>> See, I'd have all the money in the world...plus this whole outfit by Stella McCartney (right). If only...
I love that big chunky oversized sweaters are experiencing a revitalization, but this sweater dress has just taken the cake. The thickness of the knit, the big oversized sleeves, and the turtleneck make it look so comfy. I love sweaters that have turtlenecks like that because I can nestle my head down into it -- it's so cozy, like curling up under your comforter on a cold winter's morning. Not very often is something that looks so good so comfortable at the same time. And surprisingly, the dress has great shape on the body -- I tend to have such problems with knits stretching out and losing their shape. The length is good for wearing it as a minidress, or for a warmer/more conservative look, with trousers. Overall, it's just one of those looks that is very simple and yet intensely chic.
And then there's the boots. Or hot sex on your legs, as I like to call it. The remind me very much of these true-to-the-era Victorian boots that I fell in love with at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Of course they're missing the millions of tiny little buttons, and they're a little higher (the ones I saw were mid-calf), but the slim-fitting shape and color scheme is definitely very similar. The leather just looks so beautiful and supple, and I love the tie-up detailing at the very top, reminiscent of a corset. I think that's what I like about this outfit so much -- the dress is very sixties, and the boots are very Edwardian-inspired, making the juxtaposition of the two very modern and streamlined.
So unfortunately, as much drool as I lose over that outfit, I still can't afford it. And I'm sure that most of you can't, either. But have faith -- there are other options out there. Like this oversized sweater by Catherine Malandrino. Yeah, it's not exactly the same, but it's still beautiful in its own. I love the Shakespearean sleeves -- they remind me of the big poetic shirts that Joseph Fiennes wears in Shakespeare in Love. And it still retains the most important part of oversized sweaters -- the comfy-coziness. Gotta love it.