Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Which are your favorite affordable cashmere sweaters for work, ladies? Which ones do you reach for, for warmth, style, or comfort — and which have held up after laundering or dry cleaning? We haven’t talked about this in a while, and cashmere sales are starting (Neiman Marcus, Uniqlo, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom all have some crazy markdowns right now) — so let’s discuss.
Before we get to our featured cashmere sweaters for work for today, let’s talk about some greatest hits:
- Hall of Famers (best-selling, classic styles — maybe not on sale, but certainly worth the investment): Talbots, Equipment (crewneck), Equipment (turtleneck), Uniqlo, Boden, Brooks Brothers (cardi), Brooks Brothers (turtleneck), Neiman Marcus
- Usual Suspects (stores and brands that are generally great from cashmere, but may not have a specific style that’s been a best-seller for years): Lord & Taylor, Halogen, Neiman Marcus, August Cashmere, Brora, Eric Bompard, InHabit NY, Loro Piana, Everlane, Akris cashmere,
- Plus-size cashmere: Lord & Taylor, Lands’ End, Neiman Marcus, Lark & Ro,
- Petite cashmere: Lord & Taylor, Halogen, Lands’ End,
- Cusp-sized cashmere: Lands’ End, (see our entire guide to workwear for size 16!)
On to today’s feature, which looks at some of the most affordable cashmere for work (nothing over $265!):
|On the affordable end of things, everyone raves about Uniqlo cashmere — so it’s great to see that they have a cotton cashmere cardigan for only $19 in eight colors (neutrals and springy pastels). It’s available in XS-XXL. Cotton Cashmere V-Neck Sweater|
|I personally can’t stand the Lord & Taylor site for reasons like this — they’re having a crazy sale with lots of cashmere sweaters marked to $29, but they’re all on separate product pages so I can’t get you a great link. Still: I’m seeing lots of petite and plus-size pullovers, cardigans, and more, marked from $160ish down to $29. The pictured sweater is only available in size 1X, but here’s a link to a general search.|
|Last year during one of the big Nordstrom sales I got a Halogen cashmere sweater and a higher-test Nordstrom-brand cashmere sweater, and immediately returned the Nordstrom brand one because the Halogen one was similarly soft and at a much lower pricepoint — it seems like lots of people agree since there are a number of Halogen cashmere sweaters with TONS of high ratings. This looser, lightweight crewneck is normally $89 and available in ten colors, regular and petite sizes — with some colors and sizes down to $49. Nice. Crewneck Lightweight Cashmere Sweater|
|Readers have sung the praises of Lands’ End sweaters for years, and it’s great that they come in regular, petite, and plus size options. Their highly-rated crewneck is $149 (also check out their cashmere cardi), but today you can take $10 off $500, $25 off $100, or $50 off $150 with code SUPER and pin 2382. Cashmere Sweater|
|Theory cashmere is represented among the best-sellers of Bloomingdale’s (the Adrianna sweater, pictured), Saks (this high-low sweater), and Amazon (the Adrianna as well as this short-sleeved sweater). The pictured sweater looks great for layering with a t-shirt, camisole, or crisp button-front — at full price it’s $265, but Nordstrom has it on sale for $159 (lucky sizes only). (A very similar dupe to this sweater for only $95: this sweater from Reiss.) Pictured: ‘Adrianna’ V-Neck Cashmere Pullover|
|I was intrigued by the huge Todd & Duncan section of Banana Republic recently — it’s an interesting collaboration given that Todd & Duncan is generally known for quality, colorful cashmere. This pink crewneck is one of Olivia Palermo’s picks, but the sweater also comes in six other colors, in sizes XS-XL. (Note that if you’re looking for something more affordable but similar, BR’s store-brand cashmere sweater is very colorful and only $68.) Pictured: Todd & Duncan Cashmere Crew|
Readers, what brands and stores are your favorites for affordable cashmere for work? Which cashmere sweaters do you like to wear to work the most?
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