The Free People Sweater Styling Saga: Part I – Casual Edition

Are you an impulse buyer or a buyer who analyzes? I am so the latter. For at least a good month, I online-stalked (via Pinterest, Instagram, and the like) the sweater featured in this week’s posts. It was love at first sight, but honestly, for me, it could be considered a minor budget buster at $98. I had to stalk it and analyze all the ways I could possibly wear it…if it ended up being a flattering fit for me.

So back in December, my little family took our first trip to the Mall of America, and the first store on my mind was Free People. I had to try on this sweater, the Sudan V-neck. I wanted to get it out of my mind if it didn’t fit or give it the starring role in my closet if I liked it. 
I LOVED it. The wider cut of the V is so incredibly flattering. It’s not “mom-ish” like many V-necks can be (too high up), but it’s not so deep of a V to require a camisole underneath. It’s also loose in the right places and fitted in the right places and has a tunic quality. The perfect sweater for tall ones like me. 
So this week, I’m showing you how I’m making this Free People sweater work overtime in my wardrobe, meaning I will show you how I would wear it in three different ways. First up, I want to show a casual, “out-and-about” outfit that I may put on to run errands. And my loyal readers know my casual outfits tend to be lighter in the accessories department since I’m (like most moms) usually pressed for time.

(Sorry for the squinting…SO BRIGHT!)
I paired the sweater with my Hue leggings and combat boots so I didn’t sacrifice comfort and so I still stayed true to the “edgy” side of my style. And this Old Navy coat adds such an fun element to the outfit, adding trendy faux fur and visual interest. P.S. I LOVE army green. And when you can buy coats for $20 (!). 
I’m very happy with my sweater purchase, and though I usually shop budget big-box stores like Target and Old Navy for most of my clothes, I would say how you think about budget is all relative. For me, the sweater was a justifiable purchase due to its uniqueness and the number of wears I will get out of it. It’s a neutral color and basic silhouette that can be styled in so many different ways…as we will discuss later this week! See you back very soon!
Outfit Details: Free People Sudan V-neck Sweater (in taupe) || Old Navy coat (sold out online) || Hue Ponte Leggings || Target combat boots (old) || Kenneth Cole New York eyeglasses (in blonde havana…and they’re real glasses… 🙂
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