Things I love: Stripes. End-of-season sales.
This sweater represents the union of both.
Why do I love end-of-season sales? Well . . . I do like a bargain. But that’s not all of it. I like how things jump out at me in the end-of-season sales, things I might not have noticed — things obscured by too much merchandise — at the start of the season.
Consider this charming sweater, which I’d never laid eyes upon before January 1, 2018 — when it jumped off a sale page ( a web page) at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Some people look down on end-of-season sales as a collection of things that no one else wanted.
I disagree. First, who wants to want what everyone else wants? How banal. Second, I (like Billy Beane) see the sales as an opportunity to snap up opportunities that the market has undervalued.
This sweater has a dickey, of sorts, incorporated into the design. The back of a white poplin shirt is attached to the interior the sweater — no collar, cuffs, or front — presumably to allow one to unbutton some or all of the buttons running down the center of the back.
I am wearing a poufy black camisole under the sweater. I suppose a white or ivory top would have matched, but I like this black one.
I may look a little pregnant — five months, tops. But I can straighten everyone out tomorrow with a belt around my waist.
Come closer and note the specifics of this stripe.
Have you ever looked for a striped upholstery fabric?
There are zillions of stripes out there.
For those who have not reviewed the back-catalog of Directrice On Stripes, you may want to read this post.
And this one. And this one, too. And this.
Sweater: Derek Lam 10 Crosby; Camisole: JCrew; Pants: JCrew; Bag: Coach; Boots: 8 from YOOX