Luxuriously soft, smooth, and warm: cashmere is one of our favorite materials. Read BOSS’ expert guide on how to style and care for your cashmere pieces!
Exceptionally soft and warm
Cashmere is one of the most precious materials around, prized for its unique softness and comfort. It is a type of wool, but cashmere comes from only the finest fibres, selected from specific areas of the fleece of the cashmere goat. These extra-fine, down-like hairs are what gives the material its silky texture, but they are hard to source, making the fabric rare and highly sought-after.
Cashmere is often found in sweaters and knitwear offering a luxuriously soft feel against the skin while providing an insulating layer in cold weather. It can also be woven into fabric for use in suits and coats, where its fine fibres add a refined sheen and a remarkably smooth finish. Cashmere is often blended with wool or other fibres adding to its strength and longevity without compromising the feel.
Why we love it so much?
Cashmere can be up to eight times more insulating than wool. Its fine fibres trap air and heat, providing extra protection from the cold.
The diameter of each cashmere hair is very small, allowing the fibres to be packed in quite densely with each other. This feels exceptionally soft against the skin.
Cashmere offers high performance without being bulky, ensuring that products containing the fibre are usually lighter than those made from regular wool.
Good quality cashmere, cared for properly, lasts for years. The fibre is naturally strong and retains its shape even after being washed. Read below to find out how to care for your cashmere.
How to style?
The same fineness that gives cashmere its softness and warmth also creates a sleek and sophisticated look. Cashmere sweaters are often knitted from fine yarns giving them a refined finish. They can develop a slight ‘halo’ of soft fibres, which should be seen as a sign of the quality of the material. Pair cashmere sweaters with chinos or tailored trousers for an elegant, polished look.
Cashmere can also be woven into fabrics for suits, jackets, trousers and coats. These materials will often be especially smooth and have a slight sheen that elevating any look. Try wearing this with crisp cotton shirts and silk ties for undeniable style. Cashmere accessories such as scarves and gloves are ideal for adding a touch of luxury to cold-weather outfits.
Clean and protect your cashmere products
Always follow the care instructions on each product.
It is often possible to wash cashmere items either by hand or in a machine using a hand-wash setting. Use cold water, up to 30 degrees, and a short cycle. Wash the product inside out and reshape while damp before lying flat to air dry. Always use delicate detergent.
Cashmere products can also often be dry cleaned according to the instructions on the label. When storing cashmere, fold rather than hang the product to ensure it maintains its shape. If storing for an extended period, place the item in a dust bag or sealable container for protection from moths.
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