I was not aspiring to look like an Old Hollywood starlet, but it just happens when you find a colour you love that makes you shine. The drape is exceptional, because that’s what happens when you wear natural fibres. On top of that, the look is versatile, malleable, and can go from day to night.
Technically once you add taxes and shipping, the cost is a touch over $100, but it is listed as $99.90 and shipping is free over $50 at Quince. This is the San Francisco brand that cuts out the marketing costs, selling affordable cashmere, cottons, and silks from their network of global suppliers. Yes, this is the same retailer where I purchased my 100% silk Kate Middleton-inspired mini skirt under $50.
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Recently, I made a haul of silk items that are 100% silk — all the essentials a lady can dream of — and included this burgundy cashmere wrap in the midst of it. The feeling is mid-soft. Not as soft as I want it to be, but not as scratchy and stiff as one would think of when referencing a more affordable cashmere. It is somewhere in between J.Crew cashmere cardigan and J.Crew cashmere blanket soft. The blankets are crazy soft, and then the ultimate soft level is Loro Piana sweater.
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On the other hand, the colour is a true burgundy. Not the vague ‘wine’ colour brands generically name on their products if it is remotely dark red. (A crimson red is what typically constitutes the sad dark red they try to pass as the hue.) This tone of the warm hue is rich and almost has the feeling of you wanting checking your gums and teeth to see if they are tinted from all the wine you had. That is how decadent this colour is. In other words, impressively show-stopping.
The ultimate thing I love about cashmere wraps is how you can style them in various methods. Namely:
- The poncho wrap style
- Intertwined in both arms
- On your shoulders
- Over your head and shoulders
- Over your head and shoulders wrap around the neck
- As a scarf including all the ways to tie it as such
- And my favourite, the movie star who throws the ends behind her
It is perfect for keeping you warm on a plane, a roadtrip, at the airport, at an evening event, and even in daytime, or if you are nursing. If you want to forego a certain style covering up your evening look while still staying warm, this is the fabulous go-to I tend to learn toward. In addition, I am really appreciating the look of wearing this over a dress shirt as the deliberate mysterious woman at work. This cashmere wrap definitely elevates your style.
In my Hawes & Curtis Executive Shirt Haul, I styled a cashmere crew neck sweater over my Winchester shirt in order as I copied Lauren Santo Domingo. It was such a chic look that you can only do with a really high quality natural fibre sweater. Doing this with a wrap takes this to the next level.
There are so many other options of cashmere blended with silk, 100% silk options, and of course more colours in cashmere. Depending on which hue you use, the darker makes it more mysterious. I think burgundy is also perfect to go from day to night, and to wear with pastels. It keeps the clothing colours feminine even if you are wearing lighter reds, pinks, or other light shades. It might be hard to picture, but burgundy is the best darkest colour to pair with other colours to keep the outfit feminine and less aggressive.
My goal here genuinely was not to look exceedingly glamorous, or to try to look expensive. It was more of a utility purchase considering that I needed something multifaceted for traveling, work, and everyday. I had this in my cart for months before purchasing — as I regularly do when shopping — because I really think through all the outfits I can get out of this piece. Also, it is something I plan to keep on wearing forever.
The quality so far has not failed me. Yes, the dark shade is not ideal if you have a cat, but I am onto my next purchase looking for the best garment brush that can help maintain my clothes. Sign up to my newsletter to make sure you do not miss the post!
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