Hi guys, here's something you don't see very often on this blog: a Cuyana review! I reviewed this linen off the shoulder top as a request from a reader who wanted to know how Cuyana's linen compared to the linen items from other brands in my closet, which includes Grana, Everlane, and Elizabeth Suzann. In past reviews I ranked Elizabeth Suzann linen the best, followed by Everlane and then Grana. Well it's hard to rank Cuyana in this line-up because all their linen items are only 49% linen and 51% viscose. The linen blend that Cuyana uses is way softer than any normal linen fabric but I'm not a fan of viscose, (also known as viscose rayon) which is highly toxic to the environment during it's production process. Frankly I'm disappointed that Cuyana would use such an unsustainable material for their clothes and it doesn't seem like this peice of clothing would fall under their "fewer, but better" motto (I don't see how adding viscose to linen is making it better).
But as for the top itself, I ordered a small and found it still quite big. It's definitely an oversized fit. Also I'm not a huge fan of off the shoulder tops since they don't ever stay off the shoulder on me (for the pictures I didn't even bother with trying to get them off the shoulder since that's not how I would wear it in real life). The tulip sleeves are a cute touch though.
The linen material is very soft and unlike linen at all. There's no crispness to it, and if I wanted something this soft I would probably go with cotton or tencel. If you can't already tell by the tone of the review, I returned the item since it's not something I would wear and I'm trying to add mostly natural sustainable fabrics to my closet (or if unsustainable like leather, only purchase it second-hand).
Anyway you can find all my other unsponsored Cuyana reviews like this one here.