It’s difficult to tell from the picture, but there are skull prints on this turtleneck (by C&C California). That’s part of the allure for me, that the print is relatively subtle, and provides just the right amount of ‘edge’ and individuality to the top & any outfit it’s incorporated in. It’s meant to be layered, so the turtleneck is very thin and has extremely long sleeves. The fit is snugger than most other C&C styles, and the cotton isn’t as soft, but as has been my experience in the past, it will soften up after wearing/washing a few times. I must admit, I haven’t worn this outfit because it’s yet to go below 70 degrees here, but I love to try it on every once in a while, along with some of my other Fall/Winter purchases, just to dream…
(The sweater is actually a dress by Barney’s Co-Op I purchased during all the frenzy a month or so ago. The price was phenomenal for cashmere, $165, and the fit is great. I won’t wear it as a dress because it’s a little short, but the quality of the cashmere is very good – it’s thick, but still incredibly soft. I’m afraid it’s sold out almost everywhere, but if you’re dying for it, give your local Co-op a call and see if they still have any in stock.)
I’ve been a little slow getting into the skull trend, but I usually am. I don’t normally purchase pieces that are easily recognizable or pervasive, so I sit out trends for the most part. Anyway, skull prints have been around forever, and will continue to be a ‘symbol’ of individuality and edge on clothing, bags & shoes – and a reflection of a fashion-forward attitude. The turtleneck caught my eye and I couldn’t get it out of my head – it will be perfect for wearing under sweaters, or even under a short sleeve black tee. And even though no one else will see, I’ll be secretly matching (as my Barney’s Co-Op SA giggled to me as I was trying it on) with my Bing Bang Skull Earrings:
These were a serious impulse buy; I absolutely couldn’t resist them. They are in rose gold, and so small, the skull is hardly noticable – but again, that’s part of the appeal for me. I haven’t taken them out since I bought them about a month ago because they just make me feel secretly ‘hip’ even when I’m in my ‘work’ uniform and feeling rather frumpy. And isn’t that part of why we accessorize in the first place? To give a hint of luxury and a feeling of being ‘put-together’ even when we’re not, or at least not feeling like we are?