How to find your style and size
At Carcel we have been asked a lot about sizes, size guides and the general fit of the Carcel collection. We understand the importance of elaborating on this point, especially because we are a brand that only displays our items online in order to keep costs down.
Fit and shape and your personal preference
Some of our female supporters have asked if it is possible to order the sweater with extra length or if you could possibly get it more loosely fitted. At the same time some of you guys have asked to have a more fitted sweater. We suggest that you look into whether the women sizing would suit you or if you want either a more fitted or oversized look.
We’ve spent time on developing just the right sweater for you in the finest Alpaca wool that will keep you warm and elegant. We have 2 sizes S/M or M/L. Read below, find your style and get to know the perfect fit for you.
Our sweater was constructed to be loosely fitted but elegant. This means if you choose based on your regular size, it will not be tight. We created two styles, to offer something to both men and women. But we also wanted to create the possibility to mix and match between the women's and men's.
The fit of our women’s sweater is constructed to be loose but elegant. It has a mock turtleneck, which is right in between a turtleneck and a crewneck. This neckline shows elegance, confidence and can be worn on top of any outfit. The bottom hem has a 4 cm rib-stretch finish, it holds the shape of the sweater, without being super tightening like a sweatshirt. The sleeve hem also has a rib stretch finish, of 9 cm, holding the sleeve up over the wrist. Unfold the sleeve hem for a snug structured look, or fold them for a looser classic style. The seam turns inside out halfway down the hem, hiding the seam all together when folded. The construction of our sweaters is called raglan, which means the the sleeve seams go from under the arms straight to the collar. We love raglan! Not only is it comfortable, it looks really elegant and well fitted on all body types and in the case of Carcel, it underlines the beauty of the seams - fully fashioned, meaning no seam allowance, no waste, and a smooth feeling.
While the look of the men's and women's sweaters are similar, we have cared for the details that gives the men's a more masculine feel. The proportions are slightly different leaving the chest wider, the sleeves longer and there is more room under the arms. The anchor point in the raglan sleeves are also further apart to fit wider shoulders. The neckline is slightly lower and bigger than on the women's sweater, and categorizes as a crew neck. The bottom hem has a 5cm high rib-stretch finish, which gives the shape a bit of definition without being tight, as with the sleeve that also has a 5cm hem. There is a definite reference to a classic American sweatshirt which is an adored shape of ours. Meanwhile, the quality of this amazing Alpaca fiber we have come to love, the structure of milano knitting and the refined finishes that are applied to the seams and edges, this sweater is much more than casual. We like to think of it as the perfect marriage between elegance and cool!
While you might think of knitted trousers as something to wear at home, these are best served as part of your everyday wardrobe! Whether you wear them with sneakers and a bomber jacket or heels and a suit jacket, they are much more than warm and comfortable. Our women's trousers are mid-waist and slightly flared. They have a slim fit but they're not tight, and the waistband is elasticated. At the bottom there is a 2,5cm wide rib-stretch finish that straightens out the flared line of the lag rather than tightening it, it's a subtle detail that helps prevent the trousers from dragging on the ground. There are no pockets or side seams meaning they sit nice and smooth, no extra volume between you and the material.
Our trousers for men have a more casual look. The shape is reminiscent of slim track suit bottoms, they're straight and defined yet loose around the legs all the way to the end. The men's trousers have pockets on the side. If you're having difficulty spotting them on our photos, it's because our production samples doesn't have any yet! However, we believe this style works better with pockets, giving them some more structure, material and usage. At the bottom there is a rib-stretch finish, 3cm wide, to keep the trouser legs over the shoes. The waistband is elastic and 4cm wide. On a side note, they look great on ladies too!
Our unisex t-shirt is made in a jersey knit from a thinner thread of yarn. This means that it's much lighter and flows nicely over your skin (and under your sweater or dress). The shape is very classic men's tee, but with our signature raglan construction. This means that it sits great over the shoulders and across the chest whether you're a big guy or a petite woman. We wanted to create a t-shirt for men that was more luxurious than your regular tee but easy to wear every day, and the traditional shape in an untraditional material does just that. For the women we wanted the tee to have a bit of edge. While the details around the fully fashioned seams and the softness of the material gives the tee elegance, the oversized look is more casual. There is a clear reference to a baseball shirt with sleeves that are rather big and the raglan construction becomes more sporty in this context. While this shirt will keep you warm from the inside on the cold days of the year, the light and breathable knit is great on warmer days too.
Choose your size
We recommend to choose the size closest to you from a standard size chart. Unless of course you have specific interest in a certain look, like oversized, sporty, fitted..
If you normally are a size small, the S/M sweater will have the fit we intended, loosely fitted. If you are a woman and want a truly oversized look, we would recommend the mens sweater in either S/M or M/L depending on your size.
Below is a few friends of CARCEL in different styles for reference..
We hope you get a better idea of our styles now, otherwise you are always welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org