One thing I learned this year about my clothing preferences: I really like rolled edges in knitwear.
Today I’m wearing a long cardigan gifted from Mijeong Park for review. It’s arrival was timely because it’s warming up in NYC but the mornings are still a little chilly and the office is unpredictably cold as well. So I was in need of outerwear that’s not a full blown coat but something more substantial than my tiny cardigan. This was an easy layering piece that I could wear to work and still look put together. I asked for a size extra small which fits OK, but if I were to do it all over again, I’d ask for a size medium for an intentionally oversized fit. Sometimes I forget that my arms are pretty long and I prefer my sleeves to extend well past my wrists or at least to have that option. From now on I’m going to be more inclined to buy size medium long sleeved garments, even if I could fit into a small, for that reason.
My favorite part of this cardigan are the rolled edges throughout, even the pockets have rolled edges! I also love the rolled edges on my recently purchased ATM striped cashmere sweater that you’ve seen me wear a million times this year. Rolled edges give off an extra cozy, casual vibe and evokes an attitude that is not too concerned with perfection. Here’s a close up.
Like my Mijeong Park ribbed dress, these have strong pockets that held my cell phone and pager all day long while I was moving about juggling a million things at work today. I can see this becoming a work horse in my wardrobe for this very reason.
The only downside to this cardigan is that it does have some nylon blended into the cashmere/wool, which I’m only opposed to in this case for environmental/ideological reasons, although I guess that makes me somewhat of a hypocrite because I still do buy things with synthetic fibers in them, although I try to minimize it as much as possible. Besides knowing that there is nylon in it, I don’t think the nylon itself detracts from the texture and experience of the cardigan, because it is still majority cashmere/wool percentage-wise. In fact I think maybe the nylon component will prevent it from pilling and perhaps make it more durable. But I’m not entirely sure of that. I guess time will tell.
Synthetic fibers is kind of like meat for me. I’m trying to consume less of it for select reasons (health, the environment), and less so for other reasons (ethics), but I’m not ready to go completely vegetarian yet, because sometimes ya just gotta eat meat. I don’t think I’m alone in the natural fabric movement. It’s not surprising that MP’s 100% cotton ribbed dress is sold out. I think Black Crane is catching on too because all of a sudden their new line of clothing is 100% linen and cotton these days. Most of their old stuff are made from natural-synthetic fiber blends.
In other news, I have 3 upcoming events to attend this year that will require me to wear a dress. I no longer fit into the one and only dressy-dress that I still own (thanks KonMarie, lol), so I needed to buy one. I thought about going down the Rent the Runway route, but thinking about the whole process of renting the dress and sending it back stressed me out. Plus, I don’t mind wearing the same dress multiple times, so it makes more economic sense for me to buy a reasonably priced dress that I love and wear it over and over than to rent 3 different dresses for 3 different occasions that will in total cost me way more than if I had just bought one dress. I didn’t want to spend a lot on the dress and didn’t mind buying one made of synthetic fibers because to be honest, most dresses these days are made from synthetics and I’m not going to wear it often or put it in the washer so I don’t mind so much. Need Supply has some pretty neat dresses for under $100. I wanted something elegant but boring at the same time, if that makes sense. I wanted the fit to be forgiving in case I gain weight in the future and the style to be understated so that I could get away with wearing it more than once around the same people. I combed through all the Need Supply dresses under $100 and narrowed it down to these three dresses:
I liked them all equally, couldn’t decide, so asked the BF to make the final decision. But I’m curious, which one do you think I should have bought? Can you guess which one he chose? I’ll reveal the answer on my next post… just for fun. Stay tuned!
[outfit: Mijeong Park cashmere blend hooded cardigan (gifted for review), Elizabeth Suzann Harper tunic in linen gauze, Eileen Fisher system easy pants, *SAS suntimer sandals, *Cluse watch, *Dagne Dover midi tote]