K/R: BR knits

One of my goals this season is to update and upgrade my knitwear. In my work-at-home F/W capsule I love wearing knits and wear them almost every day. (I tend to save my wovens in winter for my outside the home life.) 

The lovely Sveta pointed out this broad striped BR merino sweater in two of my best colours; I had already earmarked it for a try, and when I caught it on a sale day, I jumped. I think this is a keep because it feels very nice on and seems to fit well. So unless you see some glaring issue, I will hang onto it. 

My question is about item 2. This is a houndstooth sequinned sweatshirt.  I thought it might represent my chance to cash in on the dressy sweatshirt trend. 

I apologize for the awful light here. It was dismal again yesterday and even all my brightest lights and the flash plus a bit of wiggling with exposures failed to light this up much. You can see the detail a bit more in the stock photo. 

Anyway...the cotton it is made from is absolutely lovely -- a great transitional weight. But I wonder if it looks a bit like chain mail or a wet suit or something. I also wonder if it is a large enough size. It technically fits, but I am not sure it is as drapey as it ought to be. DH says he thinks the size is correct. He was ambivalent about it, liking it one moment and feeling unsure the next. The colour of navy is a good one for me IRL. 

Thanks for your thoughts!  

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  • replied 7 years ago

    I love both of them on you! The second one looks so great I am going to check it out for myself!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Heheh, Ceit, I knew that "chain mail" reference would get to you.  :-) 

    In all seriousness, it would work well for your style. 

    The only issue is that it's supposedly dry cleanable only. I intend to ignore that and wash it in cold and hang to dry. The rest of the thing is 100% cotton I think, and a really nice soft cotton, too. 

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    I think they both look nice, that magenta is calling my name! My one concern is that a few dry clean sweaters i have handwashed i have lost some length on (even blocking when wet is subsequent washes didnt seem too do much), making them too short for pants... how is the length on these? Could you afford to lose a bit and still wear with pants?

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    ETA: DD 4 yrs old has many shirts with what look like this type of sequin (arranged in a less sophisticated manner) and they all seem to do fine in the washer. SO if the dryclean is for the sparkle as opposed to the base material I think you will be fine.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Yeah, Sarah - it is not for the base material, which is cotton. It's basically a kids' sweatshirt in a more sophisticated pattern, you are right!! :-) 

  • Marie S replied 7 years ago

    Both look great on you Suz!

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    I would go for it then! looks great on you...

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Hunh. I just looked more closely. It says on the tag that it should NOT be dry cleaned and should ONLY be hand washed cold. Well, go figure. That makes it an easier decision. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    #1= Fab, No brainer.
    #2 =From your description I was wondering what on earth the sweater was going to look like... then I opened up the photo and I love it! I like that the sequins are in a sort of random wavy pattern when the light hits them and to me it has enough drape. Very nice!

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    From what I can see in the pic it looks great. (the link says sold out for me) Good way to upgrade your at home knit capsule.

  • Eliza replied 7 years ago

    You look great in both.  The first one is a no-brainer.  The second one looks like a lot of fun also and because it is so festive, maybe not having extra drape is a good thing. 

    You have also caused me to re-dedicate myself to a search for booties in a burgundy or cranberry.  I have tried a couple that didn't work, but what a great element to add to an outfit. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Thumbs up all the way from me. Especially #2.

  • donnat replied 7 years ago

    Both are terrific. I think the sequin one is a tad out of your style zone, but it looks great on you.

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    #2 is already sold out now! It is hard to see the details you mean in your pic, but they both look like they fit and flatter.

  • Kristin L replied 7 years ago

    They both look like keepers IMO.

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    Ooh, I love them both. The stripes are fantastic on you. LOVE the chain mail. I think hand wash is fine :) It looks amazing and will be fun to incorporate into your capsules for some added pizazz!

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    Both look fun to me. I like the mix of shine with the sporty style. I wondered about how fluid to go in fit though- as in a size up? Or is it better as more refined fit?

  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago

    You look great in both, and I vote keep! They are both perfect Suz-fabulous.

  • cobaltblue replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I think these are great! It goes without saying that the fuchsia is perfection on you, and the glittery obe is a fun way to try the fancy sweatshirt trend.

    We've been planning a trip to the mall for today, and I'll definitely work in BR now that I've seen these. If you think these are a smart buy as far as weight, etc., right now weather-wise, I'm assuming they would be for me, too!

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    I like #2 better than #1. I think you've found your bliggy sweatshirt. I like #1 well enough but it doesn't leap off the screen. I like the bookending in #1 with the merlot boots. 

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, all! I am cutting the tags. 

    The striped one looks better IRL, I think. Well, they both look better IRL, to tell the truth! It was so dark when I took those pics. Oy. 

    Becky, I think these are both great weights for today's weather. I will wear them through the autumn but less in the winter. I don't know if the sale will be in store as well as online. So it might be worth checking that. 

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    You make me want  to order both of them too! Hmm, navy sequin, now with the recent YLF order fro Angie - should I speing?:-)
    I think they are bot lovely on you but you already figured it out, right?
    Which size did you got?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Sveta, I got XS. I was worried that maybe the S would be better in the navy but it is sold out anyway now I think, so that is all moot at this point! 

    ETA: the fits are much more fluid than their last year's sweaters. At least the fits of these. I have a couple of sweaters of theirs from last year that I am consigning due to lack of fluidity in the fit. Technically they are fine -- just not what I want in my knits now. 

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    First one is great. I love the second one. At least in the photo it reads as an interesting texture that would work great for a fall/winter dark outfit.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    I think these are super chic for your at-home capsule.  I am the same:  I reserve the woven shirts for work or out of the home.  There's just nothing like knits and denim for loungewear I think!

  • Makrame replied 7 years ago

    I really like the sequin sweatshirt!  The fit looks great to me.

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    Haha, I also love their term, Fall Navy!
    What marketing! I guess they think it's like Winter White.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    #1 - yes
    #2 - yes

    Next question?

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Keep both imo. I love #2 on you- it would look great with slouchier pants & heels for evening too.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Yup two keepers. 

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    So glad you're keeping both.  I saw the sequined sweatshirt on the website earlier and loved it!  The stripe is amazing, too.  It's perfect to have a simple pair of items nice enough that you can add a topper and head out the door when you need to.

    I'm feeling a pscyhic link.....lol.  I've been about the same task --- replacing my knitwear for my "lounge" and "home-work," wardrobes.  Post to come, probably on Monday.  I've added one animal print sweatshirt, several lighter pullovers in lovely colors, with fitted shoulders and a relaxed midriff, and 2 great cardis (cobalt and burgundy --- but no taupe!)

    I've also updated my lounge / home pants, although I'd still like a good wide leg ponte -- a little bit old Hollywood.  I had a pair for 10 years that I actually wore throughout my pregnancy, and they bounced right back.  Alas, nothing is forever!

    Can you guess what comes next? 
    Chunky knits for real winter.  I have 3.  All grey.  So sad!
    Let me know if you see some that are amazing (and not grey)!

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