Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A substitute

I haven't done an inspired by feature in awhile, so here's one by J.Crew. I fell in love with the model's outfit almost immediately but couldn't duplicate because I own exactly... one sweater. A cowl-neck, long sleeved sweater that wouldn't do. After I picked up this Ann Taylor tank, I knew it would be perfect to double as a sweater/vest. In fact, I sized up on purpose just so I can layer. I still like J.Crew's styling better (currently drooling over her shoes as I type); she made business appropriate look fun.
belt: Express
bag: Chanel

*J.Crew image courtesy of J.Crew

28 comments:

  1. Love this look! I think I like your version better actually. It might be the cute pink heels or the chunkier necklace...great job!

    Kelly
    Enterkelly.blogspot.com

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  2. Your shoes are gorgeous, too! Think I might borrow this look for student teaching.

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  3. I love this...what a great interpretation of the photo!

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  4. Wonderful post Cee!...I love seeing the inspiration and creative outcome right next to each other ;)

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  5. ooooh, I love when you do this! U do such a great job! U give me inspiration.

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  6. I have a black sweater vest, never quite know what to do with that thing - you made yours look great! That necklace goes with everything... gotta get my hands on one of those.

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  7. OMG! Loveeee. I need to find more inspirations. Great job, Cee!

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  8. Um, if only you could put a pencil in your mouth and hold a e-device in your hand instead of the Chanel (drool...) it would have been a PERFECT imitation! You do this inspiration thing with no sweat. Respect...

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  9. I always enjoy your interpretations of J.Crew catalog styles. You got that preppy thing down pat! =)

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  10. Gorgeous rendition! I actually have that exact same J. Crew image in my inspiration file!!

    Still looking for my perfect gingham shirt...and I always think of you know when looking at gingham! :p

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  11. I actually like your interpretation better! I'm still on the hunt for a gingham shirt. Do you mind me asking what size u get in the kids? I'm 5'3", 34B, and typically a small (XS in Loft) in tops. I would appreciate it!

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  12. Thank you all for the positive feedback!

    @ShortBlonde - Borrow away! J.Crew really does have the best inspirations :)

    @Vicky - I think it's more like, I find pictures that go with my wardrobe and recreate it, instead of working my wardrobe to the picture :P

    @Sarah - I'm always happy to help if I can. My crewcuts shirt is a size 14 and I had to get the sides slimmed. I really think a size 12 would have fit me, but they were sold out at the time. I want to say a size 14 *should* fit you because I'm usually a XXS-XS in LOFT tops. Maybe you can give crewcuts a shot if it's not final sale? Also try out the womens' in 00 or 0 because the silhouette would already be slimmer. Do let me know what you end up with!

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  13. I really love your outfit! such a good dupe :)

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  14. I absolutely love this look! I have to try it too, before it gets too warm to layer. I have a tank that could work. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Complex Cardigans

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  15. Wait, what? You own one sweater? How is that even possible? I am a little shocked by this news. I think it's because you're so great with the layers, I just kind of assumed there was a sweater thrown in here or there. Obviously, I have not been paying proper attention to things!

    Anyway, I love this duplication. The tank top worked perfectly :)

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  16. now you got me drooling over the model's shoes and the sweater vest! Makes me want to buy some sweater vests now....and what a great idea to use a tank as one (because I have a feeling it'll be hard to find an actual sweater vest that fits right, especially in the arm hole or length for us petites)

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  17. the sleeves (?) on the tank top is too thin to be a vest. it needs to be thicker, like the vest on the model.

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  18. oh this is a great look and i love your white shirt that you layered over the button down! i have a similar vest and will definitely be taking some inspiration from this look!

    cute & little

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  19. @Tara - I should've clarified, one pullover sweater that I can think of. I didn't count cardigans... but maybe I should have? I normally find sweaters hard to layer because they're thicker, so I tend to stay away!

    @Olyvia - I *think* this is an old J.Crew image, so the model's shoes aren't sold in the stores anymore! Maybe try eBay?

    @Anonymous - Ahh yes, I think I know what you're talking about. There isn't much of a "crewneck" shape to my tank -- the neckline dips lower so the straps look thinner, right? I thought about pulling the shirt collar down more (leaving more buttons unbuttoned), so more skin is exposed, and thus covering up the gap between tank and shirt, but instead opted for a chunky necklace. Short of buying a sweater vest, what other ways could I come close to achieving this look? Or simply stop trying to pass the tank off as a sweater vest? Thank you for the feedback; experimenting and learning is what makes this process fun :)

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  20. Oh, my sweater vest has smaller straps like that too, and I still call it a sweater vest :P

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  21. hahahah you know what i was thinking when i saw her shoes? she was in a bad wedding and had to buy these shoes, so she's making the best out of it by adapting it into real life @ the office.

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  22. i love sweater vests..if they are worn right! these are cute
    thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    xo
    francesca
    http://www.frankvinyl.com

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  23. @Bethany - Nice, good to know. I don't normally pay attention to sweaters so I'm behind on all the different kinds that are out there :)

    @AubreyOhDang! - *gasps* I adore her shoes! Dare I guess that you're cringing when picturing these shoes with your too-big purple bridesmaid dress?! :D

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  24. ignore me. i'm just bitter about the wedding right now. Luckily, since it's a long dress, i can wear whatever shoes i want! the only thing I have control over. but yeah, i tried on the dress for my roommates, they were speechless. There were to many things wrong w/it, first being that it's literally 3 sizes too big for me.

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  25. love your rendition! ironically, altho i'm "gingham-ed out" lately, i have yet to find the perfect classic gingham shirt. =/

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  26. I just found your blog and immediately knew I need to follow it! You mentioned your camera takes multiple shots on timer- is it a canon?

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  27. Oh my god, a weird error popped up and I couldn't comment yesterday! So annoyed. Anyhows, I wanted to say this dress looks kinda dressy to me - it doesn't have a casual vibe. Very diff. vibe from Express nowadays. I def. feel the island with the addition of the scarf!

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  28. I like yours better!:)

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