Practical luxury. What am I talking about? Cashmere, of course! I decided to research how to choose cashmere and write for you a detailed article with answers.
With the arrival of cold days, we intuitively begin to reach for something warm and soft, we try to surround ourselves with cozy. Increasingly, we brew a cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa. We try to spend more evenings at home with the family, pulling on soft socks (ideally tied by a grandmother) and covering ourselves with our favorite blanket. In the kitchen, the hand continually reaches out to add a pinch of spicy cinnamon, ginger, cloves to any dish. And, of course, going to leave our box, we want to put on something cozy at home. And there is nothing better for days like this than cashmere, for instanse red scarf. It gently envelops, warming, but not overheating. This is what you need to choose when you want to pamper yourself.
I would call cashmere a practical luxury. But before buying, you need to understand all the details.
In order for you to better understand what kind of "fruit" this cashmere is, I will start with some interesting facts about it. This will not only broaden your horizons, but also help you become a more sophisticated customer, which is now very important in stores where neither the price nor the brand are the guarantors of quality.
1. The natural color of cashmere is white, black or gray, since this is the only natural color for the wool of cashmere goats. Garments in these colors are softer to the touch and tolerate washing better than colored cashmere because the wool is not dyed. It's just like our hair - in quality and softer than dyed hair.
2. The price of cashmere directly depends on the length of the fiber - the cheaper the cashmere item, the shorter the fibers it is made of, and vice versa.
3. Quality cashmere is expensive. And all because the cost of production is high - the best quality yarn is made from wool from the chest and neck of goats, which are in limited quantities. But a good sweater with proper care will last a long time, so the investment will pay off.
4. Additional information about density: the more threads there are, the denser, warmer and thicker the item. The minimum quantity is 2 (such products are suitable even for summer!). And then in ascending order 4, 6 and 8 threads.
5. Cashmere is produced in three countries - Italy, Scotland and China. The most expensive and high-quality cashmere is made in Italy, Scottish cashmere is more affordable, and Chinese is the cheapest of all, but the quality is difficult to predict. You may come across a good thing that will last a long time, or you may come across a sweater that will stretch out and be covered with pellets in a month. Here is how lucky. For example, my Chinese-made Mango sweater turned out to be of high quality and serves me for the second season.
When it comes to wardrobe, cashmere is a great choice for a base. Since this is a kind of investment (I mean the amount of money that will have to be spent), so pay attention to the classic cut and timeless colors so that the item remains relevant for more than one season.
A good cashmere coat is the thing that will immediately take your look to the next level, make it more chic, add gloss. Of course, this pleasure is not cheap, I would even say very expensive (just look at the prices on the links :)), but if you can afford such a purchase, it will definitely become one of the best and brightest in your wardrobe.
A cashmere sweater is the most reliable companion for fall and winter. It will add elegance to simple jeans, and will make an office look with trousers or a skirt more cozy.
A cashmere scarf is a touch of luxury. You can wrap yourself in it on a dank street or throw it over your shoulders in a cool room. And if you put it on right after you spray your favorite perfume on yourself, the fragrance will be with you literally until the end of the season. Therefore, choose only your favorite perfume.
A cashmere beanie is a light and warm option for those who are not particularly fond of hats. It does not electrify the hair, and there is no irritation on the forehead (as is the case with a woolen hat).
5. Gloves and socks
Cashmere gloves are, in my opinion, a less practical alternative to leather ones, but definitely softer. Cashmere socks are a luxury for the feet.
Cashmere is an expensive wardrobe investment. But how do you identify quality cashmere in a store? Check if the cashmere item has the following features:
- High quality cashmere is resilient and dense, it becomes softer over time after a couple of washings. Therefore, your sweater or scarf should not be too soft and fluffy. this is a sign of short fiber. And if the fiber is short, then, accordingly, the thing will quickly become covered with spools and lose its shape.
- The thing must be uniformly transparent to the light. If this is not the case, then the thread was somewhere denser, and somewhere less. This is a clear sign of poor quality.
- The color should be deep and rich. But even if you are a lover of bright colors, here I will advise you to make a choice in favor of white, black or gray. Firstly, it means that the threads were not stained, as these are the natural colors of the goats. Cashmere does not tolerate color well, so you need to be an expert to do it efficiently. And the mass-market brand does not have the funds for this, so it is better to buy colored sweaters from elite brands, and in a more affordable price segment, give preference to basic colors. A dull shade of a garment (for example, “dusty blue”) is a sign that cashmere is poorly dyed, so it will quickly lose its appearance after washing.
- High quality cashmere is very elastic. If you stretch it, it will quickly return to its original position. And if the canvas shrinks slowly and sadly, it is made of short fibers, which means it will not be durable.
Now you have all the information you need about cashmere. Happy shopping and warm cozy weather to you!