Gift This: Cashmere Sweaters for Every Budget

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

There are few gifts that have the universal appeal of cashmere. It’s a great gift for anyone who appreciates having something nice to wear. And, thanks to innovations in sourcing and manufacturing, you can find cozy cashmere at a range of price points. Check out this roundup to find giftable cashmere sweaters no matter what your budget.

Japanese label Uniqlo has been the fashionista’s go-to source for low price cashmere for a while now, but up until this year purchasing the goods first hand required a trip to NYC or one of Uniqlo’s many locations throughout Asia. Thankfully, Uniqlo started offering ecommerce for US residents this year, just in time for holiday shopping. Their super affordable cashmere sweaters are a great value, and are available in 25 colors.

Uniqlo V-Neck Cashmere Sweater

→ Buy the Uniqlo V-Neck Cashmere Sweater, $69.90 (was $89.90), at

Another great source of affordable cashmere is the Nordstrom house label, Nordstrom Collection. They offer many different styles including both classic and trendy options, all in several colors.

Nordstrom Collection V-Neck Cashmere Cardigan

→ Buy the Nordstrom Collection V-Neck Cashmere Cardigan, $118.80 (was $198.00), at; shipping and returns are free.

One of the worst kept secrets in the online fashion shopping world is that J.Crew sources its cashmere from the same mill that produces the cashmere used by ultra luxe label Loro Piana. The result? Sumptuous, yet relatively affordable, cashmere goodies in the fantastic colors we’ve come to expect from J.Crew.

J.Crew Collection Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater

→ Buy the J.Crew Collection Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater, $248.00, at

One of my favorites for mid-priced cashmere in fashionable shapes is Vince. Their sweaters come in every shade of neutral you can imagine, and each year they take a slightly different spin on their most well-loved designs, like boyfriend cuts and dolman sleeves.

Vince Oversized Cashmere Sweater

→ Buy the Vince Oversized Cashmere Sweater, $320.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

For more unique cashmere finds at the mid-level price point, I’ve always had great luck with Club Monaco. This year I’m particularly drawn to their Taylor Cashmere Sweater, which would be perfect for layering over long sleeve tees for a casual look or a crisp button-down shirt for a more polished vibe.

Club Monaco Taylor Cashmere Sweater

→ Buy the Club Monaco Taylor Cashmere Sweater, $329.00, at

If you’re ready to splurge on some super luxurious cashmere, you have to go with Loro Piana. This Italian label has long been regarded as some of the best cashmere money can buy. I think this Chinchilla Neck Poncho is positively regal.

Loro Piana Chinchilla-Neck Poncho

→ Buy the Loro Piana Chinchilla-Neck Poncho, $4,595.00, at