- H O M E
- T R A D E M A R K E T
- S A L E P O S T S
- E Y E C A N D Y
- O O T D
- S T Y L E D
- R E V I E W S
- C R A V I N G S
- S P O N S O R
- A B O U T
- C O N T A C T
Monday, November 30, 2009
Reviews: Late Afternoon Pullover, Blooms Revealed Cardigan, Tibur Cardigan, First Flurry Cardigan, Vines & Buds Cardigan
Oh my goodness. Rockefeller Plaza (NYC) is officially a holiday tourist zone. Thousands of tourists, slow and directionally lost, plodding along as turtles go whizzing by when all I want to do is get from the 50th St 1 station to Anthropologie. I love the Tree. I love the people. I just wish they would move a bit faster. Va! Vite! I might have to start taking the B up and use the secret underground J.Crew entrance.
The last time I was at the Rockefeller Plaza Anthro I got stuck in the smallest fitting room ever. It's in pod 2 and it's small, square and kind of dark. This time around I was silenty praying not to get that room again...yet somehow I did. I didn't want to make a fuss because they're so crowded this time of year and my sessions take awhile since I photograph everything. So I dealt. I was stuck on the sweater above for awhile anyway. I could not figure out how it is supposed to be worn. Now that I see the shot above it's like ooooh. That's how you're supposed to style it.
So please excuse the poncho-esque styling. I was a bit lost. This is Moth's Late Afternoon Pullover ($128). The name is great. The sweater truly looks like a desert sunset, starting with an oversized purple cowl and giving way to a sandy pink torso. I tried on my true size medium and it was big. I could easily go for the small in this. The sleeves are very long. Personally I love this style. I like double-cuffing the ends. But I realize on petite ladies this is going to be a problem.
The sweater is pretty itchy. What gives Moth? All your sweaters seem to use rough wool. Good thing it's pretty easy to layer underneath this one. I think it will be nice and warm in the winter. Added to the wishlist.
Next up is the Blooms Revealed Cardigan ($128) by Cartonnier. I was very interested in this one after seeing it online. And for the most part I was quite pleased in real life too. I tried on the medium which fit comfortably close. The sleeves are kind of funky however; the proportions are just a bit off and I felt like I had gorilla arms. The other thing I do not like is the triangle of fabric at the front middle bottom. If I bought this cardi I would sew this into a straight line or cut it off altogether. Not sure what the point of it is.
The wool is really soft. The buttons are great and this cardi was loose enough that I could pull it on and off over my head without needing to undo anything. For the bustier gals like me you'll wish the darting was curved instead of straight over the bust to create a slimmer silhouette. These are mostly quibbles though. It's a really nice cardigan.
Guinevere's Tibur Cardigan ($128) was a pleasant surprise. It's a cropped top that's really meant to be worn over a dress or paired with a skirt. The sleeves have a slight bell to them above the wrist and apparently so does the bodice, though I just pulled it straight down. My true size medium was a close fit. It worked for me.
The pattern on the cardigan is stunning. A great mix of golds, pinks, oranges and black. I dig the contrast top stitching and black is a great choice for the placket. It's a yummy little number with a big, big price.
I admit I'm copying a dressform look here. At the Soho store these two pieces were styled together. Great idea, Soho stylists! The First Flurry Cardigan by Guinevere ($148) looks great over Burlapp's Skyfall Dress ($178, review here). I still don't get the practicality of a short-sleeved open-stitched cardigan but whatever, it's really pretty. The ivory color is a beautiful color, just the right warm buttery mix. There are 3 lace insets, one in the back and two on the sides. It's a nice delicate touch.
I sized down to a small with no problem. The front of the cardigan has two thick pleats that sat exactly where I wanted them to (yay!). You can tell there was some love put into this cardigan. The stitchwork is exquisite. To me it justifies the price tag. I'm happy to pay more for a high-quality cardigan and to me this piece fits the bill.
Back to Rockefeller where this sweater jacket reeled me in. It's Charlie & Robin's Vines & Buds Cardigan ($128). It's wintery but I like the vibrant vine creeping up. The foldover portrait color balanced out my bust nicely. It's fairly soft and I was able to size down to a small and still have room to layer a long-sleeve thermal underneath. There are two coin pockets on the front.
The color gives off that grandpa vibe. I would love to wear this in the lodge during my snowboarding trips. I surprised myself by really liking this cardigan. The only thing I didn't like was the buttons. On the product photo they look like they graduate softly from dark to light. On the one I tried on the buttons looked ugly, cheap and two-tone. Blech.