Kit & Ace Mulberry pant
James Perse casual tee
Everlane chunky knit cardigan (gift from Everlane) | size large
Rag & Bone aston booties | from last year
Janessa Leone Sylver hat (purchased with credit at ARO) | 15% off at ARO with code GRECHEN15
After I wrote my “year later review” of last year’s Everlane chunky knit cardigan, they graciously sent me one of the new styles to try, as they claim the new fabrication does not pill as badly. Even though I’ve worn the cardigan half a dozen times, and for LONG periods of time (it’s SO cozy and I wear it at home also…), it’s still too early to tell what it will look like at the end of the season. I wore last year’s cardigan day after day for a couple of months, after which it looked a mess, honestly.
So far, so good, but here’s the thing: the black picks up EVERYTHING. Lint, dog hair, MY hair, etc., etc. sticks to this sweater like it’s flypaper. I use a lint roller or my lily brush to remove it, but I think it tends to make it look grungier faster if you don’t keep up with cleaning it off. A good solution to that? Get the new marled black one LOL – anything random that sticks to it will just look like part of the fabric!
I haven’t noticed a lot of pilling, but as with any wool or cashmere it has started to look “fuzzy” after several wears. You can see a close-up below, although please don’t think it actually looks that faded – it’s just the bad lighting I had to deal with yesterday.
And interestingly enough, I wouldn’t have ordered a large, but that’s what they sent me, and I actually think the larger size looks BETTER than a medium would; it drapes and swings nicely, and the slightly dropped hem in the back lends itself better to a sweater that falls away from the body completely. If you’re looking for a cardigan that “fits”, this is not the right one.
Ultimately, I can tell this year’s version of the chunky knit cardigan is an improvement on last year’s – I like the feel of the fabric better (it’s not as heavy) and the style (it’s not as grandpa-y). I can recommend it now, but still, it’s based on only a couple of weeks’ worth of wear, not a season. But perhaps not in black? I love the new marled knit, and the gray color, and neither of those will show all the detritus you inevitably pick up during the day as much as the black.
Does anyone else one of Everlane’s Chunky knit sweaters? What do you think?
Take a look at Elaine’s review as well…