Reviewed by Jenny T, Frugi Customer & Crusader
Robert’s red hoody arrived several weeks ago and I’ve only just managed to prise it off his shoulders for its first wash such is his devotion to it. Or rather to the inside of the hood! It’s been worn with the hood up at every opportunity and I often catch him nuzzling into it like a comfort blanket – only when he thinks no-one’s watching, mind!
His first reaction to his Frugi gift nearly knocked me sideways, because, bizarrely for a 6 year old boy, he actually had an opinion on a piece of clothing rather than just blindly pulling on what I’d laid out for him that day. There was a delighted “Aw – coooooooo-ell!!” which I think translates as “thanks mum this is great” in playground speak. And so his love affair with his hoody began.
I was a bit sceptical about what such a vibrant red would actually co-ordinate with, other than jeans. But having tried it with khaki, brown, and blue checks – it’s a real winner. The teal hood and stitching are such a fab contrast – it’s so distinctive, and yet somehow matches with everything. When the tiny beetle was discovered around the back of the hoody on day 2, there was much delight as Robert decided this must definitely be a scarab beetle (guess who’s just finished a project on the Egyptians!).
This super soft top has been worn as a top layer for walks in the woods and the pockets were tested to their limits when at least 30 or 40 acorns were stuffed in them for the trip home. It’s also been great for layering under a waterproof on an unpredictable autumn day. The hoody has been worn as a “cardigan” (do boys wear cardigans?) inside as often as it’s been a jacket outside.
I’ve been delighted with the fit – Robert is above average height for his age and it fits perfectly – I imagine we’ll be using it well into next spring. But once he grows out of it, I know his little sister has her beady eyes on it already and will be snaffling it as soon as it’s available!
In summary – I love the thickness of the fabric; my son loves how soft and comfy it is – especially the fleecy hood inner. We both love the thick zip which is chunky and easy to get up and down with frozen fingers. But most of all I love the colours – great for dull, grey days – like that essential blob of tomato sauce on a hotdog on bonfire night (that’s an organic hot dog of course….)