Nice Sweater, but Sizing Can Be Tricky

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Fly Fisherman from Kentucky on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
This sweater is well-made with high quality material. The colors are very nice (I've seen the Grape Melange, Pompeii Melange, and Rust). The wool is soft on the skin, soft enough to be worn alone, but not quite as soft as some Merino sweaters I own. It is also a little less stretchy, so perhaps it is woven a bit tighter. The only difficulties I've had are with the fit. I am 5'10", 170 lbs., with somewhat broad shoulders, 34" sleeve, and 33-34 waist. I have tried both the Medium and the Large. The Large would be better for me to layer over a dress shirt or a long-sleeve t-shirt, or if I just prefer a loose, sweatshirt-like fit, because the sleeves and body have much more width in this size. The Medium sleeves are long enough for me, but they get very narrow in the forearm and wrist area, and would be very tight over a long sleeve shirt. I can wear the Medium alone or over a short-sleeve t-shirt, and it fits with a more trim, athletic appearance in the shoulders and body. My only concern with the Medium is in the length of the torso. It is much shorter than the Large, and if you raise your arms completely over your head, the bottom hem rises to your belly button. I guess this is fine if you don't intend to do jumping jacks, but if you wear this in a setting where you might be reaching up (writing on a dry erase board?), it would not be flattering. The reason for this is the way the sleeves attach to the body of the sweater. The Large is much wider than I need it to be in the body, but it drapes down OK when my arms are down, and the torso is longer, but it has a tendency to bunch up more at the waist, where the banded bottom is more narrow and less stretchy. Hence, you sacrifice a trim appearance in the waist with a Large, even if you're fairly thin. So, that's the trade-off for me: a trim Medium with a shorter torso and tighter sleeves, or a sloppier-looking Large. I do not know how these do with shrinking in the wash. If you're worried about that, and you're close to my size, you better get the Large and maybe you can shrink it to fit a little better. I may need to dry clean my Mediums if I'm to keep wearing them. With the overall quality you get for the price, it's still hard to complain, but who wants to deal with the return shipping to find the right fit? I hope this review is helpful for others with similar concerns.
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