April’s begun and we’re not in the full swing of spring just yet. Still in sweater season the sweater we’re taking a look at is from 8 Seconds. 8 Seconds is a Korean brand and one of the easiest places to shop. So easy in fact that I bet you could walk in and out with a some great pieces in 8 seconds.
8 Seconds has a prominent presence in Korea, holding its own with the likes of some international competition Uniqlo, H&M, and Zara. Their clothing is simple but refined and functional for everyday use. With no clear favourite from shoppers in Korea, 8 seconds decidedly has a much greater collection.
We were looking for clothing that could be worn at the office and for a night out with dark colours. This sweater caught our eye with an interesting tricolor pattern (or three shades of grey to get really technical). Normally we wouldn’t go for tricolored sweaters as they’re usually not well implemented. We liked that the colours progressed to the next with the darker shades at the top and bottom. If you were talking to the person wearing this sweater, or taking a portrait photo, you would get that nice dark shade giving a mature look.
The use of colours on the sleeve was also done well, since it matches with the body colours if with the hands straight down the sides. A very good sign of the brand’s attention to quality and design.
The best thing about this sweater though is not the colour. The real reason we bought it was because of the knit pattern. We wanted something more intricate, that spoke quality without the badge of a luxury brand. The 2 cable knitting pattern at the top gives the appeal of an Aran sweater. Aran sweaters seem to be quite popular in Korea leading us to the eventual purchase. A great explanation on Aran sweaters can be found here.
The sweater makes use of two more patterns giving the sweater design a total of 3 colours and 3 patterns. Probably not a coincidence. The section in the middle is a simple knit drawing less attention and emphasizing contrast with the top half of the sweater. The bottom part of the sweater breaks the flow with a horizontal stitch just above the hips.
The sweater is completed with a return to the same pattern found in the middle, but thinner. We’re not counting this towards the total.
The sweater is made from a rainbow of materials. 37% Acrylic, 32% Nylon, 18% Wool, and 13% Polyester the sweater will give you some extra laundry tasks to keep it looking good. At 59,000 Won we don’t think the recommended dry cleaning only option is necessary. With the 18% wool we’ve been washing this with very little shrinkage. Just be sure not to throw it in the dryer.