Style

Taste Test: Is Cashmere Really Worth the Extra Cash?

December 4, 2007 by SheFindsJennifer
shefinds | Style

When it comes to sweaters, cashmere is obviously the cream of the textile crop. It used to be that cashmere was always very exclusive and expensive and sold at only the most high-end stores. But now, any discount retailer has their own line of cashmere sweaters at very reasonable prices. So what is the difference? Why are some sweaters $1,000 and some only $100?

Well, as The Wall Street Journal educates us, the Loro Pianas and the Lands' Ends of the world are getting their materials from the exact same Mongolian goats, it is just that once sheared, the bundles of fibers travel to two very different worlds. The discounter's sweaters are being manufactured in China and in all of the sketchiness that surrounds their factory situation. The designer brand's cashmere is sent to Italy, where, who knows, it is probably hand knit by the descendants of Roman gods. Fine Italian craftsmanship doesn't come cheap, unfortunately, and as a result, the more expensive sweater usually has more interesting, intricate detailing and a more 'of-the-moment' style.

But that is not always the case. Take these two kimono-sleeve cashmeres. They are both simple yet stylish, but one is $600 dollars more than the other. One is made in Italy, and the other, well, isn't. Can you guess which is which?

tastetest_logo1image

Brush up on your style skills with previous Taste Tests.

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

The Top Everyone Is Already Buying For Fall

July 18, 2018 by Justine Schwartz

Fashion

6 Super Flattering Reformation Items Every Woman Should Own

July 18, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
These are essential.

Fashion

We Just Found The Most Comfortable Shoes For Summer!

July 17, 2018 by SHEfinds Editor
You're going to be OBSESSED!

Fashion

We Finally Found The Best Leggings For Curvy Girls (That Aren't See-Through!)

July 17, 2018 by Kiarra Lyles
Get these leggings ASAP!

Style

SheFinds The Best: Every Woman Should Own One Of These Strapless Bras

July 17, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
And the winner is...

Fashion

These Nordstrom Sandals Look Super Expensive—But They Only Cost $35!

July 17, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
*Adds to cart immediately*

Style

Every Woman Should Own This Wear-Everywhere Maxi Skirt

July 16, 2018 by Jeanine Edwards
It's the best.

Fashion

This Is Where To Buy A Flattering Swimsuit If You're Over A Size 12

July 16, 2018 by Alisha Stacy
The search is over!

Fashion

The UGG Closet Sale Is The Best Way To Get UGG Boots For Up To 60% Off

July 16, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
It's pretty great!

Fashion

We Never Expected To See Shorts Like THIS—But Now It’s A Huge Trend

July 16, 2018 by Jessica Harrington
Interesting.

Fashion

We Just Found The Most Comfortable Shoes For Summer!

Summertime means that you're probably spending a lot of ...

Fashion

We Finally Found The Best Leggings For Curvy Girls (That Aren't See-Through!)

Everyone, no matter you're shape or size, should have ...

Fashion

This Is Where To Buy A Flattering Swimsuit If You're Over A Size 12

Warm summer weather means weekends spent at the beach or ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS