The only things older than my collection of cashmere sweaters are the pyramids in Egypt.
I’ve got pieces that date back to 1998 – and I still wear them.
But here’s the best part: I paid less than retail for every single one of those sweaters in the photo above. I’m talking rock bottom prices. I’m talking about the kind of price tags that are liable to bring a woman to her knees – with sheer glee, I might add – at the check-out. The sweaters have come from near and far: eBay, Lord & Taylor, Old Navy (the best cheapo cashmere around!), Saks Fifth Avenue, The Limited, Express, and – the holy grails of all cashmere sources – TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
Here’s a closer look at my two favorite pieces: A fitted 100% cashmere pullover by Ralph Lauren, which I purchased when I was back in college for $50 at the TJ Maxx near the University ofMichigan campus; a 100% Italian cashmere cable-knit calf-length cardigan by Brooks Brothers, which I purchased in 2011 on eBay for $30:
I maintain that preservation is the name of the game when it comes to keeping cashmere in tip-top shape, and with the warmer months on the horizon, it’s imperative to clean and store cashmere properly. Here are my rules:
*Dry clean only in the event of a hard-to-remove stain. Do NOT try to get the stain out on your own.
*Otherwise, hand wash in cool/warm water with just a dollop of gentle shampoo. If you’ve got a hand-wash setting on your washing machine – and you trust it – then give it a go; mine has never disappointed me.
*Whatever you do, do NOT wring out the item and DON’T put it in the dryer. (Unless you want to resize said item for your Barbie.) Air drying flat is best.
*Ziploc is your friend. I store my cashmere in 1-gallon plastic baggies; the old fashioned kind, not the new fancy version with the zipper-like closure, which tends to snap if you overstuff them. (Living in a wooded area + having a river in our backyard = Moth City. And those creatures would love nothing more than to have one my precious sweaters for dinner.)
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