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31 October 2011

Cashmere

Sweater

Last month Wayward Daughter was lucky enough to be named one of the Best Up-and-Coming UK Fashion Blogs in Voucher Codes Most Wanted Fashion 100. Instead of solely showcasing the big gun bloggers, the list also focuses on fresh talent. It is so refreshing to see new names up there and so many great blogs put in the spotlight. It is also such a pleasure to be included alongside some of my favourite UK blogs - Louder than Silence, Foxtail and Fern and Mademoiselle Robot, to name but three.

Through the Fashion 100, Most Wanted asked me to take part in their high street cashmere challenge. According to fashion magazines everywhere, cashmere, angora and wool are so this season.I try not to take much notice of what they say but after last years arctic winter I confess, I have been stockpiling knitwear. The onlyproblem is sumptuous knits like angora and cashmere aren't very well behaved, they are prone to shrink, stretch or bobble and to top it all off they are expensive. With all of this in mind, I thought the cashmere challenge would be a great resource and agreed to take part. Myself and a selection of bloggers were assigned a different high street shop and asked to put a 100% cashmere sweater through its paces. My sweater was from Uniqlo, which is £79.90 and comes in a rainbow of colours - naturally I shunned these and choose boring old grey.


Sweater sweater

Size and Fit: I'm not familiar with Uniqlo's sizing but Adam has a collection of their chambray shirts in size S which I can comfortably wear. I wanted a loose fitting jumper to wear over dresses so based on the shirts and their sizing guide I choose a size M. For the look I wanted I would have been better to buy a L or even an XL because this sweater fits very snugly. It is also very long which doesn't at all fit in with personal style but because it is so tight it can be easily tucked under and disguised as a cropped sweater without constantly unfurling itself.

Texture and Care: Given that the sweater is 100% cashmere it is extremely soft and not prone to excess bobbling, well not so far. It is also warm enough to wear indoors but not so heavy as to be too hot under a wool coat. As you can see the care label is very clear - dry clean only. I have lots of dry clean only pieces but these are mostly dresses not everyday items like a simple grey sweater. For me this is a downside because I would prefer to to make trips (or pay for them) for something so ordinary.

27 comments:

  1. Those sweaters look so autumn perfect and are such beautiful hues. x

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  2. You picked a beautiful colour, I need to stockpile some knitted jumpers x

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  3. Those are great sweaters I need to buy a few myself! Maybe tomorrow I'll stop by Forever 21 and H&M!
    -Farrah
    Farrah's Muse

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  4. Cashmere is the comfiest thing for winter - but I agree I don't like dry clean only on things you were all the time! I just picked up a steal of a cashmere jumper in a charity shop for £2 - it's beautiful but now I'm having the age old battle of do I pay £15 to dry clean a £2 jumper ha! Congratulations with your blog aswell!

    www.thecaptivatinggrin.blogspot.com

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  5. I love your sweaters!!! perfect hue for autumn!!

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  6. I have been busy stockpiling my knitwear collection too but alas I do not own one piece of cashmere. I always have a look when I'm out shopping but the price point and the whole 'Dry Clean Only' scenario always scares me off. Maybe one day when I have more money to spare as I do think they are a classic item to have. x

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  7. Oh knitwear *le sigh* Around this time I pretty much have to hide my debit card to stop me buying everything that looks remotely cosy and schmoopy!

    This jumper does look soft and lovely, but a dry clean only jumper is a pain... maybe lots of fabreeze and don't worry too much?!

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  8. Ohh, big congratulations, Cait! That is so exciting to be featured! :D I love cashmere sweaters, but have actually never owned one! I have been known to 'borrow' ones out of my mum's wardrobe, I just can't resist the soft fabric!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  9. It looks like super cosy thing for autumn!
    Love it!

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  10. Really happy about the honest in this review! I'm also looking out for a great sweater.

    http://peterwendyblog.blogspot.com/

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  11. These sweaters look so good!

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  12. congrats! your blog is truly is one of my favs! the sweaters looks so comfy and nice, i bet they are super for this time of year

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  13. I somehow missed this! Thanks for letting me know!

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  14. I love cashmere, but can only afford to buy it secondhand! And to avoid dry cleaning I handwash in cold water with baby shampoo.

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  15. I just gently handwash most dryclean only items (barring velvet dresses and the like, obviously). I've never had any trouble hand-washing cashmere, and I've had one of my black cardigans for going on ten years!

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  16. it looks really nice and i enjoy the length of it.

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  17. I am sooo stuck up about dry clean only clothes, I rarely ever buy them because it's such a pain to drag them out of the house and have them cleaned.

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  18. such pretty colours for the sweaters, but i agree, i'd rather not have to go to the trouble of dry cleaning a jumper.

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  19. These sweaters are beautiful - I have such a weakness for cashmere! x

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  20. I love it so much!
    kisses from your follower! ♡

    www.welovefur.com
    Cashmere is my passion!

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  21. i love the sweater!
    it look so comfy and gorgeous :)
    love your blog
    xxx

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  22. Such comfy, cotton like <a href="http://www.loudstarbazaar.com/shop/brand-triple-5-soul/triple-five-soul-cozy-sweater-wrap-top/p_67.html>Ladies sweater</a>! Love it!

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  23. Congrats, that's so exciting!

    I'm loving these, really sweet colours!

    Victoria - VIPXO - http://www.vipxo.co.uk

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  24. GREAT POST!

    www.chroniclesofthefashioncupboard.blogspot.com

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  25. ♡I love it so much!!!!!!!
    from your follower! ♡
    www.welovefur.com

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  26. Such comfy, cotton like Ladies Sweaters! Love it! (www.loudstarbazaar.com)

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  27. you can easily keep a cashmere sweater in good condition by letting it air out between wears (so you don't have to clean it too often) and not keeping it on a hanger (that will stretch it). a gentle handwash in cold water will keep it clean without doing any damage. they usually stick on a dry clean only-label because most people don't really do handwash anymore...

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