in this post and a year on, my requirements remain pretty much the same: crew neck, slightly overseized, provenance- menswear department. Frumpy need not apply.
Forget about boat necks, V necks (especially if they are kind of small, if they are down to your navel go ahead, just wear a lacy bra) or cardigans. Simple, boy’s crew neck is the only thing I’m wearing now. It’ll be a basic for so many different outfits this season, from fringe and tulle skirts comes December (that’s my Christmas parties sorted)(last year I wore a tuxedo and told you all about it in this post) to leather pants off duty (it always makes me wander what do we wear ON duty?)(and is it a fashion duty we’re talking about?) to a pencil skirt for an office.
I must admit that when it comes to cashmere, I’m more of a quantity over quality kind of girl. On the whole I avoid slightly fluffy cashmere but I’m totally fine with a thin, soft one- even though I know I’m getting an inferior product. More expensive cashmere should be slightly coarse at the beginning, softening with each wear (both cheap and expensive will pile equally).
I’ve been championing Uniqlo cashmere ever since I bought my first jumper there. Their grey marl looks well above it’s price point (£89.00) and there is something about the cut that makes it looks elegant yet effortless, nonchalant yet put together. Today I paired mine with suede over the knee boots from Prima Moda which are slightly OTT if not paired with something sober and my Topshop skinnies. My coat is as usual by Jadzia Doroba.
How do I care for my cashmere collection? I follow a few rules that ensure my jumpers will look good a few years down the line:
@ I hand wash my jumpers in a special shampoo and lay them flat or dry clean them
@ Every new jumper goes straight to my freezer for 24 hours to get rid of any lurking clothes eating moths
@ Fold them, don’t hang them
@ A bag with lavender in my closet is a must
Oh, and don’t forget to take your jumper from the freezer. The other day I found one in the bottom drawer. I bought it at the beginning of spring this year and forgot all about it. There’s something to be said about shopping your own freezer.
Jumper- Uniqlo menswear
Coat- Jadzia Doroba
Boots- Prima Moda