Below you’ll see a photo of a sweater. This garment started out as a regular, good old-fashioned size small. But a few weeks after a stylist sent it to one of our members, it came back to us in a return trunk. (Trunk Club members only keep what they love and send everything else back, with free shipping both ways.)
When the folks on our Ops team unpacked the return trunk, they noticed that the sweater, even for a size small, seemed awfully little. So we did some investigating.
After a light back-and-forth with the gentleman who received the sweater, we learned that, sure enough, he had neglected to read the care label before cleaning the garment, and ran it in his dryer. At this point we had to remind him that Trunk Club can’t accept returned items that have been damaged, or even worn (except for being tried on at home, of course). Unfortunately, this policy extends to items that have been shrunken to Smurf-like proportions.
Here’s the miniaturized Jeremy Argyle zip-neck, compared to a small v-neck fresh off the rack.
And that, friends, is why you should read care labels. Brands like Jeremy Argyle make things easy by including both care symbols and the corresponding written instructions, such as “Dry Flat.”
On the other hand, some labels only include the symbols themselves, which are indecipherable unless you have a reference chart. Which you now do. (It’s right here.) If you’re still unsure whether to hand-wash, dry flat, bleach, etc., feel free to contact your stylist.
In the meantime, we have an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny men’s sweater that we need to get rid of. We’ve written up the following classified ad; if you have friends who are into runway fashion, please consider passing this along:
Men’s clothing is getting progressively slimmer, from high-water trousers to blazers that are too tight to button. It’s only a matter of time until belly sweaters become all the rage. Be the first fashionisto on your block to show off his midriff in this extremely rare zip-neck sweater, in size XXS. Lilliputian cotton, shrunk by hand in the United States. Price available on request.
Currently there’s only one of these items in our entire inventory. We’d love to keep it that way, so please let your stylist know if you have care-related questions not answered by the reference chart.