I had to share this top with you all because it is currently ranking as my #1 “work from home shirt”. For those of you not familiar with the internationally accepted requirements of work-from-home wear, allow me to explain:
1. Must be comfortable.
2. Like, seriously comfortable.
3. Is appropriate to wear should I have no choice but to answer the door.
4. Can be worn without a bra while answering the door by strategically crossing arms or holding a small fluffy dog in front of my chest.
5. Says, “I haven’t completely given up yet” to my spouse when he finds me in the same spot he left me 8 hours ago.
I first picked up one of these shirts last winter during the Nordstrom Winter Sale. (The sale usually occurs in mid-February.) I quickly fell in love with it and bought a second one during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this past July. Mine are in charcoal and terracotta, but I’m planning to pick up the oatmeal as well.
This knitted slouchy pullover has long raglan sleeves and an oversized turtleneck. The raw hems throughout the design are what (I think) really make it a stand out piece. I snapped a quick photo to show you the hems up close.
If you are familiar with the Free People brand, you know that this type of unfinished, rolled hem is a key component of many of their items. I love that it adds a hint of distressing to the top and really just improves with each wash. (Think perfectly distressed jeans.) While it is a cowl neck, the fabric is really lightweight and is actually featured throughout their spring and summer collections. Hence, ‘beach cocoon’ in the title. As temperatures drop, I can add a long sleeve tee under it, or wear a utility jacket or vest over it without appearing bulky.
I’ll leave it up to you as to whether or not it should be worn with leggings. I’m 5’8 and it just eeks out coverage of my bottom, so for me, it’s a no go. But, if you are slightly shorter you may be able to pull it off. No judgment here.
The highlight of this top for me is the extra long sleeve. I think this particular fascination is a byproduct of having been a teenager in the 90’s – but I prefer that my sleeves reach my finger-tips. This one quality will sell me on a sweater, long sleeved tee or jacket immediately. I will buy things in Tall whenever they are available specifically for this reason. Free People tops pretty consistently hits the mark on this one. I have found that all of the pullovers and thermals I have tried from them are designed this way. I would note that their clothes tend to run a bit large. I am normally a solid 8/Medium in all things right now, but their Small is generally a better fit for me.