I've been on the hunt for a new set of sheets for the last month or so, but I'm too picky to order them online and I haven't had time to go to the store to look for some. When it comes to sheets, I need to see and touch them before I buy them — or at least have a referral from a friend. So when a set of Charles P. Rogers Shiro 400 Thread Count Circle Sheets ($119) arrived at my desk to review, I was thrilled but still wary; I can be pretty hard to please. I brought them home and gave them a thorough test (sleeping — the best kind!) for a few days, followed by a good washing. Want to hear what I think of them?
The set arrived with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases in an adorable matching drawstring bag. I can already see myself using the bag for travel and washing delicates, etc. +1.
One of my biggest pet-peeves is fitted sheets with shallow pockets that don't fit my mattress well. The Shiro sheets have really deep, generous pockets that are hassle-free! +1.
Softness is, of course, also always a big concern. I prefer soft, midweight sheets that I can use year-round, since San Francisco has a pretty temperate climate. I could tell instantly the Shiro sheets are of great quality — true 400 thread count cotton sheets. Seriously, these sheets are so soft! I'm already not a morning person, but now I simply do not want to get out bed in the morning! +1 and two thumbs up.
As you can see above, the Shiro Circle sheets are woven with a subtle, jacquard floral circle motif that's a bit Hawaiian looking. This point is simply a matter of taste, but I'm definitely a simple sheets girl. I'd prefer no pattern at all and wouldn't actively choose this motif. That said, it doesn't bother me much. It's kind of pretty and subtle enough that it's barely noticeable anyway. And I love the hemstitch! It's really sophisticated. + 0.5
After washing the sheets, they became even softer and lost any bit of brand-new stiffness they might have had, as well as the creases you see in this photo. I only washed them once, but like all fabrics, they'll get softer with age.
So, I highly recommend these babies! But if like me you prefer solid sheets, I'd check out the selection at Charles P. Rogers — they do sell plain sheets, as well as stripes and other floral patterns.