Elizabeth Stoops

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on August 9, 2013

5 5

I moved from living in an arid scrubland with nearly no humidity and big temperature swings to living right off a salt flat that is usually warm and clammy or cold and clammy. Not only is this environment very inclement towards clothing (things just melt when washed) it's very hard to get comfortable and STAY comfortable.

Smartwool seems to hold up well to the wash (and doesn't need to go in as often!) and it seems comfortable through more temperature profiles than I expected. Smartwool isn't just a smart product, for me it's a smart buy -- I simply can wear it more often than I can other products. (The pieces, since they are intended as gear aren't what you might initially think to wear to the office or to dinner, but it's easy to camouflage them.)

Word to the wise -- out of the box the product really feels weird. I think it's starched. Once it's washed it fits better and feels like silk. So don't compltely judge it into you'll washed it once or twice. (I use the Eco soap from Costco and get fantastic results. I don't think you need anything special, but I wouldn't use something harsh like Tide or All.)

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on July 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There is literally nothing wrong with this shirt. I bought it in my size for me, in my partners size for him (both of us are healthy weights for our size, to be fair) and it really fits us both beautifully. It moves with the body well, it looks great day after day. I plan on buying whatever next year's version is too. I love this shirt.

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on July 31, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Had some incoming hot and sticky weather where I live so I got this for the partner. He has very broad shoulders and very slender hips, but this shirt really fit him well. (Uhm, rawr.) Definitely recommend for hot weather, dates, the office and all that. The pockets are a bit small to be super useful, but I think they are there mostly because the shirt fabric is very thin.

Word to the wise -- this is linen so it does need a quick press out of the wash if you aren't going for artfully rumpled. As this is good linen, however, it doesn't get that 'elephant skin' effect.

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on July 31, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this shirt because I love wool. I liked the fit of the body but I work out and have some good biceps on me -- the shirt really didn't fit them at all well and the trim on the sleeve ended up uncomfortably wedged in my armpit. I'm not a fan of cap sleeves anyway, to be honest, but these really did NOT work.

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on June 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is exactly what a flannel shirt should be -- not too heavy, not too light. Works as a shirt OR a light jacket. A perfectly universally unflattering plaid that strangely goes with nothing and therefore goes with everything. Really like that this is all things a plaid shirt should be and none of the things it shouldn't be.

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on December 11, 2012

3 5

I just bought this and returned it for the size up -- these run the small end of the size chart, so if you are between sizes, go up. Also, the picture shows an inseam gusset, but the size 8 pants I recieved DO NOT have a gusset. I checked the Marmot site and they also show a gusset... hrm. I think this might be a bad photshop job, as neither site ADVERTISES the gusset on this pair of pants.

A word more about the sizing -- the size eight had a lot more difference between the size of the hips and the size of the waist than the size ten. When I went up to a size ten, the waist was probably 3-4 inches bigger than the size eight and totally gappy. it seemed like too much of a leap from size to size. For someone that doesn't suffer from gappy pants much, this is probably a great pair of cords. For someone that does..... skip it.

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Neckline was a little low on me so I added a scrap of fabric there for modesty sake. I could wear a camisole though, and get the same affect.

The dress is really versatile, goes from day to night really well with a quick change of accessories and survives a lot of hard use and rewearings. Unlike most knit dresses, this dress doesn't need to be washed and hung up to regain shape -- it holds its shape well over several days and comes out of the wash looking new.

The one problem I'm experiencing is that the dress does pill, but I live in a salty, humid climate that is very inclement towards all the fabrics I've tried so far. This dress is holding up with the best of them, to be honest.

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Elizabeth Stoops wrote a review of on November 25, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This fabric was really nice. I liked the styling. But the arms were cut very narrow, and bound up around my not-significant biceps. Also, the hips were comically narrow, it hung open in a very unflattering fashion.

If you are tall and very slender, this should be okay. Anyone else? Skip it.

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