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.

(ps. The jeans I’m wearing are these…but they’re almost sold out. Here’s the exact same jean in a similar wash. I’m wearing size 25.)

1. Top Pick: NAADAM Unisex Cashmere Sweater

We recently got wind of NAADAM — a sustainable fashion brand — & their cashmere sweaters. DELICIOUS (read: warm, thick, cozy). An honest review, inside.

NAADAM (xs)

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:

I just received my NAADAM unisex black cashmere sweater and had to recheck how much I paid because the quality is similar to a sweater three times it’s price. It is my thickest cashmere sweater. Now I want more.

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….

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

wearing x-small


2. Jenni Kayne Shaker Knit Cashmere Sweater

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

Jenni Kayne | Nordstrom: tan or olive | black or cream | gray or rust

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.

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

wearing size small


3. Vince Shaker Knit Cashmere Sweater

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

Nordstrom | Shopbop | Verishop (lowest price! And my new fav store) | Vince

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.

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

wearing size small


4. Vince Boiled Cashmere Funnel-neck Sweater

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

Nordstrom | Shopbop | Vince (xs)

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.

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

wearing x-small

5. Everlane Ribbed Cashmere

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

Boatneck (above, xs) | V-Neck | Crewneck

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.

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

wearing x-small


6. Nordstrom Signature Cashmere

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

Nordstrom (xs)

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.

Yaasss! I found several cute cashmere sweaters that are truly thick, delicious & soft & have enough fabric to envelop 1 in the way only great sweaters can.

wearing x-small


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.

xo,

S

16 COMMENTS

  1. I am absolutely in love with the $75 cashmere sweater from Naadam. I have it in both the v neck and crew neck. It’s beautifully made, and so soft and warm. I rave about to anyone who’ll listen.

  2. I totally agree about the Nordstrom line! I tried one on when I saw it in-store a few years ago and was BLOWN AWAY. I’ve been hoping for a good sale so I can bring one home. The quality actually reminded me of a few really thick, lovely cashmere sweaters I had back in college from, of all places, Ann Taylor. They were beautifully saturated and soft and fantastic–not the sort of quality you’d find there now at all.

  3. Does the Jenni Kayne sweaters pill? Been very curious about her clothes, but have yet to order anything. I’m tired of people saying all wool/cashmere will pill because of friction , etc. Not true! I have many sweaters (unfortunately older, and probably better quality than most available today) that have never pilled after 15+ years of wear. Always on the hunt for quality knits….

  4. Just received the NAADAM unisex sweater yesterday. It’s amazing, so thick and soft!! Will be wearing it on repeat for years to come. One of the best Mom Edit tips ever!

  5. Do you have any feedback about the Madewell waffle-knit sweaters that are available now? I loved the drape of them when I saw them in store, but I have no idea how to gauge whether they’d hold up well.

  6. What you have expressed here is what I have felt for a while now. I remember back in the old days when cashmere was super lux. Then everyone wanted it but couldn’t afford it and they lowered the price point and quality. The only problem with that is finding these thick cashmere pieces was impossible. So happy companies are returning to a more quality line of fashion. I think if you are going to invest in a piece like this you should have it for 10+ years. I thank you for this article it is great to see the change in fashion moving away from the fast fashion brands.

  7. Quick note since you’re also on the sustainability kick: try buying second-hand. My nicest cashmere turtleneck is an old Neiman Marcus house brand one I scored for $30 at a consignment shop. It is divine. And hey … better for the planet!

  8. I would love if you did a post about how you store you cashmere sweaters. I can’t seem to keep mine from getting holes (I assume from moths…). My wool sweaters are in the same drawer (with cedar) and do fine.

    I love cashmere sweaters and typically keep all of my clothes for many years, but I’m reticent to buy any new cashmere until I feel assured that they will last.

  9. I 100% agree with this! Look for a gently used cashmere of yester-year in a thrift shop. I have a few and couldn’t be happier. Price points are excellent and you do get the thickness you are after…. if you look around. Love Cashmere!!

  10. Any tips on finding a thinner cashmere sweater that drapes well? I have and love my (older) thicker knit ones, mine are from Vince and Autumn Cashmere. And yet there are times that I am really looking for something that is a bit more easy to tuck in, layer under a blazer, etc. Any thoughts there?

  11. Yes!!! Thank you for this! Cashmere has become so pathetic. The cost is down (yay!) but it doesn’t feel as soft and is so thin. I’ve been on the search this year for a splurge THICK cashmere and it’s nowhere to be found! Thanks for all these suggestions. I did find a cozy Rails sweater from Nordstrom – it’s mostly wool but feels really high quality.

  12. I adore the British brand Pure Collection’s lofty cashmere sweatshirts. I am not sure if they would be considered quite as thick as the sweaters you’ve highlighted here, but they are certainly not thin. The softness of the cashmere is really extraordinary, in my opinion. I also have a heather gray cashmere boyfriend sweater from this brand, which is my favorite go-to cashmere sweater. The boyfriend sweaters are definitely the thin type. And as an aside, Garnet Hill’s cabled cashmere socks are great. I look for a sale on these because they are pricey.

  13. I have one of the waffle knit cashmere ones – it’s cute and fashiony, but thin and is already starting to pill. I don’t see it lasting more than a season or two.

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