Cashmere may be the Rolls Royce of knitwear but it needn’t cost a fortune. Right now, the high street is doing cashmere so well, from oversized heavy jumpers at ARKET to colour-popping pieces at & Other Stories and wardrobe staples at M&S.
Round neck or v-neck, a soft cashmere sweater is well worth the investment. Whether worn casually with jeans and boots or with relaxed tailoring for the office, this versatile buy will see you around the clock.
Over the years, we’ve pretty much tried them all, so scroll on to see our top four high street brands, plus the best of the rest….
Best For: Designer-look pieces that will last.
Granted, COS’s cashmere sits at the higher end of the high street scale, but it’s excellent. Look after it and one of their jumpers will be a life-long mainstay in your wardrobe.
Best For: Wardrobe foundations.
A few well-chosen classic will form the underpinnings of many looks and if there’s one thing M&S does well, it’s classics. Look to them for timeless crewnecks and cosy cardigans and definitely check out their men’s cashmere for a more relaxed fit – we love the longer length sleeves a man’s jumper offers.
Brand: & Other Stories
Best For: Colour-popping pieces.
If you want to get longevity and versatility out of your cashmere it does pay to go for muted or classic tones – think beige, biscuits, slate grey, navy and black. But, if you’re wardrobe is one never to shy away from a bit of pigment, & Other Stories offer some of the best rainbow-hued cashmere pieces around, from fussy sky blues to peppy raspberries.
Best For: Polished, elegant pieces.
The majority of ARKET’s cashmere pieces play into that slightly oversized, nonchalant, fashion editor vibe. Think giant turtlenecks that almost swamp the face, billowing cardigans and generous blanket scarves. Pair with wide-leg trousers or silky midi skirts and boots for a polished edge.
BEST OF THE REST
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