Monday, December 5, 2011

Sweating it

I have friends who hate when their moms buy them clothes. They think that their gifts are hideous and unwearable. My mom, on the other hand, has told me her strategy for buying clothes for me: “I find something I think is really ugly and then I know you’ll like it.” It must be a philosophy that works because I almost always love what she buys for me! (Does that mean every one else hates me clothes, too? I just thought of that.)

Anyway, my mom bought me this sweater years ago. For like 90% off (shocker, I know). I think it WAS an expensive sweater to begin with, but I always thought it was hideous. (I guess mom did, too, so she gave it to me.)


It’s been sitting in my closet all of this time. Maybe it was the shoulder pads or the awesome fringe. Or the in-your-face red on black with a bold pattern. Or maybe it was because I like to “ROCK” statement pieces (what is this one saying except for UG!) that I felt I had to hold on to it. It has come out on very cold unfashionable days or 80s parties, but I’ve never felt very good about its public appearances. But, for whatever reason, I felt inspired this Sunday and wanted to “make it work.”

I dug it out. I think the crew necked sweaters are in right now so at least it had that going for it. I put a button down underneath it and paired it with an a-line (pleated) skirt and some fuzzy boots. If you remember my last post, I’m not a great (or uber picky about how I look publicly) poser but I think it actually looked decent. Oh, and I used some bobby pins to cinch the back and give it a more fitted look.

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I don’t really like the idea of the people who post pictures of their outfits as if they are the fashion expert (unless yes, they really are), but I thought this one had a funny background story. Abe even complimented me and said he thought I looked really nice.

I’m still not sure about the fringe.

(PS would love to hear your thoughts on this or other hideous items you wear)


Colt said...

I don't know about the fringe either, but I would rock the sweater. That'a a funny story about mom haha.

Abby said...

At first I thought you were going to say you found the sweaters true calling by wearing it to a holiday ugly sweater party or something (which I thought it'd be perfect for-haha). But then when you said you made it work and I saw the picture I was shocked! Not bad! I'm definitely impressed.

nathan n rachel said...

I noticed it on Sunday and I thought you made it work. Nice job!

Camber said...

Hey, I actually thought this looked good on Sunday. I'm always too big of a sissy to try something gutsy, so kudos to you for doing it AND pulling it off.

Marci Wittwer Butterfield said...

I think you look awesome. Love this post!

Tawnya said...

Ok so just the sweater is pretty bad, but I actually think it looks good on you. You continue to amaze me!

Mom said...

See, I was right! As usual. It's not my fault if it took you all this time to find a way to wear it. Ha ha

Actually, add one of those wispy yarn shawl thingies (with matching fringe) and it would be smokin'!

This actually had me rolling on the floor laughing! I love you!