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Some of my most recent clothing purchases from the Aisle of Shame include a plush and comfy calf-length robe, as well as a mid-thigh-length cardigan, both perfect for taking the chill off of lingering winter days.
Today, I’m offering a closer look at the cardigan I bought. Aldi refers to it as a duster.
Officially, a duster is a long overcoat, originally worn by men on horseback to protect their clothing from dust on the trail, and later worn by both men and women in open automobiles on dirt roads during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Nowadays, depending on what source you consult, dusters are typically cardigans that hit below the knee.
The Aldi sweater is mid-thigh length, so whether it truly qualifies as a duster is open to interpretation, but it’s still on the longer side for a cardigan.
The Serra Ladies Duster cost $14.99 at the time of publication.
Here’s more information on the duster:
- Ivory in Sizes L–XL, Tan in Sizes M–L, or Colors in Sizes M–XL
- Mid-thigh length
- Features long sleeves
- Includes front patch pockets
- Open front
- Made of 65% acrylic, 30% nylon, and 5% spandex
- OEKO-TEX certified
- Made in Bangladesh
If you usually wear sizes 8-10, you’ll want a medium in this sweater. If you wear sizes 12-14, you’ll want a large, and if you wear sizes 16-18, you’ll want the extra large.
This sweater can be machine washed in cold water with like colors on the delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry. Cool iron if needed.
I typically wear a medium in clothing, and I got the medium sweater from Aldi, which fits fine. I’m 5’6″ tall, and the bottom of the sweater hits right around mid-thigh length for me, offering good coverage for cold days. I got the sweater described in the ad as “Colors,” which features a colorblock design with white or cream on the top, with an orange-ish red below that, followed by green, and finally a dark color on the bottom that sometimes looks navy and other times looks dark gray or black depending on the light.
The duster is a medium thickness, so it’s not the warmest sweater I own, but it’s also not the most lightweight sweater. It’s also fairly soft.
The patch pockets are a little on the floppy side and I think they could have been made to look nicer, but I also know I get what I pay for, and this is almost half the cost of similar sweaters or dusters I might purchase from retailers such as Target.
Overall, it’s a decent-looking sweater. I’m not sure how long it will last or hold its shape, but it appears to be fine for wearing around the house, for going out on errands, or for wearing to school or the office. I’ll update this post with any potential new developments.
The Serra Ladies Duster is a mid-thigh-length open-front cardigan with front patch pockets. It’s a medium thickness, good for most chilly days even in the midst of winter. It was available in several light neutral colors along with a multi-colored option. It fits true to size, offers good coverage, and should hopefully make a good addition to my cardigan collection.