Sentiments get me.
Reminiscing about loved ones that are no longer with you can sneak up at the most unexpected times.
That is exactly what happened when I was browsing at one of my favorite thrift shops and I saw a red knitted cardigan with a hood. I rarely wear red and have maybe one other piece in the color in my closet. Not that I have anything against red, it has just not been on a special enough garment to come home with me. Really it was not the color that attracted me, but rather the texture. The chunky knit with a semi open weave reminded me so much of something my grandmother would have made for herself. I have a couple of cardigans of hers, but she was a tiny woman, and well, I am not, so wearing them myself is out of the question. This sweater however was so reminiscent of her pieces that I had to get it.
I posted a picture of the label on Instagram when I got home asking if anyone was familiar with Moda International because I had no idea.
Some wonderful ladies informed me that it is a Victoria’s Secret brand. Who knew? Not me! Well, really that did not matter to me as I am not a brand name person, but curiosity was getting to me. Anyhow, I came up with a simple and fun way to wear it for a casual Valentine’s Day look…my Red Riding Hood look.
A simple white swing tunic tee I just picked up from the clearance section at Torrid underneath the cardigan makes the orangy-red stand out. Skinny jeans in a dark wash make the outfit easy to wear for a day date. And true to character, I added a funky colored wood necklace that I got from Anthropologie a while ago as well as a zebra pattern clutch. This entire ensemble is a bit retro vintage with billowing bell sleeves that makes me smile. To finish it off, my Payless black lace up flats get added to the mix.
So that is my sentimental outfit that ended up being a perfect fit for the upcoming Valentine’s Day! Do you ever get pieces because they remind you of something happy?
- Red Sweater Cardigan: Moda International via A New Day Thrift Store
- White Swing Tee: Torrid
- Skinny Jeans: LOFT via Poshmark
- Orange & Gray Wood Necklace: Anthropologie (similar)
- Zebra Clutch: H&M via Goodwill
- Wood Ring: Charming Charlie
- Christian Siriano Gizelle Ghille Point Flat: Payless Shoe Source
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Today’s Postivity Note
There’s no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.