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I hope everyone had a great weekend! Isn’t daylight savings the best when we get to Fall back? Just that one extra hour makes a world of difference on a busy weekend. Somehow this time change always seems to signal the true start of the cold weather season for me. It’s as if the leaves have lost their hold overnight and those that are still clinging to branches have turned a vibrant gold or fiery red. It’s a beautiful distraction from the fact that winter is indeed, coming.

With these shorter days comes a very natural instinct to hunker down, get cozy and seek out all the soft sweaters. So when my friend Cara, co-founder of VETTA, a sustainable line of capsule ready staples, asked if I’d like to try out some of the new Minimal Capsule sweaters I was very excited! Especially after seeing so many great reviews and styling ideas from my fellow blogger buddies.

For today’s post I’m trying something a bit different, which is to play around with a few pieces, discuss the pros and cons of each and then keep only one after trying them all out. My hope for this approach is to give some insight into how I choose pieces for my long-term closet and to show how different options can integrate into my wardrobe. I was immediately drawn to The Long Cardigan in black and The Oversized Sweater in both black and in grey so those are the three sweaters I’m working with. Trust me when I say the final choice was not so easy!

The good news is that all sweaters are being restocked today and you can save 10% on any order with the code ‘StyleBee’! Even better, all the sweaters are made sustainably, produced ethically in NYC and under $160 USD! Needless to say, I’m so pleased to be partnering with VETTA and to be able to support a brand that’s creating such thoughtful clothing for versatile wardrobes.

So let’s have a look and please do let me know which look or sweater is your fave!


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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I really did not want to take this one-off after we shot it last week. But I had to give the other looks a fair chance! The organic cotton yarn this sweater is made of is soft but super thick so it’s cozy and entirely wearable on a brisk day over a base layer. I paired it with houndstooth trousers, pointy mules (while the weather would still let me) and added a pop of red with my bag. Dramatic sunglasses instantly gave it a modern Jackie-O vibe, which I’m all for. This look would be great for client meetings, working downtown, traveling, family dinners and just about every occasion in between.

PROS: I LOVE the fit of this sweater and the weight of the cotton gives it a beautiful drape. This means it moves with you and falls near the body, which keeps it from feeling/looking huge.

I like where it hits on the leg, which on me (and most I’ve seen) is below the butt but not so far down the thigh that it’s getting into dress territory. I also appreciate that the hem is straight and not curved or high/low.

The black is a deep, true black, not a washed black as many knits tend to be, especially when they’re cotton.

CONS: I found the turtleneck (which is easily removable) a bit overwhelming (especially with my short hair). With a simple fold down it felt a lot better on my neck. That said, if you love a big chunky turtleneck it definitely offers that!

I love black, I really, really, do. But I also love my pets and cuddling them with reckless abandon so I worry that their fur might make this one high maintenance, especially because it’s Dry Clean Only. Thinking back on past black sweaters their downfall has always been lint and fur visibility.

  • OVERSIZED SWEATER BLACK – ON LOAN from VETTA – $159 USD – %100 Organic Cotton – Can be worn as a turtleneck, crewneck or cardigan. | Wearing a size S. | Made in NYC. | USE ‘STYLEBEE’ FOR 10% OFF AT VETTA
  • HOUNDSTOOTH PANTSDes Petits Hauts via BLUSH | Made in Italy | $240 CAD | Wearing a size 1
  • POINTED MULES – s/o L’Intervalle | These look super cozy (on sale). | Made in Spain.
  • ACCESSORIES | MARTA SUNGLASSES – CÉLINE – Made in Italy | MARGOT BAG – c/o The Stowe  – Made in Spain – $390 USD (Also in Black)


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INITIAL THOUGHTS: This is another chic, cozy look for any number of day-to-day activities. I really like the overall colour palette and super casual but polished effect of such a minimal outfit. I can see this one quickly becoming a go-to when I’m in a rush or packing for travel. This one also feels pretty timeless. I could wear it at any age and never feel as though it was out of date.

PROS: The sleeve length is perfect for my favourite sweater layering trick, the cuff peek. I always like to show my bottom layer under my top layer by revealing the cuffs. It’s a simple detail but adds dimension and interest to a minimal look. The sleeves on this sweater are slightly short on my wrists so my long sleeves underneath peek out automatically. If you’re more petite, no worries, a quick cuff will have the same effect.

Again, I love the length and drape of this sweater, but it’s even better when worn as a cardigan. You get a bit of additional room when it’s left open which creates an elegant, voluminous effect.

CONS: I’m kind of grasping at straws here because I love this sweater but I found the buttons a little difficult to undo. Not a major issue but we were in a hurry to shoot before the sun set so I noticed. With more buttoning and unbuttoning I’m sure it would get easier.

  • OVERSIZED SWEATER BLACK – ON LOAN from VETTA – $159 USD – %100 Organic Cotton – Can be worn as a turtleneck, crewneck or cardigan. | Wearing a size S. | Made in NYC. | USE ‘STYLEBEE’ FOR 10% OFF AT VETTA
  • GREY CREWNECK | Everlane | $100 USD | Wearing a size M for a loose fit | Made responsibly in China.
  • BOYFRIEND DENIM | Everlane | $68 USD | Wearing a size 27 for a loose fit | Made responsibly in Vietnam.
  • CHELSEA BOOT | Rachel Comey via Garmentory | s/o | Similar option here. $198 USD. Made in Italy.
  • CLASSIC TOTE | Cuyana | $175 USD | Made in the USA | 100% Leather


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INITIAL THOUGHTS: Next up we’ve got the long cardigan! As you may know, I’m not usually a dress person but I really wanted to try this one out and push myself a bit. So here we are!

I tried this look without the camel cardigan but the dress wasn’t warm enough on its own. I added the belt on a whim, kind of assuming it would be goofy looking but then I really liked the result. Without the belt this look still worked but it felt a little shapeless, especially since the dress is long. The belt was a great way to quite literally tie all the layers together and give the outfit a slimming focal point to offset the volume of the double long layers.

With the base tee, tights, long sleeve dress, boots and heavy top sweater, I was almost overheating when we shot this so I’d probably want to save it for a time when I’d be outside a fair amount or somewhere cool. I could easily add a scarf and I’d be well dressed for a cold November day. Thinking Christmas markets, maple syrup boils (I’m pretty Canadian eh?), hay rides, skating and coffee runs across the river with the pup.

PROS: The fabric that this sweater is made of is a deadstock rayon/poly blend and it’s SO SOFT. It feels really nice against the skin. It’s warm but not as intense as a natural fibre knit.

I really like the detachable belt on this dress. There are no belt loops to look daft if you choose not to wear it and it’s long enough that you can wrap it around twice and tie it off at the back (as I’ve done here) which creates a really clean visual midpoint. You could also tie it into a bow or a long knot of course.

CONS: The v-neck is a little low for me personally, so I’d feel a bit self-conscious if I were to lean forward without a layer on underneath.

Opposite to the oversize sweater in Look 1 + 2, I found the top button on this one popped open fairly easily even though there was no obvious strain on it. Could be fixed my sewing the button buttonhole a touch tighter but I’d be weary of it popping open without my noticing.

Again, lint and fur would love to make a home on this one. I would have tried the grey option instead but it was out of stock at the time.

  • LONG CARDIGAN – ON LOAN from VETTA – $129 USD – Deadstock Rayon/Poly Blend – Can be worn with buttons on front or back, belted or loose and as a cardigan. Comes with a slip dress. | Wearing a size S. | Made in NYC. | USE ‘STYLEBEE’ FOR 10% OFF AT VETTA
  • WHITE TEE | Everlane | $100 USD | Wearing a size S. | Made responsibly in China.
  • ALPACA CARDIGAN | Han Starnes via Garmentory | $390 USD | Made in Peru | Wearing Size S/M.
  • TIGHTS | old American Apparel | Similar made responsibly here.
  • BOOTS | Rachel Comey | colour sold out similar style for less here.


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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I love the clean look of this dress when worn reversed. The buttons running down the back is a nice surprise too. This burgundy crop crewneck is one of my all-time favourites to layer over longer pieces and it always pairs great with black. I opted for black heeled boots to help add some height and keep the leg looking long. A warm grey bag was an unexpectedly welcome addition to the palette and helped to soften the rich colour and dense black. I wish the sweater hit a little higher up on my torso for a more flattering midpoint but overall this look is super comfy and totally appropriate for work and casual evenings out.

PROS: The length of this dress is just right. It hits well below the knee which gives the illusion of height and the curved hemline keeps it from cutting off the leg in an unflattering way. *For reference, I’m 5’7 so it may be long on more petite frames. 

This sweater dress is really easy to layer onto. Even though it’s not super tight or body hugging the cut of it makes layering a breeze and the sleeves are slim so it doesn’t feel bulky.

CONS: As is to be expected with any knit dress, it has a tendency to cling when worn over tights. Without the tights on it feels perfect and moves really well but with them on it didn’t want to let go. Sizing up might help but it was less about static and more about friction. The grey version is a different material which I looks like it would be better over tights.

I also tried this piece as an open cardigan but I think I’d need to size up to wear it like that. I found it wanted to fall too far open on the front and ended up feeling more like a cape than a cardigan. Could be personal preference because I’ve seen other bloggers wear it open and it looks great.

  • LONG CARDIGAN – ON LOAN from VETTA – $129 USD – Deadstock Rayon/Poly Blend – Can be worn with buttons on front or back, belted or loose and as a cardigan. Comes with a slip dress. | Wearing a size S. | Made in NYC. | USE ‘STYLEBEE’ FOR 10% OFF AT VETTA
  • CROPPED CREW | old from Everlane, very similar option here. | $100 USD | Wearing a size M for a relaxed fit. | Made responsibly in China.
  • TIGHTS | old American Apparel | Similar made responsibly here.
  • NEWBURY BOOT | old Rag & Bone | $495 USD | Purchased when made in USA, now made in China.
  • TIRHAS BAG | c/o ABLE | $148 USD | Made in Mexico. | Colour sold out, linked to very similar.


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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I just HAD to try both oversize sweaters. It may seem like they’re too similar but the colour make a huge difference, especially if you’re trying to keep a lean closet and optimize versatility.

I love the silhouette and shapes in this look. A big sweater paired with a sleek black flare over a high-heeled boot is elegant and effortless, especially when kept so simple. I added a bit of warmth and pattern with my paisley scarf. Then this cute, sculptural little bag kept the palette clean and the silver hardware paired nicely with the grey sweater. I felt super tall, super cozy and kinda fabulous in this one!

This is the sort of look I could throw on any day of the week, whether I was working from my home office, headed to meetings or visiting friends in the big city. I also really like how my base tee is peeking out at the back.

PROS: On the grey version of this sweater the details are more visible so you get to see the nice thick hem on the bottom, the contrasting ribbed sleeves and the buttons really pop.

Lint and pet fur won’t show up. HOORAY! But is it enough to steer my heart from the black?

I wear a lot of black bottoms (mostly these flares and skinnies) in the cold months so it’s nice to have an immediate element of contrast.

CONS: That said, I have a lot of grey base layers in my closet so I worry that I’ll end up in monochrome outfits all winter, which wouldn’t be so bad, but it’s something to consider. My favourite winter scarf is the same mid-grey so I wondered if it would clash. I also worry about how well it will pair with the brown and earth tones in my closet. All of these concerns are tested in Look #6!

  • OVERSIZED SWEATER GREY – ON LOAN from VETTA – $159 USD – %100 Organic Cotton – Can be worn as a turtleneck, crewneck or cardigan. | Wearing a size S. | Made in NYC. | USE ‘STYLEBEE’ FOR 10% OFF
  • FLARES | old JBRAND via SHOPBOP | Made in USA.
  • NEWBURY BOOT | old Rag & Bone | $495 USD | Purchased when made in USA, now made in China.
  • SCARF | old Club Monaco
  • MARTA SUNGLASSES | old CÉLINE | Made in Italy
  • MICRO MEENA SADDLE | c/o OPELLE | $295 CAD | Made in Toronto


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INITIAL THOUGHTS: I decided to test my theory on the concerns noted in Look #5 and went for a monochrome pairing up top with a brown boot AND my giant grey scarf. Turns out my ‘fears’ were for nothing because I totally like how this one came together. The bone white jeans really help it feel fresh and the dark grey base turtleneck adds just enough contrast to give it some dimension.

This was the last look we shot and the sun was going down so it started getting chilly quick but I was entirely toasty thanks to all these layers.

PROS: Cara, VETTA’s co-founder, picked the perfect mid-grey for this sweater. It contrasts nicely with charcoal and with light heather greys and it’s neither warm nor cool in its undertones so lots of neutrals can work with it. I think it works best over white or black bottoms but a dark wash denim would be great too!

CONS: The drop shoulder sleeves on this sweater make it a dream to layer over things, but not so much when it comes to coats layering on top. Luckily this ain’t my first drop shoulder rodeo! Cocoon style coats work very nicely over this and the majority of the sleeve is slim enough that they don’t feel bunchy. If you don’t have an oversize wool coat (and you live where it’s necessary) that might be something to consider.

I guess it’s decision time now! Can you guess which sweater I’ve decided to keep?

  • OVERSIZED SWEATER GREY – ON LOAN from VETTA – $159 USD – %100 Organic Cotton – Can be worn as a turtleneck, crewneck or cardigan. | Wearing a size S. | Made in NYC. | USE ‘STYLEBEE’ FOR 10% OFF AT VETTA
  • WOOL MOCKNECK | old from Everlane | $85 USD | Wearing a size S. | Made responsibly in China.
  • BOYFRIEND DENIM | Everlane | $68 USD | Wearing a size 27 for a loose fit | Made responsibly in Vietnam.
  • CALLY BOOT | c/o Coclico | Available via Garmentory | $435 USD | Save $20 OFF your first order when you sign up here. Free Shipping and Returns. | Made responsibly in Spain. | Runs slim, order a 1/2 or full size up depending on your foot width. I have a narrow instep and wear the 37.5.
  • MARTA SUNGLASSES | old CÉLINE | Made in Italy
  • CANADA SCARF | Acne Studios | $190 CAD | Made in Italy

Drumroll please… 


The GREY Oversize Sweater!

I still think the black one is more chic but ultimately for my lifestyle it would be too high maintenance. I hope Dobby and Evie appreciate the sacrifices I make for them! 😛

GOT A FAVOURITE PIECE FROM VETTA? I’d love to know which one it is.


If you have a sec, I’d love to know what do you think about this type of post. Sharing different items, personal pros and cons, and ultimately only 1 piece being kept. I’m always struggling with ways to maintain a lean closet while building my blog business and this seems like a good way to share styling inspiration, thoughts on a variety of items and show how a collection can integrate into your existing wardrobe without over accumulating. Do you find this approach helpful? Or would you prefer to only see the pieces I buy/keep?

Photography by Jacklyn Barber.

This post was produced in partnership with VETTA and contains affiliate links. When you shop via the links above I may make a small commission from a sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Style Bee! As always all opinions are my own.

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  1. Anna says:

    Hi there! I love this post! So helpful and informative!! For me and my clothing budget, I have to be extremely thoughtful that I choose the right item for me and my lifestyle. I can’t tell you how much this helps.
    (Also, I noticed in your look 2 the Everlane denim typo is a bit higher than usual ?. I almost freaked haha. Just FYI ?). Thank you for your work!

  2. mia says:

    What a GREAT post! I actually love all the looks, but I think my favorite is the black sweater. I just love wearing all black looks but with a little twist so this one would be amazing! I wish they would open a store or so in Germany 🙂 I LOOOOVE the concept SO much! Maybe when I’m in the States the next time, I will order a few pieces 🙂

    Have a great day!

  3. Rita Tocta says:

    Love all the looks but look number four is five stars! Also your haircut is beautiful! Whenever I see your style posts there’s something about your style that remembers me a strong independent woman from the forties. I love that decade and there is something about your way of dressing that is for me like a modern minimal woman of that time. Like you went on an archeological adventure in the morning and to a vernissage in the afternoon 🙂 definetly versatile pratical and strong feminine and the same time refined and delicate! I actually think you are one of the most unique fashion bloggers. Thanks for sharing!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Rita, Thank you so much for this thoughtful and uplifting note! Honestly, that was the best compliment I could ever hope for 🙂 I so appreciate it! Have a great day. xo

  4. Nicole says:

    Yes please do more of this. I️ really appreciate the commitment to a lean closet bc that is more relatable. You nearly lost me as a reader honestly about a month back when you said you had some shirt or sweater in every color. I️ understand it’s park of your blogging business to get all this free stuff (along with all the other minimalist bloggers) but it becomes unrelatable to me as a reader striving to live minimally and hold onto clothing for years when the blogger’s closet is so full

  5. Caitlin says:

    I loved this post. Your clothing reviews are always so detailed, thoughtful and helpful. It doesn’t matter to me that you only kept one — seeing the other options on a real person, styled, helps me to decide whether one of these sweaters could work for me. I wonder why they’re dry clean only? That’s a deal-breaker for me, unfortunately. But they look great!

  6. Shizuka says:

    This type of post is great – helpful to see you test run different styles and also more realistic since most of us wouldn’t buy multiple pieces from a brand at once. I think being selective makes your lifestyle feel more accessible and sustainable. Some blogs seem to be all about the free stuff (e.g. look at me unboxing a 50-piece makeup collection). I appreciate the mindfulness and style of your blog.

    And the Vetta sweaters are gorgeous. Sadly, I won’t be buying one because I hate dealing with dry cleaning!

  7. Kelsey says:

    I love these posts – they are easily my favourite! Your thorough review of pieces is what makes you stand out from other blogs!

  8. Kelcey says:

    I love this style post. I am always trying to prioritize which selections to buy vs. put off or eliminate based on need, closet compatibility and cost so this was really helpful and fun to see all the looks! Especially since most of the responsible brands in my budget don’t have stores nearby it is super helpful to have detailed reviews and photos of real customers vs. depending on the model shots only. Thank you!

  9. diann says:

    Thank you so much for this – it was awesome. I’ve been eying this sweater for weeks (but never quick enough to nab it). It was nice to see it styled so many different ways since it is an investment piece.
    In terms of sizing, would you say the S was perfect? I’m about the same size as you, and worried a S would be too larger. What are your thoughts on an XS compared to a S.
    I loved this post, and look forward to more in the future.

  10. Nicole says:

    You convinced me to finally take the plunge and get the Oversize Sweater in grey and it’s already sold out! How!? Why!? Tragedy…

  11. Bettina says:

    I really loved how you presented these items! It’s very interesting to see how differently they can be worn and how you make them « compete » with each other. I love you final choice too. I have similar concerns about having a monochrome outfit the whole season, but somehow I always reach for a grey knit/ sweater. It feels both elegant and timeless. And cuddles with Dobby and Evie is definitely an argument, I’m sure they appreciate the sacrifice! Great job with your blog, it’s always a pleasure to read your posts.

  12. Kris says:

    Hi Lee – thanks so much for this post. I think it is super-helpful to your readers to show different items and different ways of styling each, and I hope you’ll consider others in the future. Just great.

    Sadly, I missed out on the grey sweater (again) – but maybe a return with my name on it will come in!

  13. Diane Self says:

    I loved this post – your thought processes on the various pieces was very helpful. Thankyou.

  14. Christina says:

    I love the format of this blog post and seeing how you decide which pieces to keep. I actually read your review after I pulled the trigger on the black version (I was signed up for the alert emails and didn’t want to miss out!) and now I am hoping I made the right choice! Grey is my first love but I have several grey sweaters and cardigans and no black…I have a white pups so hopefully it won’t be too much of an issue. I also wanted to tell you I love your shorter hair! I actually cut mine in a similar style around the same time as you. It took a bit to get used to not being able to throw up in a messy but a half bun works now!

  15. Abbi Togtman says:

    I love this post! I’ve really been missing this analytical element when it comes to choosing pieces (pros/cons, how does it fit with what I have) from the bloggers I love. I do understand that with a successful blog comes free gifts and it would be near impossible for me to turn them down if it were me but it does make it less interesting to me as a reader. I don’t just read for outfit inspiration, I love to know how people think and strategize about their wardrobe in a realistic way. How do you choose when you have restraints? This season I had the budget for ONE ethical piece (bought the oversized grey sweater and loved it) and it’s hard in a first-world-problem way not to want to run to Old Navy to flesh out a full wardrobe so I can “keep up” with my fave bloggers and have outfits I love. For example, How do you choose when you really need a new pair of jeans but also a sweater and also a new bra? 2 will have to wait but my goodness the analysis and time that goes into that is exhausting sometimes ;).

    So, I appreciate this new approach and found it interesting and creative! Thanks for looking for ways to keep things relevant and relatable.

  16. Lucy says:

    Hi Lee!

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on getting married! For me personally, I think I’d prefer to just see the pieces you end up purchasing. I’m not sure what it is about seeing pieces you haven’t invested in, but it makes it feel…more like a business and less like a personal blog? I don’t know how to describe it, but it just feels a little weird. I still love reading about why you bought the pieces you bought, and understanding how people make purchasing decisions!

  17. Shelbi says:

    Yeah I love that cardigan that you can wear so many ways. Adorable.

  18. Janet says:

    Hey Lee,

    I love this post, the pros and cons help me a ton when it comes on deciding what to buy, since most ethically made clothing is definitely an investment.

    Not really a big deal, but for cons of the long cardigan, you may want to point out that if you’re shorter, the cardigan will look longer. I am 5’2” and 95 pounds and the dress is only a few inches away from my ankles. I don’t mind it and my job is thankfully on the casual side of business casual so it’s fine, but I know it’s something I should have paid more attention to, fwiw.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hi Janet, So happy to hear that! Thanks for the note about height and sweater length, you’re totally right. I’ve added my height for reference in the post. xo

  19. Bev says:

    Love this style of post, Lee! I’m bummed that I missed the restock on the oversize sweater again, but I guess it’s just not meant to be. I’ve had a beige cardigan on my wishlist for ages though, so I’m so happy to be introduced to Han Starnes! I don’t know what’s in the water over in Nashville, but their fashion scene is *amazing*

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks Bev! Honestly though, Nashville is CRUSHING the creative/fashion/music/food scene so hard right now! My best friend and I are planning a trip there next year and I cannot wait! xo

  20. Annie Oakley Waterman says:

    Hi Lee! Look 2 is by far my fav! I love the white jeans with the black chelsea boots and top. Classic and tre chic:)
    PS- I love your haircut! I wonder if you could do a post about styling short hair and your fav products? I love the way you curl it and would love to know how you do it:) ! Thanks for your inspiring posts, Lee!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Annie! I feel like I’m just starting to get this whole short hair thing down 😛 Once I’m a little more savvy I’ll share how I make it happen. Right now it’s still pretty hit or miss haha. xo

  21. Tina says:

    Hi, I liked this kind of post. As I am indecisive as hell, especially when shopping, I loved your pros and cons. And the idea of keeping just one of the pieces as an addition to a lean closet. A big Yay to your look with the burgundy sweater!

  22. Janet says:

    I have this sweater, too (actually I bought the whole capsule and am loving it), so I’m happy you kept the gray one! I look forward to seeing how you style it, and loved these ideas. I’m so impressed with Vetta in general. And in answer to your question: I love this kind of post!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      That’s awesome Janet! So glad to hear you’re loving your VETTA pieces. They’re definitely excellent value. Thanks for the vote of confidence 🙂 xo

  23. Nicole Boyd says:

    I have been on the search for a basic layering sweater~ Just checked out Vetta online and they are sold out in my size. Good to know its out there! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Basant says:

    This kind of post is what I’m looking for! It’s really helpful to read about how you consider different factors and how versatile the piece is before choosing one. Thank you! I’d love to see more of these!

  25. Eva says:

    Thanks for the post, Lee! It’s very helpful to see choice process so eloquently put together with all pros and cons considered. As a monochrome lover myself, I always struggle when it comes to decisions between black, beige and gray. sometimes (well, most of the time) I end up buying multiples of one style because I just can’t make the decision. I discovered, however, that it doesn’t really do much good to my wardrobe that I try so hard to “clean out” from all the excessiveness. Monochrome NOT equals minimal, eh? Well, anyway, I digress. The point it that this post is super helpful, and, personally, I think it’s quite a sustainable way to grow your business without compromising on your values. Thanks again!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Eva, I totally hear you on that! The monochrome struggle is real! haha I’m so glad you find this type of post helpful. I look forward to sharing more in the future. Thanks for the support! xo

  26. Jackie says:

    I have tried buy the black sweater in a S several times now and have signed up for an email when available ( just got one an hour ago!) but sadly I have not been able to be quick enough. I’ve seen this sweater on three blogs now and I think if bloggers are going to feature VERY popular items which are going to sell out fast, this sweater has already sold out once, there should either be a bigger manufacturing run or the blogger should check it’s available. Bloggers are in a privileged position to be gifted things to try – and make small commissions when their free stuff, which they are gifted! is bought- but what’s the point if it’s not available? I love your blog but I ‘m feeling very cross about this one! I think it’s disengenuos as this sweater wasn’t even available when you wrote it.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hi Jackie, I appreciate where you’re coming from but here are the facts: The sweaters were restocked in as large of quantities as was possible from the manufacturer and the VETTA team actually held off on uploading them until this post was live. They also hung onto returns so as to have as much in stock as possible for Style Bee Readers. We discussed this timing leading up to the post and made every effort to have stock available. I just looked and there are Mediums available in the black, could that work? I’m sure the VETTA team would be glad to send garment measurements and help you resolve this issue. I’ll be sending the Black Small back soon so that could be available to you in the near future.

    • Cara says:

      Hi Jackie,

      I’m so sorry that you weren’t able to get a sweater! We restocked 25 units of The Oversized shortly after Lee posted, specifically so that her readers could have a chance to buy, but they sold out immediately. We wish we could make more, but we used all of the organic cotton yarn that we had available, so we won’t be able to restock again this year. We may get some returns/exchanges over the next weeks, so if you’re signed up via the “notify me” button that will still shoot you an email. We made a point coordinate with Lee to restock the sweater when she posted, but it just went really fast. We’re so sorry again! Thank you for your interest in our sweater!

      Co-founder, VETTA

  27. lisa says:

    Love this post! I found it really helpful to see the different details that you considered before making your decision. Sometimes I’m not sure what practical issues to consider before purchasing. I get caught up in how much I like the item and then don’t get enough wear out of it. I’m typing this as I wear the Vetta grey long cardigan as a cardigan over a dress for the office. While I do really love it, I have the same issue where it feels more cape-like when worn this way. Didn’t occur to me to size up to mitigate that issue!! Still love it and wear it constantly, I just adjust a bit more than I’d like when it’s over something. Anyway, very helpful post. Please do more like this!! Thank you!

  28. Amanda says:

    Loved this post! Really appreciated how you shared your thinking about how the items could integrate into your wardrobe (and then testing it out!). Super helpful.

  29. Alice says:

    I understand that affiliate marketing is how bloggers make their money, and am fine with this style of post! Part of why I go to blogs like yours is to find out about new brands, so doing a “tour” of a brand’s products can be helpful. At the same time, I can see how doing reviews could easily make your closet snowball, and I appreciate your transparency about only keeping one piece. Just because the other pieces weren’t the best fit for you doesn’t mean they won’t be for others. I like reviews after someone has had a piece of clothing for a while too though, so please keep doing those also!

  30. Andrea says:

    I like the loan and style approach a lot, because for me, I don’t buy everything from a collection. Having a look at all the pieces and hearing pros and cons helps a lot. I already had the long line cardi/dress in black (and have the same issue with the popping button and low v neck) but I hadn’t thought to layer a sweater over the top like you did. It gave me an look at something I hadn’t thought of and I’m excited to see what layering opportunities are waiting in my closet. I’ve only worn it once since I bought it, but I put leggings and a cami underneath and it worked great. I didn’t find the material to be very soft though but I’m particularly sensitive to anything itchy.

  31. Oh…so many good ideas in this post! I think I will have to copy a few pages into my idea book! Thanks for sharing. Your hair makes these everyday outfits so chic!-Laurel

  32. Courtney says:

    Loved it! Was glued to the post until the very end with suspense:) Also you nailed these outfits! I’ve seen these pieces on a number of blogs now and this was a totally fresh approach. Hard to choose a favorite, but it would have to be look 6. The details on the sweater really pop and look great with the scarf. So cozy!

  33. Dawn says:

    Sadly the Oversized Sweater is sold out and they told me they weren’t going to restock it. I’m so sad :(. Lovely post, Lee.

    • Cara says:

      Hi Dawn,

      We just restocked a few sweaters in each size/color, but they will most likely sell out by the end of the day! Hopefully some of you StyleBee ladies can snag some!


    • Lee the Bee says:

      Hey Dawn! I just heard from VETTA and they’ve restocked the Oversize Sweater in most sizes in both colours! Here’s a direct link! If you’re looking for a small black the one I styled will be on it’s way back soon! xo

  34. Jennifer Young says:

    Hi Lee,
    I really enjoy your blog, especially your focus on sustainable, and ethically sourced clothing – much appreciated.

    I really love all of these looks, but I do have a question on what your opinion is concerning the “proper” length of a cropped pant. Any thoughts or suggestions?


    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thanks so much Jennifer! I really appreciate the positive feedback. Great question! I personally like my cropped pants to hit between 1 inch – 3 inches above my ankle. I’m 5’7 with a fairly average leg length (I think!) and find pants with an inseam between 25 and 27 inches are best. If the inseam is too cropped it can hit at a not so flattering spot on the leg. I hope that helps! xo

  35. Kat says:

    I have the grey oversized sweater as well, and I LOVE it! Normally, I’d go for the black, but I also have a dog with white fur, and I’m finding I get frustrated with black knit items and pet fur (also, my son picks up the dog fur on his clothes and it gets transferred to my clothes when I pick him up). I loved your pairing with wide leg pants. I’m inspired to try that look, as I have only paired with slim pants due to it being oversized. Thanks for showing all these options!

  36. Alex says:

    Such a great post! I love the way you were able to showcase various items from the collection and then shared which one worked best for your lifestyle. Seeing other pieces outside of what you kept, it still allows readers to choose what might work best for their own. 🙂

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Thank you Alex! I really appreciate the feedback and agree that it’s nice to show different options since we all have unique style and closet needs. xo

  37. Jodie says:

    As a long time blog follower, and major fan of you Lee I have to say this was one of the best posts you’ve ever done!
    I love how you are focusing still on wearing something multiple ways, but only decided to keep one gifted item. Brilliant! The things we do for our pets! <3
    Your hair is also really looking amazing on you! Love this cut. Makes me want to cut my hair, but my hair doesn’t look anything like that short without way too much effort, and styling.
    I’d also really love for you to do a closet mission post, and share everything you added to your closet this fall. I keep seeing new things in your posts, and would love to see how they’re fitting into your overall closet!

    After having Kaden I’ve shopped way too much the last2 months. Taking November, and December off from shopping (for myself). However, I’ve added lots of good pieces that I’ll wear for years to come, so after a year of not shopping much, and living off my 16 piece maternity capsule for 9 months it feels nice to have options.

    Keep posts like this coming!
    You chose the sweater I’d have picked too.
    Have a great week! Xo!

    • Lee the Bee says:

      That’s so great to hear Jodie! I so appreciate it, especially coming from you 🙂 The things we do for our pets is right! haha

      Thanks for the haircut love! Not going to lie, this shorter ‘do has taken some getting used to. I’m finally getting the hang of styling it faster but long hair is way less maintenance over all. *Le sigh

      I know, I’m way overdue for a Closet Mission post but one is on the books for November! I’ve definitely gone a little over board with shopping since we returned from our honeymoon, so I feel you! Thinking I’ll take December and January off from shopping.

      Thanks for reading Jodie! Your support means more than you know! xo

  38. Denise says:

    Thank you for this post – I actually just ordered the full Vetta minimal capsule and I have the grey oversized sweater and love it! Your outfits gave me some great additional ideas (as they always do). I have the same concerns you do with the black. I have another open black cardigan and it doesn’t see much daylight when I’m at home because of the pet hair. And I love the versatility of this Vetta sweater! I’m excited to receive the other pieces and see how they all work together.

    • Lee the Bee says:

      My pleasure Denise! I think the full capsule is brilliant. Every piece is so well thought out. Plus it’s super reasonable! I’m so happy to hear you have the grey sweater and love it. Excited to keep trying out new ways to wear it all season long 🙂 xo

  39. KathySC says:

    I really appreciate the energy and care you put into your blog. Loved this post! It’s so tempting to buy more than you need and it’s helpful to see how you work through the process of being critically selective.