The answer to that question is, of course, everything. Everything goes with vanilla… ice cream. But vanilla crocheted cropped sweaters can be a bit more problematic.
|My grandmother taught me to crochet squares very similar to this pattern.|
|Try #1. Okay for colour, bit too snug around the middle age middle.|
|Try #2. Better. Good enough to go shopping and look for a long loose tank|
Try #3. I swapped the cream camisole for a black one, crepe joggers which I bought at Aritzia in 2015, and my black, suede Paul Green flats from last year. The joggers have lovely flat pleats in the front which help hide middle age middle. And the cami has a band of extra stretchy fabric in the stomach area which smooths out all the ripples. The bottom four inches or so of the cami is loose and looks good peeking out from under sweaters and such. It’s called a “Yummie Tummie.” I know. Dreadful name. I bought it at a store here in Ottawa owned by a former student, and when she called into the dressing room, “Ms Burpee, try this Yummie Tummie under that top,” I barked back: “I am NOT wearing anything called Yummie Tummie.” Ha. Turns out I loved it.
|Try #3. I like this look okay.|
I like this outfit. I love black and cream or black and white. I’d probably wear this with my structured black and white Kate Spade bag for a lunching lady look.
I tried the sweater and cream cami with my striped A.L.C. midi-skirt. I tried it with my pink Elie Tahari cropped pants. I tried it with my black, cropped Rag and Bone pants. I didn’t like it with any of them. That’s okay. I’ve lots of tops to go with those bottoms.
And this week, I’m going shopping to find something else to wear with my vanilla crocheted sweater. I’m using these shots from Pinterest to inspire me.
|Shots from Pinterest to give me ideas.|
I have a gift certificate from Escape, a lovely shop in downtown Ottawa. I won the gift certificate at a lunch/fashion show a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I’ll find a summery dress or a long loose tank to wear with my sweater. Or even a pair of summery khaki or tan pants? Who knows, I may just get lucky. This store is totally new to me. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Meanwhile, I may not be the picture of cutting edge fashion in this outfit. But I am definitely the picture of contentment. With my clothes. With myself… at least this week. Ha. And certainly with the spring sunshine.
|Spring sunshine feels so very good.|
All this talk of vanilla has made me hungry for ice cream. Maybe for dessert tonight with some strawberries and a shot of chocolate sauce? Vanilla ice cream goes with everything. It’s so easy.