At times I find myself inexplicably drawn to the bright, colorful and dramatic. Almost every spring, as a matter of fact. It’s like I come out of winter with the highest of hopes, thinking that The New Spring Me will suddenly turn into someone who wears tassel earrings and ruffled, puff-sleeve crop tops.
Spoiler: she does not wear the tassel earrings nor the ruffled tops.
Why This Cropped Gray Sweater Is My Current Outfit-Maker
So in the midst of shopping attempts for dramatic tops for spring, I threw this cropped cashmere sweater in my cart. I wasn’t really interested in the sweater, per se, but it was on sale and gray and that’s the rules, so.
Turns out it does have a bit of a dramatic sleeve.
There is something about this sweater, though. The slightly dramatic sleeve as mentioned, and sure, the soft color and fabric (oh hey lightweight cashmere), combined with the cropped shape make it feel unexpectedly special. It’s a fresher, spring-y take on my winter turtleneck sweaters, and it — quite simply — goes with all of the joggers and jeans that I want to wear right now.
I get that sort of solid, YUP, THIS’LL WORK result with basically everything I throw at it. Jeans are so confusing these days, it’s nice to find a sweater that works with ALL of them.
How I’m Wearing This Alice + Olivia Sweater
If I’m going out of the house, my default outfit is this sweater + straight-leg jeans + white sneakers. I’ve also been layering a silk cami underneath for extra warmth and optimism (someday I can lose the sweater to the sunshine).
I’m wearing a size small in the sweater, a size 26 in the jeans (they’re rag & bone Maya – my favs), and both pieces are on sale. My adidas sneaks are a limited edition that came out a while ago, but if you check adidas they’re almost always doing something cool to Superstars.
And any sweater that can elevate my joggers after a solid freaking year of nothing but freaking joggers…
STRONG WORK, SWEATER. Strong work.
If I look back over the last few months, I’ve also been wearing this cropped sweater with (drumroll please)…even more joggers, more jeans and — just recently — a dress. Whoa. It’s that cropped shape, man. So surprisingly easy to wear.
More Cropped Cashmere Sweaters in V. Exciting Neutral Colors Like Gray & Taupe
I have a type and I’m sticking to it.
Anyone else stumbled upon a piece they can’t live without? A piece they would — and this is the ultimate test — rebuy if it ever got lost or stolen?
Don’t come for my gray sweater, man.