Pre-baby, there were two types of sweaters in my closet – cashmere and embellished. Wool had always made me itch, so growing up I kept warm in the winter by layering a gigantic sweatshirt over a couple of long-sleeve tees. (Obviously, this did not make me date worthy for quite a long time). When I finally discovered cashmere, I started stocking up on the precious sweaters during after-Christmas sales. J.Crew makes some of my favorites, especially with their gorgeous colors.
Now that I have a baby, spit-up is a common occurrence, and I did not want to start racking up unnecessary dry-cleaning costs. I’ve tried hand-washing a couple of cashmere sweaters in the past, and knew that was a mistake (the fine material becomes fuzzy and worn looking).
As for my embellished pieces…well let’s just say that Little V does not enjoy rubbing her face on rhinestones.
I recently spied this gray and white striped sweater on Nordstrom’s website, and it was some of my favorite things all in one – neutrals, stripes, lace. Plus it was a non-wool sweater that could be tossed in the wash! With a hint of cashmere! Sold.
The sweater arrived last week, and I think I’ve already worn it three or four times (maybe more, but I don’t want to gross you out). I love that it’s a swing style without looking maternity – especially nice for those of us with a little belly pooch!
In other news, a lot of retailers seem to be slashing their prices early, so don’t miss out! Gap and Banana Republic have been running some great sales, and I picked up this silver crossbody bag (40% off with code BRBUNDLE). I’ve been hunting for an affordable one for a few years now, and though I’m wary of the soft leather (it seems easily scratchable), it comes pretty close to what I had in mind. You can even style it in two ways – crossbody or over-the-shoulder. I like that it spices up a casual outfit, but will go nicely for those upcoming holiday parties as well.
What are your favorite ways to stay warm?