A few updates and a tale of 4 grey cardigans

Hi, all --

Life continues busy busy busy with three days of on-campus work (and all kinds of prep and grading and meetings from home). But I've continued to shop for replacements for worn-out essentials. A few reviews and observations: 

As some will remember, I've been on the hunt for simple merino sweaters, particularly in navy and grey. I ordered from (and returned) items from Marks & Spencer and Club Monaco (via the Bay), and considered but ruled out a few more. 

Met with success at last when J. Crew restocked some of their Margot crewnecks. This sweater is like the Tippi of yore, except long sleeved and a little more fluid in fit. I already own two (in true red and a paisley print) so I purchased two more in navy and "frosty berry" (shown) which IRL is more or less my lip colour and is a colour I'm always happy to add to my closet. 

 The grey looks too warm in tone, so I didn't bother with that and am still on the hunt for a grey crewneck merino. But will live without it just fine. 

On my feet, Ecco's Modtray Chelsea boot. I was in need of a waterproof easy-on/ easy-off boot for suburban winter walks that might involve the odd patch on the trails. A lot of the lug-soled boots I canvassed were simply too chunky for my frame and for my needs— more fashion boot than actual walking boot. I tried Blundstone's, which I love, but as usual, the fit was off for me. (I own and love the women's heeled boot, which works great, and I've worn the chisel toe successfully in the past-- but neither of those has a rugged enough sole for this purpose, and the Blundstone styles that do have the right sole just don't fit my foot.) Anyway—black is a bit boring, but that's okay -- it's also undemanding. Very comfortable, a bit higher shaft than some, room for an insole (for me), very easy on and off. An excellent boot if you have similar needs and feet! 

Finally, a tale of 4 sweaters. As many of you know, a grey duster cardigan is pretty much essential to my style. I'd worn through a couple over the past four years. I wanted to upgrade to a more luxe version than my old, pilled up BR duster (pic 7), and tried Club Monaco's cashmere cardigan (Finds), but it was both ridiculously thin and ridiculously large on me and shorter than I wanted. Then I found (on sale) an exact replica of one I'd worn through a few years ago (pic 8). But I wasn't thrilled because I knew it would pill quickly, too, and the fabrication did not give me joy. Anyway, before I cut the tags, Mr. Suz suggested one on sale at Bloomingdale's in cashmere, so I ordered that one to try, as well. The Bloomie's sweater is the winner (pics 4-6) -- I have returned the other one. 

If you are in the market, I'd recommend the Bloomingdale's cashmere. The quality feels quite good, although I can't vouch for whether it will pill easily, of course. This particular sweater has a raglan sleeve (making it easy to layer) and a nice rolled cuff. Deep slits in sides and pockets, and not too long for short me. 

I can't wear cashmere as a pullover in my current climate -- I find it too hot, and it makes me itchy with the humidity out here. (Hence my search for merino pullovers, which I do find wearable here.) But I can and do wear cashmere as a cardigan and I adore the luxe feel of it. 

No high fashion here, just a regular work from home day! 

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  • Stagiaire Fash replied 3 weeks ago

    Yay, Mr Suz for finding the winner!

  • Runcarla replied 3 weeks ago

    Always interested in a good Canadian shopping source.  Are the Ecco boots light weight?  The heavy weight of lug soles have put me off the style - trendy as it is.  These days I want my winter coats, footwear, and purses/bags to be light weight!

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    YES, Carla -- thank you for prompting me, because that is something I wanted to report! VERY lightweight!

    Like you, I cannot tolerate heavy footwear, not when I am walking as much as I do. It can be tough to find a durable sole that is not too heavy. This particular version (there are several) is lined in some warm fabric, which makes it a decent winter boot (for this climate). i won't wear it in very warm weather but from mid-to late October through March in Victoria, it will be perfect. 

    The boot (in other versions) comes in a black croc look, a white (which I loved but thought I'd get too grubby on my walks), and a kind of brownish burgundy. 

  • Jenni NZ replied 3 weeks ago

    Excellent job! I am going to edit out my merino ink duster as it is pilling, I think. A bit concerned about its loss. That looks a worthy replacement, yay Mr Suz! And a pretty berry also plus useful boots.

  • lisa p replied 3 weeks ago

    Well ! I love everything here ! I’m waffling on pulling the $300 trigger on Fly London Chelsea boots which have a slightly higher shaft than these - but the lower price might make me change my mind and order the Eccos . Where did you order them from ?

  • MsMaven replied 3 weeks ago

    I love the merino sweater--great on you and so useful. It seems like many of them have disappeared from the stores. I've been keeping an eye out for just the right one.

  • Runcarla replied 3 weeks ago

    @ Suz - thanks for the update!

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    @LisaP, I ordered direct from Ecco Canada. https://ca.ecco.com/en/ecco-mo.....olor=01001

    I won't lie -- I don't consider these super fashionable or super cool. The lug sole makes them current enough for my purposes. And Ecco happens to fit me well (with an insole, usually). 

  • Brooklyn replied 3 weeks ago

    Everything looks great. And very you.

    I have a Bloomingdales cashmere sweater. It has pilled a little. Mostly in high rub areas (sides and underarms). Not too bad for about 5 years of wear. I would buy again.

  • rachylou replied 3 weeks ago

    Beautiful! I should look so polished at home. And why can’t I ever remember to have a look at Bloomingdales? It was the best store when I lived near one…

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    Thanks, all! Rachy, I know, right? If it weren't for Mr. Suz, I would never think of them. But the online service is good, even in Canada, and the sale prices are excellent as well. 

    Brooklyn, gorgeous sweater! And I would say some pilling under the arms is pretty darned good for 5 years. I actually wear my cashmere after it pills because I find I can remove the pills quite easily. Whereas when wool starts pilling, typically I am dealing with a losing proposition (literally!) -- there just isn't enough loft in the thread to permit a lot of shaving. And the pills on the thicker wools look a lot worse. 

    I have several J. Crew sweaters that pill on the sides and under the arms. I simply accept it, because the sweaters otherwise look great. It's just that I can't wear them all that frequently any more in the current climate. 

  • Sally replied 3 weeks ago

    You have great work from home outfits ....casual yet stylish.  I love the boots and jeans.  

  • Bijou replied 3 weeks ago

    Suz, I love how clear you are in what your wardrobe essentials are and how you combine them to create a stream of fabulous outfits that are practical for your lifestyle. The new cashmere cardigan is lovely.

  • Katerina replied 3 weeks ago

    Fabulous new items, Suz! The frosty berry sweater is just perfect. And the grey cashmere cardigan looks lux and elegant, yet comfy and cozy. I love it on you.
    Funny how we perceive “fashionable” or “cool” differently, because I honestly think the Ecco boots are both cool and fashionable with the chunky soles. :-)

  • Minaminu replied 3 weeks ago

    you look great, as always! love how you wrapped the scarf around to add some extra warmth and jazz up the already lovely jumper!

  • Tanya replied 3 weeks ago

    Love all the new items: the Margot sweaters, the booties, and the grey cardigan!   Everything looks very you.

    I second your evaluation of Bloomingdales cashmere - I have had several sweaters for quite a few years, and they are holding up pretty well.  There was some minimal pilling, easily dealt with sweater stone.

  • Angie replied 3 weeks ago

    WOOHOOO Mr. Suz and his Bloomies cashmere suggestion! He can have my job. I am enjoying Bloomies a lot too. More on that later. 

    KILLER SUZ LOOKS. Very you! Elegantly casual, practical, and interesting! #7 and #8 are my faves. I enjoy your pattern mixing. LOVE you in pearl grey.

    Will also make the boots a top pick. Great on you, and in our VERY WINDY AND WET weather :(

  • JAileen replied 3 weeks ago

    I love a grey duster on you!  And in cashmere!  

  • shevia replied 3 weeks ago

    Not the point, but great jeans! Love the red on you and #8 is just beautiful. Well done on the collaborative duster project :) .

  • Helena replied 3 weeks ago

    Top notch as always Suz!

    Fashion logistics question for you - do you wear the long cardis just at home, or out and about under a coat - and if so, is the coat longer than the cardis?

  • texstyle replied 3 weeks ago

    Super cute outfits Suz!

  • Sal replied 3 weeks ago

    Great finds there Suz.  A long grey cardigan is a true essential for you.  

    The boots are just right for you - I need something similar but am hoping for the right brown.  Easy to wear, supportive, function with a nod to fashion (so many are fashion with a nod to function...)

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    Thanks, all! Texstyle, nice to see you! 

    Helena, I wear the cardis out, for sure. Sometimes they *are* the topper (in cool weather, with scarf, beanie, etc. and maybe another sweater layered under). And sometimes I wear a coat over top .

    My burgundy cardi is just a bit shorter than most of my knee-length coats so it works seamlessly. 

    The grey duster is longer than most of the coats. Sometimes I just let it all hang out! With navy blue coats, it's not so bad. At other times, I do a sort of hitch and crossover type of thing to pull the sweater up. Hard to explain, but it reduces the length and the coat keeps it secure -- then the hems don't compete. 

    I'm still in the market for a long, lightweight puffer to wear over my longer sweaters and midi dresses. Haven't found the perfect item yet but haven't given up hope! 

  • approprio replied 3 weeks ago

    I have absolutely nothing to add to this, except how lovely to see you again. I am all for trailing a cardigan hem under a coat. 

  • lyn67 replied 3 weeks ago

    Mega great purchase, love the new grey cardi has a big splits on sides, which is always easier to wear and more fab 

    to my eyes

    (as shows some legs through on sides)! Look slike has a good weight, too+

  • RobinF replied 3 weeks ago

    I really like all of these but especially the cashmere cardigan! Gorgeous and so good on you! Boots are cute too, I think they are quite stylish :)

  • Jonesy replied 3 weeks ago

    I'm glad the J. Crew sweaters worked out for you, and your new long gray cashmere cardigan looks fab! Your new boots look stylish as well as being so practical--score!

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