Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Juicy Couture Glam Sweater Vest for Less

Darlings if you’d be so kind as to stop laughing, I would be ever so grateful. I know it sounds a bit off the wall, but the cool chill that has virtually cast a cold spell about all of Southern California over the past few days has left me with a desire to do something completely out of the ordinary in terms of fashion. I know it’s a peculiar fact to admit, but I’m just going to do it anyway…I am currently plagued with the urge to channel Mister Rogers in my style of dress. There, mission accomplished!

Now, please don’t get me wrong, I am in no way, shape, or form eager to go so far as to don shoes that look as if they’ve come straight from the bowling alley; nor will you see me wearing the very same kitschy-colored cardigan day in and day out. But I am taking a cue from everyone’s jolly neighbor by embracing sweaters. Juicy Couture’s Glam Sweater Vest, to be exact.

A deep v-neck and vertical ribbing along the wool/cashmere blend heather prestige shade takes geek to chic; while a ruffled embellishment around the collar, so reminiscent of natty women’s fashions of the early-1800s contributes a modernistic, yet romantic aesthetic that flows and flutters freely about the throat, a feminine characteristic that takes one’s look du jour to new heights!

I can see it now…tossing it on over a black long-sleeved v-neck and pairing such an upper with black liquid leggings – a playful juxtaposition between saucy schoolgirl and rebel without a cause; or simply zipping it up over a white tee with a pair of dark wash denim skinnies and cognac-colored riding boots for an equestrian-inspired look that is casually glamorous, and completely unfussy!

But really loves, why should I be making such plans? At $139.99, I’m lucky if I can afford a single ruffle from this pretty, let alone the entire sweater. It’s simply out of my budget; a stylish pipe dream that I should promptly put out of my mind so as not to disappoint myself, let alone my wardrobe! Though maybe such a purchase is not so farfetched! While I may be unable to afford Juicy Couture’s gem of a cozy knit, I am quite capable of affording Shopmamie’s Ruffle Deep-V Vest.

At $38.00, the Ruffle Deep-V Vest – available in either charming Charcoal or posh Purple – is a stunning alternative that sports buttons in place of a zipper, and harbors two petite pockets, perfect for protecting all those love letters penned by cute boys safe from harm!

Spendthrift? Tightwad? Tell me…which one are you?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to ShopStyle and Shopmamie for the pictures.

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