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

Stay stylish and cozy with the best cashmere sweaters that deliver on quality and price

some of the best cashmere sweaters on models
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The best cashmere sweaters add a touch of luxury to the simplest of outfits. The most elevated of wardrobe basics, investing in the best cashmere sweaters is always worth while. 

A cashmere sweater 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 pants), a cashmere sweater makes any look feel instantly pulled together. The best cashmere sweaters will become one of the most versatile knitwear pieces you own and certainly count towards your best sweaters collection. Team it with your best leggings at weekends, and wear it over a silky dress on chilly evenings. Gorgeous cashmere sweaters 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 (opens in new tab), stylist, writer, and fashion lecturer. “Unlike synthetic fibers which can leave you hot and sweaty, cashmere fibers 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.”

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

Looking to take the plunge and invest in a new cashmere sweater? We’ve done the hard work for you and found the very best cashmere jumpers to invest in this season that will ensure your fall outfit ideas are cozy and stylish.


Are cashmere sweaters worth it?

Cashmere sweaters 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 (opens in new tab), stylist ambassador at personal styling service Stitch Fix (opens in new tab)


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 sweaters 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 colors to incorporate into your capsule wardrobe. 

"In the summer, pastel sweaters 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 sweaters, 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 sweaters 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 minimize 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.