Enter: the sequined cardigan- just what the doctor ordered.
I'd been moping about under a black cloud feeling sorry for myself for too long. I'd been terribly down on myself, bemoaning my lack of satisfaction with my appearance, my academic career, my creative skills, my wardrobe, and the rate at which dirty dishes get clean around here. I hadn't felt much like posing for pictures and I hadn't put much effort towards even getting dressed. And all of this kind of begets feeling even crappier. Time to break the cycle. Throw on some sequins and go to town.
This vintage sequined cardigan was a recent thrift store purchase. I made a quick mid-week trip to the bay area to visit my mother and attend a slide lecture on an exhibition that is currently at the Legion of Honor. (We will go see the exhibition itself this weekend.) Mom and I managed to squeeze in a quick thrifting trip in the morning before I drove home. This super sparkly cardigan was part of my haul.
The cardigan is in mint condition. Actually, I'm not sure it was ever worn- the lining is perfect and unmarked, the sequins are 100% intact, there's no discoloration anywhere- it's in fantastic shape. I hemmed and hawed a bit about the fifteen dollar asking price and then decided I couldn't leave it behind without running the risk of kicking myself over passing it up for the rest of my life.
Both the shape and the color of the cardigan are tricky for me. The boxy, almost Asian looking, sixties style of the cardigan isn't one that is particularly flattering for my curves. I had envisioned wearing this with a simple black dress underneath. When I tried the combination I found that the hem of the cardigan fell exactly at the widest part of my hip and the result was an unappealing, blocky rectangle from shoulders to skirt hem. Paired with jeans, I think, this rectangle effect is reduced, but I'm convinced I can probably do better. I'm currently imagining wearing it with a bright blue A-line skirt. (I'm sure I don't need to tell you that I do not currently own said skirt, right?)
I was worried that the color of this cardigan, which shifts between classic cream and a light lemony yellow depending on the light, might either wash me out, or cause my hair to look really yellow. My hair has a tendency to appear yellow or- horror- green, when I wear those colors. It looked fine to me in the mirror but photos seem to be the true test. On my screen, at least, it appears platinum and not the ducking yellow of which I was afraid.
The verdict: One mood lifting cardigan = fifteen dollars well spent.
I'm linking to Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style because, well, sequins to the grocery store on a dreary, overcast Monday afternoon? Yeah, I was more visible than I've been in a long, long while! Click through to see what everyone else wore to stand out today.