Is it just me, or is the everyday basic sweater hard to wear? I mean, it’s easy to wear in the sense you just toss it on and go, but when I look in the mirror, the outfit just feels so bland. I always have to throw at least a blazer on top to feel satisfied. You may notice now that I’ve mentioned it, there are very few sweater looks on this blog…I only really wear them when lounging around the house (Uniqlo merino wool has been my latest go-to if you’re curious).
Looking for a sweater that could hold it’s own, I thought a nice marl would be a fun texture to add to my wardrobe, but it’s amazing how many of them are synthetic fabrics and feel overpriced. Then Everlane released what appeared to be the perfect marl collection in an array of 100% merino wools, with the Everlane chunky wool wide neck crew especially catching my eye.
With a heavy drape and seamless shoulder, I found this chunky knit to be surprisingly petite friendly. The merino wool is soft and cozy, the marl is perfect, and the side slits with high-low hem feel very modern. From the style down to the 100% merino wool construction, it feels “perfect”, which is exactly what I hope to find at Everlane. The only thing not “perfect” are the sleeves, which are about 2 inches too long on me, but a simple fold at the cuff is perfectly appropriate for sweaters. In response to last year’s complaints of the Everlane chunky wool pilling excessively, they claim to have fixed the issue with this year’s version. Only time will tell, but I’m hopeful that even if it does pill, the marled pattern will help disguise any flaws.
I’ll also note that if desired, merino wool will most definitely shrink. Without meaning to, my Everlane seed stitch sweater from a few years ago shrank about one full size simply from being run through a gentle wash cycle (in a garment mesh wash bag in cold water and left to air dry). Something to consider if a) you like the current fit of a merino sweater (dry clean or hand wash and be mindful of where you let it air dry, ie…keep it away from a heat source and out of the sun), or b) you’d prefer a slightly smaller fit (I find simply running it through a gentle wash cycle in a mesh wash bag is enough to shrink merino at least a little bit, then let it air dry).
The approximate measurements of size xs (laid flat) are below:
Shoulder: no shoulder seam
Sleeve: 27″ (from neckline)
Overall length: 22″ (front) 23″ (back)
PS…if you’ve been eyeing the classic Daniel Wellington watch, it’s on great sale right now at Amazon!
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Jeans Zara (I also ordered these & these to try)
Boots Rag & Bone (also here & here)
Handbag Sophie Hulme (partially thanks to Shopbop)
Watch Daniel Wellington (on sale!) (also here) (thanks to Daniel Wellington)
Hat Rag & Bone (this year’s version – on sale!)
Jewelry Downtown LA & vintage
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