Outfit: Red Cashmere Jumper

So this post is mostly going to be about a simple red jumper. I bought this in the Age UK shop in Orpington for £4.99. It was a little worn, but crucially, it’s 50% cashmere, 50% silk, so it feels lovely. I thought it would be a great addition to my red, white and blue holiday wardrobe for my trip.


All I did with this was to gently remove some bobbles and it was good to go.


You already saw it in my pictures from my tour of Yale (along with my rather mad blazer which you can read more about here).

In these pictures I also wore it with a men’s dress shirt that I love, even though it doesn’t fit very well.


I also wore it on the day we visited Hopkins Vineyard in New Preston, CT for some sneaky wine tasting. The vineyard overlooks Lake Waramaug, it’s a beautiful setting.

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I also wore it with a white polo when touring The Breakers, the finest of the Newport, RI mansions. This place was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II at the end of the 19th century with his family’s railway fortune. It’s a stunning place, with more than 70 rooms of opulence (more about it here).


Funny how some of these charity shop pieces end up being so well used. I have worn this several times since getting home, and I think it’s going to be a firm favourite over Christmas too.



  1. Bethsews

    This may be a language thing since I am in USA :) But when you say bobbles, do you mean little fuzzed up pieces of yarn from use? If so, we call those pills! Since I knit, we also use bobbles to refer to a decorative yarn element that is quite deliberately part of the pattern…so when I first read it, I said “oh no! If she does that, she will cut a hole in her sweater!!!”

    On another note, love your blog, so fun to see all the things you do! I usually lurk and don’t comment, but I never miss a post, thanks for sharing with us.

    • charityshopchic

      Hi Beth, thanks for commenting! You are welclome and thank you for continuing to read about my adventures. Yes, I am talking about pilling, which is degradation through wear as you describe. Such a garment would be called ‘bobbled’ or ‘bobbly’ over here. One of these days I will set up a glossary so you can see what I’m on about!

  2. scruffybadger

    I agree with bethsews, I might not leave comments but love what you do, and have to say you’ve inspired me to tackle some charity shop finds for a fancy dress thing coming up. Thanks to you I have lost the fear to take the jacket apart and to buy gents trousers to alter. Thank you!!

    • charityshopchic

      Hi Winnie, I’m so glad you’ve been inspired to do your own charity shopping! I find it’s generally quite a low-risk hobby and therefore doesn’t invoke the same ‘fear’ that I get cutting into expensive fabric. Each to their own though!

  3. goundy

    I’ve been looking for cashmere clothes from op shop for a while but never seem to find anything :(
    I think the homeless have excellent fasion taste and are getting them as soon as they come :@

    • charityshopchic

      It’s certainly possible there are some very well dressed homeless people out there… It’s possible also that high-end items like cashmere sweaters are sold on to clothing dealers or elsewhere when they are donated, and therefore don’t make it to the shops. Keep looking!

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