|Exhibit 256: Joan Smalls in Kenzo Tiger sweater; WhoWhatWear|
Back to the point of this post: I've had a long-held shopping philosophy wherein one of the major factors in deciding whether I buy a particular piece is if it can be worn equally well on at least two totally different occasions. In this instance, on the left, I paired the sweater with faux-leather H&M skinnies, a hardware cuff and neon beanie from Forever 21, and cap-toed Tahari pumps for an evening fashion show. Several days later I wore the sweater again to work, as seen on the right. This time I put it over a pale-blue and white striped H&M oxford and paired it with an awesome vintage navy, high-waisted, button-up Ralph Lauren skirt, tights, white, black and tan ankle-strap Payless flats, and a sculptured cuff from Forever 21 (as much shit-talking as I do about that store, I clearly love it anyway). Both looks were quite chic, if I may say so myself. Since this sweater was pretty cheap, it would've been a great deal even if I only wore it once. But I recommend this little "shopping philosophy," when considering items that are a good deal pricier.
If you're considering buying something and can't envision even more than one way to wear it, and I mean to a fancy event and then again in a totally casual way on the weekend, not just to work with a pair of pants then again a week later with a different skirt, I wouldn't suggest buying it. But that's just me. This encourages me to stretch my creativity when it comes to dressing and come up with outfits that I might have never considered otherwise. I suggest you give it a try.