Naked Cashmere has — finally — arrived. While I’ve had my eye on this brand for years, there was always something to hold me back: One year, the sweaters were great but the sleeves were too short, for example, and another year, the designs were frumpy in person.
This year, however, Naked Cashmere is taking alllll of my money.
First things first: Naked Cashmere uses only cruelty-free, fair trade cashmere, meaning that 100% of their herders’ harvests (who are based in lower Mongolia) are purchased, regardless of ups and downs. And the cashmere hairs are collected only once a year during molting season, via hand-combing, the preferred (and cruelty-free) method.
Secondly, Naked Cashmere works directly with the herders and factories in Mongolia, removing any middlemen, to keep their prices as low as possible. The result? Seriously high-quality cashmere sweaters, in modern silhouettes, for under $300. (As a point of comparison, this Vince cashmere sweater retails for $525.)
5 Shockingly Good Naked Cashmere Sweaters
Before we start: My absolute favorite sweater from Naked Cashmere is the Katie Crew Pullover…which is almost completely sold out. I didn’t even bother photographing it here to avoid inducing rage. That said, if they happen to have any random size/color combo that works for you, snap it up. It’s thick, soft, and the perfect shape (fit is TTS). If Naked restocks this sweater, I’ll throw a virtual party and you’re all invited.
In the description of each cashmere sweater, Naked Cashmere includes both the total grams and the gauge of the cashmere. This is really helpful in determining the heft or thickness of the cashmere before you buy it. Generally speaking, gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows per inch of fabric, and the higher the gauge, the more cashmere is being used.
Let’s get into it.
Sweater Details: 318g of 100% cashmere, 5-gauge knit. Fit is TTS.
THIS is my black turtleneck for the winter. The shorter, boxy shape feels fresh, and, quite frankly, it’s less hot (something I appreciate more now *cough*hot flashes*cough*). The fit is deliciously drapey, the neck behaves, and there’s a subtle swing to this shape I find playful. This sweater is even better in person.
Also, the sleeves are nice and long. Observe:
In addition to black, this sweater is also available in white, oat, gray, navy and….green. I really like the green.
Sweater details: 245g of 100% cashmere, 5 gauge. Fit is TTS.
The cropped shape of this sweater is exactly what I wear on the daily, all winter long. It looks good with all manner of loose, straight-leg jeans, and even layers over slip dresses really nicely. The sleeves are still nice and long, despite the more fitted shape overall.
Again, there’s enough movement for a really playful silhouette.
This sweater is available in this absolutely gorgeous brown, white, gray and navy.
Sweater details: 77g of 100% cashmere in a 14 gauge knit. Fit is TTS.
This one-shoulder cashmere top has already become a hero piece in my closet. I wear it whenever I want to step up my game. It’s an obvious choice for a low-key date night with jeans, but would be great for an office party with wide-leg trousers, too. Frankly, I’ve been wearing it with sweatpants, sneakers and wool coats for an off-duty vibe. It’s great.
Sweater Details: 330g of 100% cashmere, 7 gauge knit. Fit is TTS (but intended to be slightly oversized).
This sweater vibes like that perfectly broken-in sweatshirt that you stole from an old boyfriend…but elevated. I seriously can’t quit it.
Also we need to discuss this color. If an absolutely stunning shade of emerald green is NOT your thing, first of all, WOW. Secondly, it’s also available in a light-gray-blue they call ‘lake’ (I’m a sucker for the name) and, of course, black.
Gahhhh so pretty.
Sweater details: 212g of 100% cashmere, 14 gauge knit. Fit is TTS.
This cashmere bodysuit is pretty freaking amazing. It’s comfortable, and looks so sleek with just a pair of jeans. I also appreciated that it’s not skintight, either. There’s enough softness (natural stretch?) in the piece that it just looks cleanly tucked in, not painted on. Which is what usually stops me from wearing other bodysuits.
In a bizarre twist (seriously who am I), it’s too…hot. It’s like I can barely do turtlenecks these days. But I loved this piece so much I’ll be exchanging it for either the henley cashmere bodysuit or the tank cashmere bodysuit.
I also appreciate that the rear view is cute without being all KNOW WHAT YOU NEED? A 12 GAUGE CASHMERE THONG.
It’s the little wins, really.
Seriously though, Gang, I’m realllllly loving Naked Cashmere this year. Have you guys tried them? Any gems I missed (or that you wish I’d review)?