Cashmere cosy is how I am feeling.
I am in Provence and the weather is chilly with a touch of the Mistral blowing. The sun might be shining but there is most definitely a sign of months to come. I don’t mind one bit – the thought of open fires and snuggly evenings in front of an open fire is an appealing one.
I have arrived here with all the wrong gear. To be precise, no cashmere and it is very much a cashmere weekend. If you are travelling here shortly don’t forget to pack one or two. They will work very well with your velvet essentials.
Rounding up the cashmere is where I have been for the last few hours. There is one favourite I stock up on every year from Uniqlo and it is the men’s V-neck. I like the cut so much more than the woman’s version. The “v” is higher, the fullness better and the finishing band snugger. The sweaters look much the same, the colours pretty identical but try it; I think you will agree.
In terms of size, I like my sweaters a little roomy, take one size down from your normal comfort zone. Women’s cashmere sweaters, I usually take one size up from my normal fit. Colour wise – I’m sticking with the greys and blacks but adding a little blush pink this season – some call it minx, which I find quite enchanting. A little minx never hurt anyone ;)
The classic shades work in well with the khaki puffer style coats I live in, the velvets and the more formal wear when required. The other colour, which I love – and cannot decide if it loves me – is chartreuse. Is it flattering with the grey hair, perhaps? I know, a total breakaway but one I hope could work.
Is there ever a better outfit than jeans, good cashmere and a pair of comfy boots?
Apart from the essential cashmere, there is one sweater I’m seriously ready for. I wish I could conjure it up here in Provence, right now.
how to look after your best cashmere
- *wash by hand
- * use a baby shampoo or a specialist cashmere shampoo
- * float in lukewarm water and leave to soak for 5 minutes – don’t wring or scrub
- *remove excess water by pressing against the side of the tub
- *dry flat on a towel with plenty of room to guard the shape