Batwing Returns


Nobody loves a slouchy, cozy cashmere sweater as much as I do, and all the better if it's a super-thrifty find. This tomato-red cashmere batwing (or kimono sleeve, I suppose) sweater was a secondhand find, and I'm loving the shape, feel, and slightly 80's bent to it.

The jewel tone, the mock neck, banded bottom, and batwing sleeves...they're all things that if you're not careful, could easily make you look like you are going for the full Alexis Carrington. Which might be fun for a day if you could also go around throwing an Alexis amount of shade at everyone who crossed your path. That would be fun. Especially in conjunction with the 80's hair. Anyway, I like to pair something this slouchy (okay, potentially shapeless) with something sleek, so I chose a black mini I found at H&M last year on the £5 rack. It's really quite a nice piece; it's fully lined and has an Aztec print in matte sequins. Oddly, I hardly ever wear it (I definitely need to wear it's kind of awesome). Speaking of awesome, between the sweater and skirt, I think I spend a total of £25 on those two pieces. Niiiiice.

With a piece like this, a look can quickly appear dated if you're not careful. Generally, I try not to overdo it with the accoutrements. Too many accessories on a piece like this, and you're a cast member from Falcon's Crest. For the sake of the photos, I wore a pair of oval gold hoops, a long station necklace, and a gold cuff. Almost immediately after the photos, I lost the necklace. I am fastidious about taking one thing off before venturing out.

I also detest a matchy-matchy approach of lip colour that matches a garment, and I always wear a nude lip when I am wearing a bright colour - especially red. I love the way red looks against a nude lip and smoky bronze or grey eye. That (along with my usual under-styled hair) keeps things from looking overwrought, and gives it a bit of a modern, unfinished vibe. At least, I think so.

thrifted cashmere batwing sweater, similar / H&M skirt (last season), similar / Nine West boots (old), similar / thrifted necklace, similar / thrifted cuff, similar / 14k oval hoop earrings (old), similar 


  1. Gorgeous. You look fabulous in red! And I the styling is perfect!

  2. The whole outfit works so nicely together. I like that the chunkier boots balance out the volume in the sweater. Well played, Alexis!

  3. Beauty. I appreciate your posts.

  4. Sooo mod and cool! LOVE this! You're invited to my link up party this Friday, you fab chick you!
    Dawn Lucy

  5. Hi, I have been following your blog for a while now but never commented before. I really enjoy your posts! There are so much fun in a good way. I really like it when people combine 'weird' finds with of the peg-clothes etc. So much more interesting then head to toe in designer! Your post about the golf sequin trousers made me smile! To think you are traipsing around in those in the highlands, great!

  6. Kristin, I am leaving the rare comment even though I subscribe and read your posts daily. I love cashmere anything ( I actually have cashmere tights), and I've always loved the batwing shape - how rare to find the two together in one piece (the ashamed about vintage sweaters is they're often made of vintage acrylic fabric). Anyway you are rocking this look as you do everything you create. If you do get by Lytham St Annes way again, email me at my grungequeen address if you'd like to meet up. I can't promise a dazzling blogger meetup presence and I may have baby yak on my (cashmere) sweater, but we most certainly could do a thrift shop crawl - there are 20plus shops,in St Annes alone, and quite a few in Lytham too. :)

  7. greetings from fans of Polish, a good blog

  8. Falcon Crest....the best of the worst 80's TV. That's if you don't count Paradise Road...a very mini min-series of the same ilk. Nobody remembers that except my then roommate and I. Love those chunky boots, too.

  9. Your skirt is lovely and I adore the shade of red. You carry off brights so well. you look great.
    Lorna Mai

  10. I love this look! Really classy--even in a mini. I think I'll have to copy (if you don't mind!). You do not look dated AT ALL!


    Ann of Kremb de la Kremb


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