For my twenty-first birthday by BFF bought me a hot pink cashmere sweater. With its ballet neckline and impossible softness, it was the most luxe and gorgeous gift I could imagine–one she no doubt was late on rent to afford. In fact, I loved it so much I never wanted to wear it. It felt too special for Sex and the City marathons and to wear it at a bar risked it getting doused in some frat guy’s beer. It was too pure for that life. I didn’t keep it in a display case, but I was tempted.
Then I got pregnant and couldn’t wear it. Then I had a baby who barfed on everything. It stayed safely tucked away. And then I kind of forgot about it. Years later, I found it in a box of packed away clothes and tried it on. It was still as soft and vibrant as I recalled, but it just didn’t work anymore. The cut was too boxy, the length just a bit too short. Its time was up and I never even got to enjoy it.
Later this month I’m turning 40. I’ve learned two things in those in between years. (Well, more than that but for the sake of this article, just two.) 1. Don’t keep the things you love under lock and key waiting for a special occasion. Today is that special occasion. Spray the fancy perfume! Use the luxe bubble bath! And for god’s sake, wear the cashmere. 2. Cashmere doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, the perfect cashmere sweater only costs $50. And I know because I have three of them that I wear multiple times a week: Quince cashmere sweaters.
Quince, an affordable luxury brand that has no doubt infiltrated your social feeds, promises “high quality essentials at radically low prices”–and they definitely deliver. At 50-80% lower prices than competitors like J. Crew and Vince, the quality of the cashmere itself is impressive. They’re not the softest I’ve ever worn (full disclosure, the $75 Naadam cashmere is softer) but they hardly pill which to me, is a fair trade off. The knit is on the lighter side which keeps the chill out but doesn’t overheat and the fit is just roomy enough to look casual and put together. I’ve worn mine with sweatpants by day and fake leather Spanx leggings by night without missing a beat. I even packed one for camping because why not? If I have to sleep on the ground, I may as well be wearing something cozy when I do it.
Currently, my collection includes two black and one grey. But it seems only right to celebrate turning 40 with a refresh. This time, I’m thinking bright pink. For all the special occasions ahead. (And yes, that even means Sex and the City marathons. The reboot this time.)
Check out my favorite Quince cashmere sweaters below!