As someone who doesn't enjoy shopping and is always looking for a bargain, I am always excited when I find a great buy on something I really like. I hate paying full price for anything and avoid doing so unless absolutely necessary. It's nearly impossible for me to pass by a clearance section without checking it out.
Last summer I came across this sweater on clearance at my favorite store, Kohl's. The brand is Chaps, a well-known product line by Ralph Lauren. Normally, I don't buy this brand because the price is usually more than I am willing to pay. I'm not someone who cares about brand names; If I like something and the quality and price are good, that's all that matters.
Navy blue is one of my favorite colors, so I was first attracted to this sweater for that reason. Then, I noticed the beautiful classic cable design. It is quite detailed and the quality is excellent. Made of 100% cotton, the sweater should be hand washed and dried flat, a small inconvenience for such a great buy. I say this because I paid just $6.50 for an $89.00 sweater. Actually, I paid even less than that as Kohl's was offering an extra 15%discount that day, on top of the clearance price. I felt I had hit the jackpot and would have bought more in other colors, if they had been available.
This Chaps heavyweight sweater with 1/4 zipper falls to the lower hip. It can be worn alone with the zipper all the way up, or the zipper may be down. Wearing a turtleneck underneath changes the look, and being navy blue, there are numerous colors that would compliment this sweater.
Before I wear anything new, I always wash it first. The sweater came through its first wash looking great, with no shrinkage, stretching or fading. I used the damp dry setting on my dryer for a very brief time, so I could add a dryer sheet for added softness and to eliminate any static cling.
As much as I love this sweater, I have not yet been able to wear it. I am a hot-natured person and each time I tried to wear it last winter, it was too warm for me. However, I am not giving up because I know the perfect day will come when I am very cold and this sweater will be the perfect weight. It is heavy enough to be worn on a cool day instead of wearing a jacket, which is how I expect to wear it.
This is one of my favorite purchases in recent years and you can be certain I will be checking the Kohl'sclearance rack every time I visit the store.