I love this time of year. Sweater Weather.
“Taking out my sweaters” felt more daunting this year than last, which was a sign to give some sweaters away. How fortunate that two friends came to dinner — one bringing a high school age daughter — a few days after my closet-cleaning.
Of course, it’s two steps forward, one step back. No sooner had a group of sweaters left when this striped sweater arrived.
It’s a great little sweater: cashmere with a nice feel, cropped length perfect for wearing over an untucked blouse, and STRIPES.
Not to sound too cranky and old, but while sorting through my sweaters, I could not help noticing they don’t make ’em like they used to.
Some of my softest sweaters are JCrew cashmere from approximately — don’t laugh — 16-18 years ago. During the Jenna Lyons era. Greedy little thing that I was, I bought easily a half dozen cardigans (round neck and v-neck) between 2006-2008 and they have endured. They never pilled, the yarn has remained cloud-soft despite now innumerable washings and dry-cleanings, and the colors remain beautiful.
I have a cashmere hoodie from Ann Taylor purchased c. 2003 and the wool is so dense and soft that I swear: if you were doing a blind touch test you might think it was Loro Piana. Times have changed. I will never get rid of it.
Anyway, this little charmer is contemporary JCrew. Feels good now; time will tell.
It also comes in a regal looking purple, which might be nice under a black jacket.
Rounding out the stripes are more stripes, plus a little pattern. Behold one of Lillian Asterfield’s delightful ascots.
Come closer and take a look. I love the red and lavender. Note: A similar shade of lavender is in both ties.
My summer is now coming (on October 31) to a close. Tomorrow, I start my new job. Last week, my former co-workers threw a lovely goodbye party for me. This brings me to a true test for all of you who think you know the Directrice herself. Bear in mind: To get to the right answer, you don’t need to be familiar with all 676 posts on this blog. You just need to get inside my head for a few minutes.
The party was on an unseasonably warm (not hot) day during a week of unseasonably warm weather. Which dress do you think I wore and (this is the essay portion of the test) why do you think I wore it? I will do something special (no idea what just, yet) for the winner.
+ Cotton Mather, of course