Good morning, friends! I’m moving a little slowly today. It definitely feels like a Monday.
So how about that game last night? I couldn’t care any less about football so I wasn’t really watching, but it was on in the background while my son and husband watched and I read a book. I have roots in New England, and my family in Maine are all huge Patriots fans, so I was happy to wake up this morning and read about their big comeback. Yes, I found out this morning. I went to bed when it was still looking like a Falcons blowout. It sounds like it was pretty dramatic; I wish I’d stayed up.
I didn’t watch a single commercial, but I did tune in a bit to the halftime show. (By tune in, I mean I looked over my shoulder at the TV once or twice and listened as I continued reading my novel. Ha!) I was happy that Lady Gaga kept it classy… or as classy as she gets, anyway. I will never understand the costumes (or lack thereof) in these performances. I know, I sound like my grandmother, but seriously, I wish they’d leave something to the imagination.
I guess that’s a decent segue to the outfit I have to share with you today!
Every season I come across one or two items that are so cute and so versatile and also so affordable that I get super excited to show you because I just know you’re going to love them as much as I do. This sweater is one of those items.
One of the reasons I love this sweater so much is that it’s a perfect wear now & later piece. It is warm enough to start wearing now, but the colors are springy and cotton is the main fabric component, so it will carry me well into spring.
And also? There are stripes. I’m a sucker for stripes, although admittedly, I don’t wear prints very often. I think that’s why this spoke to me so loudly. I love that it is different from anything else in my closet.
And then there are the details. I hate layers because I find them bulky and uncomfortable so I love how this sweater has these cool contrast cuffs that give it an almost-layered look. It comes in 5 color combinations, and best of all, it’s 50% off, bringing it down to only $29!
It also comes in petite sizes, which is a good thing because it runs big. I have the small, and it’s still pretty roomy. (I go back and forth between small and medium in most brands.)
This sweater is so easy to throw on with jeans and ballet flats (or booties or sneakers.) I find myself wearing it with distressed blue jeans and grey ballet flats most of the time. The distressed jeans help counter-balance the preppy stripes, and I like how my grey flats coordinate with the grey waistband and cuffs. It would also be adorable with white jeans and the grey ballet flats, or how about these new Sam Edelman perforated Felicia flats in hot coral!?! That would be too cute.
I probably could have worn a long pendant with this sweater to add interest, but I felt like it had a lot going on already so I just wore these silver triad hoop earrings. I felt like the overall look was pretty casual so I didn’t want to overdo it with the jewelry. These earrings are great because they have the illusion of multiple hoops with the ease of a single earring, and they’re also only $29.
I love this easy breezy outfit for this time of year. This sweater is such a great buy, and I know I’m going to get a lot of wear out of it. Definitely size down if you order one. As I look at these pictures, I’m hoping mine shrinks up a bit in the wash.
contrast cuff sweater // AG raw hem distressed skinnies (non-distressed version HERE and similar for less HERE) // Tory Burch ballet flats (similar for less HERE; I also love THESE) // Stella & Dot triad hoops // similar crossbody (similar for less HERE and HERE)
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