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Johnstons of Elgin Classic Cashmere V-Neck Sweater - 21-Gauge (For Women)

Closeouts The higher the gauge, the finer the yarn, the softer and lighter the sweater. Apply that logic to Johnstons of Elgin's classic cashmere V-neck -- knit from superfine 2- gauge yarns -- and you have a blissfully soft sweater you can wear in almost any season.

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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by morning from ohio on Thursday, February 4, 2016
    This is a very soft sweater and the cashmere feels wonderful on the skin. I purchased the sweater in XL. I usually wear medium or large in other brands, but I always order up in Johnston's of Elgins' sweaters. I purchased the crimson color which is a beautiful reddish pinkish color. It should brighten up a dull grey winter day. The arms of the sweater are a little tight, so I hope the sweater does not shrink.
  • Reviewed by MH from Iowa on Sunday, November 29, 2015
    I've been buying the cable knit V-neck for several years Looks like STP hasn't restocked them so I got this one. I'm very sensitive to wool and have appreciated the softness of the cable knits. This one disappoints. You might not notice if this were your first JofE but I am used to buttery soft. This one has a rougher feeling to it. I'll have to wear something under it, in order to be comfortable. I like the color (Turquoise is really Teal) and am keeping it altho I usually get S, only M was left and it is a little bit too big, especially the v-neck is not ideal for me. Again, probably will require an underlayer and a scarf. But since it was all that is left, what to do? Since STP changed owners, quality and product choice are slipping. Too bad, I've been a customer for over 20 yrs. Shipping charges too. Used to be able to return/exchange for free.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Retired doc from New Hampshire on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    If you want a very high quality cashmere sweater that will last for years if well cared for this it the one to buy. The construction is superb and the feel of the fabric ... well let's just say it is as sensual like a caress. If your size is not immediately available just keep returning because the stock is refreshed often. There is even an option to be notified by email when that happens. Treat yourself royally and get one. You will not be disappointed.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Kino from Colorado on Friday, January 9, 2015
    This is my 6th sweater from Johnstons - all being Christmas presents so my spouse knows exactly what I like! These sweaters are as soft as they claim, and they are accurately described.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Donomom from Ohio on Sunday, December 28, 2014
    This is the second one I have bought, and it is just as wonderful as the first! Sizes run small, I wear a USMedium, bought this in a large. The fit has a nice shaping to it.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Donomom from Ohio on Sunday, December 28, 2014
    This is the second one I have bought, and it is just as wonderful as the first! Sizes run small, I wear a USMedium, bought this in a large. The fit has a nice shaping to it.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Tennis Lady from South carolina on Friday, December 19, 2014
    I love cashmere sweaters. Living in the south I don't need extremely heavy warm clothing so I thought the description of these sweaters sounded perfect. I ordered two v necks in different colors. Both are going back. I usually wear either a small or medium depending on the style. I ordered a medium and it was very snug in the arms as well as the body. I have never had a problem with arms being too small before. They are also on the shorter side length wise which I was ok with because the really long tops are not flattering on me anyway. But the biggest negative was the feel of the yarn itself. It was not soft like most cashmere I've had. It felt a little rough almost like it was a blend with a coarser wool. Mine are going back. Too much money for this level of quality.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by nodnyc from New York CIty on Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Ordered in the Sapphire and Emerald and I love both colors. It isn't a heavy sweater, but it will keep me warm in the winter months of NYC.
    I think they run small...I ordered my typical size Large and it felt too constricted. I decided to try the next size up, and it's more comfortable.
  • Reviewed by Sally from Englewood, CO on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Beautiful sweater that fits very well but the actual color doesn't come close to the website picture. The sweater is definitely blue with a heathery undertone. I got it today and haven't yet decided whether I'm going to send it back because it is high quality.
  • Reviewed by Dandy like a Dandelion from New York on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    I bought these V-neck sweaters for the first time in autumn of 2012. I got them in navy blue and black. Since then they became my most favourite sweaters of all (and I have “a few” to choose from). I follow strictly the provided along by JofE washing instructions and these sweaters only got better with time and with each wash: the yarn blooms (i.e. it opened up and became fluffier and softer), retains its colour and the sweaters have not lost their shape. They pair very well with silk scarves, or a necklace – they are very versatile: dress them up, dress them down.
    But please note: these sweaters are made of thin yarn, they are on a thin side and they are not for -20F winters; they are great for spring and autumn, or for summer over-air-conditioned “chilly Willies” like me.
    When these sweaters in new colors got posted this spring, I just couldn’t object to getting a few. Prior to receiving them, I was already planning which sweater would go with which scarf, and what not. And then there was the: “WOOPS.” The colours turned out to be quite different than they seemed to be; harebell and eau de Nil in particular. The actual colours are much softer, more pastel, washed off, and there is a hint of heather(ing) to them. They are still very nice (but an orange scarf I so much wanted to wear with the harebell blue sweater won’t do it now). There was also a very nice surprise: the sand color looks to me superb; so much so, that I ordered a JofE cardigan in that colour too. I took a photo hoping to show the actual colours more accurately... then there is always a matter of our monitors being properly calibrated for colour.
    Regarding the size, I find them to be accurate; there is only a minute difference between XS and S, and that seems to be only in the tapering of a waistline (I’m 33”-25”-35” in chest-waist-hips and I favour XS). I don’t know how the larger sizes compare but these sweaters, being made in Europe, might have likely been made to fit a traditional sizing (and I trust that other shoppers will post their review offering help on that).
    It truly is my most favourite sweater of all and I highly recommend it.
  • Reviewed by Turtle1969 from Santa Cruz on Thursday, November 14, 2013
    Perfect fit and finish!
  • Reviewed by Steph from Massachusetts on Saturday, September 7, 2013
    beautifully made classic cashmere sweater.
  • Reviewed by Ilovethehunt! from San Jose, Ca on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    This sweater is exquisitely soft, well finished and light weight. I live in a mild climate (Northern California) and don't need or want a heavier sweater, especially in the office. I proceeded to order this sweater in navy and red (a beautiful deep ruby color) after I purchased the "natural" color. I am quite pleased with the quality of this garment and the sale price was attractive as well - highly recommend this to anyone looking for a lightweight, tailored sweater.
  • Reviewed by Dog Lover from Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, July 2, 2013
    Soft and warm and light. Neck is low enough to accommodate a shirt in the winter
  • Reviewed by lisa from hawaii on Thursday, April 11, 2013
    This sweater is lovely in all regards. The medium I ordered was true to size. I know this brand always has great quality and this sweater is no exception. The cashmere is so much superior to so many other brands. The fit is excellent, just right, a little shaped.

    A good buy. Would love to see it in more colors, maybe some soft heathered shades.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by KDS from North Carolina on Wednesday, January 2, 2013
    Two things:
    1. The sizing runs very small. I'd say the L would fit a normal size 8 or a small size 10. I am 5'11" and it was also too short waisted for me. It would be better on someone 5'7" or shorter.

    2. It feels more like a soft shetland wool than cashmere. It is too scratchy to wear next to bare skin. Most of my winter sweaters are cashmere and are far softer than this material. For the price, I'd expect a more luxurious feel.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by luxury lover from LA on Wednesday, December 26, 2012
    Nice color
    Sleeves aren't ribbed high enough
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Skier from Colorado on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    This is the sixth Johnstons of Elgin cashmere sweater I've ordered for my wife. I've never been disappointed!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Shelly from New Paltz, NY on Friday, December 14, 2012
    I am so happy I bought this sweater. I have a couple of cashmere sweaters and this one surpasses the others in quality. It is warm and soft and hasn't pilled yet. It is true that cashmere is everywhere now, but yarn and construction are not he same! The medium fits me perfectly. I am 5'6" and 128 pounds with 35" bust. I would highly recommend buying this sweater and thank you STP for making it an affordable purchase!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by SAM from New York, NY on Saturday, December 8, 2012
    Johnstons of Elgin is one of the top cashmere mills and makers in the world. I always used to lust after their V necks on their website but I was never able to afford them. Thanks to Sierra I own a few of them and I'm so happy with them. Great quality, light but not thin and I get compliments on them everywhere I go. It's great for casual wear when you want to feel luxurious.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by cashmere lover from los angeles, ca on Monday, December 3, 2012
    have purchased many cashmere items from this company, and am surprised at the performance of this sweater. this xxl size was measured against a us made medium, and was almost exactly the same.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Woman of the Pines from Duluth MN on Saturday, December 1, 2012
    I was excited about this high-end cashmere sweater because it looked like it would be a wonderful basic. However, the knit is SO rough and scratchy, I cannot believe it's cashmere. I was extremely disappointed, especially for the price of the product. It's going back.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Pat from Chicago on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
    Soft and classy. Love this sweater.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Older and wiser from Littleton, MA on Thursday, November 1, 2012
    This is as advertised, very good quality cashmere. Cashmere is everywhere and most of it is so junky. Cashmere should not pill. At all. Most does. This doesn't. The fabric's hand is even and smooth. I haven't washed mine yet, but by the feel of the fabric, this will "bloom" with a gentle wash, and become even softer. Love the more modern details like hemmed cuff and tail.

    SO happy I bought this sweater! SO happy to be able to afford it because of STP!
    • Best Uses: Casual, Work
    • Cons: none
    • Pros: Clean lines, Light but warm, No pilling, Roomy Enough For A Blouse
  • Reviewed by Dandy like a Dandelion from New York on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    It's a classic V-neck sweater (the V-décolleté looks narrower and deeper on me than it does in the picture – and I actually prefer the narrow look); it pairs very well with a skirt or pants, and looks great complemented by a scarf or a necklace; it can be dressed up or down. The fabric is of a standard softness and thickness for this type of sweaters. Size S is about 22.5" long, which is a very practical length (not too long and not too short), sleeves are on a longer side (which I'm happy with). I'm truly happy with the products Sierra has to offer - many thanks.
    • Best Uses: Dress it down, Dress it up
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