A Cashmere Cardi is Forever

Brora cashmere

Cashmere is forever…

If you take good care of it. I have cashmere sweaters that I’ve had for almost ten years, and they still look as good as new. And since my cashmere sweaters and cardigans are in classic styles, I can keep wearing them forever.

Which is good, given that buying cashmere is a bit of an investment. But it is an investment worth every penny, and in the long run a lot cheaper than buying half a dozen poor quality sweaters that end up in a landfill after just a few weeks or months. Still, with a limited budget, I can only indulge on one new cashmere sweater or cardigan per year. So, I need to pick garments I can wear over and over again without getting tired of them.

Yes, all my cold weather knitwear is cashmere. That’s because I only buy knitwear that actually keeps me warm. There are lot of trendy big, bulky cardigans in shops now, but a lot of them are at least 50% acrylic. And acrylic is the biggest rip off ever. Not only will it start pilling like crazy after the first wash (or even before), it will do nothing to keep you warm. Think about it: you’re wearing this enormous knitted coat or a blanket scarf, and you’re shivering with cold. Something is wrong with this picture…

Cashmere, on the other hand, never fails. A thin cardi or sweater is all you need. But wool (or mohair or angora) works just as well,you say. Yes, it does. But I can’t wear it. For the same reason I can’t have a cat or cuddle a dog: allergies. Never mind how soft the wool is, it still makes me itch. And an angora sweater… Well, I could just as well rub a kitten all over my face, the result is the same (swollen eyes, blotchy skin, sneezing and wheezing…). Of course, I could layer a t-shirt under a wool sweater. Except that I can’t stand that much layering, it makes me feel I’m suffocating. So, nothing comes between me and my cashmere…

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I’m wearing:

cardigan: Brora (seen before HERE and HERE) / trousers: Marks and Spencer /
sleeveless top: Sand / bag: Furla / shoes: Clarks / scarf: Marja Kurki / sunglasses: Coach

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29 Comments

  1. Jazzy Jack
    October 29, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Mmmm, cashmere! I also have these same allergies. I go the tshirt underneath route and feel overwrapped. Will have to investigate some luxury! Thanks for the inspiration.I love this red for winter and the lovely scarf. So nice to see colour! Jazzy Jack

    • Tiina L
      October 29, 2015 / 3:36 pm

      You said it: 'overwrapped', that's how it feels like. Yes, cashmere is worth it, and so gentle on sensitive skin.

  2. Nancy Baten
    October 29, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Im not into cashmere, but i love that colour.www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

    • Tiina L
      October 29, 2015 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks, I love the colour, too. And I'm a cashmere junkie…

  3. Laura Yoder
    October 29, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I love cashmere, especially this time of year! And you're rights, it's so timeless, you'll easily wear it for years to come!Laurawww.24-7style.com

    • Tiina L
      October 29, 2015 / 3:40 pm

      I think cashmere is a necessity, especially in a cold climate…

  4. Shelbee On The Edge
    October 29, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    The color of this cardi is perfect on you! And yes, buying quality items that last forever does save money in the long run (buy cheap, buy twice!). #ThursdayFashionFilesShelbeewww.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Tiina L
      October 29, 2015 / 3:41 pm

      Great slogan! 'Buy cheap, buy twice', so true.

  5. Marea Dotz
    October 29, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    I adore the feel of cashmere, too, but when I pulled out two of my favorite sweaters recently, I found moth holes!!!! I'll still wear them around the house though (and start investing in cedar chips.) What do you do to keep your sweaters hole free?

    • Tiina L
      October 29, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Oh no, that's awful! I have those cedar chips all over the shelves in my wardrobe. And when I pack my cashmere pieces away for summer, I put cedar chips or blocks in the storage boxes, too.

  6. Connie
    October 29, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    That is a beautiful sweater. Lovely color, classic style. I'm with you. Cashmere is the only way to go.

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:37 am

      Thanks, Connie. Yes, nothing beats cashmere.

  7. Carrie
    October 29, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    That color is so trendy right now, too and cashmere is just so soft- you can't bea it!Carriecurlycraftymom.com

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:39 am

      Yes, it's a trendy colour, even though I got the cardi a year ago. But burgundy is a classic colour, it will always look ok for autumn.

  8. Suzanne Carillo
    October 29, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    I do love me some good cashmere. I find sometimes I *think* I'm buying good cashmere only to have a hole show up in the fabric after a month which makes me very unhappy. I find that some of the new cashmere isn't great, or too thin or something. I love the colour of this sweater. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:46 am

      That's true, there's a lot of cheap, bad quality cashmere out there now. I guess it's because cashmere has got so popular now. I usually only wear garments by a few of my favourite brands that specialise in cashmere and thus have very high quality, but that means I only buy one item per year (because they tend to be a bit expensive)

  9. Shybiker
    October 30, 2015 / 2:17 am

    What nice colors that blend together so well. I'm not experienced with cashmere. I've touched it but never owned anything made of it.

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:47 am

      There is nothing better than soft and luxurious cashmere, it's addictive. Once you try it, you never want to wear anything else…

  10. Dawn Lucy
    October 30, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Such a lovely color inn you! I need to ask some cashmere to my wardrobe!Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday & happy Halloween!OXOXDawn Lucyhttp://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 10:48 am

      Absolutely! Every girl needs a bit of cashmere.

  11. Doused In Pink
    October 31, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I need to invest in a few cashmere sweaters! I love the color of your cardigan! This is such a fab look styled with the pretty scarf and pink bag!JillDoused In Pink

    • Tiina L
      October 31, 2015 / 11:42 am

      Thanks, Jill. Good quality cashmere is always a good investment.

  12. No Fear of Fashion
    October 31, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    I think it is a beautiful cardigan. And a beautiful colour too. I have only had one cashmere cardigan (unfortunately too small now) and indeed, its softness was heaven. Like you I cannot stand wool, angora or mohair.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      November 1, 2015 / 5:22 pm

      I have to admit that I have quite a few cashmere cardigans, and sweaters, too… But I live in a cold climate, so I'm going to use that to justify it. Or maybe I'm just addicted to cashmere…

    • No Fear of Fashion
      November 13, 2015 / 12:07 pm

      It is very easy to get addicted to cashmere. Once you have experienced that quality….

  13. Alice Warren
    October 31, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I do love the feel of cashmere. Love the pretty cardigan and how you styled it.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!Alicewww.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Tiina L
      November 1, 2015 / 5:24 pm

      I find it's important how clothes feel on the skin. And cashmere feels so wonderful…

  14. Petite Silver Vixen
    November 2, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    That is just a beautiful colour on you Tiina. And yes, cashmere is such a good investment if you find good quality cashmere.

    • Tiina L
      November 2, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks. I'm a bit partial To Brora cashmere, I've always been happy with the quality. Unfortunately, it's a bit pricey…

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