It is officially pumpkin spice season, and despite the still-warm weather, fall is around the corner. While I wasn’t impressed by Quince’s famous $50 cashmere sweater (reviewed here), I’ve had great luck with their other knit pieces. I’ve previously eyed their Mongolian Cashmere Oversized Cardigan, but was worried it’d look too oversized on my 5’4” frame. So, I was excited to see they recently came out with a shorter version!
At first glance, these cardigans are very similar to the ubiquitous $500 Jenni Kayne cardigan. However, with a much more palatable price point of $139 for the full-length cardigan and $119 for the cropped version that I’m reviewing today.
While I’ve heard good things about the JK sweaters, I can’t quite stomach the price tag, especially when they are Made in China. Not to knock the quality of overseas-produced items at all! Just mainly the price-to-cost discrepancy, especially when they cost significantly more than say, Elizabeth Suzann and Misha & Puff sweaters.
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Size & Fit
I purchased this in my usual size Small, and it is perfectly oversized. The length, while “cropped”, isn’t really – it’s more of a mid-length, hitting mid-hip for me. On the backside, it hits mid-butt – so if you’re looking for a cardigan to cover that area (ex. to wear with leggings), you may want to go with the original oversized version instead.
Though the sleeves are relaxed, the wrists taper in just enough so they will stay put if you prefer to push your sleeves up. However, it’s not super snug, so if you’re moving around the sleeves may fall back down.
Quince provides quite a few details on the wool weight and fiber length. Which while nice, isn’t necessarily too helpful in isolation! So here’s my not-so-scientific take: overall, the cashmere is soft and midweight with a slightly looser weave. Perfect for shoulder seasons or in offices with cold AC. It feels like much better quality than their $50 cashmere, which was way too silky (to the point of feeling like acrylic) and shed a ton, even before I got it into the wash.
To provide a comparison, I’ve stacked it with the Everlane Felted Merino Sweater (reviewed here), Everlane Alpaca Crew (reviewed here), and the Quince Alpaca Cardigan (reviewed here). If you’re familiar with these sweaters, I’d say it falls in between the two Everlane ones – that is, heavier than the Alpaca crew but not as hefty as the Felted Merino zip-up.
Overall, this is another winner, especially at the $119 price point! As always, I’ll be continue to update this post on any wear and tear notes over the next few months.
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