Review: Naadam wool cashmere sweaters

I’ve never been a fan of wool or cashmere sweaters.

They’ve always been too itchy, too expensive, and too hard to care for. At least, that’s what I thought. It always puzzled me that people willingly wore wool and cashmere in the winter. Were they in on some secret I didn’t know? And why oh why, is cashmere lauded as the most luxe of fabrics when anytime I put it on, it makes me feel like I’m being pricked by a thousand needles? And for these reasons, I’ve avoided wool and cashmere sweaters for the most part. Until now.

I first heard of the brand, Naadam on Instagram (naturally). After landing on their site and seeing their claims of soft and sustainable cashmere, my curiosity was piqued. I wasn’t ready to buy just yet, so I kept a mental bookmark on the brand. Then winter arrived and I craved serious warmth. I went back on Naadam’s site and picked out two of the coziest looking sweaters, knowing that there was a pretty good chance that I would be returning them for being too itchy (despite all their claims). To be fair, I’ve been disappointed many a times when brands throw around the word “soft” and “cozy” in their product descriptions.

Anyway, I knew it was time to do some detective work. Either way, I planned to turn my findings into a blog post. So here it is. My honest thoughts about Naadam sweaters.

My review

Oversize ribbed wool cashmere sweater in pebble

Price: $195

I often see sweaters on the market that are mostly synthetic fibers that cost just as much as this one, if not more. I also see wool/cashmere sweaters on the market that are mixed with synthetic fibers that cost double or more than the price of this one. So $195 for a wool/cashmere sweater that’s going to be a winter staple for years to come is not such a hefty price to pay.

Size: x-small

Material composition: 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere blend

Initial thoughts: I like the oversized fit, the neutral/very chic “pebble” color, and the perfectly loose turtleneck. If this is as soft as it looks, I’m going to live in this all winter.

Pros: Very soft and very warm. There’s no itchy feeling at all. And if I want to, I could totally wear this comfortably without a long sleeve tee layered underneath (I like this one from Everlane). But I won’t do that because it’s winter and I need all the layering I can get. It’s so warm that I can wear just a long sleeve tee underneath this sweater with my jacket over it all without a scarf, and be warm to the point of sweating. The loose turtleneck is a really good sub for a scarf, by the way. It also feels like I have a blanket wrapped around me, which is the next best thing to staying in bed. And, isn’t that what we all want to feel like in the winter time?

Cons: I honestly don’t have one complaint about this. However, it would be nice to see this style in a wider range of colors. I do hope this remains a part of their permanent collection.

Ribbed cashmere crewneck in white

Price: $150

Size: small (glad I went up a size to accomodate for the shorter hem in the front)

Material composition: 90% merino wool and 10% cashmere blend

Initial thoughts: I like that it’s cropped but totally wearable for work. The boxiness is just right. And, should I have gotten this in gray instead of white??

Pros: Same as the other sweater. Very soft and very warm. And definitely no itchy feeling at all. The thick crewneck really keeps in all the warmth and keeps the boxiness from looking sloppy. This fit is near perfect for a sweater and I basically want it in all the colors. Now, all I have to do is to remember to avoid sauces and soups when wearing this or just be very careful.

Cons: I originally wanted it to be like half an inch longer in the front. But, the length is actually perfect for high-wasted jeans/pants. If I went with my usual size, xs then I would definitely want it would be a bit too cropped. Good thing I went a size up. All in all, no complaints here.

Final thoughts

I’m really impressed.

I had low expectations and these Naadam sweaters totally delivered on their claims.

Their pricing is not as transparent as Everlane’s but what you get is great value compared to all the overpriced sweaters out there. Not to mention, the unbelievable quality of their wool and cashmere.

And, their sustainability efforts? Well, that’s just the cherry on top.

Guess you’ll find me happily wearing cashmere and wool all winter.

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See you in my next post!

Sophie 🙂

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