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A Different Kind of Christmas Sweater

December 23, 2014
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cashmere sweater c/o Joe Fresh (similar), beanie c/o O’Neill (similar),
dress c/o Gentle Fawn, necklaces c/o Poppy Finch & Brooklyn Designs
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Believe me, I’m all for tacky and kitschy around this time of the year, but as much as I love going a bit overboard decoration-wise (yesterday’s post is a prime example!) I’ve never really warmed to the full-on Christmas sweater look. While my girl Alicia somehow managed to make a traditional Christmas sweater look stylish, I’ve always just worn it to the requisite ugly Christmas sweater party only to tear it off as soon as I leave. So instead, I bring you today a different kind of Christmas sweater – the cozy, wrap-yourself-in-it-a-million-different-ways kind. This gem from Free People has been worn nearly obsessively since receiving it and while I particularly love it in a layered look like this one (with a focus on proportion play), I can’t wait to toss it on again Christmas morning, knotting the front for extra warmth. Click through to see the full look, to get all my styling tips and to see who won my One Fated Knight giveaway (insert exhausted emoji here).

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Personally, I think a long cardigan like this Free People sweater-meets-jacket is best worn with the simplest looks. It’s just such a statement on its own that if you overwhelm it, it loses its impact. Subtle plays on proportion (like pairing it with a body-con knit dress and cashmere sweater below, with a cropped biker jacket on top) really bring its unique length front-and-centre, but it would be equally amazing with the complete reverse proportion play: a long coat that grazes the floor and an oversized scarf (just as long as you keep the bottoms either very sleek [think skinnies] or an above-the-knee length skirt).
On a less style-related but much more stress-filled note, when did time decide to start moving at double speed?! I can’t believe it’s the 23rd and yes, I’m ashamed to say that I’m still not done Christmas shopping. Running out the door right now actually to hopefully check off the final items I need, then off to a fun shoot with my loves Alicia and Ainsley and then it’s off to the Christmas Train with the whole family (my sister and boyfriend are back in town from London!). It will be full steam ahead until Christmas but at the very least, it comforts me a bit knowing I have lots of company since it seems as if everyone’s in the same boat this year.
One person, however, is going to have the best possible alleviation to their Christmas craziness – a big congrats to Haley Moore, who won my One Fated Knight giveaway! Will be in touch ASAP! I was so happy to see such a positive turnout and response to this giveaway since my One Fated Knight bag (pictured here) is one that I wear so obsessively and I was so excited for someone else to enjoy it, especially since it’s just in time for Christmas!
If you didn’t win this one, don’t worry – now that I’m back in Vancouver, I’ve had a chance to really line up some incredible giveaways with more of my favourite brands and companies and I’m so excited to bring you some more opportunities to win some incredible experiences or pieces. Stay tuned!
I’m planning on checking in tomorrow with some holiday wishes but if I get caught up with other things, my absolute warmest holiday wishes to you and your loved ones in advance! I hope you take lots of time over the next few days to really be with the ones you love and to enjoy what this season is really all about. πŸ™‚

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21 Comments

  • Reply Sabina B. December 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    love the layering!

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  • Reply Natali December 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I'm in love with this rock-chic, perfectly layered outfit!
    Fantastic jacket and boots!
    Happy holidays to you!!

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  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt December 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Great look, I love the layering
    xo
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  • Reply Emma H December 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Cool layering technique
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  • Reply Brooke Mosher December 24, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    This is so cute Alex! Love all of the grey tones in the background and of course the twinkling lights too πŸ™‚ Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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