Cashmere and the Comfort Zone

imageI like the comfort zone. It’s not what I value the most in life, but given the option, I prefer to be comfortable. The comfort zone, of course, is that range of temperature which is neither too hot nor too cold. For most people that range is somewhere between 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

OK, so when you first read those words – comfort zone – you may have been thinking about something other than your physical comfort and the weather. According to Peter McWilliams, the comfort zone is also “our arena of thoughts and actions within which we feel comfortable–all the things we’ve done (or thought) often enough to feel comfortable doing (or thinking) again. Anything we haven’t done (or thought) often enough to feel comfortable doing lies outside the parameters of the comfort zone. When we do (or think) these things (basically, anything new) we feel uncomfortable.” In this respect, we all know that getting out of our comfort zone is the only way to grow, improve, and achieve our dreams.

But getting back to that other comfort zone…..Short of being in the comfort zone I would rather be a little bit too warm rather than cold, which is good, because it is usually easier to get back into the comfort zone when it’s cold, rather than too warm, because you can simply add layers of clothing or clothing that is more thermal until you have reached that point of comfort. Wow, that sentence has a lot of layers. To summarize, adding layers has a higher limit than reducing layers of clothing….if you know what I mean.

As mentioned in a previous post to this blog, my favorite fiber or fabric to layer with is cashmere.  If you’ve worn much cashmere, you probably feel the same way.   Cashmere comes from the fleece of goats living in the high uplands of Central Asia, including China, Mongolia and other countries.  The luxurious fibers are gently gathered from the goats by carefully hand-combing their fleece.  Cashmere is one of the most valued and exquisite animal hairs because of its incredible softness.  Cashmere can be knit – as for sweaters and scarves, or it can be woven – as for tailored clothing, from luxury suits to sport jackets and outerwear.

While it comes with a luxury price tag, quality cashmere more than pays for itself because it is pure pleasure to wear and is actually very practical.  When properly cared for, quality cashmere will provide you with warmth, comfort, and elegance for many years and can be worn from early Fall through late Spring in most climates.

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In addition to cashmere, wool flannel, a great tweed, Camel’s hair or Alpaca, and corduroy are also great choices to add a layer of stylish warmth.  A custom car coat made from wool flannel or a Fall/Winter sport jacketing cloth is sure to add to your personal style and be easy to wear over everything from a smart casual look to your favorite suit.

All that being said, if you have yet to try cashmere, may I suggest that you get out of that other comfort zone – do something different – and get into the zone of real comfort this Fall and Winter by wearing some clothing made with cashmere.

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