This Might Make You Think Twice About Buying a Too-Soft Sweater

Adrianna Barrionuevo

Nothing beats a cozy cashmere sweater during the winter. From its comfortable fit to its supreme softness, the cold-weather staple is a wardrobe essential for all. When it comes to shopping for a sweater, however, it's important to be diligent and keep in mind a handful of guidelines to avoid splurging on a low-quality cashmere. 

Racked broke down the dos and don'ts of sweater shopping, and one tip caught our attention. Softness is something we tend to associate with quality, but Cuyana co-founder Shilpa Shah explains higher grade cashmere isn't necessarily silky-soft. "In reality with cashmere, the better cashmere is not super soft to touch. It softens over time." Shah adds that some brands overwash the yarn to give it that lived-in softness consumers love and associate with luxury.

Racked advises consumers to "beware of anything extra fuzzy or crazy super soft at the time of purchase. This could be a sign of over-washing." And there you have it—fluffy softness isn't always a good thing. 

Read more about how to shop for cashmere sweaters at Racked, and keep scrolling to shop our picks at varying price points.

What do you think are the most important things to look for when shopping for cashmere? Tell us in the comments.

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