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Wearing Cashmere in the Rain

The old adage says spring showers bring summer flowers, but the topsy-turvy nature of this changing season has meant that a lot of us are still reaching for our winter wardrobe even in what’s supposed to be the springtime months. Cashmere overcoats have been a longstanding staple in a fashionable man’s wardrobe and are almost always serving to be an excellent outdoorsy option for the cooler winter months. Fortunately, the cooler springtime conditions mean that it’s still an appropriate option. However, when it gets wet, there’s a problem that needs addressing as quickly as possible.



Brushing the Coat

While cashmere has a natural water resistance, that’s not to say it won’t be dried out and cracked by rainwater over time: especially if that water is allowed to penetrate the coarse fibres of the coat and become stagnant. This is why it’s absolutely essential to give the cashmere coat a thorough brushing immediately after getting in from the rain. There’s really no time to waste here: it literally is an immediate requirement.

Every man who owns a cashmere coat should make the proper investment in a boar bristle brush. These provide the necessary friction against the material to remove built-up dirt and water while still being delicate enough so as to not tarnish the outer layer of the material. While the greater majority of boar bristle brushes will be suitable for cashmere, those designed for coats will usually have directional arrows that guide users in the direction it should be used and are well-worth the premium for first time buyers.

Hanging

Cashmere should be hung in an upright position, which will allow the rainwater to follow gravity downwards and eliminate itself along the lower seams or through the stitching along the lowest areas. This is essentially what will happen during the brushing process, but as an added measure, owners should leave their coats to hang overnight to ensure they’re thoroughly dried and presentable for their next wear.



Dry Cleaning Cashmere

When all else fails, cashmere is suitable for dry cleaning and will have to be taken to the nearest professional dry cleaner for servicing. This is fortunately rare for the majority of lighter rainfalls, but a thorough drenching will require additional treatment that a brush simply cannot cover. While cashmere is very hardy in wet conditions, it shouldn’t be worn during torrential rainfalls where more suitably a raincoat or other protective gear should be your first line of defense.

 

Hope this article sheds some light on the riddle of wearing cashmere in the rain. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Michael Snell

Loving father and husband