Happy Monday! Especially to those who are lucky enough to have the day off today! This sweater vest was picked up in the sales a few years ago, and I loved it, but it was too long and a little too roomy to look proportioned well over layers. Every time I wore it, it kept wishing it was just a little shorter and a little more fitted. It’s probably been about 2 years since I last reached for it, for this very reason.
Normally, if a knit is a little too big, I’ll carefully encourage shrinking with a little extra dryer action after washing. I hadn’t tried shrinking this particular knit because the weave is loose and I was afraid its texture would change too much. But while unpacking, I re-discovered it and figured it was worth the shot of attempting to shrink, since it was just sitting unworn anyway.
I washed it on gentle in a mesh garment wash bag, and then popped it in the dryer on medium heat for short spurts of time, checking on it often. When I felt it had enough, I let it air dry the rest of the time on a drying rack. Amazingly, it shrank up perfectly, the weave remained nice and soft, and I’ve been happy to finally put it use.
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Sweater Vest Theory (old) (similar & similar)
Shirt Banana Republic
Jeans Rag & Bone
Shoes Kate Spade (also like these)
Handbag – Sophie Hulme partially thanks to Shopbop
Watch Larsson & Jennings
Bracelet – Banana Republic (more colors & this season’s version)
Brooch – ASOS (old) (similar)
Rings Catbird, vintage, & Vrai & Oro
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Sweater Vest has been shrunk