This $25 Bolero Sweater Is a Fall Fashion Essential

POPSUGAR Photography | Marisa Petrarca
POPSUGAR Photography | Marisa Petrarca
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If you've stumbled upon my reviews before, you're well aware that I'm a big fan of athleisure. Few things make me happier than a stylish and functional pair of leggings or an easy-to-style bodysuit, and I'm *always* searching for comfy new additions to my wardrobe. So when I noticed the Old Navy Long-Sleeve UltraLite Rib-Knit Bolero Cardigan Sweater ($25) appears in the brand's new arrivals section, I was intrigued, to say the least. Being totally honest, this bolero sweater felt like a risk to me. The cropped style brought back memories of cropped styles I wore in middle school (which made me shudder), but I loved the way it looked on the model: chic and modern. I added it to my cart in my usual size, medium, in a pale shade of blue dubbed "Silver Sage." My honest thoughts, ahead.

What I Like About This Bolero Sweater

It's made of 62 percent polyester, 33 percent rayon, and five percent spandex, a trio of materials that was equal parts soft and stretchy. It's perfect for slipping on when you need a little extra something to keep your arms warm — or for bringing it with you when you're unsure if you'll be chilly. I gave it a test run for a flight and decided it's brilliant for traveling. It took up virtually no space in my carry-on and came in clutch when my arms broke out in goosebumps on my intensely air-conditioned flight.

What's Worth Noting

I'm obsessed with how comfortable this bolero sweater is. If you're entirely new to the silhouette, it's a super-cropped jacket. But having experienced this one, I'd say it's more accurately described as a shrug, since it's more relaxed than structured, reminiscent of a lightweight cardigan.

At the time of writing, this sweater has no ratings below four stars, which doesn't exactly surprise me since it's so cozy. Nonetheless, one thing worth noting is that the sleeves are a little longer than I expected, but I realized it's to ensure the thumb-hole cuffs fit comfortably.

Who Is This Bolero Sweater Good For?

This bolero sweater is a stylish and functional option for slipping on when you want to keep your arms warm without committing to a heavy extra layer.

Additional Details

  • This bolero sweater comes in a total of three colors.
  • It's available in sizes XS–4X.
  • To keep it in tip-top shape, machine-wash it on cold and tumble dry on low.

    Rating: ★★★★★