I did not believe in love at first sight until I saw this knitted boat neck sweater in the window at LOFT. I often wear the topper with cropped black pants and flats, but one day I was inspired to don the piece with a Talbot's sequined pencil skirt, edgy lace-up booties and feather-detailed felt hat. (Image at left)
A colleague noticed my new approach and proposed a five-day style challenge: wear the same sweater five different ways for the week. We've all seen it, we've all tried it, and somehow fashion magazines do it flawlessly every season: the one-garment-multiple-ways editorial.
So with no stylist in sight and Day One under my belt, I started to plan my week's ensembles. I even set my alarm clock for 15 minutes later, figuring my morning routine would be much shorter without the pressure of choosing a top. Boy was I wrong!
A lot of the girls have a more-is-more approach to dressing, so I got creative with proportions: I started with my "mullet-dress," a Suzanne Rae creation that is short in the front and long in the back. I layered my LOFT sweater over the dress and added a chunky Navajo-inspired wrap cardigan by Ralph Lauren. Those Frye boots are about eight years old, I used to wear them horseback riding! And like a true gypsy I put on as many rings as my fingers could handle: a large ornate number from blueberi in Brooklyn, a gifted pyrite ring, light blue enamel ring by La Petite Princesse and a Stanton-James wire "LOVE" ring. I opted for Earthy necklaces: a stone pendant number I made and a freewater pearl necklace given to me by my grandmother.
On Day 4 I took a little inspiration from my yearbook and styled a look that would be considered country club chic. I wore a Banana Republic chambray shirt under the LOFT sweater. And, no -- I did not pop the collar. I did, however, add a pearl necklace (gifted to me by my grandmother) and bracelet (J.Crew.) My cropped trousers from the Gap were paired with lace-up wedges (also Gap) and J.Crew wool blazer hung from my shoulders. Menswear accessories like a Timex watch and my father's old leather belt made the look a little "Annie Hall," one of my style icons.
The final touch was a bright ribbon tied at the top of my pony tail: on game days the field hockey team would wear our kilts to class and tie bows in our hair.
My favorite part of the outfit has to be the Lulu Frost porcupine quill earrings from Lisa Salzer's Modern Pioneer collection. The edgy jewelry elevates the outfit from ho-hum to hardcore.
So without a stylist and plenty of inspiration, how do you think I did? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and make sure to let me know the one piece of clothing you wear over and over again.