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Knitted Boxy Cardi

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Brand: Topshop / Type: Cardigan

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      18.03.2012 17:01
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      A purchase I regret.

      Note: The Dooyoo picture is the back of the cardigan, not the front.

      I had a beautiful baby girl at the start of last month and had been cooped up in the house pretty much everyday. I'm not complaining, but after a while it does get a little samey! Despite how much I love being at home with her, when my friends invited me to go to Meadowhall with them last weekend, I jumped at the chance and spent the afternoon shopping and treating myself (and my baba!) to lots of goodies. I am a bit of a cardigan addict and I didn't really want to buy any more as my collection must be well over thirty (which is ridiculous!) however I ended up picking this cardi up as it was on the sale rack in Topshop and I can't resist a good bargain. I paid just £27 for it, which is £9 less than the RRP so I was initially pretty happy with my purchase as there are no visible faults and it is the perfect lightweight material for the current weather; warm with a chilly edge, however after wearing it a few times I wish I hadn't bought it! :-(

      This is simply a very basic long sleeved cardigan with a deep V neck. It has five plastic buttons down the front along with two decent sized slouchy pockets on the front. The cardigan is a 'boxy' cardigan, which means that it's wide and therefor quite relaxed fitting around the hip and stomach area. I thought this would look adorable and oversized. Wrong. It makes me look like i'm fat/pregnant as it makes my hips and stomach look ten times bigger. Saying that though, if worn with the buttons undone it looks fine, but done up it just looks hideous, and i'm only a small size ten so I dread to think what it would look like if a bigger girl wore it - it really isn't flattering at all when done up so be warned!!

      The sleeves are quite long, maybe it's because i'm small (5'3ish) with quite short arms(?) but I have to roll them up to avoid them flapping about and looking ridiculous. The cardi has a fine knitted design which is quite harsh to the touch, it's a honeycomb type pattern which I am not keen on as I prefer cable knits, however the texture adds a little character and uniqueness to it I guess. Length wise this comes a few inches below my waistline, and it's quite floaty so it isn't a long/boyfriend cardigan. It's also worth noting that despite the boxy fit around the hip and stomach area it's actually really tight on my arms and then a little too baggy around my shoulders; the fit is odd but it's not hideously bad and it's wearable.

      When it comes to styling it and matching it up with outfits, it isn't anything special, and so I simply wear it with over a T shirt or vest along with jeans, shorts or a skirt. It could be worn with leggings if the length (it's quite short) doesn't bother you. Price wise this is £36 but as I briefly mentioned above, luckily I paid a little less than the RRP - thank goodness. In hindsight I wouldn't of bought it at all, it's not even worth a tenner in my opinion and its quality and design is similar to that of a bad quality Primark cardigan. Topshop offer a 10% discount to students. The cardigan is available both in-store Topshop and via their website - www.topshop.com

      Size wise, this cardigan is available in Topshop's usual size range - 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16. It's available in a number of colours, which include the basics such as grey, khaki and cream however there's also a lovely rose shade available which would be fabulous for this Spring's pastel colour trend however it had sold out when I bought my cardigan. The material of the cardi has a strange feel to it, the material is soft yet feels quite stiff and harsh - it's not the comfiest cardigan and with a short sleeved top it does itch a little and feel noticeably uncomfortable. It's made up with 47% Acrylic,44% Nylon and 9% Mohair. It is fine to be washed in the washing machine but I have found that it bobbles easily and takes a day or two to dry.

      Overall this isn't an item I would reccomend as it's overpriced, unflattering and I will be giving mine to a friend.

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