Today kicks off the series, "10 Wardrobe Staples you didn't know you needed", from Lucky Magazine. As the article states, there's only so many "black trousers and white oxford shirts a person needs before it's time to expand".
The concept of updating classics and wardrobe staples is a good one, and Fall shopping is the perfect time to do it. (And by the way, how much do I love Lucky Magazine?? They show outfits of wearable, affordable clothes worn in cute, creative ways. Which is all want to see when I'm looking through a magazine. No fantasy pictorials, no celebrity/political editorials. If only they created a version for women over 40...)
Today's post is about cardigan alternatives; a cropped cable knit, worn just as we would wear our cardigans, over a button down.
Lightweight sweaters in high impact red, just like January Jones:
The benefit of getting older, sartorially speaking, is that you eventually figure out what works for you. It's a relief to know that you aren't wasting money on clothes that will languish in your closet, or held captive by a need to be trendy. The downside is that everything you wear starts looking the same, which is why this week is focused on wardrobe alternatives. I don't think I'll ever give up cardigan sweaters, or flats, or my black blazer. It's just nice to have one or two items to remind me that stepping out of the box has it's own rewards.
The one thing I can never have too many of---blouses and tops! I don't know why, but when I'm out shopping, I never think of shopping for blouses. I have the requisite amount of white button front blouses and black turtlenecks, but whenever I want a "cute" top, I never seem to have one. This selection would be a good start: nothing is too casual, and everything can be paired with jeans or a work skirt.
I would wear these sweaters as a layering piece now, and over a tee shirt or dress in the Spring.
Consider wearing these sweaters over a monochromatic outfit: a black turtleneck,
black jeans (or a skirt with opaque tights) and boots.