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The lowdown: I decided to return it because I preferred another Portolano beret. However, this one is soft, pretty, and good quality. It doesn't look like it will pill or look old quickly. It runs on the large side, so if you have long, really thick hair and a slightly larger head, this one might fall better on your head than it did on mine. I bought two Portolano berets: the cable knit in black currant and the cashmere beret in nile -- Item #: 12610982. I ended up returning this cable knit beret. Based on the popularity of the regular knit beret, I should have just gone with that one originally. According to both my husband and sister, the color and style of each beret suited my medium-tanned complexion and dark brown/black hair, but they slightly favored the nile regular knit beret because of how it fell when worn. This cable knit one made me look like I had a mushroom head, and I couldn't get the sides to fall in a flattering way, no matter how much I played with the material. That might be because of the thicker knitting itself, or it could be because there was just more fabric with this beret than the regular knit beret. I also think that the regular knit beret might have more extended wear because you can start wearing a simple knit pattern as soon as the weather cools to, say, high 40s, whereas cable knit patterns aren't pulled out until temps get to low 40s. That's for me, at least. Despite not choosing this one, I think it would be warm enough for weather to perhaps as low as 20 degrees, but the knitting was a little wide with a less tight knitting than the regular beret, so I don't know whether this hat would hold up well in windier conditions. It's soft, not itchy, and lightweight despite the heavy-looking cable knit pattern. As I mentioned, compared to the other beret, this one fits much bigger. There's more give so this beret would fit a larger head as well as my small one -- at least I think my head is a little small (21 3/4" circumference) because I have problems finding small enough caps and other hat types for women.

  • How did the color on site compare with the actual product? accurate color
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Good
  • How accurate was the sizing? Would fit a small to large-sized woman's head
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Great little beret
 from Addison, IL.,  Feb 16, 2013

I've been looking for a small knit hat in this color for a long time. The problem is finding a scarf and gloves in the same color. It may well be another long time. But I love it.

  • How did the color on site compare with the actual product? perfedt
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. made well and the perfect color, green
  • How accurate was the sizing? good
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