I did a huge overhaul on my sweaters around this time last year while I was pregnant and as soon as I switched my closet over to cold-weather stuff a few weeks ago I was all, "Wait, what happened to my sweaters?" Molly reminded me that we did a big purge (and assured me it was necessary) and I felt kind of relieved because it let me see that while I liked the stuff I kept, there seemed to be some key pieces I was always missing. I probably won't replenish too much this year but I did want to invest in a couple sweaters that fit my wants and needs. What I know is that I end up wearing well-made basics the most...and that little details go a long way with me. As soon as I saw this Ribbed Open-Back Sweater from Cuyana I knew I'd found my ideal cozy grey pull-over.
I actually got to see and try on the sweater in person at the current Cuyana pop-up store in Dallas (Northpark Mall – get there!) and sold on just about every aspect of it. The knit is a blend of Italian merino wool and cashmere but unlike other sweaters with a similar combo, this one is done in a way that keeps the fibers from pilling. If you’re ever had a sweater that pills (cashmere does it all the time) you know how annoying and frustrating it can be. Besides the fact that it’s SO soft (no itch factor) it’s a really nice weight – not too thick and but not thin at all – that makes it perfect both for the mild winters of Texas and some of the colder spots I sometimes travel to.
The open-back is mostly made by an overlap of geometric cuts. I wasn’t sure it was for me (an exposed back…does that put me in the same territory as midriff-baring stuff?!) but it definitely doesn’t leave me feeling overly exposed. It’s just a really nice detail to an otherwise simplistic design. And the little gold button at the nape of the neck, well, it’s just the icing on the cake.