Outfit of the day

the sweater suit

Random chiffon scarf • carved celluloid necklace, Venice flea market • brown 1940s sweater suit, ebay • barkcloth sewing bag, my grandma • chambray platform wedges, TOMS

Random chiffon scarf • carved celluloid necklace, Venice flea market • brown 1940s sweater suit, ebay • barkcloth sewing bag, my grandma • chambray platform wedges, TOMS

Some days are gray and cool, and you mostly feel like staying home and sitting on the couch with some dogs and binge watching something on Netflix, eating snacks and not going outside. On those days, when I can’t stay home and blanket myself in, I reach for the next best thing: wearing a blanket to work.

No, it’s not one of those horrid fleece affairs. It’s a tailored, soft, detailed garment that is both flattering and forgiving. Give me a knit skirt and sweater set over jeans any day. It’s one of those things I always buy if I find under $80 out in the real world. Sweater suits like this are somewhat risky to buy online, because their texture can either be very soft or very scratchy or somewhere in between. This particular one I scored off ebay and it happened to arrive barely worn but very soft. I love this piece. Actually, it’s two pieces, but you know what I mean. These sweater sets or suits consist of a skirt, usually ribbed, with an elastic waistband, together with a matching sweater and sometimes – rarely, even – a matching belt. The material is almost always a bouclé knit made of wool, although I have seen acrylic versions as well. I have seen more without labels than with. And, why not some barkcloth handbags?

If you find one like in mine in poor condition (like mine), Raleigh Vintage has a nice little before and after showing how well they can clean up.

in April 6, 2014

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