Pardon the poor, iPhone in the work bathroom photo. I bought this baby from Lands End on super-duper clearance about 15 months ago, and I’ve worn it HARD… and it’s showing. I only paid something like $13 for it, and I considered it a risk.
Why? It’s very thin, very open and drapy, not at all my usual, tailored style. Turns out that very thin fabric is perfect for four seasons, as is the truly neutral color. It’s also a great packable in a carry-on, because it is extremely fine-gauged and I can wad it up into almost nothing.
What I love:
- The warm, but light “tan” color. It’s not at all peachy, no matter what the photo shows. I can’t find anything close to this hue outside of a true camel hair coat.
- The very thin fabric. It stretches, so it still slides over other knits.
- Easy-care. I have a similar style from Lilly P, but it’s a cashmere blend so it’s not as easy-care, nor am I so cavalier as to wad it up and shove it in a carry-on tote. (But no, Lilly P isn’t offering that precise style in the color I need or I’d be tempted…)
- Versitility. It works today with a white cotton tee and jean crops, but I’ve also worn it with a leopard print blouse and a skirt or trousers. I’ve also worn it belted over my red sheath.
Now, I realize that as pictured, it isn’t the most flattering cardi ever, but the trim fitting, cropped or nearly so cardis that I know do me the most justice aren’t paper-thin and … waddable.
This J Crew number is the closest I’ve found. I don’t like the pockets. It’s also probably at least twice as thick as my beloved friend. But the ribbed bottom is a deal-breaker.
My kingdom for a new camel that’s as awesome as the old camel.
Have you ever bought something expecting it not to work and made a new favorite instead?
What’s on your weekend agenda?