Finding a deliciously thick cashmere sweater has become something of a search. I remember, once upon a time, I could find one for roughly $200 at places like J.Crew or Banana or Ann Taylor or Lands’ End. In recent years, however, cashmere sweaters at all of the usual places have become thinner and thinner, the sleeves have shortened, the bodies have gotten less drapey, and my usual go-to brands now seem to be competing primarily in a Cashmere Under $100 category.
Which…is fine. Just not always what I’m looking for.
Conversely, when I stumble upon a really amazing cashmere sweater — the kind that envelops all thick and cozy and gorgeous…the price tag has been as high as $700! Even those Vince cashmere sweater splurges, for example, that used to cost around $250 are now hovering closer to the $400 mark.
But every once in a while I do find that elusive thick cashmere sweater, at a price point that is….not totally unreasonable (especially on sale).
So. I did a ton of ordering and returning (and more ordering and returning on top of that) until I managed to find several cashmere sweaters that are truly thick and delicious and soft and have enough fabric to really envelop one in the way that only a great cashmere sweater can.
The Best Thick, Delicious & Cozy Cashmere Sweaters
I narrowed my search to include only sweaters under $400…but several of my favorites below are under $200. Since I tend to wear oh, the same black cashmere turtleneck all winter long for years on end…the cost-per-wear for me works out, on sale or not. But since we’re entering The Season of Sales anyway…these sweaters are sure bets to keep an eye on.
And since I get this question on an almost weekly basis…YES. I wash all of my cashmere in the washing machine. Here’s my article about how I care for them.
1. Top Pick: NAADAM Unisex Cashmere Sweater
NAADAM seems too good to be true. Their price points are mostly around $200, the cashmere is freaking sustainable, and since I wrote up a full review of NAADAM’s cashmere (read it here)…I’ve been getting emails and comments from readers raving about it. Lisa said it best:
Same girl, SAME. When I first received NAADAM’s Unisex Cashmere Sweater I was actually confused. It’s SO thick and SO good and, frankly, SO different from the norm that I thought there had been a mistake. When Black Friday hit, I promptly ordered another for myself and a couple for Mike. I cannot overstate how good this thing is.
ps. NAADAM’s $75 cashmere sweater is also worth a look. It is, by far, the thickest of the “under $100” category, (but not as thick as any of the sweaters listed here). More about the best cashmere under $100 coming soon….
2. Jenni Kayne Shaker Knit Cashmere Sweater
Jenni Kayne sweaters are special not only because they’re so thick and cozy…but because the tailoring is pretty darn perfect. You can see how well it fits — no cheating with dolman sleeves, just a gorgeous cashmere sweater that has the perfect balance of fit and slouch.
wearing size small
3. Vince Shaker Knit Cashmere Sweater
Vince just started making a shaker knit this year, and it’s good. The sleeves are slightly shorter than the Jenni Kayne, and the knit is a little looser/not quite as expensive looking…but this one keeps going on sale. So there’s that.
wearing size small
4. Vince Boiled Cashmere Funnel-neck Sweater
Not all Vince sweaters are cashmere…and not all cashmere Vince sweaters are good. This one, however, is. Like the Vince cashmere of yore, this one is like drowning in a cloud. So soft and warm I DIE.
5. Everlane Ribbed Cashmere
Not all of Everlane’s cashmere is thick and cozy and delicious…but their ribbed line is. Their regular line of cashmere is more like the usual thinner $100-cashmere-crowd, and, sadly, I don’t recommend their recycled cashmere at all. But the ribbed stuff is great. It’s thick, it’s soft, it’s cozy, it drapes well…it ticks all of the boxes.
And I especially love that Everlane’s designs currently run a bit shorter. The boatneck looks perfect with high-rise denim, and layers beautifully over dresses.
6. Nordstrom Signature Cashmere
I first discovered Nordstrom’s in-house line of cashmere sweaters during the Anniversary sale years ago. It was when I was first becoming frustrated with the lack of thick cashmere sweaters and then BAM! There they were.
This line tends to run a bit big, and the designs tend to run a bit long, almost as if you are supposed to wear them with leggings (which strikes me as skewed to an older crowd), but there are always some seriously good gems. I love the ribbed cashmere (it’s the thickest), but you can see the whole line, here. I’ve also tried on this sweater — cozy factor? HIGH.
I’m currently researching cashmere sweaters under (or around) $100…results should be coming out soon. But they’re not nearly as thick and delicious as the ones on this list.
Did I miss any of your favorites? I’d love to know if there’s another super-thick and delicious cashmere sweater hiding somewhere…I can’t be the only one who remembers how luxe cashmere sweaters at the big brands used to be.