Long ago someone told me that sweaters culled from your grandmother’s closet should be one of the many things that should be worn in the confinements of one’s own home. Worn with leggings on a lazy day, I was told to debut oversized knits on the occasion that I wasn’t leaving the house. Walking into Holt Renfrew last week, I saw on a nice tightly packed rack filled with Rag and Bone garments, a sweater languishing on a hanger. Bright purple, there it hung among a massed amount of neutrals appearing bereaved. Largely oversized and stretched out, I bought it knowing that the XL sweater would find a place in my messy closet. I knew that in the upcoming sub-zero temperatures that Canada was going to thrust upon us, a sweater like so, would be suitable to bear the cold with. I envisioned myself wearing it, like the rest of my thrift shop sweaters on the days where I was too sodden with the drone of the weather to care about what I wore. However, spending money on a sweater that in actuality, serves the same purpose as a blanket that I already have at home, didn’t make any sense. If you’re going to buy something, it should be versatile, and you should have the liberty to wear it on occasions other than for when you’re lazily moping around the house. Thus, I dedicated this post to dislodge the false absolute that sweaters cannot be dressed up or worn in a classier way. Being a whole-hearted advocate for fashion that is comfortable, I set out to construct an outfit that displayed how casual pieces can take on more than just being the obvious candidate and object of affection for when you’re late, running out of the house, and need to throw something on quickly. I paired my baggy knit sweater with a pair of dress pants, patent leather heels, and a white silk blouse instead of my usual track pants or leggings. I’ve been feeling really minimalistic lately and as a result the only jewellery I wore for this shoot was my favourite Cartier watch and my small gold chain. If you want to make this outfit even dressier, feel free to add an abundance of chunky bracelets, and necklaces that resemble weaponry. As you can see, this is hardly the outfit you would save to wear for Sunday’s screenings of endless One Tree Hill and Teen Mom marathons.
Sweater: Rag And Bone Blouse: Top Shop Pants: Bedo Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent