Fair Isle: J. Crew finally comes through. Sweater reviews.

The order I placed on Black Friday finally arrived tonight. That is some kind of record. 

The good news is that I'm keeping both sweaters. 

The cashmere mock neck is very nice quality for the (sale) price. I have been wanting a lighter coloured patterned cashmere sweater and this fits the bill. As reviewers note, it is not fitted (as described) but oversized. I took my regular J. Crew size and at the moment, I'm about at my highest weight/ size; if I were any smaller I'd have wanted to size down. 

I sized up on Sweater 2. I am glad I did -- the shoulder would not have fit me if I hadn't. IRL it is more pale grey than cream on the bottom portion, and the top portion is NAVY, not black. Wearing it in a few combinations in the pics. I loved it with the Black Watch as styled on the web site and since I have a Black Watch suit, I figured i could do the same. It is not too cropped for me at all (some reviewers complained of this). It is also nice and soft. 

I'd have liked a colourful Fair Isle this year and may still pick one up, but these neutrals will easily work with my wardrobe and should have staying power even when the trend is over. 

ETA: Photos are not great but we are in deep darkness now plus major rain. C'est la vie! 

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  • kellygirl replied 1 year ago

    Killer x 2! These are perfection on you! So glad they were worth the wait!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Both these sweaters are special on you, picking up shades in your hair.

  • Sara L. replied 1 year ago

    What luck! So happy they both fit and look so good on you.

  • Christina F. replied 1 year ago

    Oh I knew that second sweater would work for you. They’re lovely. Yay!

    I kept three tops from my Black Friday week orders. The jesns I tried didn’t work on me, and the black watch Tippi sweater was a disaster (poorly made, with the white backing if the sweater peeking through the print). I’m glad you got some of the better made sweaters.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Ooh. Christina, I really like these tops. Angie has the plaid shirt, I believe. It's lovely. I also like the floral a lot for you. And red is always great!

    Yes, I was actually surprised at the negative reviews of the cropped Fair Isle. It is much nicer than I expected given those comments. It just goes to show that you can't always believe what other people say! I was really glad to have heard from you, so thank you. I trust your opinion much more!

  • lisa p replied 1 year ago

    These are beautiful ! I particularly love the first one , as that cream mock is so flattering up against your face . Gorgeous sweater .

  • taylor replied 1 year ago

    Both sweaters look so pretty . Very nice fit cozy and comfy !

  • Cee replied 1 year ago

    Way too cool :)

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I am impressed with no 1, you look gorgeous, so beautiful sweater that I want to have one now even I am not a fan of Fair Isle. The second one is also nice but my favorite is no 1.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Yes. I was just thinking grey/white/black is my kind of Fair Isle. Love it!

  • Sterling replied 1 year ago

    They look great on you, Suz!!!  I especially love the first one.  

  • Jules replied 1 year ago

    I would have scrolled past these based on the catalogue photos but they are both great takes on Fair Isle that suit you well. I love the stripes around the neck on the first and the ombré effect of the second. Nice picks :)

  • Inge replied 1 year ago

    Hurrah!! So glad they both worked out for you, Suz! The fit is fab, and I love the colours for you. Wonderful how you've styled them here, and I'm sure they will be very versatile pieces!

  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    if i could wear turtlenecks, that 1st one would be mine...the 2nd one is great as well...
    both fit you well and really like how you've styled them

  • pil replied 1 year ago

    Both winners! And so cozy for the rain you are having. You mention black watch - my favorite plaid. Years ago I had a wool pleated skirt in that pattern that got tons of wear when I was working.

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    I love how you have styled these sweaters.  My favourite styling is the sweater with the black watch suit.  

  • Laura replied 1 year ago

    Especially love the mock neck on you! And glad the sweaters were worth the wait.

  • UmmLila replied 1 year ago

    You've made these fair isles look so sophisticated. Both are great; I prefer the darker one, but I love the way you paired the pale boots with the cream sweater.

  • Elizabeth P replied 1 year ago

    They both look great on you, Suz... glad they were worth the wait!

  • Aquamarine replied 1 year ago

    Very nice! I especially love the first one. I agree with you, the muted colors will not date this sweater once the trend is over (but I’ve always loved fair isles regardless if they are “in style” or not).

  • nemosmom replied 1 year ago

    Both are beautiful on you and your styling is fantastic. So glad they finally made it to you!

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful sweaters! I love the neutral tones, I think it will make them a little more versatile. Those first boots are gorgeous! Are they a metallic white? They look kind of shimmery.

  • cjh replied 1 year ago

    Great choices and glad they finally came. I love the second one, with the lower neckline and dark color scheme. It is perfect for you, though I suspect I’d also think it was too cropped for me.

  • suntiger replied 1 year ago

    They look great, my favorite is the darker one, but i like how you styled the first with the silver booties!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    WOW! I LOVE THE CREAM. KILLER to the Power of KILLER. That neckline is sublime. Now I want one too. 

    BOTH pullovers are gorgeous on you, and the way you styled them the Suz-way works like a charm. I'm just loving that workhorse Western belt. It's AMAZING with the silver boots. 

    You look as radiant as ever, beautiful lady. 

  • Carla replied 1 year ago

    Goodness you look incredible in these !

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    LOVE and LOVE!!!! Thanks for posting, you are always a great inspiration for me, Suz!!!

  • wendy replied 1 year ago

    The sweaters look great on you. Perfect picks.

  • karen13 replied 1 year ago

    Love them both. They are perfect for you. Lovely colorways.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks for all your kind words! 

    Angie, the cream sweater is really nice at the sale price. I would have liked the bright navy but it was sold out by the time I got there, and then I realized that I really wanted a lighter coloured sweater anyway. I had my ivory and navy striped cotton LL Bean Breton but no other lighter coloured sweaters, really, and light can be almost as good as vivid colour for a perk-up. 

    I'm going to be checking for bright colours, though, during Boxing Day sales. My knitwear capsule needs a real refresh. 

    Robin, the boots are silver. :) 

  • shiny replied 1 year ago

    You rock the fair isle!

    I like how these fit on you. Not overly boxy. The color looks great with your hair and those silver booties.

  • Katerina replied 1 year ago

    Wow, Suz! These sweaters! Perfection.
    The first one blows me away - stunning. 

  • texstyle replied 1 year ago

    Fantastic sweaters on you suz!  Wow, really great. Makes me wish I could wear sweaters more often. It's just not cold enough here to justify any more in my wardrobe.

  • cindysmith replied 1 year ago

    You look great in all these pics, but I think you are especially stunning in that mock neck sweater!

  • jussie replied 1 year ago

    These are both great. I have a slight preference for the second one because the darker shade near the neckline makes your hair "pop" more. 

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    Both are absolute winners on you!

  • Gigi replied 1 year ago

    Wow, these look great on you, Suz! I think they were certainly worth the wait.

  • unfrumped replied 1 year ago

    Super looks!
    And really rocking the belt.

  • Jjsloane replied 1 year ago

    They both are stunning on you! Wear them well to brighten the winter doldrums!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I'm glad you got the cream and not the navy :)

  • Cardiff girl replied 1 year ago

    You have great taste.l think that the cream is my favourite it adds light to your look.

  • Barbara Diane replied 1 year ago

    Those are fabulous perfection.

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