Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Product Review: Fleur-de-Lis Cardigan

Fleur-de-Lis Cardigan
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Item 18187
Regular: $158.00
Now: $99.00

J.Crew describes this top as:
Faceted stones hand appliquéd in a fleur-de-lis pattern give this cardigan a Parisian flair. The yarn is très chic too—a sumptuous blend of Italian cashmere, nylon and extrafine merino wool in a 12-gauge knit.
When J.Crew first introduced this top, I wondered how long it would be until I got it. Once it went on sale a few weeks ago, this cardigan started selling out. Then the pop-back game began... ;)

The fit of the cardigan is true-to-size (TTS). I was able to try on both the small and extra-small version and found that my normal extra-small size looked best (more fitted, especially from the side view). However, I could have easily gone up a size for a slightly looser fit (only slightly noticeable from the side) and look perfectly fine.

The color (which the image above accurately represents) is a soft neutral caramel. In my opinion, I see it working very well on all skin-tones.

The fabric of this v-neck cardigan feels quite soft, thanks to the blend containing cashmere. Although it is not pure cashmere which makes me wonder why it costs as much as 100% cashmere. Oh well!

As for the faceted stones, the design is really quite lovely. The stones themselves, have a somewhat rustic feel as some of the top layer is chipped off. I know this last part sounds weird and makes it sound cheap, but quite the opposite. It actually makes the cardigan have this really vintage chic feel to it. I should also add that J.Crew graciously gives a full button-bag of replacement stones in all sizes.

Overall, this three-quarter sleeve cardigan is lovely, but pricey. (Which might make it a perfect birthday or anniversary gift for us JCAs!) It's an item that will be used for many seasons to come.

What are your thoughts on the Fleur-de-Lis Cardigan? Have you tried on or own this top? If so, what is your review of the top? Would you recommend it to another fellow JCA?


  1. I think it's divine, but yes, it's not quite at the price point where I'd be willing to grab it up without my pocketbook wincing. I was just at one of the stores the other day. Their fabulous velvet blazers were on sale, and the dove grey one (my favorite) was there... but I walked away from it. Not quite the right size and I need to just say "no" to my jacket/coat obsession! ;)

  2. That sweater really is beautiful. My only fear is that the stones would fall off. Do they sew back on? How are they anchored?

  3. This sweater is available in a small right now, but there's only 2 left! $119.99 plus extra 20% off and free shipping with order of $150. (EXTRA20)

  4. denise, the prime magpie: I agree that it is an item that one would have to splurge on. :)

    Elizabeth: That is a great question! The stones have two tiny holes which is how they are sewn onto the sweater. The big stones are held on well-enough, but I can see how the little stones might be in danger if there was constant rubbing on them. Thankfully J.Crew provided lots of replacement stones.

    Verity: Thanks for letting us know. By the time I checked, it has sold out already. I can understand why too. I noticed that several eBay resellers have really ramped up the price for this cardigan because it sells out so quickly.

  5. It's a cute sweater, but I did not purchase it because I don't think the color would look good on me, and it's too pricey for current budget.

  6. I bought this cardigan on a pop-back with an add'l 20% off a few months ago and love it. I receive compliments everytime I wear it. I highly recommend it if you can find one!

  7. I got it for $100 a couple of months back, just like NC mama, with an extra 20% off. I love it. I don't usually wear yellow well, but this is a good neutral color. It's kind of a "dress up" piece for me.

    It's really worthwhile if you can catch it. They must not have made too many of them!

  8. I didn't think it was possible to make an item with fleur de lis that I'd dislike, but I just don't like this at all. The stones look a bit chintzy to me.


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