Polka-Dots On My Mind

Burberry “Harbourne” Trench, size 2 (altered) :: Madewell Spotted Snowfall sweater, size xs (similar) :: Ann Taylor chambray blouse, size 00P (altered) (similar) :: Paige Laurel Canyon jeans, size 24 (altered) :: J.Crew “Edie” handbag :: Cole Haan shoes :: J.Crew necklace (similar)

**Update – Madewell.com now has 25% off and free shipping on orders of $150 or more through Friday. Seems to be online only.**

Have you ever walked away from something, only to think about it endlessly afterward? That’s what happened to me with this Madewell sweater. I discovered it immediately, and slung it over my shoulder as I wandered around the store. I hemmed and hawed and held it up, but ultimately left the store without it.

As soon as I got home, I regretted leaving it behind. I saw only the blue was left online, and twitched with the urge to go back and get it. Then I received a dinner invite located conveniently close to the Madewell store and saw it as a sign to make the mad dash back to get it (despite crazy holiday shopping madness, my very same parking spot from earlier in the day was vacant, waiting for me. Clearly it was a sign! Hehe).

I’m loving the quirky, oversized polka-dot print, and fuzzy texture of the angora knit. The shrunken fit is ideal for 4’11” me, and I’m really liking the orangy-beige color.

The angora part did scare me a little bit though. The last angora sweater I had was a cheapie Forever 21 one bought nearly a decade ago. I remember how terrible it was to wear that thing. It would shed hair everywhere, most notably all over my face. I was constantly wiping fuzz away (and spitting it out of my mouth…bleh!) and only wore it a handful of times before giving it away. It’s caused me to steer clear of angora ever since. Well, it’s remarkable the difference quality can make! While this sweater is certainly fuzzy, I haven’t had to pick a single fuzzy hair off my face all day.

This makes my second purchase from Madewell, but the first keeper. I ordered this Pemberly Blouse a few weeks ago. It was described as a “tailored fit” and the size chart indicated size xx-small was smaller than that of J.Crew. When it arrived, the shoulder was indeed very small, but the fit was more tent-like than tailored. Back it went…which is why I was hovering around Madewell to discover this sweater.

And if anyone is curious about the J.Crew Edie Purse, I love the look and shape, but beware, it’s very scratch prone! I was conditioning it like crazy after every wear, since I always seemed to scratch it up. I’ve recently given up and am just letting it have it’s fun. Hopefully it’ll get a nice “lived-in” look.

 Have you walked away from something, only to think about it endlessly?

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  1. says: Michelle

    You did a great job pairing the top! Love the color on you! 

    Oh gosh…that is when I know I want an item. When I keep thinking (and talking) about it!

    And that open parking spot…totally a sign! :)

    Bummer that the Edie purse gets scratches so easily!   :(   I just saw that J.Crew has free shipping today and 25% off!  The free shipping always gets me! :p And they have gotten rid of the “final sale” policy on most sale items! Yay!

      1. says: Michelle

        Good point about the holidays and final sale items!

        I just ordered from J.Crew before the 9 EST deadline.  Got myself a thermal and my husband a shirt for Christmas…xs slim fit.  I tell him he needs his own petite man blog! :p

  2. says: JJ

    That’s always a *true sign* that you should buy an item – if you can’t get it out of your mind, it has to be worth the money, right?? That’s how I always think of it, at any rate! This sweater is adorable, and I am in LOVE with that bag – it’s a pity it scratches so easily.

    1. So true! If you can’t shake something from your mind, it’s a sign that you really love it. As for the bag, I love it too and am minding the scratches less and less. Speaking of which, I’m going to do a quick search online to see if other ladies are talking about the same thing with the Edie Purse. Maybe they have a solution. =)

  3. says: thd2

    Oh, I’m so in agreement with your fear of angora! I was ruined for angora by cheapie purchases back in the 80’s/90’s. Glad to know this one worked out better. It’s super cute!

  4. says: Anonymous

    GAH I love this sweater, soooo cute!  And LOL I’ve had sweater that do that to me – is mohair the other material that does this?  Yeah always picking little hairs off my tongue :P

  5. says: Seraphinajoseph

    Your outfits are just fabulous.  You  could even try different hairstyles , they can really add to the complete look.

    1. Thank you! Oh…hair (and makeup) is not my forte so I stick to clothes on this blog. The curls do what they want, and my hair is awful when straightened. I hope my lack of hair style variety doesn’t bore you too much. =P

  6. says: Grace

    Oh, I saw this sweater on the Atlantic Pacific blog and I went to order it during the Black Friday sale.  The only color that was left was the blue in my size (S) and I considered ordering it in an XS but I waited. However, when I went back to buy it, it was all sold out!   That sweater stuck in my mind for days and I checked again last week – and I did not hesitate this time – paid for it in full and it arrived yesterday! It is a tight fit so I am glad I waited, the XS would have been too small for me. It looks great on you and it has given me more ideas of what to wear with it!

    1. Aww, so glad you were able to snag it! I was thinking about waiting for a sale too, but when I saw the color was gone online, and don’t have a Madewell store close enough to me to run to when a sale kicked in, I decided to snag it at full price too. Totally worth it! Happy polka-dotting!  =)

  7. says: sharon lei

    This look is incredibly chic! I adore it… and may need to copy it. :)  Found your blog through Tiff (I am Stylish) and glad I found it. :D  Cheers to a new year.  Will definitely be back for hope!

    Hope you’re having a great day.

    xx Love & Aloha

    1. Thanks Katherine! I heard these sweaters are on sale in stores. I know you mentioned you don’t have a store nearby, but maybe you can call one and see if they’ll ship to you. Might end up being cheaper.

      ps…love your Celine bag in your avatar! Is that the micro luggage? How do you like it?

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