Okay, I’m just going to say it. I own too many sweaters. But they are, without a doubt, the best category of clothing. Dress them up, dress them down, wear them to work, wear them to nap. You simply cannot beat a good sweater.
Given my love for sweaters, when I had the opportunity to try one of Everlane’s new spring items, I couldn’t help but gravitate toward their Soft Cotton Wrap Cardigan. And, to mix things up, I even got it in gray, not black – ha!
I wanted to try this sweater, and review it for all of you, for a couple of reasons.
First, I currently own just a couple of transitional sweaters, but I have tons of heavy-duty knits (exhibit A). I have been needing a sweater that I can wear under a coat when it is freezing, or wear in place of a jacket as it starts to warm up. A sweater that travels well, washes easily and has a timeless design.
I also wanted to try this sweater because I know I have a lot of vegan readers, and you were likely bombarded, all winter, with bloggers wearing wool and cashmere sweaters. While I myself do wear wool and cashmere, I wanted to offer up a review for a fairly-made, cruelty-free sweater.
This mid-weight sweater may be too heavy for the transition to spring depending on where you live, but for those of us who can see temperatures in the 40s and 50s until May, the weight is perfect. I like the tight knit of this sweater, which has been resistant to pulls despite my penchant for jewelry that catches (like my Vrai & Oro letter pendant necklace – it has claimed MANY of my sweaters). The loops that hold the tie belt in place feel more secure than most loops provided on similar style sweaters. Doesn’t it drive you crazy when those little, thin loops rip? Argh!
This sweater has an oversized fit. I am 5’3″, with a 32″ bust, 26″ waist and I weigh ~110 pounds. I am wearing the size small. I definitely could have sized down because there is a lot of room in the body, but, of course, you can tie this sweater as tight or as loose as you’d like. I kept the size small though, because this is also the perfect sweater to wear around the house, and I do like a cozy, oversize fit for that. When I wear this out and about, I simply make sure to be careful with the proportions of the rest of my outfit for a neat, minimal look.
The style is fairly standard for a wrap sweater, but what stands out to me are the pockets. This is because any article of clothing with pockets is automatically superior to other, pocketless versions, but also because the pockets in this sweater reaffirm that you can wear it as a sweater jacket. On the day I took these photos, it ended up getting really windy in the afternoon – you can probably see my hands look a little red and cold from posing. But, once we were done getting the shots – into the pockets they went. Toasty. I also like the modern, square shape of the pockets.
I have been asked if I think this sweater could be worn without the tie belt and look okay as an open cardigan. For me personally, I don’t love to wear it without the belt because of the presence of the loops, but you certainly could wear it that way. The loops are thin while still being secure, and I don’t think they detract from the overall appearance of the cardigan.
I’ve worn and washed this sweater fairly gently since receiving it, and it has held up well so far. It is recommended that you hand wash or dry clean this sweater, but because I am lazy I elected to wash it on delicate with this Laundress detergent. This washing method worked out fine for me!
I hope this was helpful! Would you like to see more product reviews in the future?