I was so tickled with my outfit yesterday that I had to share it. I am loving that argyle is in right now (I remember getting an argyle sweater vest as a birthday gift from my neighbors when I was 7 or 8 in the early 80s and it was a prized possession). I've had these tights for a couple of years, but have generally worn them with long boots so you only get a little peak, as it's a whole lot of argyle going on. But now that it's in style I could wear them full on.
Although this outfit is totally trendy right now, I've actually had most of the pieces for years. The belt is probably the oldest; I got it from WalMart 5 or 6 years ago. My mom gave me the sweater (cashmere!) for Christmas a couple years ago from Target. I made the skirt 2 or 3 years ago, Simplicity 5914; I love that pattern and have made three skirts of it so far (boucle version). The tights, as mentioned, are 2 or 3 years old--I got them from the H&M girls' department. The 13-14 year old size are around the same as the smallest adult size of tights. The shoes are the only new part, Fitzwell Willow from 6pm.com. They come in several sensational colors; I got gold and teal and am really tempted to go back for more. But add up all these pieces I've had for a while and it's totally au courant.
I love how you can put together classic pieces in a trendy way. My style, as you know, is "retro fantasy," not classic at all. I appreciate and admire a woman with timeless style, but I am not satisfied by elegance--I want pizzazz. Even the most respectable off-white cashmere cardigan is not safe in my hands. And I wouldn't want it any other way.
Gretchen the Household Deity