I bought this gorgeous chunky turtleneck sweater the winter of 2016, when I was ready to take the plunge with something more upscale and high-quality. I never did a “proper” review of it, but thought it might be nice to tell you how it’s held up for me now that I’ve had it for a bit. Admittedly, I don’t have that much occasion to wear it in LA, but it’s definitely my coziest option, and always a welcome one.
The sweater is still available in L and XL in cream, and they have an email entry for re-stock notice.
This sweater is made from GOTS-certified wool and Alpaca fibers, and there’s a lot of transparency on the Zady site about where and how it’s sourced and knitted, which I really appreciate. Because I had another alpaca sweater from Zady that claimed not to pill, I was hoping this one might be that way, but it does pill as any typical wool sweater might. (As you can see in my photos, the area under the arms is most prone to pilling).
It’s very warm with a light itch to the skin, which has faded with wear. It has a lot of heft, feeling heavy like a nice blanket when you were it. It breathes okay, but not spectacularly, and it’s best worn in actually cold weather, otherwise you will get overheated. The cream hue is lovely, having a very luxe vibe–even paired with leggings, it looks expensive.
The fit is very oversized. When I first ordered this sweater, I wrote an email to inquire about more sizing details, and heard back that Emma Watson’s “true” size was an XS, but she is modeling a S for an exaggerated oversized fit. Knowing that, I ordered a S, and it’s plenty big for a super cozy, comforting fit. The arms are very long, having to be rolled up, and it hangs well below my butt. The turtleneck opening is very soft, and easy to slip a head through, and the neck works both in a stand-up and roll-down way.
The knit pattern is so beautiful, and this is aesthetically the chunky sweater of my dreams. It works well with a front-tuck in sturdy pants, like denim, or hanging long over legging-type pants. It’s a bit too thick and bulky to tuck into thinner pants, like my wide leg Lucias. I feel comfortable in this, and it has a lot of versatility for dressing up or down.
When I wore this on my flight to Paris, I encountered a pretty embarrassing problem with shedding…I was wearing black leggings and a nylon tote that basically became fur balls. With a little internet research, I found that this often happens to sweaters when fibers get too warm, and a night in the freezer usually helps mitigate this. I tried it (slipping it into a plastic bag), and it seems to have worked really well. But now I know to avoid pairing it with “sticky” fabrics.
There’s also some pilling that requires a little maintenance to clean up, as I mentioned above. It also doesn’t travel very well, because of how bulky and heavy it is. It’s dry clean only, which is always a bit of a bummer, but I’ve been wearing tees underneath to avoid having to clean it.
I regard this as a very special sweater that I think will stand the test of time and feel classic for years to come. While I don’t get to wear it very often, when I do, it feels like I’m treating myself, so I consider it a pretty good investment.