Clashing prints and bold details might be dominating the power suit and statement accessory space right now, but sometimes even the most high-fashion woman wants a classic piece that’s as easy-going as she is.

This winter the go-to classic is the super soft cashmere sweater, preferably in a block-colour with a simple neckline, thick knit and slightly ripped cuff and hem.

Sounds simple, right? But the end result is anything but. Tucked into paper bag pants, worn loose over jeans, belted over a pencil skirt or knotted around your neck, it’s the easiest way to go big in the style stakes – not to mention the most comfortable. (There’s a reason first class airline pyjamas are often cashmere blends, right?)

Women’s Cashmere Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweater, $130. SHOP NOW

For a fibre that’s been synonymous with wealth since the 18th century, it’s a surprisingly hard worker. Originating from the very fine undercoat fibres of the cashmere goat, it’s incredibly warm, durable and lightweight, but at the same time silky soft.

Like any of the finer things in life though, quality matters and different grades of fibre from a host of origins can heavily impact how your cashmere feels when you pull it over your head.

The proof, as they say, is in the touch (GRAZIA’s favourite way to decide a cashmere knit’s thumbs-up factor is whether not we’d be happy to wear it sans tee or slip, just over a bralette. Slightly scratchy? Keep shopping.)

Men’s Cashmere Crew Neck Long Sleeve Sweater, $150. SHOP NOW

We love the current Women’s Cashmere Crew Neck Sweaters at UNIQLO, which at $130 are fine but affordable. The range consists of 14 colours, ranging from versatile cream, grey and black to mustard yellow, merlot pink and aubergine purple.

Our favourite hue though: the soft peachy pink that’s universally flattering and especially striking worn with white. For him: much as we love a zero-effort grey marle, nothing says sexy edge better than jet black.

5 On-TREND ways to style YOUR cashmere jumper this winter

  1. Tucked into paper bag pants
  2. Belted over a pencil skirt
  3. Worn under a printed pants suit
  4. Oversized with cropped jeans and slides
  5. Fitted with ‘80s-style satin track pants

Creative Director: Justine O’Donnell
Videographer: E Michael Wolf
Photographer: Tane Coffin
Stylist: Nicole Adolphe