Fashion trends come and go, but there are few wardrobe heroes as timeless as a cashmere sweater.
Coveted thanks to its long, fine and soft fibres, cashmere creates warmth without the bulk by keeping you up to eight times warmer than wool – making it perfect for sensitive skin.
And whether you spend £50 or £500, a cashmere sweater is an investment that requires special treatment. So how should cashmere be cared for?
We spoke to Ray, who revealed his top tips for cashmere care, “Always hand wash cashmere. Never use a washing machine and never use detergent, as it’s too harsh on the delicate fibres.
"Instead use lukewarm water and turn your sweat inside out - baby shampoo is perfect for washing knitwear in! Keep it light and quick when washing - 30 minutes maximum – then avoid ringing it out. Just lay on a large towel and let it dry naturally.”
But how do we prolong the life of cashmere during the summer months, when we pack our winter wardrobe away?
Ray said, “Lavender acts as a deterrent to moths. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil when hand rinsing- it’s not only make your cashmere smell wonderful but it will deter the moths from damaging your knitwear.”
Our top picks of the best cashmere sweaters in the high street
With the average sweater taking the hair of two goats to produce, cashmere sweaters have long been reserved as an investment buy, with a price to match.
Until now, that is - whilst brands such as Chinti & Parker, Pringle Of Scotland and (our personal favourite) Duffy are our go-tos for a knitwear splurge, the high street has come up trumps with some seriously stylish – and affordable – cashmere alternatives this season.
Uniqlo cashmere crew neck, £79.90
Available in a whopping 20 colour ways, Uniqlo’s style is made of 100% cashmere giving you designer style without the price tag.
M&S cashmere turtleneck, £119
With its cosy roll neck, M&S’ lilac jumper features flattering rib detailing and is made of pure cashmere. Don’t forget to check out M&S' classic crew which is available in 16 colours for £79.
Zara wool and cashmere jumper, £59.99
Zara’s knitted sweater is made of a wool and cashmere mix, and includes super soft tencel which is grown in sustainably managed forests which guarantee reforestation.
Duffy turtleneck jumper, £305
With its contrast stripes and flattering curve hems, Duffy's turtleneck is the ultimate investment. Made from premium yarn blends you can shop happy with the knowledge that Duffy's manufacturing process supports sustainable farming practices.
Now bring on the cold...
What's your favourite cashmere sweater out of our top picks? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know!
The best Christmas hampers for 2021—festive treats for you or a loved one
Explore our selection of the best Christmas hampers for friends, family, or just as a gift to yourself
By Samuel Goldsmith •
Hobbies for women that will spark creativity and help you discover a new passion
Try one of these exciting hobbies for women and reap the benefits for both body and mind
By Lauren Hughes •
How to keep tights up—this simple hack will stop hoisery falling down
Learn how to stop tights from falling down with this 5-second trick
By Anna Duff •
The best plus size leggings for every occasion, from working out to going out
We’ve found the best plus size leggings to suit every occasion and style, so if you're looking for an effortless outfit solution for curvy figures—we've got you!
By Mollie Quirk •
Yes, Crocs x Hidden Valley Ranch are actually a thing and we're in love with the wacky footwear
The best Crocs collab we've ever seen!
By Rylee Johnston •
Best women's Christmas pyjamas for the 2021 festive season
Get cosy in the best women's Christmas pyjamas this Holiday season
By Joely Chilcott •
How to wear shapewear if you're new to control lingerie
Our expert guide to how to wear shapewear included everything you need to get the most from your control lingerie
By Esther Newman •
The best winter coats for women will see you through a cold spell in style
Our round-up of the best winter coats has got all styles covered, from timeless trench coats to cosy puffers
By Jess Beech •
Holly Willoughby follows Kate Middleton's lead in stunning LK Bennett polka dot dress
Holly Willoughby has channeled Kate Middleton's style and the stand out dress in question is selling fast!
By Laura Harman •
Designer dupes: Here’s where to buy could-be-designer pieces for less
Our round-up of the best designer dupes is here, ready, and willing to save your credit card
By Jess Beech •