When I sent the link of this sweater to my best friend she didn’t hold back about how much she hated the design. A one shoulder sweater? How does one wear this thing without being cold? Both quite valid questions considering how cold NYC weather can get, often without much warning.
The funny thing is that my first thought was that this was the perfect piece for some fun layering style. As cozy as chunky knit sweaters are, I find that layering help keep fall styles a bit more chic and interesting. After all why not add to your warmth and look good at the same time? And while, plus size sweaters with random cut-outs will forever be the bane of my existence (seriously, why are these still a thing?), pieces like this one from ELOQUII present a styling challenge that I will happily accept so here is how I did.
My old pinstripe button-down blouse immediately came to mind when I started running through styling options for this sweater. This is a top that I bought back when I was interning at an auction house back in grad school that is one of the few more traditional pieces of work-wear I still own besides my humble collection of blazers.
As the collar is solid I figured it would work well with these bat collar pins I recently bought to add a subtle nod to spooky season. While it did look as good as expected, given the bold contrast with my sleeves I thought the look just asked for something… more. So I decided to pair it with a faux leather skater skirt to play with the textures, as well as added a jabot and brooch for some elegance. I topped it off with my crown hat and suede platform creepers.
This is a corporate goth look that I would definitely consider wearing to a more traditional/conservative work place. The two tone style of it all gives me a bit of Cruella mixed with gothic school girl kind of vibes and I really love that. (Looking back, since I wore this outfit the day before Halloween, I should have added my fingerless faux leather gloves too, so that I would be more in Moira Rose territory. Next time for sure.)I also think this sweater would look great with a high-neck lace or mesh top. My next styling idea for this sweater is with a pair of high-waisted jeans and a solid color satin button-down blouse with a statement necklace or scarf and heeled boots. It looks pretty cool in my mind so I’m truly looking forward to giving it a try very soon.
~Get the look~
Jones New York Striped Blouse (16W) | Macy’s (old, similar here)
Pirouette Faux Leather Skater Skirt (Size 2X) | Die With Your Boots On
Empetua Tear-Proof Shaping Tights | Shapermint
Black Scala Wool Crown Hat | Tenth Street Hats (similar here)
Jabot and Brooch | Gothic Renaissance (similar here)
RoseG Suede Platform Creepers | Amazon
What other sweater designs have you come across that made you wonder if you can make it work in cold weather?