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Cozy Up to Our Cashmere Picks, All Under $100

Michelle Williams in Vogue, October 2011, wearing a J. Crew cashmere cardigan

Marilyn famously stated that she wears nothing but Chanel No 5 to bed, but if we had it our way, we’d wear pajamas made of cashmere to bed, to play and just about everything in between. Getting a cashmere sweater is one of the most popular, but we all know that it’s also one of the most expensive things you can buy when you’re out shopping. Thankfully, fast fashion chains have been catering to our need for the good stuff and stores such as Uniqlo (famous for their budget-friendly cashmere) and even H&M are offering soft, plush cashmere options that boast price tags in the double digits. So instead of waiting for the after-Christmas J. Crew cashmere sale (we know you’ve already marked it on your calendars) snag one of our stylish cashmere picks, all for under $100 and all available right now.

H&M Cashmere Sweater

Reigning champ of fast fashion H&M is upping the game on quality. You might just think of the chain as the place to go for high-end collabs and fall-apart trend-driven pieces, but the brand has been adding more and more high-quality pieces to their lineup. The Cashmere Sweater ($59.95) is evidence of the upgrade. Not only is the sweater knit of 100% cashmere, it’s got a great detail in the weave that makes it look perforated — tr©s Alexander Wang, if you ask us — and it’s available in soft dusty colors as well as basic black. In addition to cashmere, H&M’s added real leather bags, tailored suiting in the men’s department and more. Just look for the Premium Quality label and you’ll be avoiding the fast fashion and investing in a piece that’s made to last.

Available at H&M.

Uniqlo V Neck Sweater Colorblock

While L.A. is still waiting for its very own Uniqlo outlet (we presume that we’ll be waiting plenty long), folks in the Bay Area and the New York Area know all about the wonders of Uniqlo cashmere. No matter the location, shoppers are sure to be greeted by an entire wall of rainbow-colored cashmere. Crewneck, V-neck, solid, striped, men, women, it’s all there and it all rings in under our $100 cap. Our pick for the season is the V Neck Sweater Colorblock ($79.90), which channels the sporty feel that we saw at Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney’s latest runway shows.

Available at Uniqlo.

Aqua Cashmere Sweater

Aqua, which is an in-house brand at Bloomingdale’s, has been expanding from offering only on-trend pieces to becoming a brand that young professionals can count on for basics to wear to work and more fun, flirty pieces for after 5:00.

Along with a change on their old scripty logo and a capsule collection with New York designing duo Vena Cava, the brand’s added an entire cashmere category to its offerings. Our favorite this season is the Cashmere Sweater – High Low Exposed Seam ($99), which is a long description for a short (in the front) sweater. Exposed seams give the piece some interest and the high low hem show off whatever you wear under and with it.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Joe Fresh Stripe Scoop Neck Cashmere Sweater

Canadian import Joe Fresh is making waves by opening an army of shop-in-shops with JC Penny here in the states. That’ll give them access to a huge audience — hear that, Uniqlo? — without constructing huge stores all over the country. JF is keeping it fresh, however, by building a few monumental stores in New York and hosting pop-up shops here in L.A. to fªte their partnership with JC Penny. The brand’s cashmere is just as comfortable and cozy as brands that are double or triple the price, and on-trend styles, such as the Scoop Neck Cashmere Sweater ($79) mean you won’t have to spend a lot to get in the trends, whether they’re argyle one season and stripes the next, because Joe Fresh offers it all.

Available at Joe Fresh.

Halogen Roll Neck Cashmere Sweater

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Cheap Thrills: Photographer Renee Cascia’s Bold Flats

Topshop Voltaire Pointed Shoe

Summer’s statement-making gladiators and woven wedges are ripe for seasonal storage, but that doesn’t mean that the upcoming season can’t have a little bit of fun. For photographer Renee Cascia, no matter what season it is, lugging equipment and getting that perfect shot means hoofing it in flat shoes. And while black ballerinas have their place, there’s no reason not to add a little bit of fun and flair to your footwear with an unexpected flat.

As a female photographer I want to be comfortable while shooting on set with very heavy cameras, so flats are a must,” says Renee Cascia. “Flats are a staple in my shoe closet, I love flats with details and of different colors and textures. The bold flats emphasize my fun personality while staying comfortable during photoshoots.”

The Topshop Voltaire Pointed Shoe ($25) might look like an over-the-top option, but treat the shoes like a neutral color and you can pair them with just about any of your fall go-tos. Skinny jeans, swingy skirts and more will play off the feminine shape of the shoes while boyfriend jeans and more edgy options can take advantage of their unique finish and texture.

Available at Topshop.

Renee Cascia

Ask her about love and she€™ll tell you about photography.

Renee Cascia finds no greater joy than moving through life with a camera in her hand and making moments last a lifetime. A born-and-bred Buffalo New Yorker, but California girl at heart, Renee has worked with ELLE, GQ, Harper€™s Bazaar, Glamour and Food & Wine and more. She€™s lent her talents and trained eye to big brands like Nike, Versace, Gucci and e-commerce powerhouses as fashion photography has a way of moving her like nothing else.

As member of several organizations and a passion for spreading the beauty of photography to youth through her work with the Boys and Girls Club and through Art Therapy for at risk youth, Renee never questions life€™s picturesque or moving moments €” she just captures them.

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Monday Muse: Halston’s History Inspires Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Mazelis is based in L.A., and while that’s a world away from the label’s NY roots, it does allow the designer to see real girls wearing the clothes during their own daily grind — whether that includes trips to Studio 54 or not. So with real girls in mind, the collection that Mazelis presented incorporated Halston signatures that were not only updated for today, but also moved her vision for the line forward.

Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Halston Heritage Resort 2015

Suede, one of Halston’s signature fabrics, made an appearance in separates and a covetable trench, which had zero closures but plenty of that luxe louche look that resort collections strive for.

Disco-era staples were in full force, such as those caftans (which looked particularly of the moment) that Halston showed in ’72 and jumpsuits, which are still having their time in the fashion spotlight. This season’s was modernized via a trompe l’oeil tuxedo lapel rendered in embroidery.

The vintage scarves that inspired the collection were reinterpreted through graphic paneling and bright shots poppy and rose. For girls who do head to the dance floor, there were sequined pieces that looked completely modern. Because genuine Halston is so hard to find (and so expensive) when it hits the vintage racks, having to make do with Halston Heritage is no problem at all, especially with great pieces like these.

Shop our favorite Halston Heritage looks: