Cozy Classics with Bare Knitwear

10.01.20

Today’s post is all about getting cozy as we head into the cold weather season here in Ontario. With the pandemic still going strong we’re looking at what will probably feel like an even longer winter than usual, so I’m leaning into all the things that might make it just a little easier to endure.

Being a creature of comforts (I must have been a house cat in another life) I have to admit that beautiful sweaters and toasty beanies can really take the edge off.

This brings me to one of my absolute favourite Canadian brands, Bare Knitwear, whose knitwear is unlike anything else I’ve tried. To me, this brand truly embodies thoughtfulness right from first sketch all the way to final stitch.

If you’re currently in the market for impeccably made and elegantly designed knitwear, this post is serving up exactly that. I’ll be taking a closer look at:

Let’s get cozy!


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Partnership Disclosure: This blog post was produced in partnership with Bare Knitwear and Style Bee earns a commission on all sales made using the exclusive reader discount code (at no additional cost to customers). The Style Bee reader discount is valid on all regular priced items (excluding garment freshener), for 1 week, through October 8th. Simply enter the code at checkout.



A BIT ABOUT BARE KNITWEAR


Led by Kelsey Adair, Bare Knitwear is an independent Canadian brand, that combines heritage artisanship with modern design to create small batch, high quality knitwear that helps to support communities in Peru. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Kelsey in person and after working together for 5 years now (say what?), I can attest to the incredible amount of care and integrity she puts into each collection.

Beyond gorgeous sweaters and accessories, Bare Knitwear is committed to sustainable sourcing, preserving traditional craft and empowering women in Ayacucho and Lima, Peru with opportunities beyond basic employment (learn more about these initiatives here).

I love how Kelsey tells the Bare Knitwear brand story and shares insights into the work behind the garments. In the latest Team Feature, Mirella, Bare Knitwear’s production manager, shares a bit about her textile career and life outside of work. It’s clear that a tremendous amount of expertise and care goes into every stage of development.

When you invest in a piece from Bare Knitwear, you’re investing in so much more than your own closet, which is one of many reasons I’ve loved this brand for all these years!


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THE MARINE CARDIGAN


Have you ever bitten into a warm, fresh, light as air, and buttery-soft croissant? Well, that’s about the closest experience I can equate to how The Marine Cardigan feels to wear. It is every bit as delightful and comforting as a perfect puff pastry.

I’ve long admired the Marine Cardigan (a mainstay in the Bare Knitwear lineup) but it wasn’t until I got to see one in person, during a visit to Victoria last fall, that I could fully appreciate its uniqueness. Here are a few images and notes on the details that make is so special (IMHO).


SPECIAL DETAILS

INCREDIBLE TEXTURE

Voluminous, full rib hand loom details give this cardigan a unique and stunning texture that was made to be touched.

Once you feel, it you get it!


LIGHT AS AIR

The most surprising thing I noticed was how lightweight the Marine Cardigan is considering it’s substantial size. It’s honestly as close to a cloud as your closet will get.


OH SO COZY

Don’t let the weight fool you though. The beautiful blend of baby alpaca & merino wool (with a touch of polyamide to hold shape), makes this sweater incredibly warm.

You’ll likely need only a long sleeve base layer underneath.


MADE FOR LAYERING

Drop shoulders and balloon shape sleeves make it a breeze to wear over base layers. Meanwhile, wide cuffs are easy to push up as needed so you’re not dragging them in your soup!


POCKETS!

Front patch pockets are perfect for your keys, face mask, phone and wallet.

(& dog treats, which Dobby thoroughly appreciates)


SUPREME SOFTNESS

Baby alpaca wool is known for being hypoallergenic and incredibly soft, making it a great option for sensitive skin.

I would happily wear this over a tank or camisole as I don’t find it itchy at all.


How does it fit Under Coats?



I tried the Marine Cardigan under my Classic Camel Coat (I wear a Small) and the sleeves fit no problem without any bunchy feeling in the shoulders.

I also tried it on under my Puffer Coat (sold out but linked to a similar one, I wear a Small) and it slid on easily and zips up without issue.

While the cardigan has a voluminous look to it, it’s not heavy or bulky feeling at all. It’ll be great as a cozy insulator under a rain coat too!

Under coats with more fitted shoulders and sleeves it may be snug so that’s something to keep in mind.


MORE DETAILS

  • Price: $398 CAD $358.20 CAD with ‘STYLEBEE10’ through October 8th, 2020. 
  • Bare Knitwear pieces are indeed an investment in your closet. They’re made to last, easy to care for and truly timeless styles that are intended to be worn year after year.
  • Available in 3 colours: Taupe (shown here) // Classic Black // Cloud Grey
  • Sizes: XS/S (US 0-6) //M/L (US Size 8-12) // L/XL (US 12-16) // Garment measurements listed on the product page.
  • I’m wearing the XS/S and I’m 5’7 and about 130 lbs for reference.
  • Composition: The Marine Cardigan is made with a light weight, voluminous blend of 43% baby alpaca, 43% merino wool and 14% polyamide. 
  • Care: Dry clean or hand wash. BK recommends washing sparingly and using a fabric freshener to keep your cardigan fresh between washes. If you hand wash your cardigan, use a mild detergent in cool water and lay flat to dry on a towel. Avoid hanging, stretching or ringing out the garment when wet.
  • More on how I care for my knits here.
  • Pilling: In my experience baby alpaca wool is surprisingly resilient to pilling, however, wherever there is friction (under the arms or where a bag might rub) there is always the possibility of pilling. Bare Knitwear offers a lovely little sweater comb, which you can use to easily and quickly comb off any pills.
  • Shipping: All orders over $200 CAD ship free across North America (more details relating to COVID-19 here)
  • Availability: Due to the expense of shipping from Peru to Canada, there will not be another restock of this style this season. There are lots available in each size and colour but if you’re super keen to have this for the winter season, I wouldn’t wait too long. The good news is that this piece will be returning again next fall, so no pressure!

SHOP THE MARINE CARDIGAN HERE

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NOW ONTO

THE ANDES BEANIE



If you’re newer to Style Bee you may not be privy to my obsession with beanies (or toques as we call them in Canada). I have very sensitive ears, thanks to years of ruthless ear infections in my youth, so even a moderately cool wind can induce crippling ear aches. Cue my cold weather hero, the knitted beanie!

Bare Knitwear has been creating and perfecting their beanies for many years and the latest iteration is a personal favourite for sure. It’s super cozy and warm but still so soft and light at the same time. It’s finely knit from a beautiful blend of 55% baby alpaca, 21% merino wool and 24% polyamide to help maintain it’s shape. 

It comes in several colours but the Ivory Andes Beanie is special for a couple of reasons. The first being that light accessories are one of my go-to tricks for keeping your winter style feeling fresh and not too dreary. The second reason being that this colour will only be available online. The Andes Beanie also makes for a really lovely gift as we approach that time of year.


3 ways to style the Andes beanie



MORE DETAILS


  • PRICE: $98 CAD ($88.20 CAD with ‘STYLEBEE10’ through October 8th)
  • 4 COLOURS: Ivory (shown & in stock), Cream, Dark Charcoal & Classic Black (these three colours are restocking in November, sign up for a notification)
  • SIZE: One size
  • MATERIALS: 55% baby alpaca, 21% Merino Wool and 24% Polyamide. 
  • CARE: Hand wash cool lay flat to dry.
  • ITCHINESS: The Andes beanie is pre-washed in Peru, making it a suitable option for those with sensitive skin. Pre-washing particular fibre blends softens the hand and feel of the finished garment.

SHOP THE ANDES BEANIE HERE

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A WEEK’S WORTH OF WAYS TO STYLE THE MARINE CARDIGAN & ANDES BEANIE


LOOK 1



MARINE CARDIGAN (gifted) // TAUPE TURTLENECK // BLACK STRAIGHT LEG JEANS* // CHUNKY BOOT* // ANDES BEANIE (gifted) // BLACK LEATHER BELT // TAUPE TOTE* // *Linked to similar


LOOK 2



MARINE CARDIGAN (gifted) // SILK SET (OLD ELIZABETH SUZANN) // SNAKE PRINT BOOT* // ANDES BEANIE (gifted) // CREAM CROSSBODY BAG* // *Linked to similar


LOOK 3



MARINE CARDIGAN (gifted) // SILK SLIP DRESS* // PARIS WOVEN MULE // BROWN LEATHER BELT // *Linked to similar


LOOK 4



MARINE CARDIGAN (gifted) // SILK TANK // BLACK TROUSER // BOSS BOOT // BLACK LEATHER BELT


LOOK 5


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MARINE CARDIGAN (gifted) // FITTED TURTLENECK // SKINNY JEANS // TALL BLACK BOOT* // CREAM SCARF*// HALF MOON BAG*// *Linked to similar


LOOK 6



MARINE CARDIGAN (gifted) // LOUNGE SET* (OLD from KOTN) // SHEARLING SLIPPERS // *Linked to similar


Tune into my IGTV tomorrow for a fun styling video!

Here are a few other styles from Bare Knitwear to up your closet’s cozy quota.

{ All eligible for 10% Off with ‘STYLEEBEE10’ }


NAZCA ZIP UP JACKET // LAYER V SWEATER // TRAVEL WRAP // FUNNEL NECK SWEATER

{ All styles available in several colours / sizes }


THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING!

I hope this post was helpful for anyone looking to invest in their knitwear collection this season. You really can’t go wrong with Bare Knitwear!

Feel free to share any additional questions in the comments.


PARTNERSHIP DETAILS: The Bare Knitwear pieces shown above were gifted as part of this collaboration and Style Bee earns a commission on sales made using the reader discount code ‘STYLEBEE10’ (at no additional cost to customers). 10% discount is valid through October 8th on regular priced items (excluding care products).

Thanks for your interest in discovering and supporting the independent brands that support Style Bee! If you’re not shopping right now I hope this post still offers some new ideas for your wardrobe!

Leave me a comment here!

  1. Leigh Partington says:

    Hi Lee,
    I bought both the cardigan and the beanie and I love them. I wear the cardigan NON-STOP and it is like being wrapped in cloud. Thank you for making such great recommendations. I really appreciate all of the time and effort you put into your blog.

  2. Molly says:

    Hi Lee! I came over here after watching your cute video on Insta. I have been eyeing this cardigan for a couple of years now and it might just be my moment.
    I love the taupe but am also leaning towards the grey because I do mostly cooler tones. Any thoughts on that? I realize it is totally personal taste.
    Thank you for a great blog and fun content!

  3. Brenda says:

    I have a Bare Knitwear cardigan — not this one — but I will say, it is amazing. In this case, you truly get what you pay for. I bought it last winter and it is so nice and soft and well-made. I think that it will last forever, not only in quality, but in style. It is a timeless classic that I will always have and be happy to wear, which makes it worth the purchase. I’m pretty sure I was introduced to Bare through this blog, so THANKS!

  4. Marian says:

    Thanks Lee for featuring and styling this gorgeous cardigan so well. I admired it last year, but hesitated. You gave me the nudge I needed. It will be a milestone birthday gift to myself, and will fill a big gap in my wardrobe. I think it’s perfect for our highly variable Victoria winters, and I expect to get many years of wear from it. Now, if @KOTN could restock that taupe turtleneck in small…

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hi Marian! Yay! That’s so exciting. I think it’ll be PERFECT for winter in Victoria (all seasons honestly!) and I hope you love it so much. Thanks for trusting my recommendation 🙂 xo