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Tradlands Shelter Cardigan Review

Tradlands is an ethical and sustainable fashion brand that’s been on my radar for awhile. So I was so excited when they asked me to try out a piece from their Spring Collection! I decided to go with the Shelter Cardigan since it’s one of their bestsellers and I’ve always heard such great things about it. Here is my Tradlands Shelter Cardigan Review!

Tradlands Shelter Cardigan Review

About Tradlands

First, a little background on the brand: Tradlands was founded in 2012 after the brand’s founder – Sadie – was having trouble finding quality essentials for women that would stand the test of time. Tradlands makes their pieces with the highest quality materials and attention to detail. They specialize in creating closet-staples that make getting dressed effortless and less stressful. You can read more about the brand here.

Tradlands Shelter Cardigan Reivew

I can’t resist a good slouchy cardigan (which is why I own several cardigans from other brands including Everlane, Jenni Kayne, and babaa!). I love that cardigans can be worn as a final layer or buttoned up as a typical sweater. The Shelter Cardigan is great because it looks good styled either way!

Outfit Details: Tradlands Cardigan c/o || Sézane Skirt c/o || Sézane Bag c/o || Jenni Kayne Sneakers

Size and Fit

I’m wearing the size small which is my usual size across different brands. I would say this cardigan runs true to size. It’s supposed to have a relaxed fit without being oversized. I think the dropped shoulders and slight balloon sleeve help to give it that cool, slouchy vibe that you want in a cardigan.

Ethically made cotton cardigan with quilted mini skirt and straw bag

I definitely wouldn’t size down in this cardigan. It does fit me snuggly around the arm cuffs and the hips. Plus, it’s supposed to have a relaxed fit so you don’t want it to be too fitted. I do think that you can size up if you want to. If you prefer an oversized, boyfriend type fit to your cardigans you can get away with sizing up. However, taking my usual size allows me to wear this as a buttoned-up sweater without the V neck hitting too low!

The great thing about the Shelter Cardigan is that it’s available in sizes XXS to 4X! So it’s really size inclusive.

Chunky knit cotton cardigan with straw bag and mini skirt


The Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is made from 100% cotton in a chunky knit pattern. I would say that the cotton has a nice weight to it but not too bulky. I’m still able to tuck it in to my skirt and pants without feeling like it’s too thick. I’ve only worn this a couple times so far and haven’t washed it yet but I do feel like it’s a nice, soft cotton. I’m wearing it against my bare skin and it feels great! The other great thing about this material is that it shouldn’t pill since it’s 100% cotton. Usually wool or blended cotton cardigans or sweaters will pill.

Tradlands Shelter Cardigan Review

Thoughts on the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan

This definitely is a well-made closet staple that should last for awhile. I feel like the fit is timeless and something that’s not going to go out of style. I love that it’s 100% cotton and not a blended fiber knit. The closest “dupe” for the Tradlands cardigan that I have in my closet is an old Everlane Cropped Cotton Cardigan. They don’t make that version anymore – currently, they have this style available. However, the Everlane cotton cardigan I have is not 100% cotton. It’s a mix of cotton and nylon so it doesn’t feel as soft. It also feels a little thicker and chunkier and it will be more prone to pilling. I know Everlane is an “ethical/sustainable” brand but they are definitely not a slow fashion brand anymore which sometimes gives me pause when deciding whether or not to support them.

If you are looking for a well made, cotton cardigan from an ethical fashion brand then the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan is the way to go!

Sézane X Sea New York Skirt, Chunky Cardigan, Straw Tote bag

Outfit Details: Tradlands Cardigan c/o || Sézane Skirt c/o || Sézane Bag c/o || Jenni Kayne Sneakers

I’m also wearing the Tradlands Shelter Cardigan in this post!

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