I recently received this horizontal striped cardigan in my last Stitch Fix box, Fix #21. It is a very subdued stripe, which I like. If I'm going to wear stripes, especially horizontal ones, I prefer them to be more subtle. I know stripes are every fashion blogger's best friend, but I really don't like them. They use to say "Horizontal stripes make you look larger", now they say they do not. I disagree, I think they do. How can something that stretches horizontally straight across your body not make your body look wider? I think "they" are just lying to us to sell more clothes. ha ha!
In addition to the subtlety of the stripes, which I liked, I also liked how thin the sweater is. It is a very thin knit, not a chunky knit. Chunky knits, like horizontal stripes, add a lot of extra weight to the upper body. I also like how comfortably a thinner knit fits under a winter coat than a chunky knit.
However, despite liking two aspects of this sweater (the subtle stripes and the thin knit) I did ultimately send this cardigan back. I just don't think horizontal stripes, of any kind, subtle or not, looks good on me and I also was not fond of the dull, drab color. I have since asked my stylist to send me more color in future fixes: like burgundies, burnt oranges, mustard yellows, olive greens, purples...anything but brown, black or grey!
If you're interested in this sweater and you would like to request it from your stylist, it is by Leo and Nicole and is called Jaelynn Cotton Blend Ribbed Open Cardigan. I am wearing a size Medium.
I styled my cardigan with a black tank from C.J. Banks that has a fun grommet neckline (old). I chose to carry a burgundy bag (JCP, old) to bring a spot of color into this outfit.
For shoes, I went with these brown suede wedge booties from JCP (old) to coordinate with the brown tones in the sweater.
So what do you think? Do you like this sweater? Would you have kept it? I'd love to hear from you!
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You always look great but I would have sent it back too, the color washes out your beautiful complexion but the great bag makes it pop!ReplyDelete
Thanks Andrea! You know, I thought the same thing. Brown is not a good a color for me, I think it's because I already have dark hair. It did not look good with my complexion.Delete
I have a similar cardigan but with the stripes less visible. I personally do love this color because I think a neutral brown coordinates well with many colorful tops, scarfs or purses.ReplyDelete
Really loving those booties too!
Thanks Ellie! My stylist suggested styling this cardigan with a yellow mustard dress or the peasant top that also included in this Fix. But I didn't have any mustard yellow tops in my closet and I wasn't sure about the pattern mixing. I tend to be uncomfortable with pattern mixing. Maybe if I would have worn something more colorful under this cardigan I would have liked it better. But, I still didn't like the horizontal stripes.Delete
You're so right, Amy, those colours weren't doing you any favours and you carry the colours you mentioned so beautifully. Stick with what you know works for you and don't listen to "them" eh! Hugs, x.ReplyDelete
Love your honesty! That's why I blog! My readers are always so helpful. Yes, I don't think brown is my color.Delete
Great cardigan! Looks wonderful with your shoe choice.ReplyDelete
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Thanks Amy Ann!Delete
It's how you feel in clothing. If something doesn't feel good, don't wear it. No matter what other people say.ReplyDelete
I so agree Nancy!Delete
I tend to really like neutral tones and am almost down to a capsule wardrobe in which I've chosen to have mostly neutrals (not all people with capsules have neutrals) and add color with accessories. However, I completely agree that this sweater didn't do that much for you (although you styled it beautifully!). I would have passed right by it if I'd seen it on a rack. And I completely agree about "them" changing the rules on stripes just to sell more. (I happen to love stripes though!) I love seeing your stitch fix posts and your travel posts! My husband and I are retiring in one month and will RV full time for a few years. Now I want to go to Savannah! And I want to see the sidewalk art in Eau Claire! (I'm from WI. And I almost moved to Eau Claire about 6 years ago before meeting my husband!)ReplyDelete
Wow! Such a great comment. So many people are doing those capsules wardrobes now, but they are just not for me. I'm glad you enjoy the Stitch Fix posts. Oh, buying a RV and traveling the country with my husband and cat is a dream of mine. I envy you! Do you blog? I couldn't find one for you. I'd love to read of your adventures. You will love Savannah. It is so gorgeous! If you ever make it to Eau Claire, shoot me an email and we can do a blogger meet up. How funny that you almost lived in Eau Claire!Delete
Hi Amy, I wasn't able to figure out how to contact you privately to continue the conversation and answer questions. So I'll just reply publicly. I don't blog yet but have thought about it for years. I find getting started very intimidating!! I had thought about blogging about my journey to downsizing from a 2500 sf house to an RV that is roughly 175 sf - - it was QUITE the journey! I had beautiful antiques from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and had to work hard to cull my possessions down to only the necessary plus a small amount of wants and sentimental things. It was very difficult and, at times, emotional but at the same time invigorating and liberating! We got rid of our house, have no storage unit and no one storing boxes for us so we are truly free to roam! I should also clarify that I was born in WI and have lots of family there but grew up in the suburbs of Chicago since I was about 4. If we come to Eau Claire, it would be a lot of fun to meet for coffee!Delete
Oh, if you look in my right sidebar there is a "contact/follow" page. If you click that page, my email is there; so if there is anything you want to say to me that you don't want public, you can contact me via email too. But this is great as well. Wow! That would be hard to go from 2500 sf to 175, but yes, "liberating" as well. I agree, breaking loose from the sentimental objects is the hardest. I'm actually struggling with that now. I have a lot of furniture pieces that were handed down through the generations that I'd like to keep in the family, but I have no room for them and my kids don't either. I hate to donate them, but I don't want to keep them either. I'm in a decluttering phase of life, and antiques do not appeal to me anymore, but I feel I need to keep them for sentimental reasons. It's hard. You should blog. You would have so many stories to tell. I know I would read it. My kids live in the Chicago suburbs. What a small world.Delete
This looks great on you but I totally understand that if it doesn't feel good you shouldn't keep it. I am a firm believer in only having items in my closet that make me feel good. And am lusting over your booties.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I almost kept it, but in the end I really didn't love it, and Stitch Fix is kinda pricey, so I only keep pieces I really love or know I'd get a lot of use out of.Delete
Love that bag!ReplyDelete
Thank you. It's one of favorites. I've had it for a couple of seasons now. It was a good investment! It stood the test of time.Delete
That's a cute cardi! I definitely would have kept it as a nice neutral layer will work with so many other items of clothing! :) I do like the stripes too - I have a slight obsession with stripes and have far too many in my wardrobe already, haha! :)ReplyDelete
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Yea, I almost kept it for neutral reason, but I'm just not a fan of stripes, even though I know most bloggers are. I'm the oddball I guess. ha ha!Delete
Chic fall look you have here dear. I love your bag, super classy and classic.ReplyDelete
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I like that the stripes are so subtle too. Perfect for any season!!ReplyDelete
I think the stripes are subtle in fact it's hard to see because the colors are so similar. I absolutely LOVE my stripes though. I don't like the color of this one just because it is dull. I think you made the right choice!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ruth. I so agree, the colors in this cardigan were so dull. Definitely not for me!Delete
You sure styled it perfectly but I can understand sending it back. There are so many beautiful, colorful clothes in the world that I can understand passing on this more neutral piece.ReplyDelete
Thanks Leslie. I just wasn't a fan of this cardigan. It was ok, but I'm more into "pretty" things. This was just drab to me.Delete