Last month we spent as much time outside as possible to take advantage of these perfect autumn days. Whether hiking or fly fishing in Idaho, or apple picking in Northern California I can never get enough of the combination of the warm sun and crisp air. This is my favorite time of year fashion-wise as well, as plaids, cable knits, and cozy textures replace the breezy cottons and linens in our summer wardrobes. Of course my favorite thing to wear as the leaves start to turn is cashmere. I come by my love of cashmere naturally, as my grandmother wears a “uniform” of a cashmere sweater and black skirt every. single. day. (This is not an exaggeration.) Her collection of over 40 cashmere sweaters means she can wear a different one each day of the month, and many have been in her closet for years.
As I build my own cashmere collection I’m focusing on timeless (not trend-driven) styles because if they’re taken care of properly, my cashmere sweaters will last a lifetime. I love Kinross Cashmere for that very reason. They create classic wardrobe staples that go beyond trends and will age beautifully with their owners. I discovered Kinross Cashmere through Halsbrook’s online boutique, when I wore my first Kinross sweater here, and have since been making a list of their elegant designs to add to my collection.
A long cardigan is a fall wardrobe essential, and I loved wearing this one during an afternoon apple picking in Apple Hill. I paired my cardigan with a flannel shirt and denim mini for walks through the orchards but it can be styled so many different ways. It’s the perfect length to wear over midi-dresses, cropped trousers and heels, jeans and mules, or I’ve even popped it on over my pajamas as a very luxurious robe. It’s a wardrobe workhorse and would be a great item to pack for a weekend getaway since it can be styled so many different ways. The knit is so thick, the pockets don’t droop even when I carry my phone in one – I actually thought I had lost my phone because I couldn’t feel it at all when it was in my pocket!
Another effortless wardrobe staple is the poncho, and this cable knit version in a bright berry-red hue is the perfect preppy take on the design. I love the asymmetric cut and subtle cowl neckline, but it’s not so voluminous that I get lost in it. Whether I wear it over a long sleeved t-shirt or crisp collared shirt I feel instantly pulled together. I know athleisure is a popular trend right now, but I loved hiking in Sun Valley in this look which transitioned easily to an elegant brunch right afterwards. Cashmere has many of the same properties as technical fabrics: being incredibly warm despite being lightweight which makes it the perfect companion when the day is packed full of varied indoor and outdoor activities.
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