Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Marya Sweater Review

Lately I haven't been able to get to an Anthropologie store as often as I would have liked. It's about 40 minute drive for me each way, and I have to orchestrate baby sitting and my husband driving me, because:
1. Who can savor Anthropologie with two kids following you around the store, touching everything breakable and whining when can we go?
2. I have a pathological fear of driving in Manhattan.
So you see, with all the challenges of actually getting to try something on at Anthropologie,  unless I have other errands to run in the area there's just not enough of an incentive 
Well, last week, all the constellations finally came together, grandparent entertained the kids, husband was willing to drive and I had stuff to return to a few stores in the area, so to Anthropologie we went!

The first item that caught my eye in the store was the Marya Sweater by Sparrow. As you might or might not remember from my previous ramblings, I'm hooked on pointelles/open knits. I asked my husband what is it that makes  pointelle so attractive and he said "it's demure". Nice observation by husband. So that's the story I'm sticking to, I like everything demure.

 You know what's not demure? The big, fat camera I'm trying to balance in one hand. It's the only one I have. That's right, I'm one of those strange people who uses her cell phone for emergencies only and therefore did not feel the need to purchase one with a fancy camera built in. Don't judge me.

You can't really tell from the pictures, but this cardigan is two toned. The top portion is pale sky blue and the bottom is off white. Husband said it looks like it faded out, but I personally liked the effect.
I tried on XS, which still swallowed me up. This sweater is very long and I'm very short (5"1). Something about the length to shape ratio made me feel like I'm wearing a curtain. The gathers at the shoulders further emphasized the "curtain" effect. The fabric was a nice weight, not Winter heavy, but not Summer light either. Actually, just perfect for Spring. I also tried on the Trifecta Cardigan, (review to follow) and the fabric weight of the Marya Sweater was slightly heavier by comparison.
Though I like the color and the diamond pattern very much, this was a no-go for me because of the length. I think it would look so much better on  a taller lady. Luckily, Anthropologie currently has a nice selection of pointelle sweaters. The Pointelle Diamond Sweater Tee, the Trifecta Cardigan and the Ethereal Pointelle Sweater  are saved in my wish list and I plan on waiting patiently to purchase them when they'll hopefully go on sale.

1 comment:

JewishGirlBlog said...

Great review! I agree with you about both the length of the cardigan and the fact that the fading looks purposeful :-)

Glad you were able to indulge in a little grown-up shopping time!


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