*I was gifted these sweaters for review but all opinions are my own.
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know I LOVE Everlane. I’ve been a fan of theirs for years – almost since they first launched. I think they do a great job at making high quality pieces at a great price. I discovered NAADAM more recently but they are quickly becoming a favorite. NAADAM also offers high quality pieces at a decent price. Both Everlane and NAADAM sell an ethically made and affordable cashmere crew-neck sweater and I happen to have both so we are going to find out which cashmere sweater is THE BEST!
Everlane Cashmere Sweater vs. NAADAM Cashmere Sweater
Everlane Cashmere Sweater
Everlane uses Grade-A cashmere that is sourced from Inner Mongolia and made in a factory in China. You can read more about the factory where the cashmere pieces are made here. According to the website, Everlane cashmere is 15 microns wide and 35 millimeters in length – which means the threads are long and soft. (Longer threads means less pilling).
The Cashmere Crew sweater is 100% cashmere with the trimmings containing a mix of cashmere, nylon, and elastane to give it some stretch. It comes in 11 colors and in sizes XXS to XXL. The Everlane Cashmere Crew is priced at $120 (there was recently a price increase – it used to be $100). Everlane offers the cashmere crew in men’s sizes but it’s priced at $140.
Feel and Fit
I have the Cashmere Crew size Small in Whisky (there’s a similar Pecan color available now). I would say it fits true to size. If you like your sweaters to be looser and more oversized I would size up. I found the sweater to be pretty lightweight. It almost feels like a merino sweater to me. The sweater is soft and not itchy. HOWEVER, it’s not as soft as I would expect a 100% cashmere sweater to be. It kind of just feels like a non-itchy wool sweater. I’ve worn this sweater a few times and hand washed it and there are some pills but nothing a sweater comb can’t fix.
NAADAM Cashmere Sweater
NAADAM specializes in cashmere so there’s a lot more info on where and how they source their cashmere on this page. NAADAM also sources their cashmere from Mongolia and manufacturing is completed at a facility in China. NAADAM also uses thin and long cashmere fibers that are about 15 microns wide.
NAADAM’s cashmere sweater is 100% cashmere and comes in 14 colors (color options and offerings vary throughout the year) and sizes XXS to XXL. NAADAM’s cashmere sweater is prices at $75.
Feel and Fit
NAADAM used to over this sweater in a unisex size but has since reworked it and now offers it in a true woman’s fit. I’m wearing it in the women’s fit but they also offer men’s sizes.
I have NAADAM’s cashmere sweater size small in camel. It fits true to size. This sweater is very soft with a slightly fuzzy feel. It is thicker than the Everlane sweater but still lightweight. The NAADAM cashmere sweater isn’t itchy at all. I would say it’s a more relaxed fit than the Everlane size small.
I’ve worn my NAADAM sweater a few times and there is some pilling but nothing that can’t be removed with a sweater comb. I do feel like there’s less pilling than the Everlane sweater though.
Above you can see the Everlane Cashmere Sweater (on the left) and the NAADAM Cashmere Sweater (on the right). This is what they look like after multiple wears (and slightly wrinkled from laying on my floor – oops!).
The winner of this cashmere battle is NAADAM. The NAADAM cashmere is softer, slightly less itchy, and thicker than the Everlane cashmere. Plus it’s $75 compared to $120! I would definitely pick up a few of the NAADAM cashmere sweater before they raise the price because it really is a steal!