Everyone in my close circle of family and friends knows that I’m a harsh critic when it comes to sweaters. They can’t be itchy and they need to fit right, especially if I’m about to drop a good buck to buy ‘em. All my life, I’ve found it frustrating to find sweaters (of any price point) that live up to my high standards; not to mention, long-lasting styles that don’t make me feel the urge to upcycle after one season. (After all, I’m trying to build a capsule wardrobe here.) And can I let you in on a little secret? Never in my life did I think I’d gravitate to a fisherman’s sweater, but boy was I wrong.
I’ve always had my eye on Jenni Kayne, la crème de la crème California lifestyle brand that’s totally ‘lax, sophisticated and Malibu-esque, but as a Virgo who’s inherently frugal with her dollar, the price tag has proven difficult to swallow. My fellow editors raved about the Cashmere Cocoon cardigan ($495), and I’ve been debating on purchasing the much more reasonably-priced Everyday sweater (185), but was told that the best-selling Fisherman sweater ($425) was one of the most iconic pieces to try from the collection. And when it came to my attention that Quince, the brand that makes high-quality products at affordable prices, had a strikingly similar piece for $50, I knew there was a sweater showdown in our midst.
After one month of testing both fisherman sweaters, it was time to answer the nail-biting question: Did they make the cut into my sweater drawer? Short answer is yes, yes they did.
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