The 12 Best Cashmere Sweaters of 2023

Cashmere is the G.O.A.T. (get it?) of attainable luxury.

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We all know the ease of slipping into a great sweater. It feels cozy and familiar, offering a sense of comfort akin to that of a decades-spanning friendship. But today, I'm specifically spotlighting cashmere women's sweaters. Produced from the soft undercoat of certain breeds of goats found in mountains around the world, including Mongolia, China, and Australia, cashmere wool is inherently refined and a rare resource—hence the steep price tag on 100 percent cashmere products. But as our former Accessories Editor Katie Attardo (opens in new tab) puts it, "Lightweight, warm, and soft, cashmere is an attainable luxury." She's right; the natural characteristics of the fiber, when partnered with quality production and manufacturing, leave us with beautifully crafted knitwear that is softer, warmer, and more delicate than its scratchy wool counterparts. And, as you'll discover below, some of 2023's best cashmere sweaters come with surprisingly affordable price tags, too.

Find your next go-to, forever knit from our favorite cashmere sweaters ahead. Whether you're in need of a statement silhouette or are leaning towards a more neutral addition, I've got you covered—because there's never a wrong time to invest in quality cashmere.

The Best Cashmere Sweaters

Emma Childs
Style Editor

Emma Childs is the Style Editor at Marie Claire, where she researches up-and-coming trends, curates shopping guides, and gushes about the must-buy items she can't stop thinking about. She previously wrote for TZR, Editorialist, Elite Daily, and Mission Magazine and studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University. When she's not writing up fashion deep-dives or finding the season's best pieces, you'll find her fiddling around in Photoshop and perusing HBO Max for the next show to base her personality on (currently, it's "Succession").