“ Brand: Boohoo / Type: Casual Wear „
I have a massive addiction when it comes to internet shopping, it just doesn't feel like I'm spending money! Boohoo is one of my favourite online clothing stores and they always have amazing clothes for such a small price! For a very long time I have been trying to find a leopard print cardigan, for no particular reason except that I really wanted one. I managed to find this Orla leopard print cardigan and I couldn't resist buying it - especially as it was only £15 (which is roughly what Primark would retail their cardigans at but this is twice the quality).
The cardigan is available in sizes 8-16 and I would say they are quite size appropriate. I would say if you want a baggy fit then buy the size up, but it does fit loose on the body and tight on the arms at your actual size. The colour is a grey leopard print, described by boohoo as stone.
Usually when I buy online, I am a little conscious as you cannot see the item in the flesh - sometimes clothes look very different when they are off a computer screen! Although, this one is identical to the image shown on dooyoo. It is completely leopard print and fits long which I really like. I love when cardigans come to my thigh or almost. There are two pockets on either side of the buttons which are also leopard print and quite deep (so big enough for say, an iphone to fit inside snugly). The matierial is very soft to touch and a little stretchy so it is easy to move and be comfortable to wear.
My only issue with the cardigan is that its hand washable only. This may not be an issue if you have a wardrobe with lots of items the same, or a lot of time on your hands - but in a rush its a nightmare. Most of you will know that washing my hand means it takes a lot longer to dry. You also cannot tumble dry the cardigan so luckily I have a clothes horse to hang mine off, although it takes over night to dry.
I have owned the cardigan for a while now and it is still perfect. I expected the material to bobble quickly but it hasn't and is still as soft as when I brought it. I do tend to wear it twice or more before washing as the more you wash clothes, the more the quality fades - but this has been washed quite a few times now without a problem.
Boohoo have definitely managed to get the price and quality perfect here. I love that prices are similar to Primark but the quality is miles better. I will be using their shop for a long time to come as all items that I have purchased from them have lasted a long time and fit very well.
In my opinion, leopard print is best worn with plain tops or ones with a simple logo - avoid all patterns and bright colours that do not match! I have found that it can be dressed up by adding heels and a black dress or jeans/top, or it can be worn casual with flat shoes and a simple black or white t-shirt and shorts/skirt/jeans. Basically there are a lot of clothing combinations to try when you consider wearing this.
I would recommend this to anyone who has been looking for a leopard print cardigan or just wants to spice up their wardrobe a little. It goes with quite a lot and for such a low price its fantastic!
I did originally buy this for a friend, as she's crazy about leopard print and thought as her birthday was coming up it would be perfect. Well when it came I fell in love with it and lets just say.. I had to order another one hehe! I'm a big fan of Boohoo as their clothing always looks so fashionable without the high price tag!
The leopard print is quite small, which does give it a lovely effect, it has a pocket either side at the front of the jumper, similar to ones you will find on a boyfriend cardigan. This is machine washable and has been in a fair amount of times now and has still remained the same colour and shape. The fabric is quite soft and is very lightweight which isn't so good for the winter, but great for the summer! I've always seemed to wear this with my leggings, as its long and covers my bum. You have to be quite picky with the colours you wear with this, as its not very versatile. I tend to wear black or white tops with this and leggings/jeans.
Its extremely comfortable and great for the hotter days when you don't feel like showing much flesh. It isn't to bad for the colder days, as it does add another layer just not as thick as you may like it to be. Its very stylish and looks amazing on. Its not tight so it doesn't irritate my skin or make me feel uncomfortable.
I bought this for £15 and I think it was available in sizes 6-16. I did buy this around after Christmas time so I'm not sure if it is still available. But I did have a look on the website and can't seem to find it, so I'm not sure if it has been discontinued or just ran out of stock.
Overall a fantastic cardigan, which is soft, comfortable and very stylish!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love leapord print. I don't know why this started but since about a couple of years ago I have bought practically everything leapord print that I have seen! I have leapord print pyjamas, leapord print slippers, leapord print scarves, a leapord print umbrella, leapord print leggings, leapord print dresses, leapord print tops, a leapord print bikini, a leapord print headband, leapord print everything basically! But one thing I didn't have in leapord print was a long cardigan. I had a short one, but not a long one, so when I saw this one on boohoo.com and I was buying a couple of other things from there as well anyway, I just had to have it.
Obviously because you're buying this online there is always the drawback that you don't get to see it or try it on before you commit to buying it. And if you don't choose next day delivery (at an extra cost of £5.99) then you have to wait a few days before you actually get it. But these are really the only disadvantages I found with this cardigan. It looks basically the same in real life as what it looks like in the picture at the top of this page. As you can see the leapord print is quite small, there are front pockets in the cardigan and it has long sleeves. The pockets in this cardigan remind me of the boyfriend cardigans you can get from New Look. I have a few of them and they are quite similar to this, except the fabric on this one isn't as soft and thin, and this one doesn't shrink so much in the wash - and this one has a gorgeous leapord print all over it so this ones the better one all round really! They cost about the same as well so if you are stuck between the two this is the one I'd recommend.
If you're looking for something cosy and warm that will keep the cold off your back and arms in the winter then this isn't for you. It does provide an extra layer but I would say that its more of a fashion accessory than a practical garment, and it is quite thin so it does get quite cold if you just wear this and a tshirt or another thin top underneath it. This is definitely for indoor wear in the winter, in the warmer months like end of spring and in summer though this will be fine to wear outdoors.
I can't remember exactly how much this cost as it was a few months ago now that I bought it, but I think it was about £12. I got it in sizer 8, I think this was the smallest size they had available and I think the sizes go up to about 16. Overall I love this cardigan and would definitely recommend it.
I really do have an addiction when it comes to shopping for clothes - even when I have no money to spend I will still trawl my favourite sites adding various items to my internet favourites like theres no tomorrow but for some reason I very rarely get around to actually buying online. Boohoo is one of the sites that I always look on and find wonderful things but for some reason never end up buying so a few weeks ago I decided to change that and buy a few items from their online store starting with this 'Orla Leopard Print Cardigan' simply because it really attracted my attention and lets face it the only thing Im more addicted to than shopping is leopard print. This wouldnt be my usual style as cardies arent really my thing but this one looked so nice and with a 15% discount I couldnt pass up the oppurtunity to own it and Im so glad I took a chance on this one.
Price: £15 (+P&P) - 15% discount at the moment!
Stockists: Exclusive to boohoo.com
Other Info: Only available in sizes 12, 14 & 16 now. Colour described as 'Stone' and only available in that colour - this cardigan is hand-wash only so thats worth thinking about if you do plan on buying this.
*I personally bought this in size 10 just to make sure (as Ive never bought from this shop before I wanted to make sure) and it is slightly baggy but that fits in with the style in my opinion and doesnt look overlly huge on me just much more comfortable - so Id say buy your 'average' size.*
This cardie in reality looks exactly the same as the picture (the one Dooyoo have put up isnt that big so Ill try and describe it as best I can) so buying online isnt a problem in this case because what you see is what you get. The jacket itself is white/very light beige in colour with black leopard print all over. There are two very deep pockets on either side which are perfect for keeping your phone etc in as they are deep enough to ensure nothing will fall out and the pockets dont look to bulky even if you have put things in them so thats good. This is made from the typical cardigan type material which is soft to the touch yet ever so slightly stretchy and longer than you really need - which might not seem like a great description but that is exactly what this is like.
This definitely fits me perfectly in all the right places - its slightly longer than usual down my back which means when wearing this with leggings it covers my bum (which is always a good thing!), its very fitting on my arms and doesnt ride up at all and best of all it fits like a dream on my shoulders so I dont feel like Im hunched over when Im wearing this. As I mentioned it is slightly stretchy and a little baggy which I would normally consider a problem but based on the style of this I think it works better that way - it definitely adds comfort - I can wear this all day without it feeling too tight or feeling like Im way too dressed. Design and sizing wise Im VERY happy if this is how all Boohoo clothes are I will be a very regular customer on their site from now on.
Now because this cardigan is patterned it might not match with everything you own as it certainly doesnt with me but it is fantastic for dressing up a casual outfit - jeans and a top look totally different when you put this on with them and it makes a really casual outfit look really dressed up in minutes. I personally prefer to wear this in the daytime but it also is perfect for a casual yet dressy night out look with jeans and shoe boots or heels so with this simple cardigan your look can be changed from day to night just by changing your shoes! Ive been wearing this quite a lot lately underneath my long coat because it definitely adds a lot of warmth but Ill be wearing this alone over a vest top in Summer because it is quite light and airy and I think it would be the perfect cardie for a summer night. I cannot recommend highly enough and I think most people would love this - its simple yet classic design means it is very versatile and one many people would love to own.
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