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@LilikoiClothing haul

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Earlier in July Lilikoi Clothing had a 50% off sale and I took that as an opportunity to get myself some things I’d been missing from my wardrobe. Most of these are for fall weather, but why not? I didn’t want to wait until the clearance sales on Boxing Day. So here’s a review of what I ordered from Lilikoi Clothing.

Bullet points about Lilikoi Clothing:

*   “The word “lilikoi” means passion fruit in Hawaii.”
*   Operates out of an office in Nelson, BC, Canada
*   Designer: Barbara Boswell Schutter
*   Barbara studied at KSA in Nelson, BC graduating in 2003. She also studied at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
*   Ethical: All cutting, printing, sewing, and design work is done by local Canadian employees who are well paid for their skill.
*   Sustainable: Uses sustainable fibres such as bamboo and organically grown cotton and linen wherever possible. Takes care in choosing fabrics and suppliers
*   Sizes range from XS to 2X. See size chart here.

Excerpts taken from Lilikoi Clothing Biography page.

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Georgia Dolman Sleeved Top

Materials: Viscose from Bamboo/Organic cotton/Spandex blend
Color: Teal (Also available in: Gray, Black, Plum & Navy)

This is a nice basic long sleeve top. It’s light enough to be worn alone in 15C weather with pants and when winter comes around I will layer it will a blazer on top. I work in an office so yeah, we have to look spiffy. The feel of the material is nice. It’s smooth against the skin. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand wearing scratchy clothing. It drapes nicely too. The thing about Dolman sleeves is that sometimes they can look too baggy. But Lilikoi has a nice balance here with the sleeves. They are neither too full nor too tight. My one and only complaint about this top is that the neckline is a tad low on me, being of petite height.

Cost: $69.00 CAD
Available at: Lilikoi Clothing
Rating: 4/5

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Loralei Draped Pullover

Materials: Viscose from Bamboo/Organic cotton/Spandex blend
Color: Plum

Ummm. This was a bit of an impulse buy. It looked great on the website. But when I put it on it makes me look five times bigger than I really am. The draping in the front isn’t slimming in any way. It looks fine on the dolly in the picture. I needed a smaller size. It would have been nice if there were fit details in the description. For example: fit is drapey and relaxed. Size down for a sleeker look. Anyway, I decided not to return it and just keep this for  at home wear. I think this item is sold out because I can’t find it on the site anymore, hence no link to it.

Cost: $84.00 CAD
Available at: Lilikoi Clothing
Rating: 2/5

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Elisa Top

Materials: Viscose from Bamboo/Organic cotton/Spandex blend
Color: Dahlia (Also available in: Black, Teal & Grey)

This top is basically the same style and shape as the Georgia Dolman Sleeve Top but it has a printed design on the side. Same comments as the Georgia Top. I like the print on the side of this shirt. It’s made in the same fabric weight as the Georgia Dolman Sleeve so it can be worn alone or easily layered with in colder weather. Dahlia is a nice mauve-pinkish colour which looks good on my skin tone. Here’s an instagram pic of me wearing the top, below.

Wearing one of my @LilikoiClothing tops today! #canadian #ecofriendly #clothing

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Materials: Viscose from Bamboo/Organic cotton/Spandex blend

Cost: $79.00 CAD
Available at: Lilikoi Clothing
Rating: 4/5

Amelie Shrug with Dress

Amelie Shrug

Materials: Viscose from Bamboo/Organic cotton/Spandex blend
Color: Fuchsia (Also available in: Black, Teal, Grey, Navy and Plum)

This shrug is great for pairing with dresses where you want a pop of colour. The shrug’s material feels nice against the skin and covers the shoulders and arms. This is perfect for me to use at the office and keeps me warm enough when the AC is blasting away. I’ve pictured it above with my Annie 50 dress which I bought from Fresh Collective years ago.

Cost: $69.00 CAD
Available at: Lilikoi Clothing
Rating: 5/5

All clothing mentioned above is available at: Lilikoi Clothing or Click here for a list of retailers


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Eco fashion haul: Preloved

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 Carvan Sweater

On May 6th I received my order from Preloved, a Toronto company that makes new clothing items from reclaiming existing materials. I’m currently still in the process of greening my wardrobe. I do have some eco-friendly clothing (e.g. Miik) but not everything I own is green. Clothes, shoes, & jewellry have a longer lifespan in my closet than skin care.  It’s been a goal of mine to do more with less.  So I’d decided that I wasn’t going to buy any new items unless a) the old one needed to be replaced, b) I absolutely love it & c) it can be worn multiple ways.  Well, finally some of my old non-eco clothing is looking like they should be retired.

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Talitha Cardigan
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Preloved had a 50% flash sale recently so I jumped at the chance to grab some unique pieces. I bought the Talitha cardigan in black & the Caravan sweater in pink. There are some really cool things about each piece. The cardigan has lace sequinned side panels & a little frilly bottom hem. The Caravan top has sleeves made of reclaimed polyester with a cut out pattern. See pictures for details. These pieces are great casual wear pieces & would be easy to layer with. In fact, I’m wearing my Talitha cardigan right now with a blue shirt underneath for some colour & blue pearl earrings & necklace. I actually got a size larger than I needed so I could layer something underneath like a thick turtleneck in the wintertime & a tank or t-shirt in the summer time.

Next stop on my eco bus? Trying to find eco-friendly blazers appropriate for office wear. Wish me luck!


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Preloved haul

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preloved-caravan

 Carvan Sweater

On May 6th I received my order from Preloved, a Toronto company that makes new clothing items from reclaiming existing materials. I’m currently still in the process of greening my wardrobe. I do have some eco-friendly clothing (e.g. Miik) but not everything I own is green. Clothes, shoes, & jewellry have a longer lifespan in my closet than skin care.  It’s been a goal of mine to do more with less.  So I’d decided that I wasn’t going to buy any new items unless a) the old one needed to be replaced, b) I absolutely love it & c) it can be worn multiple ways.  Well, finally some of my old non-eco clothing is looking like they should be retired.

 

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Talitha Cardigan

Preloved had a 50% flash sale recently so I jumped at the chance to grab some unique pieces. I bought the Talitha cardigan in black & the Caravan sweater in pink. There are some really cool things about each piece. The cardigan has lace sequinned side panels & a little frilly bottom hem. The Caravan top has sleeves made of reclaimed polyester with a cut out pattern. See pictures for details. These pieces are great casual wear pieces & would be easy to layer with. In fact, I’m wearing my Talitha cardigan right now with a blue shirt underneath for some colour & blue pearl earrings & necklace. I actually got a size larger than I needed so I could layer something underneath like a thick turtleneck in the wintertime & a tank or t-shirt in the summer time.

Next stop on my eco bus? Trying to find eco-friendly blazers appropriate for office wear. Wish me luck!


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One of a Kind Christmas Show 2013

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Squee! I went to the Toronto One of a Kind Show (OOAK) yesterday (open now until Dec 8th). I know I know, its kinda geeky of me. But ever since my high school teacher introduced me to the OOAK I’ve loved it. The first time I attended it was held in the old Automotive Building at the CNE & it looked like a winter wonderland. I thought I’d died & gone to heaven. Since then, the show has of course gotten much larger & more commercial. I’ve come to realize that though the products sold here may be of higher price points, sometimes you do get what you pay for. And if you buy things of better quality & buy less often, you really are saving money. Plus I love supporting Canadian businesses so its all win win for me! To read more about the history of the OOAK Show click here.

And now without further ado, here’s my must visit booth list for the OOAK Show where I either bought or admired things in the booth. I’ve listed the booths by alphabetical order.

@ooak_toronto Marcelo glass artisan booth A20 beautiful #earrings #pendants #jewelley

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Marcelo Glass Artisan – Booth A20
Marcelo Escobar makes some lovely glass jewellry. He had earrings, pendants & bracelets on display. While I really loved the artistry I don’t need any new jewellry right now. But I will keep him in mind for the future! This is what I love about OOAK. Discovering Canadian artisans that I haven’t heard about.
From: Montreal, QC.

@noujica booth A38 @ooak_toronto lovely #scarf & #bags

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Noujica – Booth A38
They make lovely handmade scarfs, hats, belts, earrings & bags from materials such as organic cotton & recycled leather. I bought a lovely cloud scarf for myself at this booth.
From: Montreal, QC.

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Tiffiani Sabri – Booth B09
I wasn’t really in the market for some new artwork. But I was walking by Tiffiani Sabri’s booth & one of her pieces caught my eye. I just couldn’t resist. I bought a small painting from her & am mighty glad I did!
From: Kitchener, ON

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All Things Jill – Booth C21
Also mentioned by Adria Vasil in her post last year about OOAK. I stopped by the booth to sniff her lovely products & bought her massage oil in Zen Lotus which can also be used as a body oil. The oil also comes in Aegean Mint & Sunflower Citrus. Looking forward to trying it out!
From: Calgary, AB

@mandala_designs booth C04 @ooak_toronto #clothing #local

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Mandala Design – Booth C04
One of my fave clothing lines is made by local designer Mandy Armstrong. The booth looked pretty busy so I didn’t go in & try on anything. But I know I can easily get her clothes at Fresh Collective.
From: Toronto, ON.

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R14 purse
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Ressac – Booth D48
Bought a gift for someone at this booth. I can’t say what or for whom obviously! LOL. But Ressac makes modern, edgy bags, wallets & other accessories from recycling punctured inner tubes. I love the clean, modern lines of their products & the different colour options. My next go to place when I want a new bag or wallet.
From: Sherbrooke, QC

@oauthentique oh la la Dead Sea mud soap! @ooak_toronto #soap #organic

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Picture of Olive & Grape Seed Soap & their Dead Sea Mud Soap
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Olive Authentique – Booth D20
Adria Vasil mentioned Olive Authentique in her post last year about OOAK. I took a quick look at their website & fell in love with the Dead Sea Mud Soap (which I purchased).  I also bought a bar of their Olive & Grape Seed Soap to try. They smell so good!
From: Lakefiled, QC

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Maude Blazer
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Paper People Clothing – Booth F08
I discovered Paper People at Fresh Collective when I went to the Kensington boutique for the first time earlier this year. Turns out Adria Vasil also mentioned them in her post about OOAK last year! Local designer Jennifer Fukushima creates new clothing out of recycled materials & eco-friendly textiles. I love the style of her clothing line & of course that it’s eco-friendly. Plus they make everything right in my city!
From: Toronto, ON.


Dvorak Nuts & Chocolate – Booth G52
I just had to stop & see what the “better than sex” sign was about, it made me laugh. Turns out it’s their dark chocolate product. And yes, it is delicious! Though some might argue about the title & whether it is better than sex! LOL. I bought 3 packages. One for me & hubby, & the other two to give away.
From: Delta, BC

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Desserts & Skirts – Booth H26
Another clothing line available at Fresh Collective.  Really, the gals at Fresh Collective know what’s what! Designer Nicole Boudreau also is a Toronto designer. Love their totally feminine line of dresses, tops, & skirts. I purchased a purple tunic/dress from this booth. Both Nicole & her friend were so friendly & funny too!
From: Toronto, ON.

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Corso Caplet
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Vespertine – Booth N30
Melanie Ferrara uses eco-friendly textiles to design her new line of “modern, conscious, effortlesss…& beautiful” clothing. I actually met Melanie when I ordered some custom pieces from her a year ago when she was making clothing under her Device Design line.  Love the new look Melanie!
Note: Quote taken from Vespertine’s About page.
From: Toronto, ON.

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La Louve Dress
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Annie50 – Booth O48
Also available at Fresh Collective, Annie50 is inspired by retro clothing styles but with a modern twist. I love the vibrant colours of their clothing & the unique way they put pieces together. You can choose from up to three colours for some styles in pants, dresses, skirts, tops, etc. I have their Sunset dress in black.
From: Montreal, QC

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Eve Gravel – Booth P44
”Contemporary…flirty & feminine” is a perfect way to describe Eve Gravel’s clothing. Eve herself was there at the booth & she was so nice. Her staff at the booth were also very helpful. I tried on a couple of things & ended up buying the Three of Joy blouse pictured above.
Note: Quote taken from Bio page on Eve Gravel website.
From: Montreal, QC

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Studio Fresh – Booth S29
Okay I’ve talked about Studio Fresh before in my I heart Canadian-made clothing post. I’ve been back to their Danforth Avenue store a second time since my first visit & bought more clothing from them. Connie Meyer’s designs totally suit me. They are whimsical but with a modern & urban flair. The booth was so busy that I couldn’t hope to get into their fitting rooms. But I will definitely go back to visit the store again!
From: Toronto, ON

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Skinny Sweats – Booth R23
I really liked the idea of sweats that didn’t look all baggy & ugly but were still comfy. Skinny Sweats solves this dilemma with a woman’s body in mind. Their skinnies come in different styles & fabrics. I think these pants would be perfect for wearing with long boots in the winter! And in the warmer months they would be a good replacement for yoga pants. I tried on a couple of pairs of the skinny basic but they were way too long for petite ole me. The lady at the booth said they could do a custom pair to fit my height! Now that’s service. Not many designers would do that for you! I’m going to buy one in black & another in a different colour or fabric. I haven’t decided which colour yet.
From: Toronto, ON.

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Abeego – Booth V23
Abeego makes eco-friendly, reusable wraps & pouches as an alternative to the decidedly non-eco-friendly saran wrap.  Their wraps can be used to “Package cheese, form around produce, wrap lunch items, baked goods and more.” I personally use their flat wraps to freeze organic veggies I’ve chopped up.  That’s more eco-friendly than buying a plastic bag of frozen veggies from the supermarket. I bought a package of their different sized wraps & also two of their pouch type wraps. Best thing about Abeego’s products? They are washable & reusable. When they’re finally worn out they can be placed in your compost bin! You can also buy Abeego at the Grassroots store.
Note: Quote taken from One of a Kind Show Abeego Aristan page.
From: Victoria, BC

Well peeps, there’s my round up. I also saw a lot of art, sculpture, & other things that caught my eyes. Of course I can’t mention them all here! Otherwise my post would go on forever. Just get yourself to the  One of a Kind Show & have some fun!


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I Heart Canadian-Made Clothing

Okay, so its baby steps on my eco-fashion journey. I already have some eco-friendly clothing from Miik & Device but the majority of my wardrobe isn’t yet eco.

My resolution this year was to buy only Canadian made clothing & eventually transition to only eco-friendly clothing. I’m originally a mall rat from Scarborough so I had to learn from scratch about where to find eco-friendly clothing. What’s lamentable about the malls here is that most of them don’t carry any A) eco-friendly clothing & B) is dominated by American clothing brands. I’ve nothing against American-made clothing. They have more eco-friendly options available than we do. Kudos to them for that. I just want to support Canadian designers who often struggle with getting themselves better known to a wider consumer market.

As I’ve discovered in my research, eco-friendly clothing is the easiest to find on-line or at boutique type shops which are mostly located downtown. Below you’ll find a list of my fave boutiques in Toronto & why I love them. Some of them do carry eco-friendly clothing.

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Can you say awesome!? The vibe in Fresh Collective is so amazing. I feel like I’m at a girlfriend’s house & we’re playing dress up. There isn’t pressure to buy, buy, buy like in other stores. But it’s hard to resist buying something because they carry such beautiful clothing & accessories. I love Mandala Design & Annie50, both are Canadian designers. Eco finds: Paper People Clothing (made in Toronto).

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The lovely & kind Julie runs this gem of a store. I love the natural atmosphere when you walk in. The decor consists of real tree posts for the clothing displays. It’s also bright & airy. They carry clothing for men & women as well as eco bodycare items. Eco finds: Miik Clothing

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Coal Miner’s Daughter focuses on Canadian-made clothing & jewellry. I bought a sleeveless polka dot dress by Against Nudity (from Montreal) at the Bathurst location & I really love it! Eco finds: Pillar Clothing & Elroy Apparel.

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I love the boutiquey vibe of Trove. They carry local & international independent designers. They carry Second Denim which is Canadian. Heartbreaker is another of my fave lines but they are no Canadian.  Eco finds: Shoes: El Naturalista; Bags: Mosey, Talented Totes, Pixie Mood Bags; Jewellry: Pyrrha.

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Designed by Jennifer Ziliotto & produced in Canada. She used to work for Karl Lagerfeld! This store reminds me of a chic French boutique. I’ve never been to France but this is what I imagine a boutique in Paris might look like. The pieces look pretty basic on the hanger but the magic happens when you try on the clothes. They are very well made, timeless & comfortable. Comfy is also important to me. It can be hard to find comfortable clothing that still looks upscale. But Ziliotto manages this amazingly!

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Designed & made in Toronto by Connie Meyer. The clothing in this store is modern with a bit of a whimsical, quirky side. Meyer likes to play with asymmetrical designs & creative use of materials. I bought two sleeveless tops from here & a couple of skirts.

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This is a great store for the more sporty type of person. They carry a lot of eco-friendly clothing/items for men & for women. Eco finds: Miik Clothing, Toms Shoes, Horny Toad, Patagonia, Nau, Timberland.

There’s my roundup! I have to thank Samantha Stylish. I heard about most of the stores from her blog. If I hadn’t seen the lovely pics of clothing from these stores I probably wouldn’t have gone all the way downtown to visit the store. Which would’ve been a pity! Since there’s so much gorgeous Canadian-made clothing to be had downtown. There are still more stores I’ve yet to explore. Two of them being Chartreuse Style & Eco Existence which focus on eco-friendly clothing. When I visit them I’ll be sure to write a post about it!


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Product Review: @mohopshoes Shoes & @Meemoza Cardigan

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So I finally got my hands on some Mohop Shoes. I bought the superflat slide. Which they call the moped flat on the company website. I do like them a lot. But these shoes are not the kind you can switch out of easily if you’re wearing them for example to walk to work and then need to change into fancier work shoes in the office. They are easy to take off, but when you put them back on, be prepared to take some time retying them on. Maybe it’s jsut because I’m not used to them yet. I will probably get faster with the retying. Another thing I found a little strange was that I thought I had tied my mohops on tight enough. But when I actually started walking around I found the ribbons had more give than I’d expected. So the first time they almost fell off my feet and I almost tripped. So tie them super tight. Tighter than you would normally think you would need. I’m waiting for the Low Ebony Peeptoe to come in. Maybe that will be better for me to wear than the flats.

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I also ordered and received my first item of eco-friendly clothing from a Montreal store called Meemoza. It was the tuxedo cardigan or Miss Draper Cardigan, seen below. It’s made of Modal and Spandex. The feel of the cardigan is very nice. Soft and smooth. It’s also warmer than I thought it would be, since it feels quite thin and light. This would be a good fall season cardigan. Unfortunately the size was a little smaller than I was expecting. I got the cardigan in a Large, their biggest size. But apparently their make is smaller than what other stores would consider a large. I can still wear this cardigan but I have to wear it open and pair it with something that isn’t bulky. So while I liked this item of clothing, unless they make larger sizes in the future or I lose some weight, this clothing line isn’t for me. 😦 The search for eco-friendly clothing continues….


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Product Review: @mohopshoes Shoes & @Meemoza Cardigan

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Picture from: Mohop Shoes

So I finally got my hands on some Mohop Shoes. I bought the superflat slide. Which they call the moped flat on the company website. I do like them a lot. But these shoes are not the kind you can switch out of easily if you’re wearing them for example to walk to work and then need to change into fancier work shoes in the office. They are easy to take off, but when you put them back on, be prepared to take some time retying them on. Maybe it’s jsut because I’m not used to them yet. I will probably get faster with the retying. Another thing I found a little strange was that I thought I had tied my mohops on tight enough. But when I actually started walking around I found the ribbons had more give than I’d expected. So the first time they almost fell off my feet and I almost tripped. So tie them super tight. Tighter than you would normally think you would need. I’m waiting for the Low Ebony Peeptoe to come in. Maybe that will be better for me to wear than the flats.

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Picture from: Meemoza

I also ordered and received my first item of eco-friendly clothing from a Montreal store called Meemoza. It was the tuxedo cardigan or Miss Draper Cardigan, seen below. It’s made of Modal and Spandex. The feel of the cardigan is very nice. Soft and smooth. It’s also warmer than I thought it would be, since it feels quite thin and light. This would be a good fall season cardigan. Unfortunately the size was a little smaller than I was expecting. I got the cardigan in a Large, their biggest size. But apparently their make is smaller than what other stores would consider a large. I can still wear this cardigan but I have to wear it open and pair it with something that isn’t bulky. So while I liked this item of clothing, unless they make larger sizes in the future or I lose some weight, this clothing line isn’t for me. 😦 The search for eco-friendly clothing continues….