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No one wants their day disrupted by itchy, uncomfortable clothing. When picking out clothes, most of us prioritize having the most comfortable, high-quality garments to ensure that we feel our best and get the most out of our money. Cashmere is widely known to be the highest quality fabric in the world, but when shopping for cashmere sweaters, how do we know whether the cashmere itself is high quality? Here are five tips to ensure you don’t walk out of the store—or click off the website—with anything less than the best cashmere money can buy.
Read The Label
All clothing comes with a label that states the type of fabric used to make it. Just like with the labels on our food, some laws state that clothing must have a label that accurately lists what the item of clothing is made from. Only full sweaters, 100% cashmere, will have a label that says “100% cashmere.” Otherwise, the labels will state a blend of Wool and synthetic fabrics. Stay away from these, and be on the lookout for labels that specifically state “100% cashmere.” You can trust them!
Pay Attention To The Brand
If a brand has been around for a hundred years, chances are it’s a reputable, trustworthy brand that many people have loved for generations. If you see a cashmere sweater made by a brand you immediately recognize as being well-established, chances are it will be of higher quality. Above all else, avoid buying from brands you’ve never heard of or seen before, have few online reviews or many poor reviews, or seem to have almost no internet or media presence.
Explore It With Your Senses
This one may sound weird, but it is the most time-tested and true when unsure of other factors. Is the fabric soft to the touch? Does it look high quality? Are the colors bright and inviting? Cashmere is one of the softest fabrics in the world, but if it’s low quality or mixed with other wools, it will feel scratchier and less comfortable, and the stitching may be uneven. Remember, price does not always equal quality, and just because a sweater is more expensive doesn’t mean it’s better.
Buy From Wholesalers
It may not have crossed your mind to consider buying from a place that typically markets to businesses, but you may find better deals and quality here than at big-box retailers. Wholesale sweaters are generally found at lower prices than at retail stores because the low prices encourage buying in bulk—generally with the idea that they will then be sold by a retailer. Because they are marketing to retailers, businesses that sell wholesale women’s sweaters are almost always of high quality because they want to maintain a good reputation with their clients, who usually have more of an eye for quality fashion than the average buyer. Even though they’re intended for bulk buyouts, it is possible to find an online wholesaler from which you can buy individual pieces of clothing. Or, go ahead and buy in bulk for your wardrobe; they’ll be worth the price!
Check For 2-Ply Wool.
It’s a bit more subtle, but always check to ensure your cashmere sweaters are 2-ply. 2-ply yarn will have a clear, straight stitch with two threads twisted together into one piece. 2-ply yarn or higher will ensure that your cashmere sweaters stay warm and free of holes, and, unlike other types of fabric, they will even get softer the more you wear them.
To conclude, the price tag is not always the best indicator of whether a cashmere sweater is of high quality. Most of the time, the look and feel of the fabric, coupled with the information on the tag, is all you need to ensure you’re not getting ripped off. And if you’re buying online and can’t physically touch the fabric, make sure you buy from well-established, well-loved brands, retailers, and wholesalers you know you can trust.
I hope you enjoyed these tips for buying quality cashmere sweaters!