What do you do with a cashmere sweater

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

A few weeks ago Garnet Hill emailed me to see if I would be interested in trying something from their Cashmere Shop. I admit I was intrigued because growing up we used to get the Garnet Hill catalog and I remember it being mostly bedding and linens. Either I totally missed their clothing section or they’ve just been expanding since the last time I looked!

As you saw in yesterday’s shopping summary post, I ended up getting a beautiful striped cashmere sweater from them.

garnet-hill-striped-sweater-2Sweater – c/o Garnet Hill (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Boots – Sorel (similar) | Scarf – The Limited (similar)

Originally I wasn’t sure what size to order. I was debating between an XS and an S. In the end, I went with the small and I would say it fits true to size. None of this crazy vanity sizing that other places do. I wanted it to fit a little looser so I could layer it and so it would feel more casual. The S is perfect for that. If I wanted an even more oversized fit I could easily go up to a Medium.

I love that it has three quarter length sleeves (my favorite!) and that the boat neck isn’t super wide.

garnet-hill-striped-sweater-3I kind of took a chance on ordering the navy and white version because there’s no picture of it on the website. Thankfully it looked how I expected.

The only downside? What do I do with a cashmere sweater?? Garnet Hill has care suggestions but, dang, cashmere seems like it might be a lot of work. On the plus side, it’s super soft and cozy.

I kept the outfit simple on its first outing (although, when I wore it to work I swapped out the boots for my navy suede heels once I got to the office) but since I’m pretty sure we’re not getting spring for a few more weeks I’ll most likely be layering it over a button up shirt pretty soon.

garnet-hill-striped-sweater-1Thanks to Garnet Hill for sending me this sweater! As always, all opinions are my own.


11 replies on “What do you do with a cashmere sweater

  1. Bri Marie

    I love this sweater! I love how the pocket jumps out due to the alternating stripes! I have some cashmere and I try to always wear something under it so that it needs less care, and then when it does, I hand wash it, use my salad spinner to dry it, and then lay it out on a towel for a couple of days to keep its shape as it finishes drying. A bit annoying, but worth it to keep the quality high.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I wore a tank top underneath but I think next time I’ll wear a t-shirt. Or maybe I’ll just Febreeze it occasionally πŸ™‚

      It does have some dog fur on the front but I suppose a lint roller will take care of that.

  2. Jodie filogomo

    I agree with Bri Marie….the less you wash it the better, so always wear at least a short sleeve t-shirt under it! If you get stains on it, you can just spot wash that area. And don’t dry clean it—that’s too hard on it! (I learned this from my mother who was a home-ec teacher!) Jodie
    ps…your pooch is the perfect accessory!!!

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I think cashmere is one of those things I would just hope to not sweat in, so I could reasonably convince myself I didn’t need to wash it πŸ˜› Or maybe just look at it in a store instead of actually owning it, so as to not worry about the upkeep. I don’t need that kind of stress in my life hahaha.

    I see Chewie’s getting into the fashion blogger game with that stylish winter jacket of his. It matches his collar and coat quite nicely! πŸ™‚

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Jason actually picked out this coat! He had another one that my mom got him for Christmas (which I think is freaking adorable that she did that) but he actually outgrew it. I guess he’s still growing in the chest πŸ™‚

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I admit, I was really struggling with what scarf to wear and kind of wished I had a navy one! So I’m happy that you think the turquoise works well!

  4. Laura

    I’m all about the no-fuss-no-muss approach, so cashmere gets washed in cold water on a regular cycle (with a regular load) in a washing bag & then laid flat to dry. Perhaps I will eat those words down the road, but so far I’ve had no issues (going on 2 years).
    Great casual look!

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