“What is the most worn garment in your collection?” After giving this some thought, I award that prize to my ash gray cashmere sweater. I purchased it from Everlane in 2018 and have worn it countless times. When you find a piece that is the perfect building block, you will likely use it often and in many ways.
I wear a gray sweater at least once per week in cooler weather and sometimes over my shoulders in warmer weather as a buffer against overzealous air conditioning. A simple gray sweater looks great with scarves, vests, or jackets. Shades of gray look best on my cool skin tone and with my other clothes. Camel, ivory, or olive might be better choices if you have a warm skin tone. I gravitate to fine knits since they do not add bulk like a cable knit cotton sweater.
The classic-fit cashmere sweater shown above is here. Everlane now has a similar sweater here, with a broader neckband, and it fits a bit differently than my earlier version.
When I started building outfits from basic elements, I realized I didn’t need a lot of clothes. So, after identifying the pieces that looked best on my shape and proportions and in my flattering colors, I looked for the best quality I could afford. Since those items are very basic and plain, I can mix, match, layer, and accessorize in unlimited ways. Another advantage of owning such pieces is that I can dress them up and down in endless combinations.
I often wear this rather plain sweater while working from home with a vest, pair of jeans, and loafers.
I also have a merino wool sweater in almost the same color. It also gets a lot of use, so to be fair, my answer is a crew neck sweater. However, a crewneck top makes a full bust look larger and a round face more so. Therefore, you will notice that I almost always cut the expanse with a scarf, a vest, or a jacket left open.
I often drape sweaters over my shoulders and tie them at the neck over a white shirt and jeans on warmer days.
A cashmere or Merino wool simple sweater is the perfect cozy warm, and simple backdrop for the scarves and jackets I enjoy wearing.
Because of past experiences with wool in my younger days, I avoided cashmere and merino wool for years. So, I was delighted to learn that both fabrics are soft, cozy, and easy to style and care for.
I hang my lightweight sweaters inside out on felted hangers and leave them on a hook or rail to air out for a couple of days after I wear them. I gently hand wash them as needed, reshape them, and lay them flat to dry. Here is where I learned to care for cashmere.
I wore this look out to lunch with friends last week. I’ve shared links to anything from the recent photo above that is still available. Jeans – Scarf – Bag – Shoes
Black cashmere sweaters offer the bonus of looking great with faded jeans or dressed up for the holidays over a silk slip dress. The options are unlimited!
I hope that sharing how I put together different looks using a few essentials helps you use your wardrobe more efficiently and with joy. In addition, shopping links on this site may allow me to earn a small commission at no cost to you.