I love, love, love cozy sweaters. In winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in a soft, fluffy sweater that feels as comfortable as your favourite blanket and keeps you warm. But there are sweaters, and then there are sweaters! Earlier this year, I hit up the Country Road sale and scored some amazing knitted sweaters for winter. It was then that I realised how beautiful they were and now, I only want to buy my knitted sweaters from Country Road. Why you may ask?
Although Country Road sweaters may be on the pricey-er side (they cost in the region of R1000 and up) they are worth it and you really do get what you pay for! Fabric is everything and I’ve become overly aware of fabric labels. Fabric determines how your piece will feel, how warm it will keep you and how well it will wear (provided of course that you look after it).
Having said that, I just can’t bring myself to spend lets say R600 on something that says 100% Acrylic, when I could get something way better quality from Country Road for a little bit extra.
Sure that acrylic sweater you buy will look nice the first few times you wear it, but after that you might as well bin it! For me, I don’t like spending money as it is, so when I want something, I’d rather have something that I’ll love and for longer, rather than throw away my money on something I end up hating because it’s lost it’s shape and just isn’t warm!
Which is what has happened to a lot of my once loved, cheaper fabrics yet still expensive purchases when it comes to my sweaters.
Now I’m not saying Country Road is the only brand that uses quality fabrics in their sweaters! There are a ton of beautifully made, well priced pieces everywhere, but I’ve just fallen in love with Country Road because of their quality, the fit, the attention to detail and one very big thing for me – a sleeve that’s long enough!
Now I don’t have overly long arms – although, at least I don’t think I do – but almost all of the non-CR sweaters I own, have arm lengths that are too dang short! I like to at least have the sleeve go past my wrist bone and all my Country Road sweaters, even in the smaller sizes have beautifully long sleeves, so I can really cozy up with them!
To illustrate what I mean about great quality, attention to detail and long enough sleeves, how gorgeous is this beautiful Asymmetric Luxe Tunic which I bought from Country Road last weekend? I just can’t get enough of it!
It’s made up of 30% cotton, 30% Nylon, 25% Wool, 12% Viscose and 3% Cashmere and it’s the softest, most beautiful black sweater I own.
It’s nice and oversized, but still fitted! So instead of looking like its 5 sizes too big, the arms, shoulders and back fit perfectly and then it has a swing style effortlessness going on in the body and it’s long enough that I can wear it with leggings or jeans.
But what grabbed me was the sleeve. Details! I’m obsessed with what I like to call my Kurt-Cobain sleeves – AKA cut out thumbholes! They are so perfect for winter, and I think Country Road is one of the few brands that offers this style in their non-sportswear range. I noticed they have this particular tunic in black as well as burgundy, but I would kill for an off white one too!
The sizes do run a little bit big, so I would suggest you try it out in the store (by the way, their Mall of Africa Branch has the most amazing, helpful staff). Mine’s in a XXS, and I am no XXS – haha! I usually wear a size Small, but for some reason the small in this sweater was too gapey, so I went down to an XXS and guess what… the sleeves are still long enough! YAY!
Do you have a favourite brand of sweaters you love to wear?
PS Remember I told you gals about my lust for a pure Cashmere sweater earlier last month? Well, while I was trying on this tunic, the lovely sales assistant brought over a beautiful Country Road cashmere sweater for me to try! It was the softest, most beautiful thing I have ever put on! So if you’re in the market for another great Cashmere find, then check it out. I need to go back for it! And the Zara one, and and and! Oh, how I need to be a billionaire, so freakin’ bad!
Either way, I now own 4 Country Road knitted sweaters and they are the only ones I wear.