Unflatteringly short and boxy.

Reviewed by Grad Student on a Budget from Cambridge, UK on Monday, February 2, 2015
I wanted to love this jacket, but I found it only okay. It was my least favorite sweater fleece out of a number that I ordered from STP. For reference, I am an hourglassy smallish-medium size: broad-shouldered, 5'5", 34C bust, 27" waist, and 38.5"hips. I bought a small (in the peppermint color) and a medium (in the red color). Here is my take on this:

PROS: I love the fabric - it's very similar to other sweater fleeces I've tried on from Outdoor Research, Avalanche, Lowe Alpine, etc. It has the softness and easy care of a fleece, but a bit of a more polished look. The zipper on this seemed sturdy. The collar fit well rather than being too short (Outdoor Research, I'm looking at you!).

CONS: I found the fit to be too short (see my pics). I am average height, and have a slightly longer than average torso, and I found this to be quite short-waisted. This was the biggest deal-breaker for me. The arms were also significantly too long (and my arms are average length), and there were no thumbholes so the sleeves hung over my hands to knuckle-length. I also found the fit to be unflatteringly boxy: the lack of raglan sleeves emphasized the broadness of my shoulders, and the jacket didn't have too much waist definition. I also wasn't particularly enthused about the colors: both the peppermint green and the red seemed dull and washed out (and the red was really a very orange-red: I am having difficulty imagining which complexions it would suit - perhaps very dark skin). In contrast, I found the Outdoor Research Longhouse fleece and the Lowe Alpine Gemini fleece to have much more flattering cuts - longer and more hourglassy). I usually wear a small, and the small of this fit me well, but it was several inches too short, and with very little waist definition. The medium was a bit better in length but the sleeves were way too long and the fit was too baggy. I am returning both the small and the medium.
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