Monday, January 7, 2013

Black and White and Blush All Over



Oh, and a little bit of oxblood:

 
I have had this thrifted sweater forever, but I never wore it because the length was weird.  It wasn’t duster-length; it was 80s-oversized-cardigan-length.  And that makes sense, because this is an oversized cardigan from the 80s.  Seriously oversized; this bad boy is a medium. 

In spite of the awkward length, I loved how graphic this sweater is, so I held onto it for years.  And then, finally, this fall I had the brilliant idea to shorten it.  I cut about 8 inches off and ran a zigzag stitch across the bottom to (hopefully) keep it from unraveling. It took another couple of months to get cold enough to wear this and for me to decide what to wear it with.  But, today, the stars have aligned and I'm finally wearing the sweater I've named "The Big Lebowski":



For the inaugural wearing, I paired The Big Lebowski* (vintage I.  B. Diffusion for Neiman Marcus via Goodwill) with an oxblood turtleneck (Gap) and a blush chiffon skirt (Pleione via Nordstrom Rack).  I added black tights (Spanx via Nordstrom), black ankle boots (Nine West “Darsy”) and a black cashmere scarf (Nordstrom).

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey

P.S. I know The Big Lebowski is from the 90s, not the 80s, but that's the name the sweater whispered to me.

P. P.S. Here is an awesome I.B. Diffusion promotional video from the 80s:

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29 comments:

  1. I love the black and white, even tho it's black and blush. The graphic pattern on the sweater piques my interest too. today, as I left the thrift store I noticed the window displays were black and white....I know I need to wear that this week...and now you have B&W....must be an omen. :-)

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  2. Great look, Gracey! LOVE that sweater!

    xo,
    Terry

    http://terrys-two-cents.blogspot.com

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  3. We are pleated skirt twins today! Great job with shortening your sweater, it looks just right.

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  4. Love the movie and the sweater. Shortening was a good idea, it looks awesome!

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  5. What a cozy and scrumptious sweater! I love that you paired it with the flowy chiffon. Makes it look unique and modern too.

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  6. And yes, you need TWO of those bracelets. haha

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  7. i love the graphic pattern of it; reminds me of a dress i have. nice save...it's too cool to just sit in the closet!!

    [oomph.]

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  8. You rock the 80s hard enough to make me reconsider my experience of them. The clothes look so good on you!

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  9. You could prolly make a scarf out of the cut off.

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  10. good call shortening it, that length is perfect for such a wonderful, bold pattern! I also love the filminess of the skirt offset by the sweater and ankle boots, cute :)

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    1. Love the pleated chiffon skirt
      It makes everything look good and updated
      Brett

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  11. Very cute outfit--love a chunky sweater over a light skirt! Also--the video. Awesome. The jazz soundtrack really added a certain je ne sais quoi. Haha!

    Jordan
    http://jordansvintagekitchen.blogspot.com

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  12. I always liked The Big Lebowski because a ferret is in it :P

    That is a beautiful, beautiful sweater. Now I want to go whack something off. Maybe that peculiar blue Smurf sweater of mine....

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  13. Yay for graphic print sweaters! I love that beautiful skirt, too...it adds such a girlie touch to the outfit!

    April
    Knocked Up Fabulous

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  14. Great way to make the sweater work for you. It takes guts to mess with knits,too!

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  15. OMG that sweater must have been super long if you cut off that much and it still hits your hips! Good job! I do like the print and the buttons!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  16. Clever remake, Gracey, The Big Lebowski looks great! Especially with the floaty pale skirt. You're GOOD at this stuff! xxxx

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  17. HAHA! The Big Lebowski, I love it :) You did a great job hemming it, I wouldn't have known at all that it was longer. I need to up my sewing skills a bit so I can do something like this to a few of my items. Love your skirt so much, it is a gorgeous color!

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  18. Fun combo - I like that you pulled off cozy and floaty at the same time. :) Great choice to shorten the sweater - I think it will be fun to remix.

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  19. gracey you are funny and darling!

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  20. I'm so proud of you for shortening The big Lebowski.You've done a great job.

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  21. You are funny, The Big Lebowski looks great! and I like the sweater and the print is cool. Great combination you have.

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  22. I can see why you held on to that sweater, it's fantastic. I'm with you, that graphic print is excellent, you look lovely and cosy. x

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  23. A. I love that cardi. B. That ad is the most cracktastic thing ever! I'm so glad you posted it.

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  24. Fantastic sweater! I was reading along and all "it's not weird, it looks just right" before I got to the "shortened it" part, lol. I love how that incredible graphic interacts with the pleats of the skirt. Back in the day in its original incarnation, I bet it would have been fabulous paired with heavy jersey stirrup pants, the ones with the sewn-in "crease" down the front.

    That ad! The amazing sweaters! Stiff giant hair, spackled faces, fabulous headgear, dramatic posing, whoo-whoo! A total gem.

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  25. Very pretty! I love the graphic nature of the sweater, but sometimes if something's the wrong length it's just impossible.

    thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. So sweet of you!

    Heather

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  26. love that. I can see why you hung onto it! I wish I could see a before and after ...

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