So I know I’m very late to the game here, because every other blogger in the ethical/sustainable community has tried out items from Vetta. And all their reviews have raved about their stuff (granted most of them were gifted items so I took it with a grain of salt), but I don’t know why I didn’t jump at trying their stuff. Maybe something about the brand being tailored to capsule closets and their items converting as to be worn in a multiple of ways (and sometimes weirdly) kind of made the brand feel gimmicky to me? Plus I wasn’t thrilled that many of the items were made of polyester or other synthetic blends (granted when they are, it’s made from deadstock fabrics so they’re not producing new plastic for their clothes). But ever since starting my foray into the ethical/sustainable closet world, I’m quite picky about choosing fabrics made from 100% natural fibers only (they last longer, feel better, and are biodegradable). But I have to say wherever my prejudice may have come from, I was wrong. Vetta is great and I am especially in love with this oversized sweater!
First of all I have to say a big thank you to Teresa for agreeing to swap clothes with me so that I could have a chance to try out this sweater without breaking my resolution of only one new item in a month! By borrowing this sweater from her, I get to try out a new ethical and sustainable brand without consuming more. Plus she gets to try out my Only Child tops so it’s a win-win!
Okay so onto the sweater. First a note on sizing: they’re not kidding when they say it’s oversized. I’m wearing an XS here and I’m 8+ months pregnant (5’4” and almost 160 pounds now). So if you get this, you definitely want to buy a much smaller size than you’re used to. I really love the 99% organic cotton and the fact that it’s made in a Los Angeles factory that’s 70% solar powered. Vetta takes their values and ethics seriously (you can read more about it here)! All their factories are located in the US so it’s understandable that their prices are going to be a bit higher than say Everlane’s (whose factories are located internationally). So it’s great that Vetta designs their items to be so versatile as well as convertible.
But I have to admit, I wore this sweater predominantly one way: with the buttons going down the back without the turtleneck collar. When I borrowed the sweater, Teresa couldn’t find the turtleneck portion so I wasn’t able to try it out that way. BUT I’m not a turtleneck person at all (I don’t like the look of them or the feel of them—like a dog collar around my neck lol) so I’m not sure I would have worn it that way anyway. Also I could see this being a common problem with owning a sweater with multiple pieces: sometimes some parts will get lost. I also wore this open as a cardigan and liked it and thought the dolman sleeves make it more interesting than a regular old black cardigan. But wearing the sweater with the buttons all the way up to the top looked weird to me (especially with a large baby bump).
I have to say I was overall very impressed with the quality of the sweater and I really liked it. It’s also the perfect sweater for being pregnant in the winter since it’s super warm for cotton and the tunic length is great for covering the bump. I felt very svelte when wearing this outfit and got several compliments in it as well. But would I go so far as to buy this sweater for myself? In the end, I think I have to go with no because I’m not sure how often I would wear this sweater if I wasn’t pregnant. The long tunic length isn’t quite the right proportion for my petite frame (and right now the sweater looks shorter because my bump brings the hem line up quite a bit). I think sans baby bump, the sweater would overwhelm me. Also I already have several black cardigans so I don’t really need another (if I didn’t have any black cardigans then this would be a serious contender).
Anyway now that I have a very favorable impression of Vetta, I can’t wait to try out some of their other offerings in the future (that crop mockneck looks pretty nice)!
Have you guys tried Vetta? What did you think?
P.S. Actually here’s a blogger who buys Vetta and she loves their stuff!