Soft, warm, and comfortable are three words that come to mind when you think of the best cashmere sweaters. The feel of good quality cashmere is unlike anything else, ultra-soft to the touch, cozy warm, and comfy against the skin. Despite its reputation as a luxury fabric only for the wealthy, you can now find relatively affordable options at many retailers. Cashmere is surprisingly practical wool that is lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking. Since it is so much warmer than other wools, you can wear a light sweater and stay as warm as the guy next to you in the super bulky heavy lambswool, making it perfect for layering when the weather cools down. You can find beautiful classic crewnecks, v-necks, and turtlenecks, all over the place at prices to fit almost all budgets, but we have rounded up the very best options in terms of comfort, value for money, and style. Keep scrolling to find out more.
Naadam The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater
If you haven’t owned cashmere before and aren’t sure where to start, one of the best places to dip your toes in the pool is at Naadam. They have a whole range of styles that are all worth a look, but a great one to start with is The Essential $75 Cashmere Sweater. It comes in a wide range of colors and is made from 100% sustainable ultra-soft cashmere sourced in Mongolia, so it is strong, soft, and warm. You may get a little bit of pilling with this pullover, but if you get a cashmere comb, the pills are easy to remove.
Available from Naadam
Todd Snyder Cashmere Crewneck
Todd Snyder is a favorite brand for fashionable men who love to look and feel good. It is no surprise they have a fantastic crew that is soft, warm, and comes in super stylish colors. It is made from a premium mid-weight cashmere that makes it an excellent design for layering or wearing on its own.
Available from ToddSnyder.com
Woolovers Pure Cashmere Turtleneck
A very reliable retailer to get any kind of wool sweater for a very reasonable price is the U.K brand Woolovers. They specialize in cashmere, wool, and cotton knitwear. One of their most popular styles for men is their 100% pure cashmere men’s turtleneck. Men love it for being soft, lightweight, and feeling luxurious against the skin. The fabric is two-ply, so these pullovers are made to last, and you should get quite a lot of wear out of them.
Available from Woolovers
The Grade-A Cashmere Crew by Everlane
The Grade-A Cashmere Crew by Everlane is a very popular option if you are looking for reliable quality in your cashmere but aren’t looking to spend a lot. Everlane’s yarn comes from Inner Mongolia, which is generally considered the best place to source cashmere that is the softest to the touch, the most durable, and pills the least. The fit is a reasonably slim, yet classic design that most men find comfortable to wear. This is a great style that is easy to dress up or down and looks great on almost anyone.
Available from Everlane
Theory Crewneck in Cashmere
Theory is an excellent retailer to find a long-lasting, yet super-soft cashmere designs and are a go-to brand for many men when shopping for sweaters. Theory’s designs are made from premium cashmere, which is soft, comes in lovely colors, and has modern, stylish designs.
Available from Theory
Vince Marl Cashmere Crew
Like Theory, Vince always has excellent cashmere options in both their men’s and women’s styles. They are more expensive than the $100 options on this list ranging in price from $300-$500, but if you catch them on sale in the spring or summer, you significantly bring the price down. Men love this classic design because of the flattering fit and incredibly soft feel.
Available from Vince
Club Room Cashmere V-Neck
A lovely, classic and straightforward V-neck option that won’t break the bank is the Club Room Cashmere V-Neck that you can find at Macy’s. It is made from 2-ply yarn, so it is durable, but it maintains a soft and lightweight feel. It gets excellent reviews, comes in four subtle colors, and Macy’s sells a crew-neck version of this sweater.
Available from Macy’s
Uniqlo Men Cashmere Crew Neck
Uniqlo Men Cashmere is another great option if you don’t want to spend a lot of money but want to experience what all the fuss is about. Uniqlo’s cashmere has a very soft feel to it and is relatively thin and lightweight but can keep you nice and warm. Because it is a more budget-friendly option, it most likely won’t have the durability that you can get with higher-end brands, but most men who get this pullover love the value they are getting for the price, the color options, as well as the look and feel of the fabric.
Available from Uniqlo
Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cashmere Sweater
Polo sweaters are almost always high quality and have a nice sophisticated look. The pullover pictured above is a lightweight crew but has a lovely cable-knit design that is a little bit less common in cashmere styles. It is quite a versatile design that can be worn for casual or business and has quite a fitted cut with a fair amount of stretch for a flattering silhouette.
Available from Ralph Lauren
Club Monaco Cashmere Jacquard Crewneck
Club Monaco is well known for its excellent sweaters, especially their cashmere options. They are moderately priced and usually have fashionable modern cuts and fits. This year, they offer a beautiful Jacquard pattern that is a little bit unusual but still soft and very wearable.
Available from Club Monaco
Loro Piana Girocollo Cashmere Sweater
Considered by many to be the best high-end designer to find quality cashmere, Loro Piana has some of the most expensive sweaters you will come across. Loro Piana’s designs are made from the world’s finest cashmere can cost somewhere around $2,000. It’s a lot, I know. If well taken care of, these designs are reportedly able to last for decades.
Available from Saks Fifth Avenue
Brooks Brothers Two-ply Cashmere Raglan Crewneck
This Brooks Brothers Two-Ply Cashmere Raglan Crewneck is a nice design with a little bit of a different look because of the Raglan sleeves, which makes it look like a very luxurious sweatshirt. The sweater is made in Italy from cashmere spun in the UK. It is said to be very soft, warm, lightweight, and doesn’t pill.
Available from Brooks Brothers
Nordstrom Cashmere V-Neck
Nordstrom Cashmere V-Neck is another classic good quality option that is popular with a lot of men. This style is a v-neck, but Nordstrom also sells a crew neck. It has a ribbed trim and comes in navy, green and purple. It has a slightly heavier weight and thickness than some of the other options on this list without being too thick or bulky, so it is great for colder weather wear when you want to stay warm and look good.
Available from Nordstrom
J.Crew Everyday Cashmere Crewneck
This design is a best seller for J Crew. It’s a great quality cashmere sweater at a very nice price that is perfect for the fall season or the office in the winter and spring since it is warm without being bulky. It is also great as a lightweight layering piece under a blazer or on its own if you like a fitted look.
Available from Amazon
What to Look for:
When shopping for cashmere sweaters, it can be a little bit tricky to figure out what makes one option better than other brands. The following are a few things to keep in mind when trying to find that perfect style that will give you the best value for your money.
Price– You can get cashmere styles for under $100 to well over $2000 for designer sweaters. The price depends on several different factors, including the yarn quality and where it was sourced, where the yarn was manufactured, and brand markup. If your budget is $100, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding excellent entry-level garments. They most likely won’t have the longevity of more expensive options and finer yarns, but they will offer the softness and warmth that this luxury yarn is known for. Generally, the more you pay, the more durable, the softer the material will be.
Yarn– You will notice in some of the manufacturer’s descriptions of certain sweaters they will mention the yarm’s thickness with a measurement. The thickness determines its durability, so if the thickness is mentioned or explained, then most likely the manufacturer will be proud of the longevity of the garment. You will also see the mention of 2 ply yarn being used. This is an indicator of how strong the fabric will be. A higher-quality yarn is generally two or three-ply. You will also want to look for any indication that longer staple cashmere fibers have been used since it is an additional sign of strength in the fabric.
Softness– Most consumers want cashmere sweaters because they are very soft and warm. Compared to lambswool, they are rarely itchy, and because they are three times warmer than wool, you can stay warm with a relatively thin layer of cashmere and avoid the bulk of traditional wool. The softest cashmere is made from the finest and smoothest individual strands of cashmere, but they are rarer and more expensive, and that cost gets passed along to the consumer.
Origin- If you aren’t sure about the quality of a type of garment that you are considering purchasing and wonder if it is worth the cost, you can try to figure out where it has been sourced from as well as where it is manufactured. Cashmere goats can be bred in many different areas in the world, most commonly Mongolia and China. Most of the world’s cashmere comes from China. Italy and Scotland are often considered the best places to manufacture the fiber where it is washed, treated, refined, and dyed.
Pilling – Pilling can occur and be very frustrating with any cashmere, although it is more typical with lower-cost options made with the shorter fiber strands. If you find this an issue, you can purchase a cashmere comb that can help deal with pilling.