The Royal Robbins Cascada Pointelle Cardi is the perfect light coverup that doesn’t look sloppy or frumpy. In fact, it adds an elegant touch around town, while traveling or out to dinner.
The Cascada Pointelle Cardi is a cardigan that reaches to mid-thigh, draping nicely over the hips. A sweater of that length could become overly warm but the body of the cardigan is an open, lacy weave that allows plenty of air ventilation while the arms, which is often the area where warmth is needed, is a closed, solid weave. The fabric is soft and pliable, being made from 60% Tencel, 20% cotton and 20% nylon. The blend of fabrics gives the garment a nice feel while maintaining its shape and not wrinkling. It has just a hint of stretch and is durable.
The cardigan has been tested in a variety of conditions during the spring, from going out to dinner to visiting friends and traveling. The long sweater has become a staple in the author’s wardrobe for its versatility and refined look. It transforms a pair of jeans into a nice outfit, shows off black pants and chases away the chill of a breezy evening on the deck without being overpowering. It can be wadded up in a suitcase and comes out looking ready for action. This is the perfect wrap to take on the plane, where the temperature often plummets as soon as the door is closed, and prevents that “ugly American” stereotype by providing a nice cover to whatever is worn underneath. It looks great with ankle length skinny pants and flats or high heels. The cardigan just plain feels great to wear because of its slightly flared design that result in a slight swish as one walks. The waterfall front opening drapes nicely and there is enough material that one side can fold over the other. The open weave on the back and front means that there is no danger of overheating but on several cool occasions the author was grateful for the closed weave of the sleeves. Sometimes all you need is a light arm covering. Warm summer days in many destinations means cool nights and this cardigan is the perfect antidote.
Royal Robbins has a long and storied history in the outdoor world, having been founded by Royal and his wife, Liz, who were among the early big wall climbers in Yosemite National Park. Dissatisfied with the limited selection of outdoor apparel, consisting mostly of army surplus gear, Royal and Liz decided to create their own line of quality clothing. Today the company makes a wide range of clothing that works well for outdoor recreation, adventure and travel with plenty of style. From the beginning a strong sense of social responsibility imbued the company, born of a deep respect for the natural world. They reflect that commitment through their core values, code of conduct, application of the Bluesign System to their production processes, and membership in the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Pledge.
The Cascada Pointelle Cardi by Royal Robbins is a versatile, travel-friendly garment than can enhance travel or at home activities, adding a touch of elegance to any occasion.
Cascada Pointelle Cardi
Available at Royal Robbins for $75.
Available in Light Khaki and Charcoal.
Disclaimer: Disclosure of material connection: A sample was received for testing purposes, but the opinions expressed are solely those of the author.