A little late, but better than never – here is part two of my search for the perfect set of white sweats!
MATE the Label is a brand that has been on my radar for quite some time. I’ve seen their neutral, classic pieces pop up every now and then on @selltradeslowfashion. Based in LA, they work with local factories to produce loungewear made from organic materials. More information can be found in their 2020 Impact Report.
Both of these items are made from a 50% cotton fleece / 50% organic cotton blend that feels like french terry. Initially, I thought these would be too thin upon seeing the material, but they are actually quite warm! I wash these cold and tumble dry medium, and have not seen any shrinkage.
More impressively, these are quite opaque, even in the light Bone color. In these photos, I am actually wearing black underwear – which you can’t tell at all. That’s a big win over the Allbirds set that I reviewed here recently.
I got these in a size small, which is the perfect size to have some slouch, but also accommodate outer layers. If you want a more oversized look, I’d recommend sizing up, at least in the top.
Drop shoulder silhouettes can be hit or miss for me. I didn’t love them in Girlfriend Collective’s more standard fleece material (reviewed here), since they emphasized my already broad shoulders. So I was pleasantly surprised with MATE’s fit. The cotton blend french terry-like knit provides more drape, so the shoulder seams don’t stick out as much.
Lastly, while the sweatshirt is technically cropped, I find it to be less aggressive of a cut compared to other cropped items I have tried.
10/10, these are my favorite sweats. Highly recommend giving them a try – they have lighter terry cotton pieces that are more appropriate for these upcoming summer months. If you are a first time shopper, you can use my referral link to get $20 off your order. Please note that I’ll receive a $20 credit as well!
Just One More Thing…
However… if you are in a rush to wear your items and are unsure of fit, I recommend ordering two sizes and returning one. Unfortunately, their support operation leaves much to be desired.
While the support agent was helpful in coordinating an exchange for me, I had to follow up multiple times about shipping / order status. I started an exchange in mid-December, and did not receive my exchanged pieces until mid-March. I understand that they are a small business and operations have been tough for many this past year, but felt that this was enough of an outlier to caveat!