One thing that I love about Everlane is how they take an everyday basic and give it a modern cut. That’s the case with their Cashmere Crop V-Neck. They’ve played with the proportions of a V-neck sweater, shortening the length and widening the V-neck. As a petite, I’m always looking for items of clothing that make me seem a little taller and a cropped sweater seemed like it would do the trick.
The Cashmere Crop V-Neck retails for $100 and is ethically made in China. I picked it up in frost donegal, which has specks woven throughout. It also comes in black, ivory, charcoal, navy, soft pink, and ruby.
It’s soft, but softness is not necessarily a sign of good cashmere. In the past I’ve bought fluffy soft cashmere that pilled like crazy (ahem, Uniqlo.) I also thrifted a cashmere sweater by Charter Club (a Macy’s house brand) that was equally soft but hardly pills. A Johnstons of Elgins cashmere scarf that I wear feels stiffer but hasn’t pilled at all so far. What does it all mean?
This article from Racked explains that cashmere comes from cashmere goats, mostly from Mongolia these days. Workers sort the fibers by hand into different grades, based on length and thickness of the hair. Grade A cashmere, the highest grade, consists of the naturally softest fibers, which are long and strong. It will lead to a higher quality garment. But Grade B cashmere, which consists of shorter hairs, can also feel soft because it’s been washed and processed a lot to purposely make it feel that way. The best cashmere garment is not necessarily the softest. Good cashmere will soften over time.
Everlane’s cashmere sweaters are made from Grade A fibers. Reviews online suggest that they don’t really pill much, so not only are you getting an ethically-made garment, but it sounds like a high quality one too.
Here’s how the sweater looks on a model.
And here’s how it looks on me, a 5′ 3″ shorty. I’m wearing the sweater with high-waisted jeans here. As you can see, the sleeves are long on me, but that’s the curse of being petite. No biggie. I can fold them over.
I wear a small in Everlane’s Cotton V Tee but sized down to an XS for this sweater. I love the fit so much. The cropped length hits at a nice place on me and lengthens the legs. The V-neck is quite wide. In fact, it’s on the verge of showing my bra straps. This might be problematic or annoying for some people, but I really liked the cut.
The fabric was thin, but not too thin, and it was lightly warm. Unfortunately, I found the sweater a little scratchy. The frost donegal colorway is made with 2% other fibers, so I thought those might be the culprit. But when I tried on another color (the solid colors are 100% cashmere), it also irritated me. So if you have sensitive skin like me, this won’t work. Sadly, I had to return it. But I recommend it for those of you who normally don’t find wool or cashmere itchy. (Side note: the thrifted cashmere sweater and scarf I mention above don’t bother me. I wonder what that’s about.) I’ll have to give Everlane’s cotton version of this sweater a try, though it doesn’t look as cropped.
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