Haute & Cool: Conscious Cashmere


The first leaves have fallen and there is a chill in the air. It’s officially sweater weather — time to stock up on this cold-weather essential.

As we evaluate all the new colors and styles, why not search for something more aspirational: To be sustainable and stylish while keeping cozy and warm.

Designers are working hard to put their collections forward with integrity. They are producing responsible knits (no harsh dyes or chemicals) with more ethically sourced fibers. There is also a growing commitment to pay nomadic herders fair wages and to see that the goats are raised on land where they can roam and sheared with care.

For the cognizant consumer, it means building a thoughtful assortment of fewer timeless pieces.

Look for modern silhouettes that are fully versatile and often affordable. Although the techniques involved in eco-fashion come at a premium, a part of the point of view is to make it attainable.

But let’s not forget the luxe. Cashmere has always been prized as the most privileged of yarns. You can use it to elevate your loungewear or distinguish your Zoom meeting attire. Why not travel in style with a deluxe woven set? Conscious cashmere is the perfect closet foundation for this season’s low-impact, highly curated wardrobe.

Allyson Burkhardt is the founder of Let’s Get Dressed! Image & Style Services. Visit her on the web at letsgetdresseddc.com.

NAADAM V-Neck Sweater. $378, Holt Renfrew.

BROCHU WALKER The Looker Printed Layered V-Neck. $388, Bloomingdale’s.

CUYANA Short Wrap Coat. $295.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Crochet-Detail Knitted Trousers. $750, Farfetch.

FILIPPA K Heather Knit Jumper. $235, ModeSens.

LOULOU STUDIO Fangatau Sweater. $390, Net-a-Porter. 

NAKEDCASHMERE Camila 4-Piece Set. $450, ShopStyle.

EVERLANE The Cashmere Rib Beanie. $65.

WHITE + WARREN Caramel Cable Cardigan. $325, Shopbop.

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