Monday, January 27, 2020

Dudley Stephens Review: Brighton Boatneck, Highland High-Low, and Joggers

Dudley Stephens Fleece Review
Pieces That I Have and Love:

I am most definitely one of Dudley Stephens biggest fans. If you are not familiar with the brand, it is a women-founded and the pieces are made from fleece that is sustainably spun from recycled yarn. Not only that but the pieces are locally made in Brooklyn, NY. Talk about a really great company to support! If you've been seeing them all over the internet, there is good reason for that: they are the real deal.

I currently have three pieces: the Brighton BoatneckHighland High-Low Top, and the Jay Joggers and each piece is always on heavy rotation, especially during the colder months. I'll share my review of each below with sizing notes so you can find your perfect fit. I can't really say that I have a favorite as they are all 3 so good. Once you get one, you'll want more. These are pieces I'm wearing at the very least once per week during the colder months. They truly live up to the hype.

They also have a bunch more styles if none of the ones I am sharing strike your fancy! On my wish list is the blush brighton boatneck (I wouldn't mind periwinkle either, ha!) and the prospect pullover in black.

Terry vs. Vello Fleece
Before we get into individual reviews, let's first talk Terry vs. Vello Fleece. Dudley offers several different fleece fabrics but the two most common are the terry and vello.

The terry is a lighter weight fabric and therefore would be better for those who live in warmer climates. Terry is great for spring/early fall or even at night in the summer when it gets cool. Think of the terry as a sweatshirt weight!

The vello is a true fleece (think brands like Patagonia, L.L. Bean, etc.). However, DS's fleece is the softest I have ever felt. It's high-quality and washes so well. This is a heavier weight than the vello and definitely great for those who live in colder climates. I find that the vello fits my Pittsburgh lifestyle most of the months out of the year and is especially wonderful in the very cold months.

Brighton Boatneck dudley stephens
I have this in camel vello fleece, size medium.  
I can't pick favorites but this neckline is just beautiful. It has that very classic, Jackie O vibe to it. I get so much wear out of the camel as I think that color looks less 'athletic' and definitely looks nice with a pair of jeans. It looks equally great with leggings as athleisure, too! This length hits me right at the hips so it doesn't really cover your bum when you're wearing leggings (but I don't mind). 

Sizing: I find this to fit tighter in the shoulders. I am typically a size small in pretty much every brand. However, I have broad shoulders and the medium fit me better in this. I would say if you have 'normal' or narrow shoulders to do with your typical size as this fits very true to size everywhere but the shoulders! If you are like me with broader shoulders, I would size up!

dudley stephens highland high low fleece top

dudley stephens highland high low fleece top

I have this in vello fleece, size medium. 

I would say that for me, the Highland High-Low has pretty much one function and that is to wear with leggings. This is my go-to for going to and from Orange Theory or walking with Henry. I love the longer length and the pocket is a nice addition. This also has a flattering boat neck style, however, it's less pronounced than the Brighton Boatneck. I am not normally a wearer of bright pink in the winter, but I just had to get a bright color because it perks me up in the early mornings on the way to my workouts!

Sizing: I also find this to be tighter in the shoulders but not as much as the Brighton Boatneck. I probably could have worn a small nicely, but I like a little bit of a roomier fit for this since it's a tunic style. Since this does cover your bum, I would also say to size up if you have wider hips as it does come down over your hip area!

Dudley Stephens Jay Joggers

Dudley Stephens Jay Joggers
I have them in the terry fleece navy, size small. 

These joggers are the perfect ankle length, the perfect roominess, and all-around a very flattering fit. Probably the most flattering pair of joggers I have ever worn. Not to mention that they are SO soft and cozy. They're in the terry fleece so they're not as heavy as the vello fleece which is nice so I can wear them October-April here in Pittsburgh! Whenever they are in the laundry, I miss them, that's how much I rely on them in these cold winter months!!

Sizing: It's 50/50 if I size up in joggers from most brands. Sometimes I get a small, sometimes I get a medium. I prefer joggers to be a little roomy and typically wear a 2 or 4 in bottoms, a 27 in jeans. I'm 5'6" and the size small fits so perfectly. So if you are in-between sizes, I would suggest sizing down. 

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