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Style Shopper Review: Cuyana Alpaca Camel Cape and Turtleneck

 

I am enamoured with Cuyana and the idea of the shop, and even bought a wool wrap coat from them before which I liked and it now comes in camel on their site.

WHAT “STYLE SHOPPER” IS…

I’ve started just taking Instagram shots of the items I order online, have shipped to me and then try on at home.

So I figured, why not share what I think about what I ordered, why and what it actually looks like in person, along with pros and cons?

I also (unless otherwise noted) have spent my OWN MONEY AND TIME doing this, it is UNSPONSORED and UNSOLICITED.

..hence why the reviews will be super honest.

WHY ONLY ON INSTAGRAM?

I will only do this via Instagram because it is just too much work to take pictures with a camera, upload them, crop them, etc.

I want this to be quick and painless for both you and me.

If you have any questions about any piece, just shoot me an email or get in touch with me in a billion of ways and I’ll elaborate.

WHY I SHOP ONLINE

I do this because I’m all too lazy, tired and pressed for time to go to the store but am intrigued by what I see online.


I so far will mostly be only reviewing from The Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy or Zara for their easy and free shipping & super hassle-free (and free) returns.

On to the reviews!

AN IDEA OF MY SIZE & SHOPPING PERSONALITY

I’m an inverted triangle and normally wear an XS or 00 (smallest sizes in all mainstream brands except for designer brands where I usually take a US 4 or US 6).

I am super picky and hate itchy items, too-tight things and anything that doesn’t look or feel expensive and wonderful.

$9 is $90 is $900.

The price makes no difference to me as long as it feels expensive.

I bought the coveted Cuyana Alpaca Camel Cape and Turtleneck that I had been lusting after for a LONG TIME.

CUYANA ALPACA CAMEL CAPE – $195

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Size 10/10

It only has one size and it seemed to fit well, although it looked a little big on me compared to the model as I am shorter than you know.. 6′

Colour 9/10

Camel is a little darker in person than pictured, I think.

It also comes in grey and black. I didn’t take grey because I think camel is more flattering on me and with my wardrobe.

Quality 10/10

Very high. It is soft, and since it’s an alpaca wool it is SLIGHTLY itchy as all wools are if you are super sensitive to that stuff.

That said, you won’t really feel it unless you are specifically looking for some sort of itchiness.

Fit 10/10

It’s a one-size fits all.

Overall, I’d recommend the cape. I love the curved hem, the drape is nice, the weight is also light and substantial without being overly heavy and it feels quite warm.

INSTAGRAM SHOTS OF THE CUYANA CAPE

#style @cuyana 's alpaca cape was something I'd been #lusting after for a long time #ootd #shopping #shopaholic #shoppinghaul

A photo posted by Sherry @ Save. Spend. Splurge. (@saverspender) on

CUYANA TURTLENECK

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Size

I took the XS because I tend to fit in XS in most items that are unstructured.


Colour 1/10

It looks beautiful, dark and midnight online right!?

In person it just looks like some dark blue.

I was sorely disappointed.

What’s odd is that the Cuyana wrap coat I bought, looked slightly LIGHTER online and more vibrant but in person was very dark.

I wanted my turtleneck colour to be the wrap coat colour and vice versa. Ironic, huh?

Cuyana in general, has a problem with portraying TRUE colours in the photographs on their site.

I think they have no idea how to light the stuff they’re selling and they should be well aware to take pictures in NATURAL LIGHT so that you can really see the colour as it is, and then colour correct it with Photoshop if need be.

This is a major flaw in their marketing and online website and you should be aware of that.

Quality 8/10

It’s a layering turtleneck, it felt nice, and very tissue thin which I am usually not a fan of, but it was comfortable and doesn’t feel like it will pill or stretch out over time.

Tissue thin to me, means cheap. BUT!!! It was SAID to be a layering turtleneck online and it is soft, comfortable and not a cheap feeling cotton (e.g. H&M) where it feels thick and very woven, if that makes any sense.

Fit 10/10

Fit well on my body as I took my true size (XS). If I wanted it a little looser, I would have sized up.

INSTAGRAM SHOTS OF THE CUYANA TURTLENECK

Oh and my @cuyana order arrived too! #style #shopping #ootd #luxeminimalism

A photo posted by Sherry @ Save. Spend. Splurge. (@saverspender) on

You can see that it photographs dark because I am not positioned in the right light, but the CORRECT colour is the one with the turtleneck on the ground.


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I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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6 Comments

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    GG

    Thanks for your review of the cape. Saw it recommended by Hitha Palepu (http://www.hithaonthego.com/fewer-better-gifts/) but wasn’t sure how it would fit on a 5’4 frame or how itchy it might be. Currently gathering ideas for a September Rhine river cruise trip (from Alaska-Iceland-Europe) and thought it might be a good travel piece, especially for the airplane.

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    Wendy

    Glad to find this review! I’m 5’6″ – would you recommend ordering the petite in this versus regular for someone my height? Also, does it resist wrinkling? Most wraps I own are horrid about wrinkling 🙁 Thank you for any advice you can share!

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      No, take the regular. I’m 5’6″ and I find it is a good length (check the photos). If you’re smaller, or want a shorter wrap, then yes, take the petite one.

      The wrinkling is still there. It is a natural blend so you will see wrinkles as you’re wearing it, however if you want something wrinkle free, you’d need a wool BLEND (usually with viscose or polyester). It is quite light and a bit thin, but it won’t look (at least I think) as though you’re wearing a wrinkled seersucker cape..

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  3. Ella

    Thanks for posting the pictures and review of the cape. I was considering buying it in grey and after reading your review, I’ve decided not to. We take the same size (00) and the cape is bigger looking than my taste. But your post was really helpful!

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    1. sherry@savespendsplurge.com

      Oh I’m pleased!!!! It did look smaller on the Amazonian models but I will say I like the cape a lot. It’s just a bit unwieldy when wrangling a toddler instead of a glass of wine or something.. if I drank.

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