Friday, June 12, 2009

J.Crew: Lightweight Short-Sleeve Cardigan Review

This is a cardigan from J.Crew that I'm calling Lightweight Short-Sleeve Cardigan (item #16932), which retails for $49.50. I saw this in-store in this color, stone, and I don't recall seeing any other ones (but admittedly, I didn't really look for any). This sweater is alpha-sized. I tried this sweater on in a size small, in the stone color.

This sweater fit true-to-size, but I thought the fit itself was a bit weird. The buttons pulled at each other, and it almost looked like the sweater was too small if you were just to look at the buttons. I think this might have been a result of the fabric itself being so light and sort of clinging to the tee underneath.

The fabric is pretty leightweight, and I am pretty sure it is a cotton. The fabric is not as light as the featherweight cardigans with the jewel-like beads that were out earlier this season - the fabric is most like that of the Beaded Etoile Cardigan. It is very light and smooth, and will be very comfortable in the summer. Like other lightweight cotton cardigans, the fabric is fairly soft.

I think the color of this cardigan is a very nice neutral, and would work with pretty much any other color, so that is always nice.

The cardigan itself is a fairly standard short-sleeve cardigan, with small rib trim on the sleeves and the hem. This cardigan also has two small pockets on the front of the sweater, which also have small rib trim. I go back and forth on pockets on sweaters, but these are on the smaller side, and blend in very well with the rest of the sweater. As you can see in the picture below, the buttons were already pulling again by the time I got to this picture.

I think the design of the sweater is simple enough that it will work with many different outfits, and will work dressed up or dressed down. If you are in the market for a lightweight, simple, neutral sweater for the summer, this one is probably worth checking out, especially for the price.

I left this sweater behind because I was not on a buying trip. I wasn't a huge fan of the way the buttons pulled, but other than that, I liked this sweater. It is a nice, lightweight sweater that can be styled various ways, and is reasonably priced, especially for J.Crew.

What do you think? Do you like this sweater? Have you seen it or tried it on in-store? What other colors would you like to see this in?