The best cashmere jumpers worth investing in - as chosen by our fashion experts

Stay stylish and cosy with the best cashmere jumpers that deliver on quality and price

models wearing three of the best cashmere jumpers from White Company / Pure Collection / John Lewis
(Image credit: White Company / Pure Collection / John Lewis)

The best cashmere jumpers add a touch of luxury to the simplest of outfits. The most elevated of wardrobe basics, investing in the best cashmere jumpers is always worthwhile. 

A cashmere jumper is a wardrobe essential, and an ideal choice to bolster your capsule wardrobe. Comfy enough for off-duty days, yet smart enough to wear to the office (just add tailored trousers), a cashmere sweater makes any look feel instantly pulled together. The best cashmere jumpers will become one of the most versatile knitwear pieces you own and certainly count towards your best jumpers collection. Team it with leggings at weekends, and wear it over a silky dress on chilly evenings. Gorgeous cashmere jumpers add luxe-factor to your loungewear too.

“No one can deny the unequivocal style status of the cashmere jumper, but you needn’t save them for winter,” says Hannah Eichler, stylist, writer, and fashion lecturer. “Unlike synthetic fibers which can leave you hot and sweaty, cashmere fibres are woven tightly together which allows air to circulate around your body, keeping you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cool.” These are our fashion team's top picks of the best styles to shop now and love forever.

Best cashmere jumpers for women, as chosen by our fashion team

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Are cashmere jumpers worth it?

Cashmere jumpers are generally pricier than your average winter knit, but they do pay off in terms of quality and longevity, so are well worth spending a bit more money on. High-end brands focus on creating ethically made, top-notch cashmere that stands the test of time. 

“If you aren’t quite ready for the 100% cashmere investment, brands such as Hobbs and Mint Velvet offer great cashmere and cotton blends at a lower price point,” says Katie Eastwood, stylist ambassador at personal styling service Stitch Fix

How to wear a cashmere jumper

Cashmere jumpers are a key element in our capsule wardrobe and will help make getting dressed quicker, easier, and chicer. “Cashmere jumpers are definitely an investment piece, but a cashmere jumper can stay in your wardrobe all year round,” adds Eastwood. “Navy and neutral tones are fantastic options for every season and are easy colours to incorporate into your capsule wardrobe. 

"In the summer, pastel jumpers look chic styled with a light cami underneath, shorts and sandals, or worn over the shoulders with a slip dress. A v-neck style is also great for between seasons as it won’t feel too close around your neck.”

How to care for cashmere

If you want your best cashmere jumpers to last, you'll need to look after them properly to avoid shrinkage in the wash or shape loss.

“To ensure the longevity of your cashmere jumpers, it’s important to take care when washing them. Many brands such as Editor’s Cut offer machine-washable cashmere, but just be mindful of the temperature and spin speed - boiled cashmere is a lost cause, unfortunately,” explains Eastwood.

Remember to:

  • Wash at cool temperatures: When putting your cashmere jumper in the machine, wash it no higher than 30 degrees and on a delicate spin. For added protection, you can place it inside a wash bag or pillowcase. However, if you’re nervous about machine washing, it may be safer to hand wash instead.
  • Hand wash and dry flat: “Don’t be fooled by the label. I prefer to wash cashmere by hand and dry flat,” says Hannah. You also need to be careful when storing your cashmere jumpers to protect them from pesky moths.
  • Store in sealed bags: “If you choose to pack away cashmere during warmer weather, use sealable bags and roll them to minimise creasing. If you vacuum pack them, don’t go too hard on the hoover as removing air can misshape the fibers,” adds Hannah.
  • Use mothballs: “You can also use mothballs. I like the ones that incorporate lavender, which is highly repellent and also disguises the smell of traditional mothballs. You can also try soaking your clothes in equal parts water and vinegar to remove the smell.”
  • Use a special comb: After repeat wear, it's common for cashmere to pill, especially in areas of friction such as under the arms and on the hip where your handbag may sit. Use a special cashmere comb to gently remove bobbles. 
Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.

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