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3beadcatswrote a review of on June 18, 2017

4 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs

Since I live in my Halle shorts all summer I decided to add the pants to my wardrobe. I was so disappointed for they fit nothing like the shorts. Normally I wear a size 0 Halle shorts. For size reference, I'm 5'2" 120 pounds. When I first tried on size 0 Reg I had to double check the label thinking I had mistakenly ordered a Tall inseam. The length was 4 inches too long. The waist was also lower in rise than the Halle shorts I love so much. Rolled up and buttoned they looked ridiculous with the extra material in length. If you are a tall gal and don't mind low cut pants these pants are for you. The material is a little thicker than the shorts and has a slight stretch and is almost indestructible. The knees have wonderful articulation....great for hiking, backpacking, camping. I wish Prada made pants for the petite frame and with a higher rise for us older gals. Took one star off for size discrepancy, otherwise these pants are 5 stars.

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3beadcatswrote a review of on February 18, 2017

5 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Purchased a Patagonia Down Sweater several years ago and though it is showing only the slightest signs of wear and tear I decided to buy another this year just to have another color option. Hands down....this is the most versatile down jacket I own. Compared to the heavier down hooded jacket hanging in the closet , my Patagonia DS gets far more use. Great for camping, hiking, shoulder seasons-Spring, Fall , around town, in the chilly house in the winter and the PNW winters with a shell and base layers. It is lightweight, packs down small and though not waterproof, it does repel light rain and moisture for brief periods of time.

The only issue I have with the new Patagonia down sweater is the fit has changed requiring me to do an exchange. It is misleading online to rate this a "regular" fit and it would have been most helpful to have a heads up/alert to the change in fit online at time of ordering. This newer 2016/2017 model is more fitted and tapered in the waist and hip. Size Small in the newer Patagonia DS is slightly smaller than the size XS I purchased 2-3 years ago!! Once I sized up one size I have to admit the fitted vs the boxy fit of my older model DS looks much better. If you are between sizes you may want to go up at least one size. For reference, I'm 5'2" 120 pounds 34C/D and current size S fits with plenty of room to accommodate heavier base layers and still have good mobility of my arms and shoulders. LOVE the Harvest Moon Blue color which is a beautiful, rich true blue. Every time I wear this I'm reminded of the exceptional Patagonia quality and life time guarantee.

For Christmas I also purchased the men's version of this DS to gift to an elderly friend (82 years old). He is very pleased and astonished how lightweight yet warm his new jacket is. Highly recommend!!!

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3beadcatswrote a review of on December 7, 2016

5 5

Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I purchased this "sweatshirt" in the versatile light grey color over 2 years ago and it has been one of my all time favorite wardrobe pieces. It is slightly fitted which makes it flattering. I've worn it extensively for everyday casual wear, hiking, camping and travel yet, it still looks like new.

Because I have a short torso this top fits me more like a tunic (unlike the pic of the model). For this reason it looks great w/black yoga pants, black leggings and skinny jeans w/boots.

The material is not super thick like most "sweatshirts" which makes it more versatile. Since I overheat easily I enjoy that this top is not exceedingly warm. I can wear it as a stand alone top during the mild PNW Fall months or with a thin base layer for extra warmth during the colder winter months. It is made of soft material which is not prone to wrinkle making it an excellent choice for travel.

Normally I dislike anything with a cowl neck. The extra folds of fabric overwhelm my petite frame and cause me to look dowdy however, this top really works for me. The cords at the neck serve as added interest but also to cinch up the "cowl" so it doesn't look like a cowl neck at all. I love the thumbholes and kangaroo pouch in front for holding small items (keys or cell phone) when going for a walk or to the store. The contrast stitching throughout the garment also adds interest. The fabric seems to also resist stink when exercising and sweating.

I have enjoyed this top so much that I picked up another color (black) during the Black Friday sale. For reference I am 5'2" 120 lbs 33-34C/D and got this in S. I could get away with wearing XS but wanted a looser fit to accommodate a base layer for winter. I'd not change anything about this top but do wish there were more interesting colors to select from. Highly recommend!!

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3beadcatswrote a review of on December 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: XS

If you are looking for a versatile tee that is both comfortable and flattering then look no further. Toad & Co nailed it with the "Marley". I could wear this long sleeve everyday of the year and never tire of the soft fabric, the feminine fit, the way it drapes and the deep, rich colors. I especially love the teal blue and deep red (great for Christmas). The weight of the fabric is also perfect and great for layering under sweaters or wearing on its own with jeans or skirts. For reference I'm 5'2" 120 lbs 33C/D and got size XS. The fit is much like the pic of the model-not too tight or too loose. I like that the sleeves have some extra length but not excessive and the V-neck which is not too deep yet still flattering. I now have 4 of these and would buy more if more colors were available.

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3beadcatswrote a review of on December 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: M

I got these for booties for my popcicle toes when camping and for wearing around the house during the winter. I normally wear size 6.5 in most shoes and 7 in boots (to allow for thick sock) and got these in size S. Unfortunately, I did not read the reviews stating to size up and to had return these. Size S provided zero extra room for my toes. I ended up ordering these in size M from another vendor and inserted an Ugg wool fleece insole. I now have seriously warm feet!!!! Highly recommend but order up a size.

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3beadcatswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 2"
Weight: 115 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I like this TN because it's not your average, plain everyday TN. The soft gathering of fabric on the sleeves, the shirttail hem and rich space dyed color make this TN stand out from all the rest. The first thing I noticed was how incredibly thin the fabric was. I wasn't expecting this from a garment advertised as a "TN-Sweater". Holding the fabric up to light I could see through it - even with the fabric doubled up. I was expecting a more substantial TN I could wear as a warm base during the PNW winter or stand alone "sweater" for Fall. However, after trying it on I gravitated towards "LIKE. The color- a gorgeous deep purple, the cut and the drape of the fabric all positives. I LOVED the feel of the silk-like material next to my skin. This TN feels weightless on. It can easily be dressed up and almost looked too dressy with my faded jeans and Patagonia down vest.

I'm often between sizes so I took a chance and ordered size S in order to get the color Grapevine (a rich shade of purple) which was not available in XS. I like more fitted clothing but not skin tight. Size S turned out to be too large for my taste and the sleeves way too long. For reference, I have a petite frame: 5'2" 115-120, 32-33C/D. Usually I wear a XS or 0/25 in Prana jeans. Sadly, I had to return this top, but would have exchanged it in a heartbeat had it available in XS and still on sale. I cannot attest to how the fabric would stand up to time or if it shrinks with washing and drying. The product label states cold H2O wash and cool dry.

In summary, this is a very cute top with lots of fashion positives. I would NOT consider it a "Sweater" as advertised but rather a very thin, TN with personality. For me, the positives outweigh the negatives and I'd buy again but only if on sale. Would be great for travel as the fabric does not appear to wrinkle. I'd be concerned the fabric might snag.....worth the risk if on sale IMHO.

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