Quality cashmere isn't cheap
Consumer Reports offers hints for buying cashmere sweaters
If you are looking for a special gift for a special someone, a super-soft cashmere sweater may be just the thing. Retailers usually push them during the holidays, and often offer them at bargain prices.
"If you're picking up a $59.99 cashmere sweater from the bargain bin, you better believe that it's probably not one hundred percent cashmere, even though the label may say so," said Consumer Reports ShopSmart's Sue Perry.
So what should you look for to find quality?
"Run your hand over the sweater, and if little balls start forming, that's called pilling," Perry said. "That's a sign that this is a cheaper sweater and probably isn't going to hold up."
If you stretch it side to side, high quality cashmere won't stretch out of shape.
About the least expensive you can go with quality cashmere is $100, according to Perry.
Land's End cashmere sweaters for about $100, and Consumer Reports called them a good choice for a simple design.
If you want more styling and richer colors, you can expect to pay more. A quality Magaschoni cashmere sweater can run more than $300.
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