Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Take on Stripes & Thoughts on Layered Onepieces

shirt-Shilla The Label via Le Tote(similar here), sweater-French Connection via Le Tote(similar here), trousers-Banana Republic(similar here), necklace-Jewel Mint, shoes-Dollhouse(similar here)

Two things that make this look more than just a run-of-the-mill office outfit.  First, the play on stripes with the cuffs of the shirt appearing like an extension of the bands on the sweater's sleeves, AND with the shirt's collar topping off the sweater. It's almost like one piece, which brings me to my second point. There's a bit of a trend right now with garments that mimic the layered look of a shirt and sweater but are one stand alone piece.  For example:

This is the same idea as my look. If you click on the link you'll see the back is in the shirt material, giving a fun twist the standard dress-shirt/sweater combo. And some visual interest to the back of the garment, which again, I achieves in my outfit with the colorblocking and high-low hem of the sweater, and visible shirt tails.  Here's another version:

This is a more casual rendition with a flannel/sweatshirt mix.  Again, one garment with the effect of two. I haven't decided if I'll hop on board this trend-wagon and purchase a "faux" layered piece. I like the idea of mixing and matching the shirts and pullovers I already have for a variety of pairings.  But, these types of items can be more convenient and avoid that horrible feeling when one sleeve gets twisted around in the other and you feel like you're armpit is in a knot, you know? 

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