Do you have problem pieces in your wardrobe? You know, those hard to style pieces? Pieces you love for one reason or another, but which never look exactly how you want them to look? Yeah, me too.
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That’s how I feel about a Theory crocheted sweater that I bought a couple of years ago. I love the sweater, but it’s hard to style into an outfit that I like. It’s cropped, and if I’m not careful, it makes me look too… well… blocky. Too short and wide on my top half. And too short and wide on top is already a problem for me. As I said in the video, I should have thought of that when I bought it.
But I’m a sucker for a cream spring sweater. Cream with black, cream with navy, cream with white. Yum. And I love a summer knit. Or in this case crochet. For a while, I could NOT find a suitable camisole to wear underneath. Thank goodness Liz found me a linen sleeveless tee-shirt from Vince. It adds just enough length to the sweater and is loose enough around the bottom to not cling where it shouldn’t be clinging.
So why am I not wearing the sweater then? Well, besides the pandemic and the fact that I’m not going anywhere, it’s because I haven’t taken the time to try it on with multiple outfits. And now seems like the perfect time. Because I have so much of it. Time, I mean.
Plus, crochet is a big trend this spring; I should take advantage of the fact that I happen to own a crocheted sweater. Even if it is a slightly problematic crocheted sweater. I’d like to have a few outfit options, so I can throw on the sweater and feel good about my outfit without having to think about how to wear it. If I have to plan a last-minute outfit, I will often leave the house in a rush, already late for my appointment, abandoning a pile of discarded clothing on the spare-room bed, having changed into something easy and familiar in the end. And NOT wearing the one piece I started out to wear. Wardrobe pre-planning makes getting dressed so much less stressful, don’t you think?
I know I can wear the sweater and tee with my old navy Max Mara pants suit. But I want at least one other outfit choice that I like. So the other day, I tried the sweater and linen tee on with various combinations of bottoms and jackets. With various levels of success. A couple didn’t even make it to the picture phase.
I tried the sweater with my new Frame straight-leg jeans. And while I love these jeans, I wasn’t liking the sweater under the Theory white jacket (similar.) Too bulky, I thought. The jeans and sneakers would look much better with a slouchy white tee, half-tucked into the high-waisted jeans, under the white jacket. I liked the sweater under my old navy Max Mara jacket, but not with the jeans. I think dark-wash, skinny jeans would be better. With the sneakers, or even with my red Earth brand loafers (similar.)
I had better luck when I switched the Frame jeans for my Liverpool black jeans. I should be wearing these more. They simply pull on, and they’re so comfortable that I may start wearing them around the house like sweatpants. I tried them with this long blazer from Elie Tahari that I’ve had for ten years. I like this look. And I could zip up the blazer and tuck a scarf around my neck if it was a cool day. I like the proportions of this outfit better than the other two.
Then I had a brain-wave, as I sometimes do just before I’m about to pack it in and change back into my sweats. How about my leather pants? I mean, one of the big trends this season, besides crochet, is leather for spring. I like the sweater and tee with my leather pants and my old Stuart Weitzman patent loafers. As matter of fact I think I like this outfit best of all.
And instead of pulling on my black Helmut Lang summer jacket as I’d intended, or my old Elie Tahari blazer, I hauled out a very old Cerruti 1881 jacket, below. I paid an arm and a leg for this twenty years ago. I bought this jacket at Holt Renfrew wayyy back in the spring of 2000, as a suit with a matching knee-length, A-line skirt. Gosh, I loved that outfit for years.
Sadly, as a result of expanding middle-age middle, the skirt is long gone. But I’ve always loved the jacket. I love the length, the slim yet not fitted cut, and the simple detailing. It’s very much like a men’s windbreaker in style. I found a few similar jackets at Farfetch. This one actually is a man’s jacket, but I love it. And what interested me more were the second-hand ones at Vestiaire, like this one. Very pocket-book friendly.
A month ago, when I unpacked my spring wardrobe, I decided I would try to pull my Cerruti jacket back into rotation. And it seems if I had anywhere to go to wear it… I could make that happen. But I don’t, so I will wear it for you guys. That way it’s at least had an outing, even if it is only out to the deck. Ha.
So now I have a couple of easy options for my problematic, hard to style sweater. I’m happy. Later I swapped my leather pants for my black jeans, and my black jacket for my white Uniqlo down jacket and Hubby and I headed out. For an outing! Yah!
We drove to my favourite specialty store to pick up an order of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The Unrefined Olive was open for two days, for on-line ordering, and curbside pick-up only, to help their customers stock up. Our salads will thank Elizabeth, the owner, for doing this. Blood-orange olive oil and cranberry-pear balsamic vinegar makes the most scrumptious salad dressing I’ve ever had. I could almost drink it. And for the first time, I’m trying wild mushroom and sage oil. Hubby will love that one. He is a BIG mushroom lover.
If you’re interested in the current crochet trend, I found a few crocheted sweater options below. Not all crocheted sweaters are as problematic as mine.
So, that’s it for me today, my fine friends. I’m already thinking of other hard-to-style pieces I can play around with next. Maybe a certain infamous pair of yellow pants, huh? Now that I have so much time, it’s the perfect time to pre-plan outfits. I’ll soon have so many choices I won’t have to think about what to wear all season.
That’s if I ever get the chance to go anywhere… ever again.
Now, now…. none of that negative thinking. As my mum sang to me on the phone the other day: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative. And latch on to the affirmative.” Etc etc etc. 🙂
How about you folks? Do you have hard to style pieces in your closet? Maybe now is the time to figure out what to do with them, eh?
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