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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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