5 Jenni Kayne Cashmere Sweaters, Reviewed

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In general, I’ve found Jenni Kayne cashmere sweaters to be thick, soft, and luxurious. The Jenni Kayne cashmere sweater I’ve worn for years (this cashmere fisherman sweater) also holds up well to machine washing (on cold, in this laundry bag, lay flat to dry), and is so good I now own it in two colors (something I almost never do). It’s been a big winner for three years running in our yearly cashmere guide (our new one, The Best Cashmere Sweaters of 2024 just dropped, if interested).

But what sets Jenni Kayne apart are the details: the design of the sweaters are spot-on, she never skimps on sleeve or body length – her sweaters all have some give, if they aren’t outright oversized – and her colors are beautiful.

are jenni kayne cashmere sweaters worth it?

ivory (top left) | black | ivory (top right) | tan | navy

Jenni Kayne is also committed to inclusive sizing, and many of her sweaters are available in sizes up to 3XL.

The biggest downside of Jenni Kayne cashmere, however, is the price tag: her cashmere sweaters are over $400! And while I’ve tried to find good dupes (here’s a comparison of Jenni Kayne’s fisherman sweater vs Quince’s)…there’s a reason Jenni Kayne keeps coming out on top.

Here’s the good news: Jenni Kayne’s epic Black Friday sale just went live! We’re talking 25% off sitewide, no code required (ends 11/27). So. In preparation, I ordered a bunch of Jenni Kayne cashmere sweaters just to see which ones might be especially exciting to snap up on sale.

Are All Jenni Kayne Cashmere Sweaters Worth The Cost? I Tried 5 To Find Out.

Here’s a closer look at five Jenni Kayne cashmere sweaters: her classic Fisherman (the one I love so much), the Amelia crewneck, a cashmere zip-front, polo, and one sweater that’s a blend of recycled cashmere, cotton & wool.

1. Jenni Kayne 100% Cashmere Fisherman Sweater

is the jenni kayne fisherman sweater the best?

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  • SIZE RANGE: Up to 3XL
  • PRICE: Under $500

Jenni Kayne’s 100% cashmere fisherman sweater is my longtime fav. And while mine – admittedly – could benefit from a quick go-over with a good sweater shaver, it’s in remarkably good shape, considering how long I’ve owned it AND how often I use it.

The overall design of this sweater is why I’ve found it so versatile: the neckline is perfect (not too tight, nor too high or too wide – I can layer t-shirts underneath with ease), it’s fitted through the shoulders, and the sleeves are nice and long. Even after washing, the sleeves look luxe – I hate when brands skimp on sleeve length, it really takes something away from the luxurious overall look. And the body length is exactly right – I’ve worn this sweater untucked, half-tucked, and full-tucked.

is the jenni kayne fisherman sweater worth it?

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Bottom line? I really can’t recommend this sweater highly enough. Like I said, I reach for this one so often that I now own it in a couple of colors. Fit is TTS, and it’s available in XXS – 3XL, as well as a range of really good color options.


2. Jenni Kayne 100% Cashmere Amelia Crewneck Sweater

jenni kayne cashmere amelia sweater

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  • SIZE RANGE: Up to 3XL
  • PRICE: Under $600

Ok, so the Amelia cashmere crew is some of the softest, most delicious cashmere I’ve worn. This is truly a luxurious, beautiful piece, and the cashmere is so soft that the sweater has an almost plush feel. It’s available in XXS – 3XL (I’m wearing my usual size small), and it comes in two gorgeous neutral colors: this ivory color and something called, ‘warm sand’.

That said, this sweater is also a rather…large. Observe:

how do jenni kayne cashmere sweaters fit?

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I’m only 5’2″ so this is a lot of sweater. But cashmere tends to have really amazing drape, and this sweater is no exception. Which means that this beauty half-tucks like a champ.

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While this sweater does feel as though I was wrapped in a soft, cashmere hug…even with a half-tuck, it’s a little overwhelming for my frame.


3. Jenni Kayne Oversized Cashmere Fisherman Sweater

jenni kayne recycled cashmere sweater

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  • SIZE RANGE: Up to XXL
  • PRICE: Under $500

It wasn’t until Jenni Kayne’s Oversized Recycled Cashmere Fisherman sweater arrived that I realized that it’s not 100% cashmere, rather a blend of 68% recycled cashmere (literally from old sweaters), 30% cotton, and 2% wool. The label says, ‘dry clean only’ but I am undaunted: I will wash this sweater on cold, lay flat to dry. Despite the mix of fabrics, this sweater is bizarrely soft (maybe because of the fabric mix – my cashmere tends to get softer as time goes by, so the ‘threads of old sweaters’ might be working in its favor).

Since this sweater had the word ‘oversized’ in the name, I sized down one size. The fit is decidedly oversized, but works both untucked and half-tucked, even with baggy jeans.

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This sweater is such a good example of why Jenni Kayne’s color palettes are so special: it’s taupe, but not boring. Instead, the little flecks of color make this a stunner in person. (Also available in charcoal, as well.) Sizes go up to XXL.


4. Jenni Kayne 100% Cashmere Zip Front Sweater

jenni kayne cashmere half zip

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  • SIZE RANGE: Up to 3XL
  • PRICE: Under $500

Ok, we have another ridiculously soft cashmere sweater, courtesy of Jenni Kayne. The fit on this Cashmere Half-Zip runs a little big (but I do like it a smidge oversized). Again, this sweater is available in sizes XXS – 3XL, in a range of beautiful colors (black is still my fav, tho). But what’s really special about this sweater is the design of the zip-front. The zipper adds a bit of sex appeal, but the collar doesn’t flap open when the sweater is unzipped.

The result is a preppy, almost popped-collar look that feels really elevated and cool.

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Gahhhh another win. How annoying.


5. Jenni Kayne 100% Cashmere Frances Polo

jenni kayne cashmere polo

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  • SIZE RANGE: Up to XXL
  • PRICE: Under $500

Ok finally! While Jenni Kayne’s 100% Cashmere Polo is nice and soft, it’s not quite as thick as the other cashmere sweaters featured here. That said, what’s so special about this sweater is the shape.

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It’s literally just a perfect, swingy shape, and the big ‘ol collar gives it some sailor vibes that feel unexpected and fun, yet it’s still very much a classic sweater. Would be an especially cool piece to wear to the office, too.

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Available in XS – XXL, fit is TTS, and there are also three additional shades to choose from (oooo, ‘thunder’ is especially good).


Soooo….that’s that. If there’s any other ridiculously expensive item you’d like haunting your dreams, well.

You know where to find me.

Good luck out there!

xo,

S

6 COMMENTS

  1. the cashmere zip front is on my radar, can you please comment on the length? I like a sweater that falls to lower hip, or longer, I can’t tell from your pictures.

  2. Jenni Kayne sweaters are really bad quality cashmere for the price. They pill excessively and no, that’s not normal for cashmere. I’m surprised by how much free advertising they get from influencers. Never mind the fact that their customer service is terrible and they’ll try to shame you for expecting better quality from a $500 sweater. Brands like Rag & Bone and La Ligne have much better cashmere at the same price point and these companies actually stand by their product.

    • That’s funny – I’ve tried rag&bone & LaLigne cashmere and they’re both really, really good – agreed! But I don’t notice a difference in quality between those brands and Jenni Kayne.

  3. These are gorgeous but as a public school teacher, I can’t image ever spending so much on a sweater. They are pretty to look at though…

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