Place your bets ladies…it’s gonna be an exciting match! *Ding Ding Ding*
All right ladies…let’s keep it clean. May the best cashmere win. *DING*
Both contenders are deliciously soft 100% cashmere, and after stoking both of them for quite some time (in the name of research ladies!), I was hard pressed to choose a winner. It’s a split decision on this one:
Softest: Ann Taylor +1
Thickest: J.Crew +1
Upon deeper examination, both cardigans have at least one detail I like.
The J.Crew cardigan has a ribbon backed button placket that suggests better craftsmanship, but it’s pearly, same colored buttons left me feeling a bit “blah”.
The Ann Taylor Cardigan lacks the ribbon detail placket of the J.Crew cardigan, but has delightfully gold rimmed, horn colored buttons that contrast beautifully with the color of the cardigan. The only problem…the buttons are a bit thick, and I was having a hard time getting them through the button holes!
I’m a sucker for pretty buttons….Ann Taylor +1
The first obvious difference is the J.Crew cardigan is a regular size xxs, while the Ann Taylor Cardigan is a petite size xxs.
The J.Crew has a baggy, saggy torso, long sleeves that pooled around my wrist at the ribbing (excellent news for long armed ladies), and a shorter torso length (short torso’d gals…take note).
The Ann Taylor has a slimmer, sleeker torso (Ah ha! There’s my waist! I knew it was in there somewhere!), slightly shorter sleeves (although still a bit long on me, good for you long armed girls), and a longer torso length (good for you long torso’d gals).
Fit is most important, and worth 2 points: Ann Taylor +2
J.Crew offers the gamut of gorgeous shades they usually do, from bright brights, to mellow neutrals, so there’s something for everyone. Quite a few colors seem to be left in size xxs. Ann Taylor offers a smaller color palette, most of which were not available in petite sizes, and even fewer still left in size pxxs. Richer colors are better for my warm skin tone, but only softer colors better suited for cool complected ladies were left at Ann Taylor.
J.Crew retails full price for $158, and I got it on sale for a mere $70. Not bad for quality cashmere. Ann Taylor retails full price for $148, and I was able to snag this beauty at $104 with a coupon code. Still a bit expensive, especially since it’s $30 more than the J.Crew.
J.Crew sales make me smile + 1
Final point tally:
J.Crew: 3 points
Ann Taylor: 4 points
And the winner by decision…Ann Taylor!
Now for the important question…should I keep it? It’s expensive at $104…but it’s quite nice and chic isn’t it? And, gosh, do I love cashmere. Worth it? Does the color suit me? Yay or nay?