Reformation makes some of my favorite cashmere sweater dresses: many of them allow for the waist to be easily defined, which is rare for knit pieces; and the fine-gauge cashmere that the brand uses, while not of the highest grade, is warm and passes the stretch test with flying colors.
My latest Reformation purchase is the effortless Walsh Cashmere Knit Minidress, which feels plenty polished on its own, but can be easily dressed up or down in the cooler months.
DETAILS & CONSTRUCTION
The ribbed detail, polo collar with a partial, functioning button placket, and pleated skirt are all subtle touches that elevate the design without overwhelming it. The light gray color (which Reformation named “Husky”) also pairs easily with both bright and neutral color palettes.
The workmanship is fair–the stitching look even and there are no loose threads.
Reformation’s cashmere is lightweight but warm, and uses a blend of 90% recycled cashmere and 10% virgin fibers. The ribbed texture with a brushed appearance adds visual interest but feels soft to the touch.
The material is prone to static cling, so keep dryer sheets on hand and attach a safety pin to reduce some of the static electricity. It’s less of an issue for sweater dresses that are fitted throughout, but as the Walsh has a lightly flared hem, it can be a problem when relative humidity is low.
I am slightly concerned about the material’s potential for pilling, but I haven’t worn it enough to determine its durability. I do plan on cleaning this piece carefully: I have had good results with The Laundress’s cashmere shampoo on other cashmere pieces, so will likely use it for this dress as well.
The style fits true to size: The dress should fit close to, but not hug tightly, the torso, while the skirt should flow more loosely. This dress is available in sizes XS-XL.
Reformation also offers a midi length version of the Walsh Mini Dress, called the Evan Cashmere Sweater Dress, which you can find at Anthropologie, Farfetch, Matches, Net-a-Porter, Reformation, and Shopbop.