Esterel Cardigan

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  • By Sparrow
  • Zip front
  • Wool, acrylic, cotton, nylon, viscose
  • Dry clean
  • Regular: 23"L
  • Petite: 21.25"L
  • Imported
  • Style #: 29490646


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Rated 4 out of 5 by Recommended for Hourglass! What could be more perfect than a bright, cheerful Red sweater for the holidays? After reading the glowing reviews, I thought this one was the answer. SIZE: I ordered my normal size Small (regular) for most Anthro brand sweaters such as Sparrow. Sometimes I need a Medium for non-Anthro brands like Tracy Reese. I'm 5'5" tall, ~130 lbs., 34D, 29" waist, with long torso, small hips, short arms, and narrow shoulders. FIT: The nipped in portion of the waist above the peplum was nicely fitted. Unfortunately the peplum started to flow outward well above my waistline. The result shortens me and leaves me with no defined waist. This is a common problem for me with Anthro sweaters and tops with or without the added problem of…the Tutu Effect. So I was not surprised. The sleeves were extra long, so the cuffs engulfed my hands and didn't have enough elasticity to stay pushed up. My large bust and long torso have been striking out with Anthro’s regular sizing for sweaters and tops this Winter. This was not the case last Winter, and I’ve lost almost 10 lbs. TWISTED ZIPPER: The zipper was easy to latch and zipped smoothly. But an odd bump along the zipper formed just below the girls. #see photo from side# I pressed on the zipper where it warped outward. The zipper assumed the correct position. As soon as I moved, the bump reappeared. I made several more attempts to reposition, but each time the bump returned. Why fight it? Nothing was going to change the outcome. Perhaps the zipper needed to be steam pressed. I wasn’t impressed enough to launch a full out war to make this one work. FABRIC & CARE: The cable knit was an odd blend of natural and synthetic fibers that unfortunately I have begun to except as the new standard for sweaters, pants, tops, even coats. This was cause for one star off for quality. I would expect this sweater to pill after the first wear. Honestly, the knit #dry clean only# was so soft and cosy I thought it was 100% cotton at first. The weight was substantial enough to keep the wearer toasty warm when inside. Considering the clement weather, we Californians rarely button our coats. I’ve never been a fan of peplum sweaters under an open winter coat. It’s not a particularly flattering combination. This sweater in Regular isn’t a good fit for curvy on top gals like me or anyone that is lengthy through the middle. I would recommend it for those with an hourglass shape, that are also short through the waist or have Petite proportions but are a bit taller #by way of long legs# than most Petites. It runs TTS to slightly big. I'll stick to the always flattering long sweater coat.. December 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gorgeous, soft, shapely! The pictures of this cardigan don't do it justice. I think it's because the sweater has such a fitted shape that putting something bulky underneath (such as a denim shirt!) ruins the line. I tried the ivory color in my usual XS with a very light layer underneath -- the sweater was snug in the bust through the waist, but wow what a shape the peplum gave me! However, when I tried one size up, the shape was ruined. (FYI for sizing, I usually wear an XS and sometimes wear an S, and I have a small bust and not much in the way of hips.) Only being able to speak for the straight-shaped among us, I'd say keep to your regular size and live with the snugness -- the resulting 1950s curvy silhouette is worth it and the sweater is still very comfortable. October 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by WOWsers. Picture does not do this justice. I was not attracted to this at all from the pictures online. I happened to see it in store and its construction and texture appealed to me so I tried it on. WOW. If you've got curves, you are going to love this. It highlights them in all the right places. I was pretty amazed. I can only achieve the same waist-defining look by having sweaters with waist ties. On top of this, I find that most white/cream knits (medium to heavier weight knits) make me look like a snowball by adding 10 lbs to my petite frame, but the fit of this cardi overcomes that. The zipper also stays in place and does not bulge in strange places. I found the size to be TTS - even a little roomy in the upper sleeves (I am normally a M or MP). The texture is soft and not itchy. It can be casual or paired with a work skirt for a comfortable professional look. November 3, 2013
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Measure under your arms at the fuller part of your bust. Keep tape level across your shoulder blades.

Natural Waist

Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape comfortably loose.

Drop Waist

Measure around your body 1 1/2" below your natural waist.


Stand with your feet together and measure around the fullest part of your hips.


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