“ Brand: Sorbet / Type: Lounge Suit „
Very.co.uk is an online retailer which offers many, many, different concessions; Sorbet is one of those concessions, which sell comfortable lounge/sleepwear via the website.
For Xmas I received a Sorbet velour lounge suit. Not being a fan of velour (and definitely not being one to wear it out of the house), I was surprised by how comfortable it was to wear.
The suit compromises of a hooded zip top and elasticated waist bottoms, however I will review each item individually for the purposes of the review.
The suit I have is in beige, both the top and the bottoms are a matching colour, but due to the nature of velour, if it's pushed in the wrong direction this can create different natural shades of the colour, so it is handy to smooth down the material in a single direction if deciding to wear out.
*~*The Hooded Zip Top*~*
The material is 80% cotton and 20% polyester; it is relatively thin on the top, with a thicker section of material supporting the zip which runs straight up the middle of the front section from bottom to top.
Either side of the zip is a pocket. The pocket is sectioned off by the zip and is stitched on with obvious seams for design purposes. The stitching is in-line with that of the rest of the garment and blends in well. The thread used is matching beige; however the craftsmanship is shoddy with loose threads on the end of every end stitch where it has been tied off. As a result, the top of the pockets appear to have started to unstitch themselves on one side, and on the other the loose thread sit on the inside of the zip track which can get caught on the zip.
Bizarrely, the stitching on the rest of the top is done well, it is tied off well and there are no loose threads. It is almost as if the pockets were any after-thought.
The soft material is offset with an elasticated band around the bottom of the top and the cuffs of the sleeves. The thicker and slightly ribbed elasticated band allows the top to be pulled down with comfort and stops it riding up.
The hood is quite large and would fit most head sizes. That said I cannot recall ever using it. It has a tie which runs across the base of it with a pull tie on either side allowing the wearer to adjust the hood to personal preference. This is not made of velour, just cotton.
Overall I would say that the top is designed to sit close to the body. It would fit awkwardly should you wear a bulky jumper beneath it. It also is not long enough to cover a longer fitting top worn beneath it, so would be most suitable to be being worn over a t-shirt or fitted top which can be tucked in.
The bottoms start with an elasticated waistband identical to that on the bottom and cuffs of the top. Other than the hem of the trousers there is no additional stitching and no pockets. The seams down either leg are flawless and unlikely to break or create holes. The hem on the base of each leg sits approximately ¾ of an inch above the base of the material. This is handy if worn with no shoes or low shoes as it means the hem won't break or get caught when walking around.
The trousers are straight leg and between 8 and 9 inches wide at the ankle. The width makes the trousers comfortable and not at all tight. However, the thin material might not be the warmest if worn outside. Also if you have a curvier derriere than you may find a visible panty-line on display as there is no additional material to pad it out.
The length of these bottoms is 29inches. Having tested the size options on the Very.co.uk website, it does not appear that the length changes regardless of the size and there is no option for a longer/short length.
This lounge suit is most definitely best worn for lounging around. I haven't worn mine a lot but when I was doing my ironing this week I noticed some slight damage across the left breast of the jacket and also on one of the legs. It looked like the material was pushed in the wrong direction, but I couldn't make it look right.
The suit is machine washable and wrinkle free which means the velour does not require ironing unless you want to smooth it all in the right direction. I have looked at various reviews of this product and many of them say "true to size". I'm not sure I would agree. Mine is size 10 but I am an 8 and I don't think a true size 10 would find this suit as comfortable as I do. It fits me really well, both in length and across the chest when zipped up.
The only other disadvantage is that as a set you have to buy the same size on top and bottom, so if you have a big bum and small boobs or vice versa you may not be that comfortable.
I would only recommend this as indoor wear.
The suit is currently available is Dark Grey Marl or Royal Blue. Mine must have been from the last season catalogue. The RRP is £30.00 but it is currently on offer at £24.00.