Simple and Classic or Modern and Stylish? The Caroline Crew Neck

We don’t believe in “fast fashion” cashmere sweaters that are made with inferior raw materials, cheap construction methods, and underpaid workers.

Our sweaters are made with the best yarns in the world. They are knit and hand finished in Scotland with meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail.

If you’re building a wardrobe with “fewer, better things,” you’ll need a few versatile, simple basics for a foundation; and the crew neck cashmere sweater is a great place to start.

Our crew neck pullover is a foundation wardrobe piece that can go from weekend casual to office polished to evening dressy. It’s a must have in building a wardrobe with “fewer, better things”.

Now, I sometimes hear that this simple sweater is just too boring; that it’s too old-fashioned and dated to wear today.

Well the crew neck is in fact a classic.

It’s a piece that Audrey Hepburn was often photographed in – but it’s also a look for today: one of Angelina Jolie’s favorite “uniform pieces” is a beige round neck sweater.

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If you are going to master the art of dressing with fewer, better things, you need to start with the basics and use your creativity and imagination.

A simple piece like the crew neck pullover can go from totally casual to red carpet ready. It all depends on the pants or skirt you pair it with and the accessories you add.

Let me walk you through 5 modern looks, with some of the most fashionable women around,  to show you how it works.

For starters, the crew neck pullover is the winter equivalent of your best white tee. You can pair it with jeans for a look that is totally casual, but still stylish.

Below you will find Jessica Alba looking effortlessly pulled together. She wears her crew neck sweater with gray jeans and rain boots. The final style touches are the scarf and cross body purse.

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Angelina Jolie takes her uniform outfit to all black for travel.

The black cashmere sweater and black stretch pants are so simple and stylish, yet comfortable and practical. She adds a few finishing touches – sunglasses and bag – and the look is anything but ordinary.

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If you want  a more polished, dressy look, try your crew neck with a pencil skirt.

Below, Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely pairs her crew neck with a statement asymmetrical print and black heels. It’s a deceptively simple outfit that just about anyone can put together.

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Glamour Magazine gives its take on styling the round neck in an article titled What to Wear to Work Tomorrow: A Floral-Print Dress, a Crew Neck Sweater, and Pointy-Toe Pumps.

They say,

Layer a thin crewneck sweater over a short-sleeve floral-print dress to create a look that’s perfect for the temperature both inside and outside the office. Finish with pointy-toe pumps and a sleek structured shoulder bag.

The concept is the same – pair a basic crew neck sweater with a great dress. Add a couple of simple accessories and your look is totally polished.

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If you want to add a bit of edge to your classic outfits, you can follow Black Lively’s lead.

She pairs her black cashmere round neck with a leather skirt and strappy sandals for a trendy downtown look. Sure, it’s monochrome…but it’s a head-turning look.

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And finally, the basic cashmere crew neck is so versatile you can even take it to the red carpet. Below Natalie Portman looks stunning when she pairs her elegant cashmere sweater with a long, metallic gown.

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We think our Caroline Cashmere Crew Neck is the perfect starting place for any wardrobe.

The fit of the Caroline is perfectly versatile – snug enough to wear comfortably under a blazer, but not too tight to wear on its own.

Of course, the crew neck design provides cozy warmth, but the 2-ply weight makes it a great layering piece. We knit our Caroline Crew Neck at 21 gauge – much tighter than crew necks of ordinary quality.

This gives our sweaters a silky, smooth drape and helps ensure that they won’t lose their shape over time.

Sure, it’s simple. Sure it’s a classic. But as you’ve seen, the most stylish women in the world are using it as a foundation piece for their most modern, eye-catching looks.

If you are looking for a size and color of our Caroline Crew Neck that’s already sold out, please contact me by phone (888-343-6771) or email (info@isleofskyecashmere.com).

More are on the way from Scotland, and I will hold one for you.

Rita Jones
Founder and Owner – Isle of Skye Cashmere