NYC is a funny place to live when it comes to the weather. It's currently the middle of November and I JUST took out my AC unit from the window, which can make it difficult to dress for the correct season. Don't get me wrong, I'm the girl that will wear a blanket scarf and a flannel shirt in the middle of September when it's basically three days after Labor Day, but when we have multiple stretches of days where it's 80s it can be hard to not opt for a sleeveless top and iced macchiato.
Now that we've officially hit true "sweater weather" the true fun can start - says the girl that was raised in Buffalo aka the land of eight month winters. I love the diversity you can get with a sweater: from cozy and oversized to fitted and slim, there are so many different styles to try and have fun with. When I originally saw this pink sweater, I literally most my mind in JCrew because of the SLEEVES. If you've been following my Instagram, you know if there's one component of a top I will guaranteed freak out about it's a good sleeve; no one appreciates them more than I do..
What I love most about this sweater is the fit. This piece is the perfect item to wear either relaxing at home or in the office. It's cozy enough to feel cozy in but the sleeves give it that little pop of sophistication - that will give a you a compliment on it guaranteed. I originally wore this top while I did some shopping in SoHo with Doug and then took it home and wore it for a casual day with my family (and my have taken my Christmas card picture in it...)
Ruffles are one of my favorite trends for this season. The next time you're thinking about your favorite trends from decades past, give a nod to the 1970s for blessing us with these little blessings. They're youthful and playful, yet add a little "something something" to a staple piece. While I agree it's important to make clothing investments for years to come and not buy everything that's "on trend," I challenge you to shake it up with something fun and easy like this. Who knows, ruffles may become your jam...
ProTip: Sometimes it's so easy to wear favorite staples from the closet the same way every time -I'm definitely guilty of this as well. What I challenge myself to do is wear everything a different way each time I wear it; it's a lot harder than it sounds. Not only does this help keep your wardrobe feeling fresh but it allows you to be bolder with your choices and create some winning color combinations. Normally, a pink on maroon color combination is reserved for Valentine's Day, but I made it work with this outfit. By pairing the combination with a darker bootie, it toned down the colors and created an ombre effect. Especially when pairing colors in the same family together, try wearing the lightest piece on top and working to a darker shade as the outfit moves on your body. This will create an elongating effect but also drive away any "color block" fears you may experience.