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Yes. Investment. Tradlands pieces (for most people) are an investment. The upfront cost may be higher, but you’re getting a quality garment that is going to last longer and is ethically made. But enough about that! TBH, you already know that and you probably have been looking for tradlands clothing reviews or even tradlands shelter cardigan reviews for that exact reason. I commend your diligence! I, too, am an avid googler of regular-people reviews of everything from spaghetti sauce to sustainable fashion. I always find everyone’s opinions or pictures are helpful in their own way. So let’s try on the Shelter Cardigan!
Oh hey! Cozy chunky knit sweater, anyone? Yes please! The Shelter Cardigan has a loose, gently oversized fit with drop shoulder and light balloon sleeves. This is a 100% cotton cardigan, which can be surprisingly hard to find.
BTW, I ordered XXS • 5’2” - b 33” w 27”
Take note of how beautiful the knit is and how sort of vibrant? the color is even though it’s basically just off white? I’ve seen this vibrancy in the other Tradlands knits and I think it’s one of the many reasons these sweaters scream quality to so many people.
If you’re looking for fit reference, note where the birch shelter cardigan xxs hits between waist and hips on a petite body. Also note the drop sleeve and overall sleeve length. Some pics I have rolled the sleeves a bit to give you an idea. This is easily a sleeves-over-fingers cozy kind of sweater for someone with my arm length! How do you like it with just the top button done?
Maybe you like the idea of buttoning all 3 of the buttons and doing a little cardigan tucked into high rise jeans look? Here ya go:
While many people love to wear the Shelter Cardigan as a top in itself, I think I would find it too low for comfort. I would at least want a cami or even a numi top (which will also protect the sweater from sweat) underneath. Here you can see the fit difference if you pull it back from the shoulders to make the neckline more modest or if you pull it forward. Which do you prefer?
Do you like to tuck in chunky knit sweaters and cardigans? Here’s a look with the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan tucked in to Mott And Bow High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans and finished with a red leather skinny belt. (Mott & Bow Bond Jean review here)
Are you the spunky wear-it-in-reverse type to get the most versatility out of every piece in your capsule wardrobe? Here’s the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan in reverse. I kind of loveee that diagonal knit at the shoulder, don’t you?
The Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is a beautiful and high quality, ethically made cotton knit cardigan with buttons. FYI The Shelter Cardigan does not have pockets, if that’s something you’re looking for in a cardigan. I chose the color birch because I wanted this piece to work with literally anything I’m wearing, no matter the color spectrum, but Tradlands has some really gorgeous new fall colors out like jam and also emerald green (I think that was released in summer, but still) so if this style if your jam (ha, jam.)… you may want to go big with another vibrant hue!
This slightly oversized slouchy cardigan is a huge departure from my historical style, but it’s actually a pretty awesome addition. When deciding between the Shelter Cardigan vs Cottage Crewneck Sweater, I opted for the shelter cardigan because it is a sweater with buttons. You see, my temperature fluctuates so much. One minute I’m hot, the next I’m cold. Then I’m hot, then the AC kicks on and my teeth start chattering… I have a hard time staying comfortable so I’m constantly putting on a layer and take it off which is much easier to do with an open cardigan or button cardigan than an over-the-head sweater. (Although those sweaters are great for true winter when I’m just gonna be cold no matter what until spring haha.)
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is now my go-to cardigan for Fall and Winter layering.
Huge thanks to Tradlands for gifting this sweater! Stay tuned for more styling ideas featuring xxs tradlands shelter cardigan in birch.
In the mean time you can see all available sizes and colors of the Shelter Cardigan on the Tradlands website.
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Here is my current sweater collection updated for Fall/Winter 2021!
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I'll be dividing the sweaters by category based on their material. You'll find cotton sweaters, cashmere sweaters, cotton cashmere blend sweaters, wool sweaters, rayon/wool blend sweaters and.. well I think that's it for now! :)
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan - Birch XXS - $227 (Sept 2021)
For me, Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is a no brainer for when I need to throw on an extra layer and just feel straight up cozy. The fit is different than my usual style preferences because it's slightly oversized. This is what makes it such a cozy sweater. It has a nice amount of weight and a beautiful knit. Easy to toss over winter layers or a tank top on a cooler summer night. Keep it at the office to combat those drafts. Love it.
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Everlane Soft Cotton Crew Sweater - Bone XS - sale $50 (Jan 2021)
The Cotton Crew Neck Sweater from Everlane is a basic kind of sweater that you can wear casually or dress it up. I regularly wear it over one of my Tradlands button ups and I also love it underneath my Everlane Picnic Dress.
Everlane Soft Cotton Crew Neck Sweater Review
Mott & Bow Willow Oversized Cashmere V Neck Sweater - Oxblood XXS - $149 (Sept 2021)
Mott & Bow's oversized cashmere v neck sweater in oxblood is a great addition to my sweater collection. The color is one of my personal power colors, meaning it's a color I always feel great and confident wearing. Worn alone with jeans or a skirt, it's a quick and easy outfit. The slightly oversized fit also allows for using this as a layering piece in the warmer months. I love a button up collar peeking out from under a v neck sweater.
Everlane The Cashmere Crew Sweater - Red XS - sale $60 (Sept 2019)
I invested in some cashmere sweaters because I wanted more natural fibers in my wardrobe. I realized a huge contributing factor to difficulty regulating my temperature in the colder months was some of the synthetic fabrics that nearly all my sweaters were made of. Polyester, Acrylic, etc... These are no good for me, personally. I snagged a sale on a popular cashmere crew from Everlane. The fit of the XS is preferred and I do enjoy wearing this with jeans and patterned skirts that have red in them, as well as with solids to add a pop of color in the cold months.
Everlane The Cashmere Crew Sweater - Mustard Yellow S - sale $60 (Sept 2019)
Like the previous sweater, I snagged the mustard yellow cashmere sweater from everlane on sale and the only size was Small. I still wear this sweater regularly, although I definitely refer the XS fit on this sweater. I love the cheery yellow color and it pairs well with other colors I reach for regularly - navy, forest green, maroon, black.
Cotton Cashmere Blend.
Mott & Bow Emma Light Ribbed Cotton Cashmere Crew - Black XS - $99 (Sept 2021)
This lightweight cotton cashmere sweater is like a dream. A high crew neckline and fitted silhouette make for a really chic look with no effort at all. It's a wonderful weight for transitional seasons or as a base layer in colder months.
Mott & Bow Emma Light Ribbed Cotton Cashmere V Neck - Ivory XS - $99 (Sept 2021)
Again, an excellent transitional sweater that is not too heavy and almost like a long sleeve fitted shirt, but better and cozier. The ribbed fabric blend gives it a bit of stretch making it nice to wear over a button down as well!
Quince Australian Merino Wool Open Cardigan Sweater - Navy XS - $39.90 (Feb 2021)
An easy cardigan with pockets to toss on for a little extra warmth but without being bulky. The Quince Merino Wool Cardigan is a cardigan without buttons, it has roomy pockets, and is super soft. Be careful when washing/drying because I accidentally popped mine in the dryer on auto once and I think it did shrink a bit, although not to an unwearable point.
Encircled The Dressy Sweatshirt - Navy XS - $154 (Nov 2018)
The first "better" sweater I invested in, from Encircled clothing - The Dressy Sweatshirt. This sweatshirt is made from a blend including rayon from bamboo and merino wool. They now have another wool free sweater blend available in this design. I find the wide neckline is too wide for my frame and petite style preferences. I still like to wear it as a quick throw on layer, especially when traveling.
Overall, I feel like my sweater collection is pretty robust, but here are some additions I would consider in the future.
Mott & Bow Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Willow in Black, $149
Tradlands Jude Pullover Sweater, $217
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As many people slowly start or continue to return to the office after abruptly working from home for possibly a year and a half or more, one thing is for sure: Uncomfortable workwear is out! At the same time, we want to look and feel put together and bring our best self to work, even if we are still working remotely.
Enter the new performance workwear line from encircled clothing.
The Performance Pencil Skirt.
The Performance Pencil Skirt from encircled clothing features a comfy waistband, hidden pocket, and marries the comfort of activewear with the timeless look of a pencil skirt.
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The Performance Pencil Skirt, $168
XS-XXL • Bordeaux, Black, Slate Blue
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Encircled Clothing Review: The Performance Pencil Skirt Review
I absolutely love the look of the performance pencil skirt. It’s totally up my alley as a regular skirt wearer. I know this has been thoughtfully designed to not be a constricting pencil skirt, but a comfortable pencil skirt that you can actually move in. While I appreciate the incorporation of the slit for easy movement, I really have to see this piece in person to decide if it’s right for me. The model is a good 5” taller than I am, so it’s possible that the slit would be okay for me, but I really prefer not to have slits above the knee. There are some really elegant ways to add movability into a pencil skirt via slits/splits without showing more skin based on how the slit is designed and constructed. I do also have pencil skirts that offer plenty of movability without having a slit at all, so I think it’s more of a style and design choice and I’m really curious to see one in person and see where/how that slit falls on me!
This is a pencil skirt with pockets. Well, a pocket. I think the hidden pocket is so cool, but I honestly haven’t used it at all in my other encircled pieces, so I’m not sure I would use it on this performance pencil skirt either. Of course, I get that everyone wants pockets in everything and it’s really hard to make a pencil skirt with pockets that are useful and flattering, so… good compromise.
Will you be trying the new Performance Pencil Skirt from Encircled? Let me know what you think!
The Performance Work Dress.
The Performance Work Dress from encircled clothing is a boatneck dress with 3/4 sleeves, A-line silhouette, and a work dress with pockets!
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The Performance Work Dress, $248
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Encircled Clothing Review: The Performance Work Dress Review
The Performance Work Dress is another piece that is totally up my alley. I’m excited to try the new fabric for this performance workwear line because I think it maybe the key to really being comfortable in encircled dresses and skirts! Let me explain… All of Encircled’s dresses and skirts that I’ve tried are comfortable. Their usual fabrics are amazingly soft, making them instantly comfortable. But comfort isn’t just the feel of fabric on your skin, it’s how you feel when you wear a peace, including the feeling of being at ease. Sometimes with beautiful modal fabrics while they certainly drape beautifully, they can also cling in ways you don’t necessarily want.
The Previous All Day Work Dress from encircled was amazing and is one of my favorite dresses to this day. It was a thicker micromodal/Lycra blend than other garments from the brand and had an under layer which really helped reduce the clinging affect on a slim fitting dress style. All that to say.. I think this new fabric blend may offer just the right amount of structure to put me at ease while retaining some flowy movement, and who doesn’t want that?
My personal hesitations with the piece: I love a boatneck style, but often times find them to be too wide for my frame. Or, even if the width is okay, bra-straps poking out drive me crazy and take away from the refined boatneck style. (Love when a garment has those little snaps to keep your bra straps in place!) So for The Performance Work Dress , I’d definitely need to try it on to see how the neckline sits on my body and, of course, I’m always interested in the length being at the knee or below. Personal preference :-)
Encircled Performance Workwear Line Overall Thoughts.
I’m really excited to see this new line from encircled and can’t wait to see what other pieces they release. Dying to find the perfect structured blazer. (And, incidentally, still on the fence about what a perfect blazer means for me and my wardrobe / personal style)
I imagine this new fabric which contains polyester, has been a tough call for the brand which focuses on eco friendly materials, ethical labor, and overall sustainability. But… that’s just it. Overall sustainability…. The most sustainable clothing pieces are the ones you wear and love year after year. And sometimes the most eco friendly fabrics don’t hold up as well and as a result you may not get as many years of wear out of those pieces. That’s part of the picture to consider as well. Pieces like the Performance Pencil Skirt and the Performance Work Dress have timeless designs and if the fabric blend holds up longer, provides structure, and resists wrinkles… you have to factor that in for sure. ;)
Congrats on the new launch, encircled! I know it’s going to be a hit!
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It's Fall, ya'll! Today is officially the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and we're kicking it off with a try on from Mott & Bow.
This try on will include a brief first impressions Mott & Bow review of each of the following items:
Look for future styling of these affordable elevated basics for women under Mott & Bow Reviews
Mott & Bow High Rise Skinny Jean - Bond Black.
Mott & Bow's Bond Jean is a black skinny jean for women available in High-Rise and Mid-Rise. I grew up in the time of the low rise jean and I am just coming around to high waisted styles. High waisted styles are very flattering for petite pear shaped women and I love a defined waist in dresses or skirts, so here I am giving it a try with jeans and I have to say.... I'm in love!
This pair of black high rise skinny jeans is definitely going to stay in my closet for many years to come.
Mott & Bow Light Ribbed Cotton/Cashmere Crew - Emma Black.
The Emma Crew Neck Cotton and Cashmere Mott and Bow Sweater is basically my dream everyday long sleeve shirt / lightweight sweater. I got the XS and I love the way this piece fits me! This is a piece I will reach for at least once a week because it's such a wardrobe staple.
The blend is 85% Cotton and 15% Cashmere. With that much cotton it feels durable, yet snuggly because of the cashmere addition. The ribbed fabric creates some textural interest and I forgot firsthand how much I love this. Many of my basics are smooth and super soft which makes them comfy as anything, but also makes it really easy to see any little line and it's an unreasonable pet peeve of mine when bra lines etc are overly visible through a shirt. Completely avoiding that issue here and couldn't be more pleased.
Please note: The neck opening on this sweater is on the narrower side and doesn't stretch, so be sure to put it on with care! I actually love where it sits so I wouldn't change the design at all.
Mott & Bow Light Ribbed Cotton/Cashmere V Neck - Emma Ivory.
This ivory lightweight sweater is the same as the previous Emma, only in Ivory and the V neck option.
Shown below with a quince silk cami underneath, as I find the V neck just a bit too open for my comfort.
As with most light colored and light weighted sweaters and tops, it's not going to be as opaque as the black... obviously! If this has an impact on purchasing decisions, take a look at my shoulder in the photo. You'll be able to see the cami and a dark strap beneath. With a flesh toned bra, you'll always do better!
Ivory V Neck Sweater over Chambray Button Up Shirt from Tradlands. I love this look and the color combination of the ivory and light blue. What do you think?
Mott & Bow Cashmere Oversized V Neck - Willow Oxblood.
The Cashmere Oversized V Neck Sweater from Mott and Bow in Oxblood is just stunning. It's hard to capture the color accurately on camera, but check for more Mott & Bow Styling posts for cashmere sweater outfits in different settings. The oversized fit coupled with lightweight nature if the cashmere makes it easy to tuck and drape. Below you'll see the cashmere sweater tucked into black high waisted skinny jeans - the same pair from mott and bow mentioned above (bond jeans).
Huge thanks to Mott & Bow for gifting these pieces to share with you and help you decide which are the right fit for your life, style, and wardrobe!
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Cozy Sweaters For Fall - Tradlands Clothing Fall / Winter Collection - Essential Transitional Wardrobe Pieces
The mornings are crisp, pumpkin spice is in the air and you can just feel the season changing. At least here in the Northeastern USA. Cooler weather has me eager to snuggle up in the coziest sweaters and sip something warm, how about you? Today I wanted to share some cozy sweaters for women from a really great slow fashion brand, Tradlands.
Tradlands Shelter Cardigan.
The Shelter Cardigan is a hugely popular piece from Tradlands clothing line and always sells out really quickly. Available in XXS - 4X • Birch, Storm, Sienna, Emerald (love this!) + 3 all new colors for Fall 2021 Navy, Jam, Earth!
Tradlands Cottage Crewneck.
Fall Layering & Transitional Pieces
Swap your lightweight summer jumpsuit for the Guide Coverall in Cream, Clay, or Black and keep that sleek, body elongating look even in the cooler months! Tradlands Guide Coverall Review
But wait… there’s a dress!
I know this post initially started out with cozy, snuggly, warm, chunky knit, sweaters… but I got so excited about the rest of the Tradlands collection for Fall and Winter 2021 that I couldn’t help but share the rest of their great transitional and layering pieces for colder weather. And now that I shared that…. I absolutely must share their brand new dress!
The Chalet Tiered Dress.
Anyway, today marks the launch of Tradland’s new collection featuring all of the above!
Slow fashion means quantities are limited, so keep that in mind if there’s something your heart is set on, but also shop responsibly. :-)
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