The Fairisle Rip-Off Artist


It wasn't until after I put this look together and was headed outside to shoot some pictures that I realised how very J. Crew it is. It's almost as if I forced my way into the company's headquarters, raided the samples cupboard, thumped Jenna Lyons over the head, and stole her glasses.  But then I suppose there's a reason why the retailer is so popular. Under Lyons' tutelage, the brand has become quite adept at knowing exactly how so many of us want to dress; it's that preppy classic mixed with something a bit irreverent look...that look that illustrates our ongoing attempt to achieve that ever-elusive "effortless" vibe you always hear so much about.

I should point out here that the only piece that I am actually wearing that is from said retailer is the chambray shirt. The rest is all stuff I had lurking in my closet. I suppose that kind of accessibility is exactly what's great about this type of look. You can achieve a look like this for a whole lot less than it's being sold to us for by mainstream retailers. I make no apologies for being a rip-off artist. Jazz musicians quote other musicians when they take a solo, painters learn the techniques of the masters, and fashion designers get schooled in the work of those who came before. That's just how it works. I suppose you could take it one step further and argue that there is no true originality in fashion, or art in general for that matter - only derivation and evolution.

Am I getting carried away? Sorry. You probably clicked on this link to look at some clothes, and now you've been sucked into a discussion about the herd-animal nature of human creativity, and really all you wanted was to enjoy your latte and have a wee internet browse, and now you're left wringing your hands and wondering WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?

My bad. 






thrifted fairisle cardigan, similar / J. Crew chambray shirt / Durango harness boots (old), similar, similar / mother of pearl ring (old), similar / Readers.com frames / Max Studio skirt (old), similar



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  1. Yes, we all "borrow" - how could we re-invent our style every day from scratch? : > Love this look , and Jenna is one of my style icons, so I adore the glasses. xox

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  2. Hello Kristin, this post was indeed part of my internet browse over cappuccino this morning and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Are you really sporting BARE LEGS? End of January in Scotland? You are a brave woman! I like your style, looking good without spending top dollar. Combining charity-shop finds with older items you happen to have with the odd designer piece. Great. But then you come up with similar items that are quite expensive.... that I don't really understand..

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    1. That's the caveat of being a thrift shopper. You are essentially buying things that are technically limited edition, or even one of a kind if they're really old, and it's really hard to go tell others where to find one like it without finding one that is full-price.

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  3. Love that sweater. It's One Of The Good Ones. (I find Fairisles can skew either frumpy or bulky...yours is sleek and pretty.)

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  4. Great look, lovely sweater and boots. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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  5. Again, I love everything about this outfit. I think I will copy this look as well--my red skirt has been sitting in there (the closet) receiving no love. Unfortunately I don't have a cute cardigan like that....I'll figure it out!

    Love,

    Ann of Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Just wanted to let you know Kristin that you have totally inspired me. I wore my similar red skirt yesterday. Stay tuned for the post featuring it in my work outfits of the week this Friday;D

      Thank you!! Sometimes we need a little reminder:D

      A x

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  6. cute. what brand isthe cardigan?

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