I’ve been having really fantastic luck with the Long Elegant Legs fall collection. As part of my Tall Specialty Shop Challenge, I recently purchased three items from LEL, and I’m really excited by how nicely they all play together. Take the gray Olivia sweater that I’m reviewing today for instance. You already got a peek at it when I wore it under my Long Elegant Legs ruana wrap. I’ve also been wearing this textured sweater layered over button-up shirts like my LEL tall chambray top as shown in Long Elegant Legs’ Top Looks page. Speaking of “top looks”, make sure you check out the LEL blog for some great fashion inspiration.
Back to layering pull-over sweaters over button-ups, I’ve actually never tried this look before owning this gray sweater. I know this fashion trick is as old as the hills, but I’m a rather late bloomer when it comes to putting outfits together so creating the pictured look with my sheer, plaid Banana Republic blouse and the Olivia sweater was rather exciting for me. In fact, it has been so exciting that I’ve worn these two tops together three different times recently!
One of those times was during a last weekend’s visit to Zurich Switzerland where we were treated to some perfect fall temperatures (and colors). I knew this layered outfit would be just the ticket for trotting around town since the mornings were a bit cooler/gloomier and the afternoons warmer/sunnier. If I became too warm, I could just peel off a layer.
Lest you think I’m rolling up my sleeves because they aren’t long enough, this is most certainly not the case. As with all tops that I’ve bought from Long Elegant Legs, the sleeves are the perfect length for us tall ladies. Instead of showing off how perfectly long the sleeves are, I decided to roll them up and show a little wrist (and plaid).
You may be thinking that my New Balance sneakers don’t fit with the preppy vibe of this outfit and, indeed, I normally wearing cute flats or booties with this look. However, I had walked 10 kilometers in my Chelsea boots the previous day. My feet held up pretty good for the first 8 km or so but were toast for the last 2 kilometers. I decided to go for a preppy/sporty look by wearing my New Balance fashion sneakers. I’m not exactly sure if it works but my feet were comfy and I figure I’ve seen oodles of photos of chic ladies wearing New Balance with pretty skirts and dresses so why not wear them with this outfit?
I love that the sweater has a textured pattern on the front and back. I find that the fabric is shedding a bit but I think this will subside after a few washings. I will certainly keep you posted on that!
What do you think of the sweater-over-button-up look? Also, what are your thoughts on New Balance sneakers (the “fashion” ones as opposed to the running ones)?