Casual Dinner Outfit: Split Back Boyfriend Sweater + OTK Boots

Casual Holiday Style

When I saw this sweater on a mannequin at  Nordstrom a few weeks ago, I was immediately drawn to it. It’s hard to say why. I mean, in one respect, it’s just another v-neck sweater. But something about the earthy red, the soft ribbed trim, and the flattering cut drew me to it. When I finally found it on a nearby rack, I noticed that it also has a sassy split-back hem. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that, but I knew I had to try it on.

Casual Holiday Style

I was shopping with friends, and they encouraged me to get it. I love the earthy red. It didn’t photograph quite true to color. It has some brown and orange undertones in person. My friends assured me that it looked cute from the back, so I brought it home with me, and a few days later I styled it with my super skinny jeans and over the knee boots for a casual yet sassy holiday outfit.

I felt great wearing it, but when I look at these pictures, I’m not so sure.

Casual Holiday Style

I tried on both the medium and the small, and I ended up buying the small because I felt it was more flattering, but when I look at the pictures on the website, it is supposed to fit quite loosely, and I’m thinking it shouldn’t be splitting so much in the back when I’m standing up straight. I can’t help but think that it’s not doing any favors to my middle-age spread.

But it is so cozy, I love the extra long sleeves, the color, and the fit from the front. What’s a girl to do???

Casual Holiday Style

While I’m deciding what to do about the sweater, let’s discuss the bag. How cute is this leopard foldover clutch!?! I picked it up at Nordstrom the same night I bought the sweater. It is perfect with my boots. These boots, by the way, are very limited in sizes, but the inventory keeps changing, so if you are wanting them, check back often — like a few times a day, seriously. Every time I look, they have different colors and sizes available. The same is true for the clutch. Sometimes they have the brown in stock, and sometimes they don’t.

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What say you, oh wise internets? Keep the sweater or return and hold out for something better??

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Split Back Boyfriend Sweater $49 | similar crop skinnies (budget option) | exact OTK boots $199 (limited sizes); these are similar $127, and here’s another option $199 | leopard clutch $40 | necklace (super old) | my Stella & Dot Pauline Ring $41

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And be sure to visit Cyndi at Grace + Beauty to see the winter outfit she’s styling today!