Sometimes I get a kick out of creating an anonymous username and writing a review for Amazon, or, say, J.Crew. It’s a thank you to those who have gone before me and written a review and influenced a buying decision. It’s a nod to those who come behind.
“I use this magical hand-vac to clean up stray Cheerios in my minivan. I am besotted. If it is ever discontinued, I will rent my garments and shout at the sky.”
“These vegan leather leggings look like house music sounds. You think you might be into it, but fifteen minutes in and you’re uncomfortable and you look kind of sweaty.”
Here’s another one. Pretend my username is americasnexttopmodeltrainset.
(Like with the Blue Apron write-up, I’m not remotely affiliated with the brand, and I handed over crisp dollar bills in exchange for product.)
I had read about the hype surrounding the American Giant sweatshirt. It was the best sweatshirt in the world. It had a three month waitlist. Fast Company! Men’s Fitness! InStyle! All the rage.
An American-made sweatshirt with a heftier-than-most price tag and a devoted following. Cool, I thought. And then forgot about it.
Until I got one for my birthday.
I ended up poking around on the website and buying the baseball jacket, too, and it quickly became a go-to for me. Thick, warm, and a nice alternative to my usual denim jacket.
It looks like a sweatshirt, but it doesn’t feel like a sweatshirt. You know how a brand new sweatshirt feels like a box of puppies, and then after a few washes, that box of puppies feeling goes away? It never begins with one. It’s pretty no-nonsense, but still comfortable. Like if Mary Poppins was a hugger.
what is it: The Baseball Jacket by American Giant
on fit: Tends to run small. The friend purchased me an extra-small sweatshirt (which is smaller than I’d get anyway). I zipped it up, but it was I-suddenly-look-stacked-tight, so I sized up.
For the baseball jacket, I bought the medium, and while it’s a teensy bit big on me, it feels just right. I’d show you great photos, but I’ll never be a fashion blogger and if I was, you’d be getting photos of me posing in front of a Taco Bell or the dumpster behind PepBoys.
For reference, I’m 5’4″ and while brands seem to vary, I’m generally a size small in tops.
I used an iPhone. There is a houseplant. You can see a model wearing it on the website. IDK, I tried.
on customer service: Banging. A family member and I had a UPS mishap while traveling, and they resolved it (and shipped his sweatpants to him overseas). I’m at the point in my life where my sanity is worth a lot, which is why I no longer shop on Black Friday or succumb to the temptation of bangs or give money to frustrating companies.
on wearability: I feel like Sam I Am when I talk about this jacket. I can wear it with jeans, I can wear it with jorts, I can wear it with leggings, I can wear it on a boat, with a goat, etc, etc.
on cost: $89. Not the cheapest article of clothing I’ve ever purchased, but right in line with the way I like to shop (buy a small amount of quality-items, wear them forever, have friends comment about how I wear the same outfit three days in a row). Here’s a code for 15% off for new customers, bringing that $89 down to $76.