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What colors do you like for cashmere sweaters?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mafoofan, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    All the crewneck sweaters that I wear are thick, cableknit cashmere Alan Paines that I got in the late 1980s. Aside from the subtle color variegations peculiar to really good cashmere, they look like lambswool. Unlike nearly all cashmeres today, however, the handle on them is not soft and fuzzy, but smooth and somewhat spongey, resiliant. There's virtually zero pilling on them after all these years, even around the elbows. If you can actually source NOS sweaters of English or Scottish make from before the early nineties, then I would go for that.

    As for color, I reach for the Paine worn under the BearCat in this gigantic shot more than the others (a heather gray, a heather green, a bright yellow, a mid blue, and a navy blue.) I have dark brown hair flecked in gray and am very fair skinned, if that makes a difference to you...I know that your OneSweater must work with Orientialist colorations, so maybe it wouldn't work for you, but I like it a lot.

    - B


    Is there a reliable source of NOS sweaters? I wouldn't mind getting one or two quality cableknit crewnecks, but all indicators point to 'they don't make 'em like they used to'.
     


  2. TC (Houston)

    TC (Houston) Senior member

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    I miss your WAYWRN posts (or I haven't seen them). I look forward to you getting back on the wagon.

    Sorry, been in NYC this week and my wife insisted on carrying the camera, so I didn't have it in my office. LOL Thanks for the kind words.
     


  3. radicaldog

    radicaldog Senior member

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    Another idea: burnt orange.
     


  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Another idea: burnt orange.

    +1
     


  5. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/mcg...ers_cabled.php
    Is there a reliable source of NOS sweaters? I wouldn't mind getting one or two quality cableknit crewnecks, but all indicators point to 'they don't make 'em like they used to'.

    I have no idea. I assume [​IMG] is on the trail, but any search for sources in the US for this type of thing would start with O'Connell's or underneath the cobwebbed staff at Cable Car.

    For example, not cashmere, but here is O'Connell's remaining deadstock of McGeorge Shetlands...I would expect this inventory to be inaccurate, however. Cabled McGeorges.

    And the O'Connell's deadstock museum.

    - B
     


  6. JammieDodger

    JammieDodger Senior member

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    I'm such a noob.

    I saw the v-neck or crew-neck briefly mentioned. Here's the noob question, are crew necks really okay with collared shirts?

    If they are then I'll get crews as they're more versatile (can wear just a t-shirt underneath).

    I've worn one with a collared shirt and the collar just seemed too pronounced at the back, might be the collar though.

    Finally, collar tucked in or left out?

    God this is embarassing.
     


  7. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    http://www.oconnellsclothing.com/mcg...ers_cabled.php

    I have no idea. I assume [​IMG] is on the trail, but any search for sources in the US for this type of thing would start with O'Connell's or underneath the cobwebbed staff at Cable Car.

    For example, not cashmere, but here is O'Connell's remaining deadstock of McGeorge Shetlands...I would expect this inventory to be inaccurate, however. Cabled McGeorges.

    And the O'Connell's deadstock museum.

    - B


    Thanks, I might have to give them a call to check on the stock.

    I'm such a noob.

    I saw the v-neck or crew-neck briefly mentioned. Here's the noob question, are crew necks really okay with collared shirts?

    If they are then I'll get crews as they're more versatile (can wear just a t-shirt underneath).

    I've worn one with a collared shirt and the collar just seemed too pronounced at the back, might be the collar though.

    Finally, collar tucked in or left out?

    God this is embarassing.


    http://vox.smugmug.com/Fashion/soign...28_eRdi4-O.jpg
     


  8. JammieDodger

    JammieDodger Senior member

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    Right, v-neck it is then. I don't think that'll sort the prominent collar problem but I can talk to O'Flynn about that.
     


  9. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    Right, v-neck it is then. I don't think that'll sort the prominent collar problem but I can talk to O'Flynn about that.

    ? The pic of vox was showing that you can successfully wear a thick crewneck sweater with a dress shirt.
     


  10. JammieDodger

    JammieDodger Senior member

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    ? The pic of vox was showing that you can successfully wear a thick crewneck sweater with a dress shirt.

    It was? I did wonder as the rest of the outfit looked good.

    But the collar was standing up weird.

    I'm not going to debate this, I'm a sartorial idiot. I'll go with a crewneck, I don't think I can handle having a v-neck and only being able to wear it with a button down.
     


  11. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    Do you mean black and white?


    - B

    High yeller.
     


  12. AThingForCashmere

    AThingForCashmere Senior member

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    I got my first navy cashmere v-neck sweater a few weeks ago and I can't stop wearing it, it seems to go with almost everything, business and casual.

    Careful TC, there's no upper limit here. Trust me on this one.

    Ever see "Attack of the Mushroom People"?

    First it's just a taste, and before you know it you'll be sleeping in it and taking it to the mountains for long weekends.
     


  13. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    the key for all colors of cashmere or lambswool sweater is that it be 'heathered'

    This seems hard to find. I've seen good cashmere with natural variations in its color, but the effect is subtle enough that I wouldn't call it true heathering.

    I was looking at Glenmac cashmere pullovers in Le Bon MarchÃ[​IMG]. They seemed to fit the bill, very thick and solid, looked more like lambswool than the other Scottish cashmere brands in the shop. I haven't been able to discover much about this company though. Prices were high, €400+. Perhaps they're cheaper in the UK.

    Hmm. I used the Scottish Cashmere Club website as a jumping point, as they purport to list the only Scottish knitters of Scottish cashmere yarn left. I didn't see Glenmac listed. My guess is that someone else makes for them.

    Do you mean black and white?

    The only thing whiter than a white person is an Asian.

    I got my first navy cashmere v-neck sweater a few weeks ago and I can't stop wearing it, it seems to go with almost everything, business and casual.

    This has been my experience, too. I have green, burgundy, and grey sweaters--but none get chosen as frequently as my navy one.

    Laing, N. Peal, and Berk are all good, but the best by far are the old Ballantynes.

    I think Berk sells Scottish-made Ballantyne exclusively, now. At least, that's what they told me over the phne. What's the deal with the current iteration of N. Peal? Are they just a label attached to stuff made by someone else?

    I'm not even going to bother with Laing. Too hard to find and Lockie seems to be similarly well-reputed.

    +1

    Like fierry chestnut in sweater form?

    I have no idea. I assume [​IMG] is on the trail, but any search for sources in the US for this type of thing would start with O'Connell's or underneath the cobwebbed staff at Cable Car.

    I've found some interesting stuff. I will say this: if you want it badly enough and aren't that picky about the details or price, you can get it.

    ? The pic of vox was showing that you can successfully wear a thick crewneck sweater with a dress shirt.

    Yes, but that crewneck opening appears larger and deeper than most, which helps.

    High yeller.

    Oh, what do jew know?
     


  14. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Oh, what do jew know?

    Not Jew...JASP. He's made it to the outer circle.


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  15. ramuman

    ramuman Senior member

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    Not Jew...JASP. He's made it to the outer circle.


    - B


    Presumably the WASPs will keep him out of the inner circle.
     


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