“ Brand: New Look / Type: Casual Wear „
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I purchased the Cardigan from my local New Look store, how-ever you can also purchase this online but they do have limited stock and only sizes 12, 14 and 16 left. The cardigan is a chunky cable knit style and comes in Cream and Dark Red. I instantly fell in love with the cream colour when I saw it so this is the colour I purchased. The cardigan has big, chunky brown buttons on the front and a fairisle lined hood with a faux fur trim. The cuffs to the cardigan are turned up and the cardigan is slightly elasticated around the bottom of it to ensure a good fit. Inside the hood is a red fairisle pattern which looks like prancing deer. The faux fur trim on the hood is a brown colour and give the cardigan a lovely finishing touch. I am guessing that the cardigan was available to purchase in sizes 6-18, but most of these sizes have now sold out. I am normally a size 6-8 in tops so I thought I would purchase a size 10 cardigan which meant I could wear a vest or thin top underneath and the cardigan wouldn't feel too tight. I did try the cardigan on before purchasing it as I wanted to ensure I got one that fit as they didn't have many left in my local store. The cardigan is priced at £34.99 and I did think this was quite pricey at first, how-ever the cardigan is actually quite thick and it's very good quality and also a lovely fit.
Wearing the Cardigan
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I have mainly worn the cardigan with jeans and heels. Although the sleeves on the cardigan look very slim they are stretchy so don't feel too tight. I normally wear a vest top underneath the cardigan or another thin top. The cardigan feels really comfortable to wear and isn't too tight. I normally wear the cardigan buttoned up and I love the design on the big, chunky buttons on the front of the cardigan. The buttons are sewn on well and aren't loose which I sometimes find with some items that I purchase. The hood to the cardigan looks quite big, how-ever it's not too big so doesn't flap over my eyes if I do wear it up. The inside of the cardigan is lined with a really soft fleece like material in a chocolate brown colour. This helps to keep you warm when wearing the cardigan. If it's not too cold outside I will wear a vest top with this cardigan as it does keep me really warm and snug. I love the overall look of the cardigan and the chunky knit design with the big chunky buttons. I don't tend to wear the hood up; how-ever I don't think the cardigan would look as good without the hood. I also like the design in the hood, rather than having a plain colour in the hood this gives the cardigan a winter feel/look to it. The cardigan isn't too heavy when wearing it and although it's light to wear it's quite thick so it does keep you really warm. The cardigan can be machine washed but must not be tumble dried. As I have only worn the cardigan for a few times for a short period of time I haven't yet washed it so can't comment on the washing/drying process.
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The chunky cable knit style of the cardigan and the chunky buttons is what attracted me to this cardigan in the first place and as soon as I tried it on I just had to buy it as it's really soft against my skin without making it feel itchy. The cardigan can be worn over a vest top or thin jumper and you will find that this keeps you really warm and snug. I think the fleece like lining in the cardigan helps to keep warmth in and this also helps the cardigan feel really soft against your skin. I prefer the look of the cardigan with some jeans or black trousers as I don't think it looks as good with leggings due to the short length of the cardigan. If the cardigan was a big longer it would look better with leggings. Although the jumper did seem quite expensive I think it's well worth the money as the item is brilliant quality, is very well made and also looks good. I would highly recommend this cardigan to others if you can get hold of one.
(review also on ciao)