Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thrifty Thursday: Joie Kaydence Cowl Neck Dress for Less

I’ll tell you something right now darlings; a few years ago I wouldn’t be caught dead in a cowl neck anything. After a horrifying experience in a Target dressing room at the age of sixteen involving a cream-colored cowl neck sweater which made me look, to put it kindly, as if I had a second neck, despite my petite size, I swore the monstrosities off. In fact, up until a few weeks ago I viewed cowl necks as hideous garments crafted only with the tall drinks of water strutting up and down the catwalk in mind; until I slipped one over my head and promptly fell in love.

Perhaps it’s my body that changed in a way in which such accoutrements now look fashionable when draped about me; but more likely it has to do with the sheer fact that the top I tried on all those years ago was simply not fit for a human form. The cowls being created today, however, most certainly are; thus the reason why I currently have my eye on Joie’s Kaydence Cowl Neck Knit Dress.

There is no more exquisitely seductive form of fall fashion than a sweater dress. Worn with bare legs or tights, boots or ballerinas it’s a heavenly helping of haute couture that is equal parts cozy and chic; therefore I won’t allow your closet to be naked without at least one draped over a hanger within. Joie’s offering, of course, is too fabulous to pass up. Cashmere and wool mingle side by side in the crème de la crème of slouchy knit frocks; the drapey ribbed cowl neck adding a splash of volume for that extra bit of oomph we all hungrily seek out yet far too often are unable to find. Of course, now that I’ve found it; well, sadly, I can’t afford it.

I would need $232.90 to take home the luscious Light Heather Grey, or I could completely break the bank by dropping $348.00 for the classy Caviar. But no, I refuse to do either. As much as I adore the fine silhouettes created by Joie, I simply cannot go broke to quell my yearning for such sweatery splendor. That said; I won’t deprive myself of such decadence either, and I certainly don’t have to.

While lacking the cashmere crafting of Kaydence; Old Navy’s Cowl Neck Sweater Dress may just be the answer to my knit fantasies. At a mere $36.50 apiece, and available in scrummy colors such as Marshmallow White, Black Jack, and Plummy Mummy, the cotton and wool blend three-quarter sleeve lovely is precisely what my scant bank account ordered.

What’s your bank account telling you to do, kittens? Will you be a big spender with Kaydence, or play the role of the thrifty fashionista?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Shopbop and Old Navy for the pictures.

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