Open-Back Sweater

December 4, 2017

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.

P.S. the style also comes in ecru and black!

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