The Best Affordable Cashmere For Work

affordable cashmere for workSure, 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.

Pictured at top, clockwise: black / cream / navy / blue.

Pictured below, some of our Hall of Famers: boatneck / crewneck / turtleneck / faux wrap / turtleneck

 

Before we get to our featured cashmere sweaters for work for today, let’s talk about some greatest hits:

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The Hunt: Stylish Cashmere Sweaters for Work

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2017 Update: Check out our latest discussion of the most affordable cashmere for work!

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.

Ladies, we haven’t talked about the most stylish cashmere sweaters for work in far too long — and now is a great time to buy because there are so many sales on.  Which brands are you loving this year in terms of style, softness, durability, and more?  (Do check out our guide to cardigans for work, if you haven’t already!) Have you gotten any great deals on any cashmere lately? Which cashmere brand do you like to splurge on? 

If you’re curious, here are links to our prior roundups of the best cashmere sweaters for the office: 2015, 2014, 2012. Before we start, a few special interest categories:

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The Hunt: Great Cashmere Sweaters

cashmere-sweaters2017 Update: Check out our latest discussion of the most affordable cashmere for work!

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.

Cashmere is a must for any working woman — it’s warm (great for the freezing office!), a bit luxurious, and (shhh) usually Woolite/delicate-cycle friendly.  We haven’t done a roundup of cashmere sweaters in a while (2014, 2012), and so many of the great ones are on sale that I thought today would be a great day to discuss it.

Ladies, have you bought any great cashmere sweaters recently?  Which are your favorite brands for cashmere in general? 

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Cashmere V-Neck Sweater

Lord & Taylor Cashmere V Neck Sweater | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Lord & Taylor’s big sale seems to have started, which means that if you haven’t already, you may want to check out Lord & Taylor cashmere. Recommended by readers in the past as the best cashmere sweaters for softness, warmth, and quality, these are starting to dip into the under-$100 territory. I like this V-neck sweater, which comes in 22 colors, sizes XS-XL — looks like a great, simple basic for the office or weekend. This one was $160, but is now marked to $89. (Sadly, the extra 20% off pass does not work on the cashmere department — but if you’re looking at other stuff, try code BIG.) Lord & Taylor Cashmere V Neck Sweater

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The Hunt: The Best Cashmere Sweaters

The Best Cashmere Sweaters | Corporette2017 Update: Check out our latest discussion of the most affordable cashmere for work!

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.

We haven’t done a Hunt on cashmere sweaters for a while, so I thought I’d round up a few — while discounts will likely go deeper over the next few months, selection is already dwindling. Cashmere can be a tricky thing to recommend — over and over again I’ve seen readers commenting about how the softness changes from one season to the next, and how they notice differences in softness even between colors in the same season (not to mention taste differences from one person to the next — my most hated cashmere sweater was an itchy, misshapen mess that came from a mass retailer that I’ve seen numerous folks recommend specifically for cashmere) so this is all a bit of a crapshoot online.  That said, if you’re busy and don’t feel like taking a weekend afternoon to go touch cashmere, these would be some of my first stops when looking for myself.  These brands aren’t included in the roundup, but I’ve also recently seen readers recommend Land’s End (rec here), Akris cashmere (rec here), and Michael Kors cashmere (rec here), just to round up a few — I didn’t include an Inhabit NY sweater this time but I’ve been a fan of the sweaters I’ve gotten from them before.  (I’ve also been intrigued by Everlane’s cashmere for a few seasons now, but haven’t found the right shape for me just yet — it looks like they currently have an interesting tunic that might be nice for the weekend, but it’s either sold out or waitlisted right now.) Readers, what brand is your favorite cashmere sweater?  Where is your first stop when hunting for cashmere for yourself — and what shapes do you think are essential (e.g., turtleneck, v-neck, boyfriend cardigan, shrunken blazer, etc.).

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How to Buy a Great Winter Coat

great-winter-coats-how-to-buy-and-choose-one2017 Update: We still stand by the advice below, but you may also want to check out our latest roundup of winter coats that work as hard as you do!

How can you find a great winter coat, or know when it’s time to invest in great winter coats in general?  Reader M asked us to “share some guidance and advice…”

I’m curious to hear what the readers say here, because despite a lot of poking around online, I haven’t found a lot of other articles talking about this.  Here’s what I know:

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