Goodbye. To The Best Cashmere Sweater I Ever Had.
This is it. No doubt. The best cashmere sweater I ever had. Oh, the navy blue skinny rib turtleneck is nice. The Wilkes Bashford sky blue thick rib turtleneck is pretty, and unique. But this one was my friend.
Worn to the corporate wars for comfort. With a pair of navy blue pleated Armani trousers. Manolo ballet flats. Pearls in the ears and around the neck. Anything from white button downs to small white t-shirts underneath. In this guise, it's pale blue, almost golfish in its conservatism. It's always good to make people think of golf, in corporate life.
Worn on weekends for style. With a pair of flared Seven jeans. And those same flats. I am in the buy-shoes-you-love-and-wear-them-to-death camp. Sweaters too, apparently. In this mode, the pattern feels all Brat Pack, 1950's post-modern, ironic even. A little irony livens up the weekend.
Have taken it to the reweavers. Valiant attempt. One day, the poor little woolen just exploded. Holes in the elbow, under the arms. Cuffs frayed. Stains appeared all at once.
OK. I get it. Into the Goodwill bag. Still a very warm sweater. Still comfortable. Was always comfortable. (Have you ever seen cashmere so thick? Where can I find its mother? Sister? Brother? Was, after all, a men's piece in XS.) Should keep someone cozy in our Northern California version of winter. Besides, if I don't get it out of my drawer, I'm doomed to wear it again some day because it is, Just. Too. Soft.
*This was purchased sometime around the year 2000. Note the Made in China label. We didn't know what we didn't know.