The knitted cashmere t-shirt: a guide to Old Hollywood dressing

The knitted cashmere t-shirt has been around for decades famously popped under boxy cardigans and accessorised with lashings of neckline pearls. It's one half of the twinset, a pairing as perfect as strawberries and cream. During the 1940s and 50s Hollywood stars clambered to be dressed in the cashmere doublet.  Icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe were constantly papped wearing them on or off set. 

Fast forward to present day and a new generation became acquainted with the style staple via Mad Men. Chanel introduced a dip dyed version that sold like hot cakes across the globe - and it's easy to see why. It's an ageless item of clothing. The true definition of an investment piece. 

Now, some attribute this look to design powerhouses Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli during the 1920s. It's true, the ladies did shine a spotlight on this textile treasure, but its home hails from Scotland where each garment was being created. From here it has been adopted by the world though many adoring fashion fans - transforming into one of the most iconic pieces of clothing anyone could ever own. 

Styling it is simple. Team with jeans for an off duty vibe that oozes luxury or whip out a full tulle skirt and let your inner Hollywood actress run wild. 


Milia shot by Brian Sweeney at home in Edinburgh. Hair and make-up by Molly Jane Sheridan


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