Ah, cashmere—there’s something so luxurious about the soft, cozy feel of a sweater knitted from the stuff. While that same luxury means you can splurge thousands of dollars on a single sweater, we’ve seen plenty of fast-fashion brands taking a stab at 100% cashmere styles too. Which led us to wonder: What can you expect from cashmere at every price?
Assuming there would be some major differences between a $200 and $2000 sweater, we turned to Matthew Scanlan, founder of direct-to-consumer cashmere provider Naadam, to break down the major differences between expensive and more affordable cashmere. Then, to make it easy, we created a handy infographic based on his expert knowledge of all things cozy. From what to expect in raw materials to where manufacturing comes in, you’ll find it all below.
Read on to see everything you need to know and then shop our favorite cashmere sweaters at every price point!
According to Scanlan, there are three elements of raw cashmere that affect price (and quality): the length and fineness of the cashmere fiber and the color of the material. The most expensive sweaters will be made of fine, long cashmere fibers in a pure white.
In terms of production, cost can also vary depending on where and how the cashmere is produced. Notes Scanlan, “Small designers can’t get good prices on manufacturing or shipping, because they don’t have unit economics on their side. So a larger brand will get good quality and a lower price, but there will be more inconsistencies across large-scale manufacturing.”
What this means is that lower-priced cashmere can be a great option, but it may not last as long as some of the more expensive styles. The best choice for you is all about what makes the most sense with your lifestyle.
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Dressy or casual, one of these in every color will provide endless outfit opportunities.
A basic black crew is the perfect antidote to those mornings when you have nothing to wear.
Donning an oversize mock-neck sweater is the easiest way to look effortlessly put together.
Comfort and polish unite to give you an ideal sweater for both work and play.
At the office or off duty, this staple piece pairs perfectly with any trousers or miniskirt.
Counter the delicacy of this pink with some raw denim or even a luxe leather jacket.
When it’s too cold for a statement tee, opt for some statement cashmere.
Defy those gray winter days by adding a dash of color to your ensemble.
Flatter this loose-fitting piece with a great pair of skinny jeans.
When styling a cropped sweater, emphasize the silhouette with high-waisted trousers.
This plus your favorite jeans and some leather slippers make for the perfect weekend look.