Statement Sweater + Lilac Pants

Another day, another excuse to wear my lilac J.Crew demi boot cropped denim with another outfit. Inspiration hit when the chartreuse green cashmere sweater was stacked atop it folded in my closet.

the Hope Macaulay wonderland chunky knit cardigan

I acquired this chunky Hope Macaulay cardigan last year and yet it is my first time wearing it. It is quite the statement piece; although nobody said anything about it, it always yields quizzical looks.

Hope Macaulay is an actual person; the knitwear designer is a twenty-something Irish textile design wunderkind known for her chunky knits. The made-to-order products are ethically produced in Northern Ireland by a team of artisans and seamstresses, Hope included. The merino wool is ethically sourced as well, though Hope Macaulay also produces vegan (acrylic) knit options in all of the styles.

I discovered Hope Macaulay via Free People which is where I purchased this sweater; the purveyor to bohemian style is a stockist of the small business though the products constantly sell out. Others have discovered the brand via the media, as it has been featured in the glossies from Vogue to Elle to Vanity Fair to the New York Times.

I always encourage consumers to educate themselves on the return process prior to making orders. This is all the more important with is a steep price points. Hope Macaulay returns from the brand’s direct channel – website – must be made within fourteen days of order delivery.

I am wearing a size medium / large.

the Gap cashmere crewneck sweater

This sweater has been on repeat ever since the temperatures dipped last autumn. I know bloggers and moreover, Instagrammers, use that expression ad nauseum. That is the truth for this cashmere sweater and here is the proof.

I cannot turn away from a cashmere sweater available in tall size range. The order is submitted immediately if the sweater is a color in lieu of a neutral, no holding out for a sale. When I spotted this acid chartreuse shade, I knew it belonged in my closet.

Even though this crewneck sweater came in tall, it is still more cropped than I would like. The length in torso is the same as a standard size sweater would be on a tall person. However short it was, the length (or lack thereof) was not enough to keep me from returning the sweater; it just was not ideal. Nevertheless, it still works with a pair of midrise denim or pants or in most cases, a skirt.

cardigan sweater: Hope Macaulay (also here) • cashmere sweater: Gap • pants: J.Crew • loafers: Stubbs & Wootton • headband: Jennifer Behr • sunglasses: Krewe • earrings: J.Crew • necklace: Kendra Scott • signet ring: Kendra Scott • pointed ring: Kendra Scott •  • watch: Cartier (also here)

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