Power to the people! This $20 ‘dream sweatshirt’ was tailored based on Amazon shoppers' input

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Enjoy the swaddling comfort of French terry fleece...without getting fleeced at the cash register. (Photo: Amazon)
Enjoy the swaddling comfort of French terry fleece...without getting fleeced at the cash register. (Photo: Amazon)

You've probably learned by now how convenient a soft, comfy top can be on a chilly summer night. Well, guess what? Come autumn, it's going to be downright indispensable. Here's one with a story behind it...and a price you won't want to pass up.

Having your clothes custom-made is an expensive proposition. So, once upon a time, the folks at Amazon had a brilliant idea. They decided to sell the same affordable clothing they’re already known for, but use customer feedback to fine-tune the design and construction.

The experiment worked with the Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, a top-seller with 3,600-and-counting five-star reviews. One reviewer called it “My dream sweatshirt,” adding, “It is SO soft!...My high school sweatshirt lives again.”

Feeling a little dotty? Angling to take a firm line? Just want to keep things simple? Amazon's got you covered. (Photo: Amazon)
Feeling a little dotty? Angling to take a firm line? Want to keep things simple? Amazon's got you covered. (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $20, amazon.com

It’s no surprise that this super-cozy Amazon Essentials sweatshirt is made mostly of cotton — specifically an incredibly soft and comfortable French terry fleece. Customers report that it stays “snuggly” even “after multiple washes” as “the fabric doesn't pill or get scratchy.”

“I have already washed the top at least three times and it looks brand-new. It barely even shrunk!,” another added, and that was after a spin in hot water and a tumble in high heat! No pilling either, says the shopper. Clearly, Amazon Essentials has discovered the perfect sweatshirt fabric.

Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt

Meet Charcoal Heather, Light Pink and Light Indigo Heather. Fifteen more choices are just a click away. (Photo: Amazon)
Meet Charcoal Heather, Light Pink and Light Indigo Heather. Fifteen more choices are just a click away. (Photo: Amazon)

“Warm, soft and just the right fit without being too baggy or too tight,” this sweatshirt also has some pretty sweet details that Amazon made sure to focus on. That includes ribbing at the hem, cuffs and neckline, adding a subtle element of interest to an otherwise basic sweatshirt.

It’s also cut to look feminine, not frumpy — a delicate balance when it comes to loungewear. “This is exactly what I was looking for — a basic sweatshirt that is comfy for at home, but not too sloppy for going out. It fits perfectly and looks like a nice long sleeve T-shirt more than a sweatshirt,” wrote a fan.

As summer wends its way toward fall, maybe a visit to the dark side is in order.... (Photo: Amazon)
As summer wends its way toward fall, maybe a visit to the dark side is in order.... (Photo: Amazon)

Shop it: Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $20, amazon.com

Another noted that the tapered top is just forgiving enough to be worn with confidence. “Perfect weight material — not so thin that it shows bumps and bulges, and not so heavy that one swelters wearing it,” they reported.

We have to admit the 18 color choices have us swooning too. If you usually stick to basic black, gray or white, consider unexpected options like bright mint, coral or light pink. You can also go for one of the two camo patterns on offer, or choose a top with stripes.

Let’s face it: the Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt isn’t really a sweatshirt. It’s more like a very versatile sweater that’s trying to be humble. But at $20, you’ll want to brag about what a deal you scored on this one. There’s no sweeter feeling than unearthing a treasure for a pittance.

Shop it: Amazon Essentials French Terry Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $20, amazon.com

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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