This is a perfect lightweight cardigan to layer over other tops or wear on its own; it is soft, comfortable, and retains its colour and shape wash after wash. I wash all of mine in cold, regular cycle (front-load washer), and air dry on rack or line. I have this in 5 colours already, and then two more of the R essentials 3/4 sleeve open cardigan, which has no buttons and a bit heavier weight (also highly recommend!). My entire office building is cold winter and summer, so it's great to add a layer to stay comfortable and still look put-together! My 12 year old, looking in my sweater drawer, said "you sure do like cardigans!", well...apparently she's right!