Wednesday, October 24, 2012

OOTD - Fox Sweater and Ankle Jeans

One of the trends this season that has had me utterly captivated is the animal motif sweater trend. I'm not completely sure about this, but I think it was J. Crew that first came out with them? But, as usual, I was late in discovering this trend.

At the end of summer, I was browsing the aisles of Target, already clutching a few treasures, when I passed the women's clothes section. And there, hanging innocently on a rack, completely unaware that it was about to change my life forever, was a neon colored fox sweater. I dropped everything and ran to my love. I quickly shuffled through the rack to find my size, to find the sweater that was going to come home with me. But, the rack was sparse, clearly picked over already. There were only a few left and none in my size. "No bid deal," I thought, "I'll just get it online."

Of course, this was not going to happen either. The sweater wasn't even pictured online anymore. Complete devastation descended upon me. I immediately set out on a hunt for a different fox sweater. Every sweater I found was either sold out or hundreds of dollars, or both. Owl sweaters I could find. But, the sly fox sweater remained elusive. Until, I ventured on to Modcloth.

Modcloth had two of the most adorable animal motif sweaters I had seen yet. This and this. But, the price! Was I willing to spend that much? I had to think on this one. The next day, I decided to take the plunge. But when I logged on to my computer, I saw I had made a huge mistake. They were sold out. Again, I had discovered something I couldn't live without and again I lost it before I even had it.

Then a couple weeks later I got the email from Modcloth that the friends of the forest sweater was back in stock and there were only three in my size! I didn't hesitate for a second and I'm really glad I didn't because it was sold out the next day.

A couple other noteworthy points, this is my first pair of ankle skinny jeans. I tend to wait forever to warm up to trends because I listen to critics who say, "you can't wear that with your body shape!" I didn't start wearing skinny jeans until a year ago and I really regret it. I really liked Torrid's ankle zip stiletto jeans but shyed away from them because I read an article that said if you have short legs, don't wear ankle skinnies. But, I was picking up a sheer black button up and I found a $50 off of $100 coupon code. Since the shirt was already 50 dollars I thought the risk of buying the jeans was pretty low.

Basically, I love them because they make me feel like Audrey Hepburn. They make my feet and ankles look really dainty. I think the trick here is to wear shoes that are open along the top to visually elongate that part of your leg to counteract the cropped jeans.

Don't ever let anyone tell you what you look good in! Always try it for yourself!

Also, two dollar whimsical statement ring? Score!

See ya later, Alligators!


  1. I'm seeing these animal sweaters everywhere, and I haven't really decided whether I want to take the plunge or not. First of all, is 29 too old; and second of all, I just know I'd get the side-eye from my husband and probably all of my friends.

    While I still ponder that, I love the cutout back in the sweater you picked up, and those jeans look great on you! Good for you for giving in to the skinny ankle-length jean trend.

    1. No, 29 is not too old! I love the juxtaposition of the whimsical, childlike sweater mixed with more mature pieces. But that is right up my style ally!

      And thank you! I'm learning that it's just as important to know when and how to break the rules as it is to know the rules in the first place.

  2. I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU HAVE THAT F*CKING SWEATERRRRRRRRRRRRR. You KNOW I love the sh*t out of it... it has an F-ing SQUIRREL! lol. Sorry bout the language... just a bit of jealousy rage. But seriously, woman- cutest. EVER.

    1. I knoooooooooow, right? I have a little bit of a cuteness fit every time I see this sweater.

  3. Who would think a fox sweater would be in high demand? I'm more of an owl person myself, but I think this looks totally adorable!

    I was mad I didn't try skinny jeans earlier, too! It baffles me why I was wearing flared jeans for so long. These flatter you quite well! I actually can't do ankle length because I've got chubby ankles and unfortunately they do not make mine look dainty in the least.. more like an circle pointing out my fat ankles. lol

    1. I am definitely an owl person but I overdid it a little last year. So, now I am trying to broaden my horizons with other forest animals. lol.

      I hate that we let other people convince us what looks good on our bodies! I thought I HAD to wear flares to balance out my hips but skinny jeans make my legs and butt look so good it doesn't matter! I would totally consider my ankles and feet to be wide and chunky so, they shouldn't work in these jeans but I'm really glad I tried anyway. But, that's all we can do right? Just try stuff and if it doesn't work then it doesn't work. At least we are making the decision for ourselves! And sometimes we are surprised with what we CAN wear.