Reviews: Engla Trench plus some sweaters and tops

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Of all the pretties in the December catalogue, Elevenses' Engla Trench ($188) jumped out at me the most. I love the rich mossy color that reads as chocolate in some light, the ruffly collar and the beautiful sash across the middle. Throw in an off-center zip and it's a must-have.

I usually size up one size in coats, but the SA in-store recommended I stick with my usual size. So I tried the coat on in an 8. The trench feels like satin and is not thick at all. This is not a winter coat by any means. The skirt is also very full and as you can see from the side shot there's plenty of extra material.

As I commonly do, I wish that this trench were two inches longer. But overall I really like it. The color is gorgeous and so is the collar. I think the model's body shape suits this coat better than my curves. Still, it's pretty and well-made. A gorgeous warm-climate option. Wishlisted!

Though it's been mentioned several times on the blog I hadn't given the Hiking Ruffles Cardigan ($78) a full review yet. Sizes are dwindling online but I've seen plenty of colors in-store, like this beautiful shade of plum I tried on. The tee underneath is the Olympian Entry Tee (now $40) which I reviewed here.

Guinevere normally means sizing up for me. Not this time -- my usual size medium fit perfectly. I love the soft spilling ruffles down the sides and the light but warm qualities of this cardigan. I can only hope this piece hits sale soon. Wishlisted!

I have been looking for an open-air sweater like Moth's Light As Air Pullover ($78) for awhile. Hooray for Anthropologie creating this lovely piece! Normally this is the part of the review where I'd go on a tirade over the sheerness but this piece is meant to be thin and open. I inspected all the sweaters in-store and found no defects on any of them. The knit is well-done. This sweater is fragile piece that will require extra care.

My usual size medium fit like a dream. There are varying patterns int he knit of the sweater which adds degrees of visual interest. With a cami underneath this sweater is perfect --use a brown one to really show off the pattern of the knite. The sleeves naturally want to scrunch up a bit. I am in love! Wishlisted for the birthday haul in January.

Looking for a top to wear on New Year's Eve? Try the Dazzler Top ($158) from Corey Lynn Calter. Commissioned in a stunning cobalt blue, this embroidered top is the rare piece that's worth full price. I was amazed by the intricate beadwork that surrounds embroidered flourishes on this top.

I tried on a size 6, my usual size in tops. It was tight around the hips so I would size up to an 8 to buy. I love everything about this top, from the beautiful neckline to the slightly poufy sleeves. The silk feels light and luxurious against the skin and the top drapes with an easy, comfortable fit. This top is sure to draw attention for all the right reasons. Wishlisted!

I must admit to being a little confounded by Ella Moss's Overachiever Sweatshirt ($138). The price is hard to swallow. To be frank, I'd expect to find something like this at Forever 21 for about $24.80. No diss meant to Ella Moss -- the brand is one of my favorites with consistently good quality. But this design is a little odd to see from an upscale brand.

The sweater itself is a mostly-cotton blend with sequins adorning one side of the neckline. It runs huge -- I was swimming in my usual size medium. It was comfortable to wear and fairly warm. I just can't get past the price. This falls into the 'what were they thinking' category for me. Back to the rack.

I regret not buying the Plaited Pocket Cardigan (now $80), style #19333582 a couple of weeks ago. I'm on staycation this week and feeling a bit chilly as I laze around the apartment. This sweater would be the perfect throw-on layer to stay warm. When I tried it on it was still full price though and I wasn't quite ready to take that plunge. The top underneath is Tiny's Discovered Plata Tank ($88) which I'll cover in an upcoming post.

Sparrow made this sweater from thick wool that's rough but not too itchy, along with woven plaits along the front panels. My usual size medium was big, so you can easily size down if you choose. There are pockets within the plaits and they are the perfect size for warming your hands. I felt instantly comfortable in the cardigan. This is the kind of piece I expect to find at Anthropologie! I have a bit of budget left this month and might just take the plunge on this one yet. Wishlisted for now.

If the sheerness of the Light As Air Pullover made sense, the opposite is true of Knitted & Knotted's Filigree Cardi ($118). The filigree is completely see-thru with no lining! WHY? I have no idea. I tried on the "brown" version which  looked grey to me in the harsh Chelsea Market fitting rooms.

Sizing-wise this cardigan runs large. My usual size medium was very roomy and I'd size down to a small to buy. I like the fishtail hemline which is shorter in front, longer in the back and longest on the sides. The filigree pattern is lovely and the buttons have a nice contrast to the sweater. I just wish there was something behind the filigree so it wasn't so obviously unlined. Won't pay full price for this one. Wishlisted for sale.