Today I’m going to let you in on one of my all-time favorite style hacks: how I score preppy basics like this Ralph Lauren cable knit cashmere sweater for around 50% of their retail cost. It’s not a flash sale site or a promo code, so it’s something you can do year-round. Ready for it? Meet me in the boys’ department.
I own a handful of Ralph Lauren women’s cable knit cashmere sweaters (you can see two I lived in on our honeymoon) and I think the classic style and quality speak for themselves. But at $398, they’re definitely a splurge, until a couple girlfriends recently clued me in on a little secret: Ralph Lauren sells the same style in boys’ sizes 8-20 for $195. Yes, even in bright pink!
Now the fit is definitely a little boxier in the body, but I might actually prefer that to the super slim fit of the women’s style (in which I usually size up from an XS to a small). But the length, sleeve circumference, and quality are all virtually indistinguishable between the two.
In terms of sizing, here’s what I recommend: the women’s XS is comparable to a boys’ medium, a women’s small would be a boys’ large, and a women’s medium would be a boys’ XL. Oh and obviously double check to make sure you’re in the boys’ 8-20 department and not ages 2-7. 😉
I haven’t tried this with other styles yet, but I love knowing I can score two cable knit cashmere sweaters for the cost of one and no one would ever know the difference (er, you know, until this blog post). I could see this trick working just as well on this classic flag sweater too. Have you tried buying from the boys’ department before? Do tell!
Ralph Lauren cable knit cashmere sweater (wearing boys’ size medium)
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