Ask Angie: should I Keep this EF pullover?

I asked about this sweater when shopping and got mixed reviews.
It came home with me; I've done some playing, but am still undecided about keeping it. Below are some tries.
1/2: in the store with black jeans and top.
3: with white jeans and tank.
4/5: with camel skirt and black cowel-neck sweater
6: with black tube skirt and cowel sweater
I also tried it over a black sleeveless shift dress and thought it worked ok.
Pros: I love the design and fabric.
It could be worn almost year round
Sale priced.
Could work with lots of things I already have.
Seems fluid with structure in the fitted sleeves and moves nicely.
Cons: While half price, is still expensive, so must be a 10.
With a tank underneath, the neck is more open than ideal and calls
for a scarf, fill-in necklace, or topper to bring something closer to my
The bottom edge in front hits at my widest part ( back is slightly longer).
I'm unsure about the proportions on my body. This is a regular XS. It is available on the EF site in a Petite S, but is more expensive and my best size in many EF pieces is a PP, which is not available.
What do you think after seeing it with more stylings? I need your collective wisdom.

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  • columbine(erin) replied 6 years ago

    I wish it was a bit shorter with the skirts. We'll see what others think. It's a beautiful piece though. 

  • Catnip replied 6 years ago

    Joy, it's a beautiful sweater.  I like it with pants but think it is a bit too long to wear with skirts.  I'm a short person and frequently have this problem.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Ah. Sorry, I missed this the first time, Joy. 

    I don't think it's a 10. I vote return. The welt is too wide at the hip (it's kind of puckering and it's not supposed to be a swing top). To my eye, this takes away from the chic and elegant integrity that is very much your look. It's just my 2 cents. Hope it makes sense. 

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Joy - I really like this on you.  I think it's extremely elegant.  I don't have an issue witth the length.  I think what may be throwing columbine and catnip off in outfit 4 is you've worn darker hose and light skirt - so your body line is broken into thirds instead of following the 2/3, 1/3 golden mean/proportion.  If you swapped out skin toned microfish nets and a nude pump well there you go.  It's stunning with the black pants and skirt with black hose and shoes.  It's a big thumbs up from me.  I think it's beautiful and i like how the light striations pick up your hair and complexion!!  Stunning as always!!

  • replied 6 years ago

    I hear you having second thoughts.  Whenever I have second thoughts, I usually end up regretting the purchase.  Not good enough for you.  

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Gabrielle, I think that you are right. If I'm trying too hard to make it work I should probably let it go. Angie, thank you for your wise and professional eye. Reluctantly, this piece is going back. I think a petite small may be shorter but still have the extra fabric... Maybe even more so. If I can locate a size PP for reasonable price that is returnable, I may give it a try.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    I see the same problem of proportions--pants okay, skirts not so much. I sympathize because that's a big problem for me in finding tops that are versatile, and for whether to "invest" in an upscale brand--I just about have different tops for trousers, slim pants, skirts, and even types of skirts. Sheesh!
    I also have really scrutinized items with a a contrasting hem binding at bottom because I find them more limiting in "blending" with different colored bottoms, as well as, in this case, making such a strong horizontal line which kinda messes up the nice zig-zag going on.

    I have only recently kind of re-discovered EF during the fluid-boxy trend cycle; I had just counted her stuff out altogether some years ago when so many of her items tend toward low scoops, long flowy things I can't wear. And I also often need a P or PP as well, and they sell out. But the fabrics can be so lovely! I'm trying to learn to keep passing up the things that aren't right, but keep on browsing at intervals because a great item is likely to turn up here or there. PPP!

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