A Chunky Camel Crewneck Pullover
Reality has sunk in. Thanksgiving is next week. I’ve been in denial for weeks about the seasonal shift into fall and soon winter. I know I’m not the only one because I’ve had conversations with a number of people who, like me, can’t believe Thanksgiving is next week. There is no denying it now. So, my natural next move is to decide what to wear on Thanksgiving day. Keeping the important stuff at the forefront! I usually lean toward a cozy sweater (some great Thanksgiving sweater looks from this post). This year, my pick is this chunky camel crewneck by It is well LA*.
*It is well LA is a small company that designs simple pieces. They also are a company that does good, giving 10% of proceeds to their charitable partner, Generosity, to build clean water wells in communities in need.
Camel is such a timeless and classic color. I love that classic look combined with the very casual style of this sweater. It’s very boyfriend.
I’m not typically a fan of wearing bulky things. It makes me feel, well, kind of bulky. But by pairing the sweater with a pair of skinny or slim cut pants, there’s balance to the silhouette and not an illusion of heaviness.
The combination of camel and black is classic. I’ve always loved it. It’s a color pairing that communicates sophistication. I don’t know why that is, but it is.
This color pairing reminds me of a dream car I wanted when I was in my 20s. In my head I designed a convertible sports car – black body, camel top, with camel seats. I imagined how classy I’d feel driving it. It never came to pass, but it reminds me about the timelessness of camel and black.
Another great way to wear camel is with white or off-white. Combining neutrals of different tones and shades is beautiful. I’m accessorizing with an olive green canvas tote, introducing a darker, fall color into the look to ground it.
Accessorizing a Bulky Sweater
This look is simple and by keeping it simple it makes its own statement.
I usually wear a necklace with all my looks. I was a bit unsure about how to style this sweater with jewelry. In once sense, a sweater like this is a statement in itself. On the other hand, there’s a lot of sweater and breaking it up with a piece of jewelry seems to work. A statement necklace of some sort is what will match the heaviness of the sweater. I chose a short chunky necklace to give interest to the high neckline of the sweater. A statement necklace that hits a chest level would also work. I didn’t try it with a longer necklace, but now that I’m looking at the photo, it could also be a great way to style a sweater like this if the necklace isn’t over-powered by the sweater.
With sleeves this long, I didn’t wear a bracelet. The cuffs and bracelet would have been fighting with each other and driving me crazy.
The earrings are also bold, statement pieces. They complement the necklace.
I went with camel/tan booties to focus on the camel tones in the outfit with both pairs of pants. However, a pair of black shoes or boots with the black pants would also be a great look and would elongate the leg since it would be the same color as the pants.
In both looks I’ve added a large tote-style bag. Again, the bulky sweater calls for a bag that can hold its own, so large works.
True Confessions from a self-photographing blogger
It would be so nice to have a photographer who would tell me if my sleeve is turned up or my necklace has fallen to one side making a frame around one of my parts or that a certain pose looks completely stupid. But that’s not the reality of most bloggers. We work both sides of the camera.
In addition, we scout for locations. For this photo shoot, I left work at 1:30 (Thursdays are half days for me at school) for dentist appointment (I had to get a small filling). Left the dentist, and drove around looking for an interesting place to photograph. (I really like my photo settings to be interesting. I hate it when I have to take photos at my house.) Found this place right down the street from the dentist – it’s a beautiful historic brick building which is now, unfortunately, a Hampton Inn. The back area was really pretty.
Another thing us regular (the ones that don’t have 10,000 subscribers) bloggers do is manage the photo shoot wardrobe. I’d wanted to show this sweater with three different pants – black, white, and jeans. But the challenge of having to change in the back seat of my car discouraged me from adding the third look with the jeans!
There are definite challenges to being my own photographer. But on the flip side of the challenges, I’m very self-conscious if I have to pose for someone else, so working with my partner, the camera, works in that way. Oh, and if my smile looks weird, I blame it on the Novocaine.
Some bulky sweater looks you might like
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