Zady .06 Lightweight Alpaca sweater | size medium, gift for review from Zady
Eileen Fisher pants | wearing size large, petite
Robert Clergerie Nalo wedge loafer | I got mine on sale earlier in the summer
It’s still too hot to REALLY wear this sweater, but I’ve worn it plenty at home, and have created about a dozen outfits with the Zady .06 lightweight alpaca sweater. When I reviewed Zady’s organic cotton button-down (which I also received as a gift) last week, I said a few words about this sweater, including that it’s a bit itchy at first. I promptly heard back from my contact there (Hi Jamie!) who clarified that:
the tiny itch you were feeling with the alpaca sweater the fiber will naturally soften and will go away after one wear. The reason you feel the initial itch is because we refrain from using chemical softener which other companies use so it feels soft on the floor.
Honestly, I wasn’t too concerned about it anyway, because under most circumstances, I’ll wear this sweater over a tank top, or t-shirt, and I love it layered over their organic cotton button-down with the hem hanging out (It’s so cool that way!). But it’s nice to know why, anyway, and I absolutely appreciate that Zady does NOT use chemical softeners. I’ll deal with a brief itch for that.
I am thoroughly impressed with this sweater, and can’t wait to actually be able to wear it. The neckline and raglan sleeves are my favorite details, making it look sort of like a sweatshirt, but much more luxurious. I prefer to wear the sweater with the hem folded under like I have it here, so it looks more cropped, but you could wear it down, and bloused out a bit, or even go up a size and wear it loose.
As I said, I played around with this sweater a lot, in anticipation of being able to wear it (when we get out of the 80’s here in Texas…), and this was another one of my favorite outfits:
I also wore it under my camel hair Brooks Brothers blazer, with my skinny black jeans, over a long dress, and with my Le Garcon boyfriend jeans and sneakers. Such a versatile style. And I’m becoming a huge fan of alpaca, which is good, because it seems that cashmere isn’t as sustainable as we once thought it was. For more on Zady’s alpaca, please visit their site, but also:
The .06 is made from the wool of Alpacas raised in their natural habitat in the Andes mountains of Peru, where they can roam, hop, and grow their silky fleece in beautiful natural colors, like this heather grey. Soft as cashmere without pilling, as warm as sheep’s wool without the bulk, hypo-allergenic, and one of the strongest fibers, Alpaca is an ideal ingredient for the sweater that will endure in your closet and become a favorite piece. This super fiber is then sorted, washed, combed and spun in nearby Arequipa, Peru, where 80% of the facilities energy needs is provided by solar panels. We receive the best fibers, called baby alpaca (though its not from baby alpaca), which are then sent to New York, where the slightly relaxed fit and menswear inspired chest pocket are crafted, converging timeless style with the ancient wool.
Did anyone else order anything from Zady’s alpaca/wool collection? What did you think?
**edited to add a few pictures I just took to give an idea of the sweater when it’s not tucked under – and a bit of a closer look:
Also, in case you don’t read through the comments, R asked me if I’d choose this new alpaca sweater (.06) over the older wool sweater style (.01) which is back in stock on Zady (here is my review from last year) to which I answered: yes. sort of. I like the way this one fits better (the arms aren’t as long on me) and love that it’s lighter weight, which gets much more wear here in Texas than the wool does. The wool sweater is quite warm and I love the texture of it, but if I HAD to choose one over the other (although really, they’re both really different), I’d probably choose the new alpaca sweater.