I don’t often mix prints and patterns, mostly because I don’t own all that many, and in part because I never felt like I could do it successfully without looking like I got dressed in the dark. However, one day I decided that the black and white stripe and black and white floral pattern was simple enough to pull off and at least didn’t make me cringe when I looked in the mirror. And yes, it probably also helps that only a tiny bit of the shirt is peeking out from under the sweater so it didn’t scream at me that I was doing something wrong.
Time flies. Somehow it is already February into 2015. It is also about that time when those of us who experience the harsh, deep cold in the winter months, are just getting sick of it and are itching for spring to come. As I long for warmer temperatures, I continue slip on those thick layers and chunky knits which by this time is completely tiresome.
I have spent all winter looking for an over-sized chunky grey sweater, since I had to give up my last cashmere turtleneck after wearing holes into the elbows last year. It is just so difficult to find a great quality, slightly over-sized wool sweater with a good fit for a small petite that is also within a reasonable price range. I finally came across this one from Aritzia, which also happened to be on sale. I actually had to go down a size from my regular Aritzia XS so I didn’t look I was being swallowed up, but it totally fit the bill. I am now wearing this constantly until spring rolls around and it gets too warm to wear it.
Year 2014 was a year of purchasing timeless pieces. This is something I always try to do, but last year was I was extremely successful. However, as a somewhat unintended consequence, my outfits were very… safe. I wore a lot of what I was comfortable in, which is not necessarily always a bad thing, but there is something to be said about stepping outside your comfort zone every now and again. And not just in fashion, but in life.
A style resolution that I have made is not only to keep focusing on timeless pieces, but to try stepping outside the box a bit more. I am still going to focus on filling the “gaps” in my wardrobe (there are still quite a few left!), but also to keep an eye out for pieces that are more out of my “norm” are still consistent with my personal style–while still being pieces that I will actually wear!
One of those pieces, I decided was this sleeveless tunic sweater from Aritzia. In the history of this blog, I don’t think I have ever worn a tunic. But when I laid eyes on this sweater, I could see its potential. It’s quite a bit different from my usual silhouette but I see its versatility, which is also so important to me when buying something new.
If it were warmer out (like, not -20C!), then I would just throw a cropped leather jacket over top to play with the juxtaposition with the pieces. But being as freezing as it is, I will have to settle for my heavy duty parka.