*WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS REFERENCING FROM BAD 80's U.S. TV DRAMA. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.*
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 more...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