Gang, I’ve gotta warn you: I’m wearing a sweater that looks like J.Jill circa 1986…and I’m not mad about it.
It’s J.Crew’s “Fair Isle Snowflake Crewneck Sweater” and it’s one part precious, but also very sporty and ski sweater-y and, happily, unapologetically vintage (runs big, though, FYI).
There’s something about an on-theme, festive sweater at this time of year. It’s cute with cozy layers, sure, but it also dresses up rather nicely. Even if the “dressing up” part just means a fancy bag and walkable heels.
And if you agree that, yes, a cropped white puffer jacket (with a slight shimmer), IS, in fact, a suitable alternative to a faux-fur, then you get me, you ski bunny, you.
Vintage-Inspired Fair Aisle Sweater + Cropped Puffer Jacket
I ordered Athleta’s Summit Down Shine Jacket because I was looking for a puffer that hit at my natural waist. I’ve found that those hip-length puffer jackets don’t look great with the looser, straight-leg jeans I’ve been favoring lately, but long coats (past my knees) or an almost-cropped one (to show off my waist) feels right.
Despite the name, I didn’t realize Athleta’s puffer jacket had any sort of shimmer until it arrived. The shimmer, however, is barely-there, and just serves to make the jacket look…pretty.
Also, don’t sleep on this feather bag. It also comes in black and has that pouchy shape that holds a surprising amount of stuff. These feather bags feel a little frivolous, I know, but I’ve been wearing my old black one for…10 years now? It’s almost as old as Pax.
Shop More Retro Sweaters & Cropped Puffer Jackets
I’ve rounded up several vintage-inspired knit sweaters and cropped puffers. For fun, I’ve tried to pair them up — see the widget below for the sweater/puffer pairings that would be a fun, festive (yet easygoing) way to dress up.