Looking at the great J.Crew article in this week's Link Love, I noticed some cashmere sweaters touted as basically solid, a bargain, and a solid bargain.

And I remembered how often I had seen this item, a cashmere sweater, included as a wardrobe staple on list after list of major bloggers and magazines, and video after video by anyone promoting a capsule wardrobe.

I always wondered if I'd get one, but here I am in my 40s, thinking, do I really need one in the end?

There are so many great cotton, acrylic, and any other material sweaters that you can throw in the machine these days. They look great, lots of them. And the cashmere ones are always hand wash.

Additionally, many of us live in places where a "luxe" look is not a necessity, and a great cable knit in a fun color will get us by.

People say how much they love their cashmere, how great it feels, but I'm just starting to wonder if it's becoming obsolete as a "staple."


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