I love end-of-the-season sales. Have you ever noticed how things you’ve never seen before suddenly appear in the end-of-season sales?
I found this magnificent sweater at such a Nordstrom end-of-season sale a few years ago and I remember thinking, Where did you come from, you extraordinary thing?
The color of this sweater is hard to describe. Is it green? Not exactly. Is it blue? Well, there’s yellow in it. Teal? Turquoise? Emerald?
I’ve got it!
It’s the color of a peacock. Not peacock blue. The whole peacock. It’s the coloring of a peacock.
Are you seeing it?
Perhaps it would help if the peacock folded up his tail and moved away from the shrubs?
Or we could compare, side-by-side. Who Wore It Better?
Come a little closer and see how many colors (plies) are working together in this this knit.
To state the obvious, this sweater is cropped and features an enormous portrait collar. The collar is almost as large as the body of the sweater. The ultimate effect is one of a shrug or wrap.
Clearly I cannot resist playing with this giant, cozy collar.
I like this sweater best with wide-legged pants (as seen above), but thought I would also show it with skinnier pants. It works with both types of proportions.
And now for the lesson!
The formula for this outfit is one I’ve shared before and it is no-fail: a blouse/jersey/sweater and matching pants worn under a jacket/sweater of another color (preferably a distinctive or bright color). The alternative formula is: a sweater/jacket worn over a blouse/sweater of the same color (or a shade thereof) with a pair of grey, black, or taupe pants.
Sweater: Nanette Lepore; Charcoal shell: Brooks Brothers; Charcoal pants: Eileen Fisher; Grey shell: JCrew; Grey Pants: JCrew Campbell cropped pants; Shoes: French Sole New York