Monday, March 29, 2010

Ballerinas That Have Fins That You'll Never Find

A while ago, my office-mate, Lauren, came in wearing this amazing, architectural grey sweater. It was love at first sight. Lauren is a lot like me when it comes to a bargain. She has a bit of the Bargain Tourettes, and in less than 3 minutes, she had told me what brand it was (French Connection!) how much it was originally sold for ($148!) where she had gotten it (Overstock.com) how much she had paid ($23!) and sent me a link to it. In less than 5 minutes, I had tried her sweater on, decided what size to order and ordered one for myself.

I then proceeded to beat myself up about not pausing to think about it for a few days, and feel guilty about the impulse purchase (I really have to focus on controlling those). I also forced myself to forget about the previously unexplored by me wonderland that is Overstock.com. Oh my goodness. Someday maybe I can go back there, but for now, it’s wonders must be forgotten, and they were many. And just because it’s on sale does NOT mean I am saving money, am I right?

But anyway. Here’s the sweater.

March 29

It’s gorgeous. But I have to be honest, I find it hard to style. Dark wash jeans, black pants or a black skirt is about as far as I think I can take it, because the sweater its self is so much to take in, so much design, that I need to keep everything else toned down. You know how much I love to over accessorize, and that would really do a disservice to the design of this sweater. It has great details on the arms…

March 29

And even around back…

March 29

It came with the original $148 price tag attached, and Lauren says they do that with all the Overstock items. It was fun to see that knowing what I actually paid!

March 29

I kept it super simple with just some crystal bullet casing earrings from Prairie Oats

November 17

Sweater, French Connection via Overstock.com
Skirt, Target
Tights, Old Navy
Boots, Steve Madden
Bag, Nordstrom Rack
Earrings, Prairie Oats at Etsy

15 comments:

Jane W. said...

I nearly wet myself when I read the term "bargain tourettes," because that definitely describes me. That's a great sweater. I think it could handle a short-ish, black necklace, too.

Jane said...

Army green or navy would look good with this sweater too.

Sabrina said...

Amazing sweater. I can see how it would be hard to style and not take away from its awesomness.

EvaNadine said...

to build on what Jane said, i think any sort of military-esque styling would work with the linkes of this sweater...

Kristie said...

Love the sweater and the price makes it even sweeter! I totally understand about beating yourself up, but for me, it is usually something that I totally liked at a thrift store but didn't grab mainly due to money, and then when I decide it's a must, I go back and it's gone....

Chelsea said...

oooh what a fantastic sweater! seriously, that is an amazing bargain. I love how you've let it shine in this ensemble! To mix it up I'd probably slap on my wide gray leather belt with it... it's a touch darker than this gray so would blend in, but add a little somethin' somethin'.

Also I adore those boots on you. They are the ideal flat boot shape in my opinion... now if they would only make them more ample-calf accessible!

Tanya Patrice said...

Love the sweater and the boots. I'm such a bargain fiend too!

Kristen said...

Bargain Tourettes -- that's funny!

Beautiful sweater.

text machine said...

I think you should open it. If you think of it more like a jacket, you'll probably find more opportunities to wear it.

WendyB said...

I love the sweater but I love "Bargain Tourettes" more.

RETRO REVA said...

Great Sweater ! I just did a spending oopsie at F21 over the weekend, promising myself NO MORE SPENDING til July!!!! We'll see ;)

Jodie said...

I love that, again you need to find a way of shopping at Warehouse because they are all about this kind of stuff. Maybe a black skirt with a print might also work?

Kristen said...

Lord, that sweater is beautiful. Sometimes you don't need to add anything, just the sweater is enough.

Empress said...

oo love the jacket, very chic!

kanishk said...

Army green or navy would look good with this sweater too.
home jobs without registration