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Jenni Kayne Cocoon Cardigan Review

A Honest Jenni Kayne Cocoon Cardigan Review

The gorgeous Jenni Kayne Cocoon Cardigan has been on my radar for Y-E-A-R-S. I think about purchases for a long time – unless it’s camera gear – and I’ve thought about this one forever.

Instagram ads *aggressively* targeted me during the Jenni Kayne pre-Black Friday sale, so I finally ordered the cashmere cocoon in oatmeal. I recently shared my ‘dream cart’ in my stories as an entry for a Jenni Kayne giveaway, and ended up fielding a lot of questions of …” wait, is that sweater worth it?” Here are my thoughts…

I purchased this sweater myself and am not an ambassador of Jenni Kayne. This post does contain affiliate links, which means if you click through a link and purchase an item I recommend, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Income generated from affiliate links helps support this blog and my content creation. Thank you so much for your support ♥️

Cocoon Sweater Details

Textile Options

Once I dove into the Jenni Kayne website, I was surprised to realize the brand makes several iterations of its coveted Cocoon Cardigan. Apparently the original is a textural Italian yarn blended composed of acrylic, alpaca, polyamide, and wool. Then, there is the cashmere – the one I picked up – in a full-length and cropped version. There’s a lighter-weight alpaca version, a chunky-knit cable version, and lastly, a cotton option.


Most cocoon versions are available in a multitude of curated soft tones and sized from XXS to XXL, with the most popular cashmere cocoon available in an extended size range (up to 3X).

The cardigan is intended to be a relaxed, slouchy fit. I prefer the fit of the large.

My stats: L/XL Top, US12 dress, 32 denim.


The price for the various options ranges from $325 (cropped cocoon) to $445 (cashmere cocoon).

Generally, Jenni Kayne brand partners have an affiliate code that offers 15% off, with the occasional sale for 20% off. Black Friday (NOW) is the best time to shop, with everything marked down 25%, no code needed!

What I Love

When it comes down to it, I’m pretty simple and casual when it comes to my style. I love clothing made from natural fibers in soft neutral colors with a relaxed fit.

Everything about this cashmere sweater feels cozy and luxurious.

It is soft…so soft.

It is lightweight, yet perfectly warm. I am someone who is almost always hot. I love sweaters, but I do not love sweating. There’s magic in these cashmere fibers because I feel insulated when it is chilly, even with a breeze, but feel like it is breathable when things start getting toasty.

It is simple and unfussy, yet feels elevated. I can toss this sweater on over a tank and jeans or leggings, and feel put together.

It has a timeless vibe that makes me feel I can wear it now or in five years, without feeling like I’m wearing last year’s trendy look.

What Makes Me Nervous

First, the fact that this sweater was so expensive makes me nervous in and of itself.

Second, the laundry situation. While technically labeled dry clean, I personally opt to not dry clean clothing because of the health and environmental hazards of chemicals used in the process. I’m careful to fold this sweater up and tuck it away on my sweater shelf so it doesn’t accidentally go through the wash with our regular laundry (Matt typically handles laundry here).

Make sure you educate yourself on proper care for wool and cashmere sweaters – I follow the guidelines from this Martha Stewart post.

Is it Worth It?

The big question of this Jenni Kayne Cocoon Cardigan review – is it worth it?

I don’t know if I can answer that question for you. At this stage of my life, I want to invest in quality wardrobe items that can be worn for a long time from brands that prioritize sustainability and responsible business practices.

I pondered this purchase for a long time because of the price point. I don’t have regrets and I actually already ordered another color. I’m not going to be someone that has a closet piled high with eye-wateringly expensive sweaters, but a pair of sweaters to rotate through seems like a fair compromise and a way to extend the life of the pieces.

If you’ve found yourself here because you’ve thoughtfully considered investing in a Jenni Kayne Cocoon or two, I would say go for it. It is worth the investment if you’ve got the budget for it.

Alternatives Worth Considering

Love the look, but are not sure about the investment? Try the Quince Cashmere Boyfriend Sweater. It is supposedly a good dupe for the Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cocoon at a fraction of the price.

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  1. […] you can read a full (not sponsored) review of this Jenni Kayne sweater here. I’ve got taupe and oatmeal. I could literally wear them every […]

  2. Anna Grant says:

    The Quince dupe is no where near as sweet as the real Cocoon sweater! I have a quince and it’s not as soft, pills terribly and the dropped shoulders are definitely funky. Not cool like Jenni Kayne!

  3. Luce says:

    Any chance you could talk more about the sizing? I’m a bigger person and I’m curious if the 3x will actually be oversized

    • Ellen says:

      I’m a solid size 14, and the Large is super roomy on me. I typically take an XL in most brands. I would say the sizing on the cocoon is generous and most folks can size down one or two sizes.
      Because it is a natural fiber, the fibers do tighten after washing and laying flat to dry, but they quickly relax to their usual size, so don’t freak out after a wash!

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