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Review: The Essential Cardigan from Fresh Produce


I loooooove wearing camis. Unfortunately, they certainly do not flatter my arms. While it’s easy to layer over them during the fall and winter, the spring makes it really difficult.

I had the opportunity to try out The Essential Cardigan from Fresh Produce Clothes. You may have recently seen web advertising from Fresh Produce. I’ll tell you a bit about the company.

Co-founded and still run by a mom entrepreneur, Fresh Produce has an extensive line of colorful clothing, made mostly in the United States.

They have a great selection of women’s vacation clothing, women’s resort wear and other gorgeous items. They also have a wide selection of women’s cardigans, and I must tell you I’m absolutely in love with The Essential Cardigan!

First, I love it because it’s plus-size (Fresh Produce has a number of plus-size clothing in addition to standard women’s wear). I also love it because the fabric is light – not as light as a t-shirt, but not as heavy as a hoodie or even a lightweight sweater.

I also love it because it has snaps instead of buttons, which makes it extremely versatile! I can easily button it all the way to the top, but can also just snap at the middle to accentuate my curves. The sleeves are very easy to roll up and don’t get in your way.

I will say it’s not suitable for the summer months. I would suggest wearing this cardigan in the autumn and spring. It comes in a variety of colors, so you can be sure to find a cardigan or twelve that suit what you need.

I chose the “truffle” color, because brown can go with anything, and it doesn’t absorb sunlight the way black shirts can.

The cardigan is very easy to care for,  doesn’t have to be ironed and doesn’t even get wrinkled.

But what I love the most is the “Made in the U.S.A.” on the tag, which lets me know that if I buy Fresh Produce, I am supporting American manufacturing. These clothes are a bit more expensive than those that are manufactured in other countries, but I can verify that it’s worth it.

If you’re going on a cruise or plan to visit a resort this year, I seriously urge you look into the Fresh Produce Catalog to see what they have to offer. If the rest of the clothing is as lightweight as this cardigan is, they’re sure to make it easy for light packing as well as for mixing and matching for all events.

Great quality, made right here, goes with everything – I love Fresh Produce!

Fresh Produce provided me with product for this review. All opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Emma Geraln
    May 5, 2012, 1:00 am

    Good post thanks, I’ve shared this with a few people that may be interested…
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  • Jessica Martinez
    May 13, 2012, 1:03 pm

    I do love me some cardigans! And the fact that they come in such a variety of colors and sizes is awesome :) The more stuff made here in the US the better.
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    • Bellesouth
      May 13, 2012, 1:16 pm

      I completely agree! Thanks for reading! I hope to see more great things from Fresh Produce in the future.

  • bewitched in salem
    May 28, 2012, 1:01 pm

    The Fresh Produce line appears to be a nice, up to date line. Hot Pink is coming on to the scene hard this year. I was a garment buyer for years and like to take a look back every once in a while.

    • Bellesouth
      May 28, 2012, 1:18 pm

      I have definitely noticed that! I’m really enjoying the bright colors making a comeback. We were stuck in the khakis and plain white Ts for waaaay too long. Thanks for visiting, Bill!

  • denise low March 13, 2015, 6:12 pm

    You look very cute in that outfit. Thanks for the information.


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