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The Perfect Oversized Cocoon Cardigan

GrannySquare Cardigan + BabeTee + Jeans + Docs 4

GrannySquare Cardigan + BabeTee + Jeans + Docs 1

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This sweater is sort of the perfect oversized cocoon cardigan. It has that oversized cocoon-like silhouette with open-work fabric, and a grey & white striped colorway. The fabric itself is a crochet mesh with stripes of a medium-grey mixed into a white main color/background color.

I’ve had this sweater in my wardrobe for almost two years at this point, but for about half that time it’s been packed away in storage with the rest of the majority of my wardrobe (but that’s a different story, which also involved living out of a suitcase for months longer than I had planned). So when I unpacked this sweater after my last move, it was sort of a re-discovery.

But the thing that really struck me when I pulled it out of the wardrobe box was the silhouette of it. This sweater is basically a square folded in half and sewn up to create two armholes. Then the rest of it kind of drapes over your neck, and shoulders.

Generally, I find most oversized garments overwhelming – I find that they can be (on my body) tricky to balance the proportion on. But I think that this piece isn’t overwhelming, because the fabric is so light. It’s both visually light, and also a light weight fabric.

This means that balancing it out proportionally when I’m getting dressed is easier, and also I don’t overheat when wearing it – which makes it a fantastic indoor winter sweater.

What I’m wearing…

Sweater: A grey and white striped, mesh, crochet cocoon sweater, made by me, 100% alpaca.

Shirt: A dark grey/black graphic “The Babe with the Power” tee shirt from Oui Fresh, 50% polyester, 25% cotton, 25% rayon. (Labyrinth reference for the win!)

Jeans: Black, straight leg, skinny jeans from Uniqlo, 69% cotton, 29% polyester, 2% spandex. (These are definitely my go-to jeans.)

Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’

Accessories: Sunglasses from Ricky’s. Bracelets/necklaces one from a street fair, and one was a gift. Rings from various places. Lip is probably Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695).

I always get 1920s sportswear vibes from this men’s sweater

1920sSweater+Flared Jeans

1920sSweater+Flared Jeans

1920sSweater+Flared Jeans

1920sSweater+Flared Jeans

As preppy as this sweater is, there’s something about it that always gives me slight 1920s sportswear sweater vibes. After a bit of staring, I think the elements that are giving me “1920s sportswear” are the boxy silhouette, mixed with the deep V-neck, mixed with the bold colorblocking.

Fun fact, this is actually a sweater from the guys department (with the buttons on the wrong side and everything). That certainly accounts for the lack of shaping, and the oversized, boxy, slouchy silhouette. But, unfortunately, it also means that every time I wear this sweater I always fumble for a bit with the buttons.

What I’m wearing…

Sweater: A green-blue two-color colorblock button up cardigan, with a deep V-neck, and a boxy, slouchy silhouette, made of 100% cotton from Hawkings McGill. (There’s no way I would have ever picked up this sweater for myself, but I love having it in my wardrobe!)

Camisole: A black camisole from H&M (this piece is so old it was made in Ukraine).

Jeans: High-waisted, flared, medium-blue, jeans from J. Crew, 87% cotton with 12% polyester, and 1% elastane. (And can we take a minute to notice how long they make my legs look, even at a not-very-elongating angle?!)

Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’

Accessories: Sunglasses from Ricky’s. Necklace from a Street Fair (or maybe Forever 21?). Rings from various places. Lip probably Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695).

Low-key Halloween or everyday gothic?

Halloween costume or everyday goth? ||

Halloween costume or everyday goth? ||

Halloween costume or everyday goth? ||

Is this a low-key Halloween look, or an everyday gothic look?

Considering I bought absolutely nothing specifically for this photo shoot I’m not sure which this look falls into.

I have a complicated relationship with Halloween (only made more complicated by having a degree in costume design).

I love the idea of a day when everyone gets to dress up in whatever costume they want. But I don’t like the pressure of feeling like I have to dress up. I also don’t love the concept of buying a costume that you only wear once. Or buying a cheaply made costume (I’d prefer seeing even more creativity on this holiday and far less crap). And I especially don’t love people spontaneously ringing my doorbell. But I do love the excuse to buy candy. And I love seeing the creative costumes that people do come up with.

So, I wasn’t planning on photographing or writing or posting anything today, because I’m not actually dressing up for Halloween. But then I realized I could do a super low-key Halloween look with things I already own. Because I do have a rather large number of could-be-Halloween-season-related-things in my apartment. (But they stay out all year round which I think is what pushes them Halloween to goth).

What I’m wearing…

Head piece: Black and Red Queen Crown from Spirit Halloween
Blazer: Basic black blazer from Zara’s Basics line
Shirt: Organic Cotton Jersey Camisole from Muji
Skirt: Made by me. Basic black maxi skirt with side slit (more information here)
Socks: Originally from SockDreams (very similar here)
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’
Necklaces: One short pearl necklace. One long black beaded necklace. One long metal circles necklace. All old/not online
Rings: Various
Lip: Color Sensational Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Red Revival (#645)

What’s on the table…

Yoga Skeleton
Ground Bones Jar (similar-ish)
Skeleton Hand Mirror
Deer/Rabbit Skeleton
Wine Glass (turned ring holder)
Voluspa Candles
Witch Baby Body Butter
Teapot (here on amazon)
Jack Skellington mug (very, very, very old)

Fall 2017 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Review: what worked? what didn’t? and what will I keep in mind for next time?

WhoWearsWho Fall 10x10 Wrap Up

The Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge has concluded! It felt like the whole thing went by super quickly, and I had a great time.

I had 10 pieces in my mini-capsule wardrobe: 2 pairs of boots, 1 pair of jeans, 1 skirt, 1 black camisole, 2 tee-shirt, 1 sheer over-shirt, 1 button up shirt, 1 dress.

What worked?

On the whole, I thought this mini-capsule wardrobe was pretty well balanced. I included some newer pieces, and some older pieces, some super comfortable pieces, and some more experimental pieces.

When I was planning this challenge wardrobe, I wanted to experiment and play around with some of the newer pieces I’ve added to my wardrobe recently. So I included the newer pieces and sandwiched them between some of my favorite older-go to pieces, which worked really well.

What didn’t work?

Including two pairs of boots probably wasn’t the smartest idea because one pair was not fully broken in yet, and the other was heels. This didn’t not work, but looking back on the challenge as a whole I wish I had added a pair of sneakers or ballet flats.

Did the capsule work for the weather?

The weather for my second week was a fair bit colder than I had anticipated. It was 60s/70s but leaned towards cold-60s/70s not warm-60s/70s. So there were a couple days in a row wear I basically alternated between my orange-plaid button up shirt, and my red-flannel-plaid dress because those were the two “warmer” pieces in my mini-capsule.

Did I wear anything that wasn’t included in the 10 pieces?

I did grab a second black camisole (exactly the same style as the first) a couple days into the challenge.

How did laundry work out?

I spot cleaned, and hand washed as necessary, and also added a second black camisole.

Which outfit was your favorite?

The red-plaid dress, with the black camisole, black mini-skirt, and heeled docs from Day 10 is probably my favorite look of the challenge.

On the other hand, the same dress with a black shirt and black jeans (like Days 5 and 7) is probably the way I wear this dress most often.

Which outfit was the most outside your comfort zone?

Day 3 the orange-plaid button up tied at the waist to make it cropped and the black mini-skirt and Day 9 the black shirt with black skirt, boots and the orange-plaid button up tied around the waist were probably the looks that were the furthest from my comfort zone. Other than these two looks everything else is pretty standard in my day-to-day wardrobe.

What to keep in mind for next time?

Basically very similar things to what I wanted to keep in mind at the end of the Summer 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge.

  1. Do it again next time! It’s super fun, and a fantastic low-key wardrobe challenge.
  2. Pay attention to your shoes. 3 pairs of shoes for two weeks may seem excessive, but then again it might be perfect.

And there we are! I hope you enjoyed this fall 10×10 wardrobe challenge.

Catch up on the whole challenge here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, and Day 10.

PlaidShirt+Cami+Jeans+Docs Fall10x10WardrobeChallenge 1

What’s the best part about finishing a wardrobe challenge? || Fall 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge Day 10

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PlaidDress+DrapedShirt+MiniSkirt Fall10x10WardrobeChallenge 2

PlaidDress+DrapedShirt+MiniSkirt Fall10x10WardrobeChallenge 3

Yesterday was the last day of my fall 10×10 wardrobe challenge!

The basic idea of the 10×10 wardrobe challenge is to dress from a mini-capsule wardrobe of 10 pieces, making 10 outfits for 10 days. The 10×10 Wardrobe Challenge is hosted by Caroline of Un-Fancy, and Lee of Style Bee. And you can browse through everyone’s looks over on instagram using the hashtags #fall10x10 and #10x10friends.

I participated for the first time over the summer, and had such a fun time that I knew I wanted to participate again when the fall wardrobe challenge came around. I’m so glad I did!

I’ll do a proper reflection/wrap up on Monday (like I did last time), but for now, this is the look that I wore yesterday for the final day of the challenge.

I really love this dress combined with this skirt. Similar to the day before, this solid black top tucked into this skirt gives the illusion of a dress. And then with the shorter hemline of the skirt, I love the longer hemline of the dress. (No need to worry about sitting down on cold seats.)

As much as I love doing wardrobe challenges, I’m really exited that this one is over. I think the best part about finishing up any sort of wardrobe challenge is getting to dive back into the rest of my wardrobe with new eyes. Sometimes that means diving in and coming up with new creative looks. But I think this time it means diving back into my go-to comfortable uniforms.

And with that I’m off to enjoy the weekend – I’ll be back on Monday with a review/reflection/wrap up of this wardrobe challenge.

What I’m wearing…

Dress: Flannel Checked Shirt Dress from Uniqlo
Shirt: Organic Cotton Jersey Camisole from Muji
Skirt: Express (very old)
Shoes: Salome Buttero by Dr. Martens’
Sunglasses: From Ricky’s (unfortunately, they don’t appear to have sunnies online)
Necklace: Old, from a street fair
Bracelets: Made-by-me
Rings: Various
Lip: Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick from Maybelline, in the colorway Divine Wine (#695)