When I think of the epitome of luxury, I think of cashmere. It's a fabric I idealized when I started working in fashion eight years ago. In my mind, I would have officially "made it" when I could afford cashmere loungewear. While the verdict's still out on whether or not I've officially "made it" — do people who've "made it" still consult their mom every time they cook chicken? — I am now the proud owner of cashmere loungewear thanks to Quince.
The minimalist brand is dedicated to creating high-quality, sustainably focused, and affordable pieces that blend well with the items you already own. Quince offers a range of products, like home goods, menswear, and accessories, but perhaps its most notable category is its affordable cashmere — though I've got my eyes on its $20 silk, too.
Shop now: $50; onequince.com
Quince is also dedicated to transparency, which is why it lists the traditional retail price next to every piece of cashmere clothing it sells, Everlane-style. Since the brand doesn't mark up its Grade A Mongolian cashmere (you can learn more cashmere quality here), shoppers are able to purchase styles for 50 percent less than they might pay elsewhere. And as I can attest, lower prices do not equal lower quality.
I own the Mongolian Shrunken Cashmere Sweatshirt, and if you only buy one thing from Quince, make it this — especially now, since it's finally back in stock. It's under $60, super flattering, and really versatile. I wear it on repeat with leggings, jeans, and silk midi skirts, depending on my mood. Despite its lightweight and breathable design, it's been keeping me warm and toasty since November.
Shop now: $60; onequince.com
If you feel like splurging, I suggest also buying the matching Mongolian Cashmere Sweatpants, which I wear two or three times a week. Yes, they're soft and comfortable, but they're also flattering, and they always make me feel put together. Paired with the sweatshirt, it creates the type of sweatsuit you might choose over jeans for brunch (remember brunch?). That's not just because it's a comfortable outfit, but also because it nails that effortlessly cool street-style look.