Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Style SOS - Cardigan Crisis!

It's time for Style SOS again! Say hi to Janeane, who contacted Liz after our last round and asked if she could play along. See, Janeanne had this old Anthro cardigan that she didn't quite know what to do with. And I can roll with that, I mean... How many times to you see an item that's so perfectly unique and awesome that you fall in love without being quite sure what you want to do with it? We decided to go for both casual and more formal looks, and you'll find my first one above.  

Like a creepy stalker person, I went through page after page of Janeane's blog, looking for items she might already own that I could build on. I've always been a fan of purple with red, so when I saw this necklace and how perfectly the purple beads matched the cardigan, I thought, "Why not!" And, she has chambray pants. What better way to dress down a floral cardigan and make it all casual, right? Throw in a grey tee, because every woman should own a grey tee (I own two, or rather, Victor owns two, which I steal), and red flats to balance out the reds in the necklace. Although the grey tee disappeared somewhere, I still love what Janeane did with my suggestion! She looks perfectly ready to run errands on a Saturday morning, maybe pick up some tulips to go with her little red accents.  

For a slightly more put-together look, I went with this purple skirt that Janeane already owned. As soon as I saw it, I thought it'd be perfect with that cardigan - and I love the result! I mean, pairing florals with more florals might sound crazy, but there's all this neutral space in between the flowers, so it all balances out nicely.  The jewellery I suggested as a sort of styling example is from my favourite etsy shop, Linkel Designs, they just have the cutest pieces.  

Doesn't she look perfectly adorable!? I love the purple booties too, way more than I liked my own initial shoe suggestion. Such a perfect outfit for balmy American January weather. (I'm jealous, can you tell?) Or even better, for early autumn brunching with gal-pals, before the temperatures drop. Out of my own two outfit suggestions, this is by far my favourite, so I saved it for last. I love how Janeane made my ideas her own!  You should go check out her very cute blog here (she does interior design too!) as well as Liz's outfit suggestions over at With Wonder and Whimsy. Being twice as awesome as me, the Lizmeister designed four separate outfits for Janeane, and here they are: 

In typical Liz style, she suggested Janeane should belt this cardigan over a scarf - it's a combo I'd never have thought of, and it's so cool! It just makes the floral cardigan instantly more badass. Also, this is a sideline, but I would steal those cut-off booties in a heartbeat! I mean, I already have a bag that would go perfectly! Janeane, if you're a size nine and ever get sick of them... 

And also - wide-leg denim! I like this outfit even more, because for some reason the bell shape of the trousers goes with the shape of the cardigan. (Which I believe has bell sleeves that are never allowed to unfold into their full bell potential. I say go for it! That would make this look even cuter!) I love the little touch of putting black flats on with black trousers - it's a good trick for adding a little length to your legs, and it works even better with tights and matching kitten heels!

How sweet is this look, right? It totally knocks my own purple-on-purple outfit out of the ballpark! I love how the chunky belt (that belt!) and brown boots give it a cohesive look. Such a perfect outfit for jumping into piles of autumn leaves and going wheee! in! Plus, that wide belt creates such a nice shape with the cardigan and shirtdress!

And finally, my absolute favourite. How perfectly feminine and lovely! The pumpkin spice latte (is that a colour? it is, right?!) of the tee, the demure grey pleated skirt, and the Oxford booties - you look like that one prim but spunky teacher at an English boarding school, Janeane, know what I mean? It's so classy but has so much personality - I love it!! 
So, how does the Defence Against the Dark Arts post at Hogwarts sound? I believe they may have an opening... ;)


  1. Thanks for doing another round of Style SOS with me, Gwen! This was such a great idea that we came up with way back when. It's great when others want to participate in it with us!

    I absolutely adore your punchy, casual look with the bursts of orangey-red. At first, I had no idea what you were doing. And then Janeane put it into reality, and it became clear. I love that the look is a perfect blend of your inspiration and Janeane's execution.

    I love that your favorite look is the one most my style. How funny that I love the quintessentially Gwen look, and you love the classically Liz look. Janeane definitely showed that she can rock a diversity of styles!

    <3 Liz

    1. Well thanks for having me, Liz! :) To be honest, when I looked at that picture of that first look of mine again after several days of making it, I also wondered what on earth I'd been thinking! But it worked, eh, to my great relief!! ;)

  2. Awesome job, Gwen and Liz! All of these looks are fantastic. And now of course I want that sweater! Janeane looks so fabulous!

  3. Thanks, Cynthia!! I'm sure you'd look great in that sweater. Surely there must be one on ebay maybe? :)

  4. Such a pretty cardi!! I love the purple boots outfit the best but Janeane looks fab in every outfit! Lots of inspirations! Thank you!

    1. Why thank you, Keiko! I really appreciate it! :) And yeah, those purple boots were just gorgeous!