Next up on my list of wardrobe essentials is a simple sweater. I have three basic sweaters in my wardrobe that go with everything. Two are cashmere and I’m relatively new to that club, having just purchased my first cashmere sweater secondhand in February of this year. However, the feel had me immediately hooked. I have since added a second black cashmere sweater thanks to Everlane. The other is my High Low Sweater in gray from Brass Clothing. The versatility of these sweaters makes them a winter wardrobe essential.
What I Like
These fuss-free sweaters make getting dressed simple on cold, sleepy mornings. They are what I reach for when I have a tiring week or am not feeling creative or motivated in the outfit styling department. I am very comfortable putting together outfits with these sweaters, so I can go on automatic pilot and still feel great about what I’m wearing.
In addition to easy styling, these sweaters top my favorites list because of how they feel. The softness of throwing on a cashmere sweater cannot be beat. I have also come to appreciate how the fabric keeps me warm, but also breaths enough to not feel stifling. My classroom temperature varies hour to hour, so this has been a noticeable benefit that was new to me. The quality and weight of the Brass sweater really surprised me and it still reminds every single time why I love it so much even though it’s just a ‘plain gray sweater’.
What I Don’t Like
I often feel that to create a styled look this outfits require a little extra effort. If I wear one of these sweaters with pants or jeans it feels plain, so I typically add a necklace or bold shoes to up-style the outfit. I have other sweaters that make more of a statement on their own, which can make them easier to throw on and go. I suggest finding a ‘formula’ that works for styling your more basic pieces and stick to it.
For Cashmere…it’s three words. Dry. Clean. Only. For an item that I find myself wanting to wear over and over, that is a major downfall. I have started wearing a thin tee underneath to reduce the amount that my sweaters will need to be cleaned. However, the under layer somewhat negates the softness of the sweater. The Brass sweater is easier to care for which makes it my preference around the house or with the kids.
Last, I feel like these are the types of sweaters that are easy to over-buy. I have been tempted on more than one occasion to buy the Brass sweater in black to my wardrobe, most recently this weekend when they offered free shipping. The same holds true for the Everlane $100 Cashmere, it’s a great deal for a quality piece and I love the new cuts and colors. Plus, I know I’d wear it a lot, so it can be easy to talk myself into buying more than I need. To resist, I remind myself that I’d rather have three great sweaters in versatile colors that I wear repeatedly than a stack of great sweaters that each only get a few wears before the season is over.
I can’t think of a bad way to wear a great sweater. Skinny jeans, wide leg pants, slacks, skirts, layered over dresses, with a collared shirt underneath, under a blazer, the list goes on. A classic cut sweater in a quality fabric can never be wrong. I think the key to styling simple pieces is in the small details. A folded cuff, great boots, a necklace that makes a simple statement, or even a front tuck to show off a belt can all take the outfit up a notch without being too complicated.
Both of my cashmere sweaters are from Everlane (size medium), though I did buy one secondhand. I particularly like the nubby texture of donegal because it minimizes the look of any pilling. This year’s version is a gray donegal. My gray sweater is from Brass Clothing, still available on final sale. I had to size up to a large.