What colors do you like for cashmere sweaters?

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  1. Fuuma

    Fuuma Franchouillard Modasse

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    Cashmere looks too luxurious.

    Am I the only one who doesn't really give sweaters much thought? I buys those I like, they have diff mixes and quality is not much of a factor (all rook same). Right now I'm wearing an oversized designer one and I think it even has a synthetic %, looks good to me.

    Now I tend to like cotton/cashmere because its light...
     


  2. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Very light, almost pearl grey is very versatile, and goes well with sky blue shirts, jeans, dark grey trousers, and chinos in the usual colours. If you really don't like pearl grey on your dark grey trousers, consider a light tan or cream colour of sorts.
     


  3. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    Am I the only one who doesn't really give sweaters much thought?

    No. I think Foo is the only one who gives everything too much thought.
     


  4. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Boxercise Toughguy

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    Can someone explain what's happening with the "state of cashmere"?
     


  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm wearing a navy cashmere today. You just can't beat it for mixing with almost anything. Then a charcoal gray is probably next as far as versatility. After that, I really like color. My two favorites have been purple and coral. I probably get the most comments on these. They are ideal for more casual outings and parties. A nice sweater is the perfect way to add an interesting color to your wardrobe.

    Wine colors just don't work for me, but maybe that is because of my skin tone.

    BTW, I used to hate purple. But once I tried it I really grew to like it.
     


  6. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    No, nothing like that. Just too soft looking. The cashmere/silk blends are Stefano Wretched.

    Fair enough. I recently had the opportunity to inspect some NOS 4-ply cashmere from Scotland. I was struck by how smooth the finish was--nothing like the frothy stuff Loro Piana or Cucinelli sell. It was more like merino than the cashmere I've seen. I understand that this is a mark of quality, but I can't help but feel it doesn't have as much character on the surface. I assume my mind just hasn't been broken yet, but we'll see.

    Am I the only one who doesn't really give sweaters much thought?

    I haven't, until now.
     


  7. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Lockie, Johnstons, a few NOS McGeorge and Murray Allan I've seen around, etc.
    I've been quite disappointed by a Johnstons of Elgin sweater purchased in the St Andrews flagship store a couple of years ago: buttery soft, it's already falling apart. An older Ballantyne (yeah yeah) is holding up much much better, and doesn't scream 'cashmere!'. Gentry Portofino also makes good quality sweaters -- not sure if they're still around though.
     


  8. KayJay85

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    I find that for the evenings a deep maroon/purple works very well.

    For daytime office wear, not so much.
     


  9. Manton

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    Camel, navy, wine, light gray, medium blue.

    If you feel you must spend more, add medium gray and forest green.

    Agree re: lambswool. Also try hand knitted shetland. Can be had cheap.
     


  10. AThingForCashmere

    AThingForCashmere Senior member

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    I've been looking into getting a plain, v-neck cashmere sweater, and began pondering the issue of color. As sweaters are soundly outside my regular wardrobe system, I don't have any strong theories about what color to get. My first thought is navy blue, but I like the idea of a light-colored cashmere, as that appears to make the most of the fiber. A light beige or even a cream seem very nice in theory, but I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be wearing such an expanse of a light color (I prefer a classic, not slim, fit). Also, I hate to consider it, but my skin might clash.

    Green is out of the question: I intend to wear the sweater casually under my waxed cotton Barbour, which is olive green. As some of you know, I hate purple. Light blue is pretty, but won't work over my OCBDs.

    A rust or a dark brown could be nice, but that's getting dark again.

    Thoughts?

    Oh, and the standard disclaimer applies: I've already decided and, though valued, your opinions will have no effect.


    Few colors are more versatile than navy blue, but it may not work with your Barbour. Depending on the exact shade, olive green can often be one of the most difficult colors to complement.

    Lighter colors do 'make the most of the fiber', at the cost of versatility. Also, you probably already knew this, but cream/off-white pullovers (not cardigans, interestingly) have been out of fashion for quite a while.
     


  11. mafoofan

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    If you really don't like pearl grey on your dark grey trousers, consider a light tan or cream colour of sorts.

    As of the moment, navy and light tan are the top contenders.

    No. I think Foo is the only one who gives everything too much thought.

    I give everything just the right amount of thought.

    Can someone explain what's happening with the "state of cashmere"?

    Since it has been popularized at all levels of consumption, and the Italians have changed perceptions of quality at the high end, there is no longer enough demand for classically high-quality cashmere. Consequently, most cashmere today is junk, and often not even cashmere.

    This is the story, abridged, as I understand it.

    BTW, I used to hate purple. But once I tried it I really grew to like it.

    Will not happen for me--I guarantee it.
     


  12. mafoofan

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    I've been quite disappointed by a Johnstons of Elgin sweater purchased in the St Andrews flagship store a couple of years ago: buttery soft, it's already falling apart.

    This is why the news from Cable Car confused me. You guys seem to universally hate Johnstons.

    I find that for the evenings a deep maroon/purple works very well.

    In the evenings, I'd probably wear a jacket instead, anyway.

    Camel, navy, wine, light gray, medium blue.

    Is this in order of preference?

    Lighter colors do 'make the most of the fiber', at the cost of versatility. Also, you probably already knew this, but cream/off-white pullovers (not cardigans, interestingly) have been out of fashion for quite a while.

    Eh, not concerned about whether it will be fashionable.
     


  13. furo

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    Which maker did you use? I am strongly favoring Lockie after finding out how much Cable Car wants for their Laing sweaters. Also, they informed me that their owner believes Johnstons is superior to both Laing and Scott & Charters, which he thinks are on par with each other.

    On the other hand, everyone seems to think highly of Lockie--including people I've talked to at stores over in the UK.


    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. Don't know how they compare to Laing, since I haven't handled/owned one.

    For the cable knits I got RLPL, made with Loro Piana yarn in Italy, but not sure what factory/maker actually knits them. The hand knit RLPL is from China, but also with LP yarn.
     


  14. WhateverYouLike

    WhateverYouLike Senior member

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    Im a big fan of beige/white.
     


  15. AThingForCashmere

    AThingForCashmere Senior member

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    Since it has been popularized at all levels of consumption, and the Italians have changed perceptions of quality at the high end, there is no longer enough demand for classically high-quality cashmere. Consequently, most cashmere today is junk, and often not even cashmere.

    This is the story, abridged, as I understand it.


    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.
     


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