Little is extra interesting to me in idea than a tall stack of sweaters. I love the way it seems to be (like a pile of wool pillows) however greater than that, I love what it method: comfy armor for my each and every whim. For years, I’ve been running on development a tower of my very own that lives as much as this delusion, and for years I’ve constructed a tower of disappointments as an alternative.
In highschool, I’d poke thru cut price boxes looking for a corpulent sweater that wouldn’t spoil my modest paycheck. I’d depart shops glad in August, and the season bitterly in March: unfastened necks, unraveled turns out, undesirable puckering. In faculty, I dabbled in males’s sweaters, hoping their thicker, oversize really feel would lend a hand them handle their silhouette. Within a yr, they’d turn into pilled, misshapen lumps at the backside of my closet. Soon I moved onto the fast-fashion big-hitters, sometimes called superfluous buttons, pointless drop-shoulders and such a lot of holes. Perhaps I will have to have decreased my expectancies, I used to be bargain-hunting in the end, however I stored hoping my patience may opposite the common sense that affordable sweaters don’t final. When I forked over extra, they met the similar destiny. My rising stack changed into a illustration of my blind optimism and idiocy as an alternative of hygge-fueled prosperity. It’s a tale of unrequited love, when you consider.
Then final yr, lightning after all struck. When I moved to New York in March of 2016, I stayed with my sister for 2 months. I padded round her house as though I owned the position, like just a little sister would, and in doing so began dressed in a grey sweater she stored draped over the again of her sofa. I changed into obsessed. It used to be the whole thing I ever sought after in a sweater: thick, structured, cushy, comfy, roomy. My sister is a curator of great issues, and so I assumed it used to be very dear with out checking for myself. When I after all requested and she or he advised me it used to be $55 and most definitely nonetheless to be had at & Other Stories, I flipped out, like just a sweaterpath would, and purchased two.
A yr and a part and loads of wears later, they’re nonetheless nice. They tablet slightly bit (see left) however they don’t shape-shift, they’re particularly warm and you’ll be able to wash and grasp dry them, no downside. They’re simply simple. I want I’d long gone for medium as an alternative of small (measurement up, IMO), however that’s simply user-error. This sweater is excellent for the worth, and the just one in reminiscence I’ve by no means remorseful about purchasing. Also, it’s nonetheless to be had!
Then a month in the past, it met a contender. While having an office-wide dialogue about the elusive end-all-be-all sweater, Harling and Amelia shared anecdotes about the similar sweater, atmosphere off all our maximum melodramatic alarm bells. Harling mentioned that she bumped into a pair buddies the different day who have been each dressed in the similar army blue Everlane knit. When she pointed this out, buddy #2 mentioned she’d been ready all weekend for buddy #1 to forestall dressed in hers so she may put on her personal equivalent model. But it by no means took place, so she after all resigned to matching. Amelia mentioned that at a contemporary breakfast with Roxanne Assoulin, she spotted Roxanne dressed in that exact same sweater. After asking the place it used to be from and listening to Roxanne rave, she instantly put one in her cart.
As a sucker deeply wooed via twist of fate, I changed into satisfied it will be the finale to my lifelong hunt. It’s referred to as the Waffle Knit Cashmere Square Crew, and as soon as I after all were given it in my arms this week, I understood the hype. It’s extremely cushy, falls boxy in a great way and appears dear up shut (and is, slightly, at $155). It’s nonetheless early days, (and in addition onerous to , sry), however it feels nicer than my grey one, and simply might usurp it.
Still, I stay endlessly on the hunt. Maybe I’m simply grasping however one of these quick stack leaves room for want. If you could have a sweater that hits all the marks, please percentage beneath as a result of I by no means surrender on a dream. And when you’re on the lookout for extra choices, listed here are any other recs from the group.
Collage via Louisiana Mei Gelpi.