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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Reviews: Roaming Frills Cardigan, Edana Cardigan, Tagalong Tee, Pipe Up the Band Jacket
Guinevere has two very similar cardigans in-store at the moment. On the left is the Curling Posies Cardi ($88) and on the right is the Roaming Frills Cardigan ($88). The plackets are clearly different but overall these cardis have the same look. It's good to have options...at least Anthro isn't charging extra for buttons.
I grabbed the Roaming Frills Cardigan ($88) in a medium. There was some gapping when closed so I would size up to a large to buy. It was shown on the same table as the skirt and top (reviewed in this post) but it was total ruffle overdose for me. The cardigan, which feels soft but thin, is extremely cropped. I could see it working well as something to throw over a dress. The buttons however rivaled the Falling Ribbons Sweater in terms of button pain. Ow abounded as I tried to open it so sorry, but it wasn't getting re-closed for this review.
Note to Anthro: softer buttons please! Splurging should not be this painful. Wishlisted.
Sparrow's Edana Cardigan ($98) is already gone, gone, gone from the website. I guess it must have been one of those purposely scarce items Anthropologie sometimes makes. I can see the appeal -- the back is super cool. It was one of those items that I saw on the rack and internally monologued: oh this is really cute. But it will never work on me. Why does Anthro insist on doing hip flares??!? And sure enough even the large you see on me above was not very flattering.
A little longer and it would have looked like a longer riding coat. At this length though it was a no-go. I would be concerned about the long-term durability of this one anyway due to the thinness. Sparrow hasn't really impressed me with their quality lately. Back to the rack. If you want to see this cardigan looking terrific, check out this OOTD from Chloe's The Chloe Conspiracy.
I saw these two items together on a dressform in-store so I gave the look a shot. Rain boots aside they work well. The top is Michael Stars' Tagalong Tee ($48). This one size fits all thing continues to confound me, especially since the brand comes oddly close to actually fulfilling that promise. In this case there was too much pulling for me to feel comfortable. The material is also kind of itchy. Most likely this is from the subtle sparkle in the shirt. I like it but it's a pass.
The jacket paired is the Pipe Up the Band Jacket ($128) from Idra. I grabbed the large on instinct and my instinct was wrong. I should have stuck to my true size medium. The jacket has three or four hook-and-eye closures along the top third and lays open to the bottom. I love the idea of the design across the front but it looks somewhat cheap to me. The piping is very well done. This spring jacket would work well for a biz casual look. Wishlisted for further consideration.