The concept of kids wearing cashmere can be a polarizing one. While some parents may swoon over the idea of decking their little ones out in superfine wool, others are likely to find it an unnecessary extravagance. While we're pleading the fifth on the topic, there's no denying that the kiddie market is chock-full of cashmere these days. Click through and see some of our favorite — admittedly opulent — cashmere finds for luxury-loving kids.
Just the touch of a cashmere sleeve can convince us to throw caution — and a good portion of our paycheck — to the wind. We know it's not without good reason; the luxe, soft cashmere will become a part of our closets for years with timelessness and quality craftsmanship that nearly justifies our spending frenzy. Still, there's a better way to go about it. Cashmere's luxurious, yes, but that doesn't mean it can't be affordable. Major retailers like Uniqlo have made cashmere attainable. Proving that you don't have to empty your wallets to find the cozy cashmere you covet, we've rounded up 11 perfect Fall sweaters in the soft, supple stuff. Just click through to shop our favorites — the comfy, sexy, classic styles you crave all under $150.
On June 17, Uniqlo will unveil its latest collaboration, Uniqlo + Velvet. The lineup will offer jersey and cashmere styles in four separate mini collections to be released throughout the year. Jenny Graham and Toni Spencer, the co-creative directors at Velvet, designed West Coast-inspired basics like cropped harem pants, cut-out tee shirt dresses, and racer-back tank dresses for the Japanese retailer and named each collection after a California hotspot (Hollywood Roosevelt, Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach).
In September, a cashmere collection will follow the summer offering—with trapeze cardigans, off-the-shoulder tunics, and asymmetric long-sleeved tops selling for $99.90 and $129.90.
In other Uniqlo news, the retailer confirmed that it has signed a $300 million, fifteen-year lease to build a second American store (after SoHo) at 666 Fifth Avenue. It is the largest retail lease ever signed in New York.
Knitwear can either be totally chic or totally outdated. Meet Qi New York, a contemporary knitwear brand that offers the former. It originally started in 2002 as a cashmere knitwear company, but has since evolved to include other luxurious yarns. The Spring collection is brimming with must haves: sheer cardigans, handknit hoodies, soft, draped tops, and unique dresses. My favorite piece is this tunic stripe dress (center); it takes stripes to a whole new dimension.
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Rather than put a total kibosh on the super-rich wool, designers are incorporating cashmere into more kid-friendly weaves. Bambeeno Cashmere, which made a name for itself with its adorable eco-friendly designs, is now incorporating the lux yarn into cotton pieces. The 90 percent cotton and 10 percent cashmere rompers, sweaters and blankets come in perfectly preppy designs with stripes, scalloped edges and sailboat motifs (starting at $64). The new blends will keep mom from chasing after her tykes with a wipe too, as the pieces are all machine washable.
I'm ready to go. Unfortunately, a powerful lady called Mother Nature is hanging up my New York Fashion Week. Flights are delayed, shows postponed, due to a big Winter storm happening right now. But I'm all packed! I'm based out of San Francisco and therefore travel to NYC every Fashion Week. Packing has always been a challenge. Isn't it the worst when you really want to wear something on a trip and you didn't bring it? That used to happen to me all the time at Fashion Week — and when what you wear is imperative to making an impression, it blows. I also used to bring too much. For some reason I didn't feel like I could wear something twice . . .
Reality check: I've got tons of great clothes, laundry is possible, and no one is really looking at me; it's all about who's in the front row. Plus, I like to be comfortable and am constantly in motion. I went from bringing three pairs of heels to one — strictly for parties. These days, February Fashion Week is all about vintage coats, cashmere, black, blue, cool layers, sequins and embroidery, exotic prints, flirty skirts, flats boots, favorite jewelry, and fresh hats. One large suitcase and one small, which carries my outerwear and trusty laptop. Want to see exactly what I packed?
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There's nothing better than slipping into a cozy cashmere sweater right about now. Yes, it's a splurge, but also a classic. In fact, my favorite heather gray cashmere sweater is five years old — and still going strong. If you're on the prowl for a sumptuous knit to sink into, check out Madeleine Thompson's cashmere goodies. Her Spring '10 collection, modeled by Poppy Delevigne, is streamlined, impeccably tailored, and perfect for everyday wear. With a clientele including the likes of Kate Moss, Renee Zellweger, Agyness Deyn, and Sienna Miller, I'm sure you can admire it, too. Fun fact: the law school graduate also designs jewelry and knitwear. Awesome.
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Elle Macpherson is a force to be reckoned with. Being a Super isn't enough for her; the model turned lingerie designer has added yet another specialty to her prestigious portfolio — clothing designer. For her debut, Elle created a limited-edition Frangipani Sweater for her brother and sister-in-law's label Banjo & Matilda. The cashmere sweater, left, is designed with three delicate frangipani flowers stitched into the wrist. The opposite side features the phrase "Love & Light" embroidered on the sleeve. Elle's cashmere loveliness costs $363 and also comes in pebble blue.
Is that me?! Sure looks like it. From the fresh sunnies, to the cozy scarf, light wash jeans, and colorful leather bags, this is me in White + Warren bizarro world. If you covet this casual, luxe travel look, check out White + Warren's travel section. What's better on a red eye than a cashmere snuggly ($275)? And new to the mix (and way cheaper) is the Tee Class Travel Wrap ($85) which is like a giant tee shirt to cuddle with. For you eco-conscious travelers, dig the Hemp Traveler ($595). Take a gander, everything comes in uplifting colors. Happy trails . . .