Ok so theoretically it's slogan not logo but that doesn't rhyme. But moving swiftly on as there are bargains to be had and this is one of my favourite topics to wax lyrical on.
Here is an example of where graceful and disgraceful are potentially at odds. For me, these have crept into the realms of graceful whereas to a lot, I appreciate these are still very much the domain of the no go.
But I've fallen in love with them. They've been around for years now, in both tee shirt, sweatshirt and now jumper vibe. For me, they're a safe step into the disgraceful. A classic cut tee or jumper (which therefore becomes an intarsia sweater...basically knitted into the jumper as opposed to embroidered on... I had to google it and apologies if I'm teaching you to suck eggs. I've learnt something today. *puffs v small chest*) with just that little extra edge from a slogan.
Maybe the reason I have such an affiliation with these is my obsession with all things Wham in the 80s. My Go Go tee was possibly my most prized possession and clearly I have a hankering to recreate my teens. (clearly the Relax ones were way way too cool for me).
Which has been made easy by the (what I consider to be) more mainstream versions that have been around for the past couple of years. And show absolutely no signs of diminishing in popularity.
For me, they are simply so easy to wear and slot into a classic capsule wardrobe with exceptionally little effort. I was asked recently, what my personal style is (how to answer that without sounding like a tool?) and I hedged my bets with "if you held a gun at my head and promised never to repeat it, I would say modern classic with an edge". And this is your perfect addition of "edge". But alas, lots of the designer ones, do come at a cost.
And I'm not going to say it definitely is but at least one of the first to make these mainstream and, I still maintain, wearable for those of us not still in college was Zoe Karssen back in 2010.
These are normally not cheap at all but a couple of years ago, I managed to snaffle a couple from TK Maxx at a bargain price. Lo and behold, a lovely friend of mine said she'd heard there was a big Karssen drop at TK Maxx. I wondered if they'd have any online and... hey presto. Who needs the car?
Now I usually wear a Small in these, they are very oversized and loose. I'm praying that the style of them hasn't changed as I ordered again in Small.
Zoe Karssen White Loose Fit Paris Tee from TK Maxx £14.99
Zoe Karrsen Loose fit Grey tee £14.99
Zoe Karrsen Loose Fit Bat tee £14.99 (yes I hedged my bets and ordered the XS as that was all they had left.. let's hope it's not too fit as vacuum packed bat over my boobs wouldn't be a good look on any analysis).
Navy Faded Zoe Karrsen Tee - £14.99
Talking of tees - I can't vouch for the quality or fit of these from Bella Freud but the jumpers are amazing. Not as reasonable for sure.
Bella Freud Rockers was £85 now £51
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel tee was £70 now £35 This one looks slightly short for me but I love the Sonia Rykiel brand. And I'm having a real thing about red at the moment.
Sweatshirts also on offer. These are great layered with shirts and tees and can easily be worn as smarter wear. Ok I'm not saying you'd wear it to work but a sweatshirt is no longer only fit for the gym. Which is handy otherwise mine would never get any wear.
Zoe Karssen End of Love Sweatshirt from The Outnet was £95 now £47.50
Jumper at Marc Jacobs. Intarsia natch..
Intarsia merino wool sweater by Marc Jacobs was £305 now £122
However slogan of the day has to go Moschino. This made me chuckle a tad. Especially as it's hand wash... Slightly expensive chuckle mind you.
Slogan Intarsia fine knit sweater from Moschino was £330 now £162
But it definitely doesn't have to be expensive and this, from ASOS I think is a complete winner. Absolutely love. Just wonder what the fit would be like but it's ASOS and easy as pie to order and return (I should know - I do it A Lot).
ASOS Striped Tee £16 Considering my obsession with all things Parisian, this is fabulously tongue in cheek.
Another stripe version from Mango in dark navy (this looks black to me..)
Striped cotton t-shirt from Mango £15.99
Embroidered at Mango which seems like a really good price, although these aren't very long and, as I've said before, I do prefer a curved hem in a tee if you're going to wear it loose. Again, they do look quite short in the body, but I am 5ft 10 so most things are.
Embroidered Cotton tee - £9.99 in the black
In the grey £9.99
And in the off white again £9.99
And finally a bargain, as I've worked out this is probably supposed to be a Christmas jumper.. but it's really the most Christmassey of sayings, is it?
Topshop Sugar & Spice Jumper was £39 now £10
How do I wear mine? All year round. Love them with a blazer over the top and a pair of jeans. Now that I've decided that I'm going to be keeping the Ash Mira boots (Acne have been sent back as have the & Other Stories ones), the jumpers are perfect with a midi skirt and a loose coat. Wide leg crops, cigarette pants, peg legs or cropped flares. There are simply too many options that these will go with. I also find them the most versatile tops in my wardrobe. Perfect for dinner, a party, or for the school run. If you haven't tried them, what are you waiting for? (although I appreciate they're so not going to be for everyone and as I bore myself with saying, wouldn't it be a dull world if we all liked the same thing. Plus how big would our wardrobes have to be?!)
Outfits from yesterday afternoon. Quiet weekend here with just a trip into town to meet a friend for coffee with our daughters, after football in the morning.
Black jumper - Banana Republic
Black Eden jeggings - Dorothy Perkins
Black boiled wool coatigan - Ronit Zilkha
Black buckle boots - Toga Pulla
Black sheepskin wrist warmers - Topshop
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci
And today. Rugby on the Astro. Ugh. (spot the lazy cow wearing the same as yesterday with another layer on... I may now be in my jamas on the sofa...)
Black jumper - Banana Republic
Long sleeved black tee - River Island
Black Eden jeggings - Dorothy Perkins
Black Edie boots - Seven Boot Lane
Grey long knit cardigan - Zara
Black oversized scarf - Mint Velvet
Grey cashmere hat - Black
Black Harker Hands free bag - Anya Hindmarch
Hope everyone else has had a good weekend. I am absolutely exhausted. Our lovely 9yr old with Aspergers is really struggling with lots of things at the moment (including sleeping which has the most horrendous knock on effect to err, everything) and with no wine as a treat in the evening, I may have ordered a couple of the Karssen tees as a pick me up. Here's hoping I've ordered the right size....!
Am I the only one reliving her inner Go Go obsession with these?
Coming up, I need to tackle the thorny issue of jeans. I've been asked which jean tribe am I going to join this year (actually that's not what I was asked at all - I was asked which jeans I was going to be wearing this year so apologies for the flowery guff I wrote). Answer coming up...