Originally Posted by furo
For the V necks I went with Brooks Bros who contracted a company in Scotland, not sure of their name, but the quality is just fine imo considering I paid $179 each, and made with 3-ply yarn.
I have these, I think. Mine are Scottish-made, but using 3-ply Italian yarn. They have held up okay, but I think they can be improved upon. The knit is not as tight as I've seen on other good Scottish examples and pilling has been an issue.
Originally Posted by AThingForCashmere
So far, the Scots are the ones who've bailed on traditional quality. I've always preferred Scottish cashmere to Italian, but Italy's higher-end mfrs have maintained their traditional quality specs while Scottish companies (nearly all of them at least) have not.
Really? I was under the impression that the Italians simply use a different benchmark. At the very least, the Scottish stuff is better made, no?
Originally Posted by Montrachet
If you're looking specifically for one to go with olive green however, I'd cast my vote with those who have said gray or light tan.
Light tan is getting lots of support.
Originally Posted by Wes Bourne
So which of the colors mentioned above looks better on you?
I think the darker colors look better on me, like navy, since I have dark hair and fair skin. I normally hate accounting for skin tone, but for whatever reason, it appears to make a difference here, while it usually doesn't.
Originally Posted by furo
I think trying to purchase this sweater with the sole idea of pairing it w/ an olive Barbour jacket is a bad call imo, since in theory, the quality cashmere sweater should outlast the jacket in both style and versatility over time.
Well, as a matter of fact, my casual outerwear tends to be earthy in color. Also, I have a spare, unworn Bedale in the same green, so I imagine I will have a Barbour to wear for a good, long time. Anyway, I think it's only good sense that the sweater color I pick should match my regular outerwear, even if that is not the sole consideration.
Originally Posted by EL72
Chocolate brown is nice for cashmere since it's not a 'traditional' color for lambswool like grey or tan.
That said, since my opinion on color and fabric don't matter, I would recommend you go for a crewneck rather than v-neck. I find myself reaching far more for the crews than Vs these days. Less fussing with collars for a cleaner look, warmer too...
Brown is intriguing. It's finding the right brown that is troubling. As for the v-neck/crew-neck issue--I need all the vertical I can get, and crew-necks tend to make me look blockier.
Originally Posted by Tarmac
But you shouldn't think of it like a OneSweater
. A sweater is not a jacket you wear every day.
Agreed. I'll probably wind up with three or four different ones.
Originally Posted by Manton
No, for me the order of preference (i.e., usefullness) would be:
Navy/wine (tie; buy first & concurrently), light gray, medium blue, camel, forest green, medium gray.
I agree on navy and wine, but I don't see ever making use of a light grey sweater. You don't like lighter tan or cream?
Originally Posted by youngscientist
Unless the stock they supply in the states is radically different from what is available in the UK I think you might struggle to find anything that fits you from these guys, they both start at a pretty baggy 40.
Well, 42 at Lockie is very similar to the size small from Brooks Brothers that I wear. I like my sweaters slouchy.
Originally Posted by Holdfast
I just love it when you type stuff like this...
It's like exhaling.