A soft-as-clouds cashmere sweater is a great staple for the winter months. But where do you find the best cashmere sweaters which will keep you warm without breaking the bank?

Below you will find some of the best cashmere sweaters in stores now – no matter what your budget, and whether you are choosing as a treat for yourself or a gift for someone else.

While cashmere does, understandably, have a reputation for being a luxury material with a price tag to match, there are actually plenty of stylish AND affordable options available.

We asked for recommendations from the 40+ Style Community on where to shop for the best cashmere sweaters and below are the results, along with a few of our own favorites.

Best cashmere sweaters – What is cashmere?

First of all, what is cashmere, and why does it keep you so warm?

If you’ve worn or touched cashmere, you know how soft it feels against your skin.

That’s because its made from the super-soft fibers farmed from cashmere goats.

Cashmere comes from only the soft layer underneath a goat’s outer coat.

When the weather gets warmer and goats shed their coats, cashmere producers comb out the fibers which are then spun to they can be made into sweaters.

It will take three to four goats to make just one sweater, which explains why the price of cashmere can be high.

Why opt for a cashmere sweater?

Here some of the advantages of choosing cashmere as your fabric of choice for your winter sweater:

1. Quality and longevity

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Cashmere is considered one of the most luxurious of natural fibers. It is durable and soft and, when it’s well taken care of, can last you for a very long time.

Kim (above) looks beautiful in her cobalt blue knitwear, which she teams with white booties.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, skirt, mules, clutch and earrings.

2. Comfort

Where to shop for the best cashmere sweaters no matter what your budget | 40plusstyle.com

Want the warmth but not the bulk? Cashmere is a great choice. It has insulating properties so you don’t need lots of layers to stay warm.

Karen (above) opts for a lightweight sweater with her denim maxi skirt.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, denim skirt, booties and sunglasses.

3. It’s warmer

Did you know cashmere can be seven to eight times warmer than wool, making it a great investment for the winter months.

Bev (above) shows that you can still wear pale colors during the cooler months.

Check out this similar sweater, skirt, boots, handbag, scarf and sunglasses.

4. The feel against your skin

This has to be one of the biggest reasons for choosing cashmere. There is nothing like the silky feel of cashmere against your skin.

Oxana (above) wears all neutrals and adds a pop of color with her shoes.

Get her look with this similar sweater, skirt, flats, handbag, scarf, earrings and sunglasses.

5. Available in different colors and patterns

While it does come in natural colors of white, gray and brown, it is also easy to dye so you can get cashmere in just about any shade or pattern you want.

Judith (above) looks wonderful in a leopard print sweater and matching shoes.

Check out these animal printed sweater options from J.Crew and Marks & Spencer that you can wear with this similar pair of pants, pumps, hat and sunglasses.

6. Natural and breathable

Because it is a natural fabric, cashmere is breathable, making it comfortable in both winter and summer weather.

If you want to know more about fabrics you enjoy this article on the properties of fabric.

Rachel (above) combines green with leopard print and white to fabulous effect.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, trousers, booties, belt and necklace.

You may also agree with what I have to say here in this article on why I have a problem wearing synthetic materials.

7. A gift

I always think cashmere makes a fantastic gift, particularly for Christmas. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a cashmere sweater.

For more gift ideas look at the best gifts for women over 40.

8. To travel in or for lounging at home

A cozy cashmere wrap or hoodie is a great option to travel in as it will keep you snug on the plane or train (if you’re able to travel right now). Otherwise, cashmere is also a wonderful option for lounging at home.

Nordstrom high/low wool & cashmere poncho | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom high/low wool & cashmere poncho

For more ideas, see our article on stylish travel clothes for women.

How to select the best cashmere sweaters

Even though all cashmere has to come from the cashmere goat, not all cashmere is of the same quality.

Kylie (above) shows how you could wear your sweater with a maxi skirt to give your summer skirts extra longevity as the weather cools down.

Steal her look with this similar sweater, maxi skirt and booties.

Cashmere grades

Cashmere is graded A,B or C, with A grade cashmere being the finest and C grade being the coarsest.

Unfortunately, it generally won’t say what grade it is on the label. Your best option is to feel it.

Is it 100% cashmere?

If you want a pure cashmere sweater, then check it is 100% cashmere. It it’s a blend, the percentage of cashmere will be stated.

However, don’t discount the option of buying a blend as these can sometimes last longer as they are not as delicate as pure cashmere.

An investment

Don’t be afraid to spend more than you usually would on a sweater. Cashmere is something you will keep in your closet forever.

Will it pile?

Whether you’re shopping in-store or online, check the feel of the fabric.

Make sure it feels soft, rub your hand over it and try to get a feel about whether it will pile, give it a little stretch and make sure it goes back into shape.

What is the ply?

See if the label tells you if it is one-ply or two-ply.

Two-ply is likely to last for longer. When it’s 2-ply, two threads of yarn are twisted together to give a more resistant knit.

With single-ply cashmere only single thread is used and holes may develop more easily.

Usually the higher the ply the more tightly knit the sweater is. If the ply is not mentioned on the label check how tightly knit the sweater is which will give you a good indication.

The thicker it is, the more expensive

This one is obvious, but the thicker your sweater is, the pricier it is likely to be because plain styles such as a simple v-neck take less cashmere than a cable-knit, for example.

Classic cashmere sweater styles to look out for

If you want to make sure you get many seasons out of your cashmere sweater, you may want to opt for a very classic style which definitely won’t date.

Below are the most timeless styles to look for.

The best cashmere sweaters – a V-neck

A v-neck style is very flattering and will never go out of style.

Sharon (above) teams the classic feel of a v-neck with on-trend puff sleeves.

Check out this cashmere sweater that you can wear with this similar pair of jeans, boots and sunglasses.

stylish v-neck sweaters | 40plusstyle.com

Equipment cashmere sweater

Cashmere round neck sweater

Abi wearing a round neck sweater with her maxi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

A round neck is another classic option to choose.

Abi (above) mixes casual and formal to create a beautiful outfit.

Get her look with this similar cashmere sweater, maxi skirt, sneakers and clutch.

Boden cashmere crewneck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Boden cashmere crewneck sweater

Cashmere turtleneck sweater

Abi wears a turtleneck with jeans | 40plusstyle.com

A turtleneck is a versatile sweater which is a good addition to your closet for transitional weather.

You can pop a turtle neck under a dress and wear with boots to give you some extra warmth.

Abi (above) wears her camel turtleneck with ripped jeans and classic white sneakers.

Get her look with this similar sweater, jeans, sneakers and handbag.

turtleneck cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Lark & Ro turtleneck cashmere sweater

Cashmere cardigan

Annette wearing a navy sweater with white pants | 40plusstyle.com

A cardigan is always a great option to stay cozy in cooler months, and a wrap style is very flattering.

Annette (above) looks beautiful in navy and white.

Check out this similar cashmere cardigan, shirt, pants, pumps and bag,

Equipment cashmere cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Equipment cashmere cardigan

Our readers’ recommendations for the best cashmere sweaters

So, where should you shop for your cashmere. Below are some of the favorite brands for cashmere sweaters, as chosen by 40+ readers:

Nordstrom cashmere sweaters

Nordstrom Signature is a good go-to for cashmere.

A cashmere sweater is something that should live in your closet – and on you – for years to come, so I think choosing a classic style is important.

I love the this open front cardigan and I can see it transcending seasons.

Nordstrom Signature open front cashmere cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Signature open front cashmere cardigan

Halogen cashmere

Another brand you’ll find at Nordstrom, Halogen is also well recommended.

It’s an exclusive brand to Nordstrom and often has good basics.

Halogen pieces are perfect to wear during cold months as you can layer over blouses or knitwear, depending on the temperature.

The Halogen cardigan below is a blend of wool and cashmere so should have extra longevity.

Halogen wool & cashmere long cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen wool & cashmere long cardigan

Uniqlo

Uniqlo is a good option for timeless, quality basics that won’t date and won’t break the bank. Uniqlo cashmere feels good to wear and the sweaters come in a wide range of colors – so you could treat yourself to a new one each year.

Uniqlo sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Uniqlo cashmere v-neck sweater

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher is renowned for creating classic pieces which are stylish but won’t go out of style and the brand’s cashmere is no exception. You could wear this cardigan with any tops and pair it with leggings or skinny jeans.

Eileen Fisher silk & cashmere cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher silk & cashmere cardigan

JENNIE LIU

Have you thought about Amazon for your cashmere? There are a number of well-reviewed brands including Jennie Liu. There’s a choice of 20 colors and reviewers say they were impressed by the quality.

JENNIE LIU pure cashmere crewneck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

JENNIE LIU pure cashmere crewneck sweater

Vince Cashmere

Vince is a favorite for luxurious basics which all go well together.

This sweater below comes in a beautiful ginger shade which would look lovely with darker denim for winter or with white jeans as the weather starts to warm up again. Vince cashmere was recommended to me as it doesn’t pile.

Vince shrunken mock neck cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Vince shrunken mock neck cashmere sweater

Boden

British brand Boden is a favorite of stylist Ruth Essex for its quality. There are lots of classic cashmere designs as well as those with a little twist, such as stripes down the side.

I love the fact this sweater (below) features a playful pattern. You’ll find a good choice or colors and prints if you’re looking for a cashmere sweater which is a little bit different.

the best cashmere cardigan from Boden | 40plusstyle.com

Boden cashmere crewneck sweater

John Lewis

Another staple of the British high street, John Lewis has a wide range of cashmere in neutrals, brights, and patterns. I love this cashmere wrap jumper which would look fabulous with wide-legged pants.

John Lewis - the best store to buy winter knitwear | 40plusstyle.com

John Lewis fold cashmere sweater

COS

The grown-up sister to H&M, COS is a good place to look for classics, which won’t date, including this deep v-neck cashmere sweater (below).

COS - the best brand to buy winter knitwear | 40plusstyle.com

COS cashmere v-neck jumper

Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is renowned as being one of the places on the high street to go for classic design. This season, you’ll find plain colors as well as animal prints.

Marks & Spencer pure cashmere leopard print jumper | 40plusstyle.com

Marks & Spencer pure cashmere leopard print jumper

Polo Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren‘s cable-knit sweaters are immediately recognizable, and they go with everything from jeans to pleated skirts.

Polo Ralph Lauren cable cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Polo Ralph Lauren cable cashmere sweater

J.Crew

A turtle neck like this one from J.Crew will be a good addition to your fall wardrobe.

J.Crew cashmere mock neck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew cashmere mock neck sweater

Everlane

This turtleneck from Everlane (below) comes in a choice of soft neutrals and pastels. It has a slightly cropped, oversized fit, which makes it a good option for layering over a long, white shirt, or for wearing with wide-legged pants.

Everlane stylish sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Everlane cashmere square turtleneck

Lark & Ro

One of Amazon’s own fashion brands, Lark & Ro is a good option for value cashmere. The classic cardigan (below) had good reviews, with wearers saying it feels warm and soft.

Lark & Ro cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Lark & Ro cashmere sweater

State

Another Amazon brand for you to try, the State cashmere sweater (below) comes in a choice of autumnal shades. Reviewers say it is nice and soft, although it runs a little small, so you may want to size up.

State cashmere V-neck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

State cashmere V-neck sweater

Reformation

Reformation is often considered a “youth” brand, but there’s plenty to find for women of all ages. If you have a pair of high-waisted pants, this cropped wrap style could be perfect. It could also be worn over a dress as a cover-up if you want to cover your arms.

Reformation cashmere wrap sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Reformation cashmere wrap sweater

Equipment

I love Equipment’s silk shirts, and the brand also has some lovely cashmere sweaters. I did notice Equipment cashmere was on sale when I looked, so now may be a good time to buy.

Equipment cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Equipment cashmere sweater

Lafayette 148 New York

Lafayette 148 New York isn’t the most affordable option to choose, but it does offer great quality and clothes are modern yet timeless so should last you for plenty of seasons. This wrap style (below) would be lovely for lounging at home, for wearing on casual weekends with your jeans or for travel.

cashmere wrap | 40plusstyle.com

Lafayette 148 New York cashmere wrap

Samsøe Samsøe

With more than a nod to its Scandinavian heritage, Samsoe Samsoe favors a relaxed style that doesn’t slavishly follow trends. The cashmere sweater below is a mid-price option which comes in this lovely soft purple, or a classic navy.

Samsøe Samsøe cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Samsøe Samsøe cashmere sweater

Club Monaco

Club Monaco is another great brand choice if you love a classic style. This short sleeve cashmere sweater (below) would be a good transitional choice.

Club Monaco cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco cashmere sweater

La Ligne

If you’re looking for striped essentials, then La Ligne is the place to go.

La Ligne stripe cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

La Ligne stripe cashmere sweater

NAADAM

Have you discovered NAADAM yet? The brand works directly with herders in Mongolia’s Gobi desert to cut out the middle men and give herders a fairer price for their cashmere.

NAADAM cashmere ribbed mock neck sweater | 40plusstyle.com

NAADAM cashmere ribbed mock neck sweater

Banana Republic

Part of the GAP family, Banana Republic has a good choice of relaxed fit and cropped cashmere basics this season.

Banana Republic silk cashmere relaxed sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Banana Republic silk cashmere relaxed sweater

Your best cashmere sweater recommendations

I would love to extend this list and get more of your recommendations for the best cashmere sweaters available in stores now.

If you have any recommendations or have a cashmere sweater that you really love, let me know!

Do you love to wear cashmere? Do you have a favorite sweater?

Continue reading:

  1. 13 Ways To Style Winter Sweaters And Fall Sweaters For Women Over 40
  2. The Best Winter Coats For Women This Season And How To Choose A Coat
  3. 5 Types Of Fabric That Are Definitely Worth The Investment

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