31 October 2011
Last month Wayward Daughter was lucky enough to be named one of the Best Up-and-Coming UK Fashion Blogs in Voucher Codes Most Wanted Fashion 100. Instead of solely showcasing the big gun bloggers, the list also focuses on fresh talent. It is so refreshing to see new names up there and so many great blogs put in the spotlight. It is also such a pleasure to be included alongside some of my favourite UK blogs - Louder than Silence, Foxtail and Fern and Mademoiselle Robot, to name but three.
Through the Fashion 100, Most Wanted asked me to take part in their high street cashmere challenge. According to fashion magazines everywhere, cashmere, angora and wool are so this season.I try not to take much notice of what they say but after last years arctic winter I confess, I have been stockpiling knitwear. The onlyproblem is sumptuous knits like angora and cashmere aren't very well behaved, they are prone to shrink, stretch or bobble and to top it all off they are expensive. With all of this in mind, I thought the cashmere challenge would be a great resource and agreed to take part. Myself and a selection of bloggers were assigned a different high street shop and asked to put a 100% cashmere sweater through its paces. My sweater was from Uniqlo, which is £79.90 and comes in a rainbow of colours - naturally I shunned these and choose boring old grey.
Size and Fit: I'm not familiar with Uniqlo's sizing but Adam has a collection of their chambray shirts in size S which I can comfortably wear. I wanted a loose fitting jumper to wear over dresses so based on the shirts and their sizing guide I choose a size M. For the look I wanted I would have been better to buy a L or even an XL because this sweater fits very snugly. It is also very long which doesn't at all fit in with personal style but because it is so tight it can be easily tucked under and disguised as a cropped sweater without constantly unfurling itself.
Texture and Care: Given that the sweater is 100% cashmere it is extremely soft and not prone to excess bobbling, well not so far. It is also warm enough to wear indoors but not so heavy as to be too hot under a wool coat. As you can see the care label is very clear - dry clean only. I have lots of dry clean only pieces but these are mostly dresses not everyday items like a simple grey sweater. For me this is a downside because I would prefer to to make trips (or pay for them) for something so ordinary.