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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Re-Fashioning · Pink Sweater

This year we had the most gorgeous spring weather!  Our weather typically varies wildly, but this year we had weeks of the perfect in-between sort of weather.  You know, the kind where you can gently transition from winter wear to winter-with-less-layers wear to summer-with-extra-layers wear before you finally reach full-fledged summer wear.  I was able to get full use of my cardigans this year- yippee!! :-D

When I made my navy polka dot dress last year, I knew it was ripe with the potential for different accessorizing looks!  I didn't venture into as many as I'd hoped for over the summer, but this spring I discovered my very favorite look!

Navy isn't strictly my best color, but pink is. ;-)  I think the two play off each other beautifully, and the pink helps tone down the navy for me and make it a better look. :-)

This sweater was purchased years ago and I got 3 different colors- so glad I did, as I *love* the style! (you can see my teal one in this post!)

They're rather plain cardigans on their own, and the V-neck isn't actually terribly flattering or inspiring left plain.  However, a bow off to the side changes things dramatically!  I was so fortunate to find that Hobby Lobby was carrying *exactly* the shade of ribbon to be a perfect match! :-D  I looked up some sweater embellishing ideas and fell in love with this modified bow.  I think it's still one of my favorite sweater embellishments, and one of the easiest too. ;-)

When my great-aunt passed away last year, we were able to give several of her things a new home- I wish I would have done a post on some of the things we got from her!  I'm afraid I'll forget too quickly, and it's nice to be able to think of her when I use the items. :-)

The purse is from her, and I absolutely love it!  It's a great size with just the right vintage vibe.  I am absolutely horrible about actually buying purses, so it was wonderful that one dropped on my doorstep that was perfectly ideal!

Oh, and my gingham sandals are still a favorite. ;-)  (Purchased from Land's End clearance 2 years ago)

I haven't been bitten by the bakelite bug yet, which makes bangle-shopping much more pleasing on the pocketbook. ;-)  I loved how I could echo the colors of my outfit with them- completes the look a bit more!

This hat is showing sooo many signs of wear, but it still holds a very dear place in my heart.  It's one of the very first vintage hats we purchased, and the one that suited me best when I first started wearing vintage 6 years ago.

It came un-decorated but due to its asymmetrical nature, it was begging for a little something.  We had lily-of-the-valley floral picks in the stash (because after all, if you find floral picks of your favorite flower on Super Duper Clearance, you are compelled by every rule in the book to buy them- right?), so that was that!  It remains one of my favorite hats due to its super-flattering shape, and well... my name is Lily, after all!

I was going to use this post as a chance to wax eloquent on my hair woes as summer starts... but, well... this outfit makes me too happy to dwell on all the perceived trials and tribulations I'm facing. ;-)

· Photos by Kathryn ·


  1. Oh, you look just lovely, Lily!! You did a beautiful job of refashioning this sweater, as always. It looks perfectly vintage, and it is indeed your color!
    I love the accessories you paired with your outfit, and of course your polka dot dress. It is still one of my top favorites! :)
    Lovely outfit, Lily!

  2. Ha! Ok, so many things you wrote in this post totally rang true with me! Especially about purchasing the things that are super duper on clearance! I LOVE the bow you made for your sweater! It is fun and not asymmetrical! Brilliantly done! The sweater, dress, hat, shoes, purse (which is incredible...what a great reminder of your great-aunt!)....everything looks so splendid together!! Beautiful!

  3. The colour combinations in this outfit are perfect! You look lovely and your hair is fab too! X

  4. This IS a perfect sweater! The shape in length are spot on for vintage looks! I love the bow accent idea, too. Very fabulous.

  5. Oh I LOVE this ensemble sooooo much! I adore that sweater for the style and for your added touch!

  6. I *do* like the Lily of the Valley picks!

  7. Splendidly pretty outfit and photos alike, my dear. Please give my compliments to your photographer. I am always thoroughly taken by the gorgeous images they capture.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I'm so fortunate to have such an obliging, talented friend as Kathryn! She really does so much to make this blog what it is! :-)

  8. I have never thought of combining navy with light pink but it looks so fabulous on you Lily! And that bow is just fabulous.

    the Middle Sister and Singer

  9. I love everything about this ensemble. And I love the personal touches you add to your sweater and hat! Brilliant! <3

  10. Thank you all so much! You are all always so sweet, and it makes my day every time I get a new comment!! :-)



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