What colors do you like for cashmere sweaters?

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  1. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    Matt, are you looking in NY stores or purchasing from abroad?

    Probably from abroad. Domestic prices are two to three times higher--plus, the selection sucks.
     
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    If you mean quality of construction, yes that is still true. I'm referring to fiber and yarn quality. As evidenced by recent offerings from Ballantyne, Johnston's etc, these sweaters look thin and cheap compared to traditional Scottish cashmere, while Italian product, even though finished more for softness of hand than durability, is made from longer/better fiber, does not shed and simply looks better.

    Interesting. Others here seem to strongly recommend against the Italian stuff. All I can say is that I value durability and craftsmanship over absolute softness.
     
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    I've been on a white kick recently, but I already have navy, black, red, light camel, and pink. And the first time you spill food on white is a [​IMG] moment.

    --Andre
     
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    I wear cashmere the whole winter season, directly on the skin. In all colors and shades, dark-blue, light blue, brown, red, orange, tan, grey, dark-green, olive-green, apple-green, pink, purple and so on. Most of them are made by Malo.

    Adrian
     
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    Don't take the austerity mongers here without a big pinch of salt. I think iammatt has a point. If you're going to go with s.thing plain wool shetland is often a better bet. But what about stripes or argyles? I have a cashmere crew neck in various stripes of vivid green, brown, pink, orange, red, and blue. Looks great under a Barbour jacket and whenever I wear it I always get compliments from a wide range of folks. A sweater with some sort of design highlights the fineness cashmere in a way s.thing plain never could.

    And then there's the fabled Fred Astaire intarsia!
     
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    As sweaters are soundly outside my regular wardrobe system, I don't have any strong theories about what color to get.

    I just love it when you type stuff like this... [​IMG]


    Stuff like that usually set off my nerd alert.

    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.

    I think it does make a difference, whether 'here' or elsewhere and you should give it more consideration in your thought process. I mean, you can debate all you want about any given color's theoretical merits, versatility/ability to pair with other items in your wardrobe, but at the end of the day, if it looks like shit on you, what's the point?
     
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    I've been on a white kick recently, but I already have navy, black, red, light camel, and pink. And the first time you spill food on white is a [​IMG] moment.

    We have the same complexion and hair, don't we? How's the light tan working for you?

    Don't take the austerity mongers here without a big pinch of salt. I think iammatt has a point. If you're going to go with s.thing plain wool shetland is often a better bet. But what about stripes or argyles? I have a cashmere crew neck in various stripes of vivid green, brown, pink, orange, red, and blue. Looks great under a Barbour jacket and whenever I wear it I always get compliments from a wide range of folks. A sweater with some sort of design highlights the fineness cashmere in a way s.thing plain never could.

    I can get behind a pattern, but I think I need to get a couple of solids first.
     
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    I have a v neck in a soft denim blue that is killer.
     
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    Interesting. Others here seem to strongly recommend against the Italian stuff. All I can say is that I value durability and craftsmanship over absolute softness.

    Many people do. I don't have recent personal experience with all Scottish companies, so for all I know some still are processing their own yarn from raw fiber and producing traditional Scottish quality sweaters. But trying to find out which companies are still doing that is like pulling teeth these days.. Lots of sidestepping going on.
     
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    Bottled green is my favorite.

    Brown and heathered grays also look nice.
     
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    Many people do. I don't have recent personal experience with all Scottish companies, so for all I know some still are processing their own yarn from raw fiber and producing traditional Scottish quality sweaters. But trying to find out which companies are still doing that is like pulling teeth these days.. Lots of sidestepping going on.

    Well, supposedly, Johnstons is the only cashmere knitwear company in Scottland that is vertically integrated today. The people at Lockie told me over the phone that they do not make their own yarn, but all of their yarn is nonetheless Scottish made.
     
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    For casual or outer wear, navy wool or wool/cashmere blends are nice.

    If its going under an odd jacket, then I try and stick with colors closer to my shirts. Light to mid grey, oatmeal, light blue, white/cream.

    Wearing black, navy or dark colors under odd jackets just looks wrong to me.

    Wine can work, but far too often it looks Bill Cosby so I've stayed clear of it.
     
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    We have the same complexion and hair, don't we? How's the light tan working for you?

    I believe so. I think it's OK, though it can be a bit pale. It depends on what else you wear with it.

    Well, supposedly, Johnstons is the only cashmere knitwear company in Scottland that is vertically integrated today. The people at Lockie told me over the phone that they do not make their own yarn, but all of their yarn is nonetheless Scottish made.

    I for one am glad that the eye of [​IMG] is now gazing towards cashmere so we can all get the best stuff without the arduous research. Have you read Tom Mahon's blog post on cashmere? He starts talking about it in the 2nd half:

    http://www.englishcut.com/archives/000210.html

    The direct link to his favoite knitter is: http://www.simply-cashmere.co.uk/ The cashmere truths section is interesting.

    --Andre
     
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    Wearing black, navy or dark colors under odd jackets just looks wrong to me.

    Wine can work, but far too often it looks Bill Cosby so I've stayed clear of it.


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    Wearing black, navy or dark colors under odd jackets just looks wrong to me.

    Wine can work, but far too often it looks Bill Cosby so I've stayed clear of it.


    Black is awful, but navy is nice under a brown or lovat or any medium tone check.

    I don't think Cosby ever wore a solid sweater in any color in his life.
     

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