Editorial » Cashmere
While many people think of Buffalo Plaid as a statement from the American West, its origins in fact hail from the Rob Roy tartan of Clan McGregor in Scotland. A descendent of the Scottish clan ultimately settled in Montana and brought with him the classic textile. This relative traded heavy woven blankets in the style of his family's infamous black and raid plaid tartan for buffalo pelts, giving way to the nickname "buffalo plaid."While we Americans refer to the pattern as plaid, the correct term is in fact tartan. It is said that the Cheyenne and Sioux warriors that traded with Jock McCluskey, the Scottish descendant in Montana, could not properly pronounce the Gaelic word pladger, meaning tartan, and instead referred to the textiles as plaid. The Indians were in awe of the deep red color in the original tartan and believed it to be dyed with the blood of McCluskey's prey and conquests. These American Indians wore this McGregor tartan in battle for protection and good luck.
The Complete Guide to Caring for your Cashmere
All wool materials have special properties unique to the specific type of fiber as well as the type of weave of the textile. One of the most iconic and recognizable woolen fibers is cashmere. Cashmere is a special material that, if cared for properly, will last for a very long time.
As with any natural fiber, it is imperative that you care for your cashmere carefully and with love in order to maximize its lifespan. A cashmere textile should last through countless seasons and wears if treated with care.
Common Cashmere Issues Include:
We are conditioned to think that pilling is a sign of low quality; however, this simply isn't the case. Pilling is a natural characteristic of cashmere due to the long fibres in the material. Using a product such as a cashmere comb or sweater stone can easily remove the pills and leave your cashmere looking good as new! A cashmere comb is ideal for more delicate weaves while the sweater stone is best suited for heavier knits and blankets. We recommend purchasing your cashmere care products from The Laundress.
The easiest way to remove fold lines and creases from your cashmere or knit textiles is by turning the piece inside out (if applicable) and ironing on the lowest setting. A clean, dry cloth should be placed between the iron and the cashmere to protect the textile. The iron should never come into direct contact with the wool fibers.
You can also use a handheld steamer on your cashmere but be sure to lay the piece flat to dry afterwards from any residual water from the steam.
All stains to your woven wool/cashmere pieces should be taken to a specialist for removal. Never attempt to spot clean yourself as it may damage the fibers and cause the stain to "set" into the fabric.
While many sources suggest that your cashmere good may be handwashed, all of our Worthington Corners collections are woven textiles, and hand washing a delicately woven piece can lead to irreparable damage.
Never store your cashmere pieces on a hanger! Hanging a cashmere or wool garment can cause the fibers to stretch. When out of season, cashmere and wool textiles should be folded and placed in a breathable cotton bag and then stored in a cool, dry place. Preferably, in a spare room or top of a closet as opposed to under the bed. Placing a sheet of tissue paper between each piece also allows for any excess moisture to be absorbed.
Do not store wool in a plastic bag as wool is a natural fiber and needs to be able to breathe. The Laundress sells easy, zip-closure all purpose storage bags safe to for use with cashmere/wool or you can pick up natural cotton storage bags in various sizes from your local Container Store.
Pro Tip: Always add a few cedar wood balls to your cashmere storage. Cedar naturally prevents damage to your textiles from moths and mildew.
Though herringbone may be traditionally thought of as a print most appropriate for winter, I've found myself wearing the honey beige scarf from our Herringbone Collection all spring. The spring weather here in Dallas has been unseasonably cool, as with much of the United States, and this piece has been my go-to for a spring look that is still efficiently warm.
While my winter wardrobe is mostly varying shades of black and grey, I love to wear brown in the spring and fall. The creamy beige shades woven in our herringbone scarf pair beautifully with both dark and cognac shades of brown. The warmth feels so appropriate for the spring season! I paired the honey beige herringbone scarf with a light cream linen sweater with bell sleeves, frayed Frame skinny jeans, and nude YSL Tribute sandals. The look felt fresh and classic at the same time.
Interested in recreating this look? The most important items are the herringbone scarf and the nude sandals. Both are must-haves in my closet!
Whether its a friend or family's ornament exchange or a laid back white elephant gift exchange with the girls, a "go-to" holiday season casual look is a must!
Holiday looks don't require the incorporation of red and green clothing to be festive. Some of our favorite holiday looks are created from a neutral combination. This particular ensemble features black, ivory, and grey tones.
Leather pants are a fun take on jeans that can elevate any outfit and bring an additional level of interest. The ivory turtleneck is a beautiful neutral palette to showcase our light grey and ivory herringbone scarf. The herringbone scarf is an eye-catching piece that stands out on the black and ivory color palette we've designed here. The lace up flats are a bit fancier and more exciting than a plain ballet flat but more casual (and comfortable!) than a heel. The gold heel tips are a fun extra detail that adds a bit of holiday flair!
See the links below for outfit details:
- Worthington Corners Herringbone Collection scarf (Light Grey)
- Rag & Bone Skinny Leather Ankle Pants (Black)
- Theory Ribbed Knit Turtleneck Sweater (Ivory)
- Aquazzura Christy Lace Up Flats (Black)
Use the hashtag #worthingtoncorners to show us your unique holiday party style on Instagram!
The black cashmere scarf can be worn in a varieties of ways from overtop your favorite athleisure style to a more elevated business or evening look. In this particular occasion I've gone for a classic black and white look. Our cashmere collection is warm and soft without being too thick or bulky which, in my opinion, makes it the perfect piece to pair with a sweater dress or even a sweater with more of a cowl neck style. To compliment the dress here, I've worn the scarf untied however it can easily loop around the neck for a different style as well.