I bought this based on a hooded sweater with ties I loved from years ago. It looked similar, although the old one was chenille, and purple. This is not as tight a knit as I had hoped. It drapes, and is soft and comfortably warm. The lighter colour interested me from the first time I saw it - winter needs some gentle brightening up. I machine washed it and didn't put it in the dryer. Seemed to maintain its shape well. Nothing really wrong with it - just isn't what I had hoped for. Hard to comment on sizing - it is meant to be relaxed. It is.