Monday, 3 February 2014

Metallics in the mix – June 2013

Recently, my sister-in-law purchased a cropped metallic knit. Although I had yet to see the knit on, I didn’t express too much enthusiasm because I’ve never been all that keen on cropped knits. I mean I like them, just not on me. Besides, I really don’t know how else to wear them except over a fitted t-shirt or shirt… and a metallic shade… what would I do with it? Despite my sister-in-law’s favourable reviews and encouragement to try the same knit in another colour, my interest wasn’t piqued. I simply wasn’t convinced it would do my image any good.

As destiny would have it, whilst casually browsing in Cue yesterday, shiny golden threads caught my attention. At first, I stood transfixed on the spot as I considered whether to pick this item out from the crowd, but soon enough I caved in. Even then, I gave it a thorough look over for a few minutes before finally deciding to try it on, more so for my sister-in-law’s sake. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for experimenting with various styles, colours, prints and textures. It’s just that cropped knits have never really suited my petite frame. I always felt they added more bulk than was necessary and cut my body making me appear shorter, or so I thought. That was until I actually tried it on and am I glad I did!

Slowly, I pulled it over my Country Road black long sleeve fitted t-shirt and instantly fell in love with it. The matted gold knit fabric was soft, comfortable and warm. What I loved most though was the specks of gold and shades of bronze shimmering in the light, and teamed with my black leggings, flat knee-high buckled boots and my black fitted blazer over the top, I must admit I looked good…and longer! To my pleasant surprise, this cropped knit managed to elongate my body by revealing more of my figure. What’s more, it understatedly achieved a sharp, sexy and stylish new look by adding a trendy twist to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

I  thought of other ways to wear it to justify its purchase: over a tailored black short and my black skinny leg jeans; with a black pencil skirt and black pumps; or a short flouncy skirt and my heeled black ankle boots. I even imagined wearing it over a printed shirt. The possibilities were endless! I bought it right then and there. Immediately after, I made the call to my beloved sister-in-law and told her the good news.

My point is, remain open minded and be willing to try different styles, colours, patterns and items on as you might discover new truths about your body and style. Often, items may look much better on than they do on the coat hanger so, don’t be hasty in making a decision. Moreover, by keeping an open mind to the smaller things, your mind will be trained and open to acceptance for when the bigger and more important things arrive in your life.
What’s even better – it was on sale! 

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” ~ Albert Einstein

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