Sunday, 16 November 2014

Cashmere: Stealth Luxury

cardigan
cardigan: Brora / sunglasses: Miu Miu
Comfort wear is like comfort food...
No, I don't mean clothes to hide the effects of too much comfort food (let's not go there...), but clothes that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside, sheltered from the big, bad world in a cosy little cocoon (again, no need to take 'cocoon' too literally here...)

cashmere
magnifying glass pendant: Portobello Road Market / bangle: Kenneth Jay Lane
And cashmere is the ultimate comfort wear:
warm, cosy and subtly luxurious. It is also gentle on your skin: even people allergic to wool can usually wear soft cashmere. In my opinion, good cashmere is a good investment: it lasts forever (provided you take good care of it), keeps you warm and makes you feel fantastic.
But I don't condone ridiculously expensive and impractical designer cashmere: if the label says dry clean, forget it. Cashmere is everyday luxury, low-maintenance dressing at its best: wash and wear, again and again.
And good quality cashmere keeps its shape year after year, wash after wash. Therefore, I would also advise against cheap cashmere. However, some pilling may always occur, that's what the cashmere comb is for. It also makes sense to use special cashmere shampoo to hand wash your cashmere pieces. Cashmere is expensive (think about cost-per-wear: buy only classic styles that you will want to wear for the next ten years) but it is a good investment if you take care of it...

burgundy shoes
Don't you just love it when the shoes match the cardi? shoes: Clarks
Do you wear cashmere?

Tiina

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6 comments

  1. I always hand wash my cashmere.. light detergent is perfect. I don't have many sweaters but what I have they're mostly cashmere. Perfect for layering - light yet warm! I love the ox blood color of yours!

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    1. I love cashmere, too. I live in cashmere cardis in winter, I have quite a few...

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  2. I've come to love cashmere! So soft and light but oh so warm. I've lucked into several sweaters at thrift stores for stupidly low prices. I do try to stay away from the cheap crap that comes out around the holidays for unsuspecting husbands to buy for their wives.

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    1. Yes, cashmere is the ultimate luxury, but pricey... Lucky you!

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  3. love your sunnies!!

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