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What I Wore: One Shoulder

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universal standard yarra sweater long sleeve

I already had the sleeveless version of this sweater and wear it all the time (it was even in my first real life capsule wardrobe).  When I saw it came with a sleeve I had to have it (and shocker, added it to my latest holiday capsule wardrobe). I think it's a great way to dress up a look without showing a ton of skin. While it glams up nicely with a pair of trousers or a skirt, it's a fun look for a concert or night out when paired with jeans.

universal standard yarra shrug size 14 petite fashion blogger

sweater | jeans | hat | shoes | earrings | bracelets | bag

one shoulder sweater

Sweater: Yarra Long Sleeve Shrug Sweater c/o Universal Standard (XS) | Jeans: Petite Siene Jeans c/o Universal Standard (10 petite) | Shoes: Nike (very similar) | Earrings: Large Faye Knockers c/o Jenny Bird | Hat: Topshop (old; similar) | Bracelets: old (similar) | Bag: ALLSAINTS

jenny bird faye knockers earrings

And I know a lot of you are wondering about what is under the sweater – my latest favorite strapless bra is this one from Soma.  It's truly comfortable.  Like I woke up Sunday and went to the convienence store to buy copies of the Washington Post and threw it on under my slouchy sweatshirt and then was still wearing it when I put on this look hours later comfortable.  I have one in black and one in nude and love that they support without pain and look pretty too.

one sleeve sweater

This hat was a purchase from last winter and it's still a favorite, especially when my hair is not cooperating and I just have no patience for it. Berets, beanies, and baker boy caps oh my! Not only do they keep your head warm they also hide overgrown roots, wonky bangs, and the need for a good shampooing.

over 40 fashion blogger alison gary of wardrobe oxygen


A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. I love this look on you, but here is my honest question: isn’t it cold?! I can imagine this sort of sweater having limited use. It has to be not too hot or cold? I’d love your answer.

    P.s. I love hats. Total necessity for sun here in AZ for 7 months of the year.

  2. Do you actually wear hats out and about on regular days? Like running to the grocery store and Target sort of days? I adore them. I adore the way they look especially the ones with wider brims that seem so popular in fall (and which I’ve seen you rock on the blog). But the moment I put one on, I feel like it looks like I’m trying to hard or something. Are they *truly* part of everyday, not-going-anywhere-special fashion? I know your blog has frequently mentioned being authentic to one’s style, but this doesn’t feel like quite the same question, because they do really speak to me and when I put them on, I squeee a little inside, so I think they actually are quite “me”. So do I just need to suck it up and stop caring what others think? Or are hats a look better sported for more of an occasions–lunch with a friend, shopping adventure in the city, day at a museum, etc., instead of running to the post office and dropping the car off for an oil change and buying tampons at a drug store?

    1. I used to feel ridiculous in hats, and then I decided practicality and my happiness in wearing them won out. If you see me out and about in town, there’s a good chance I’m wearing a beanie, a beret, or this hat. If you check out my Instagram Stories you’ll see I wear them all the time. My hair can be difficult, and it’s thinning, and I’m often racing to take my kid to school and then doing errands without having the chance to shower after the gym (or my hair is still wet from the shower). Start with something small and subtle, like a cashmere slouchy beanie in a color not too much of a contrast from your hair (I have two of this one and love it http://bit.ly/2Qufj38 ). I’ll pair it with red lips or bigger hoop earrings so it looks purposeful not like I’m off to chop wood. And once you get comfortable with that, you can move forward, You won’t see me indoors in a fedora or a floppy brimmed felt hat, but hats this size I regularly wear and now that I do I see plenty of others doing the same!

      1. May I quote you as a tweet? This is wonderful experience of your story of hats . . . Mine has to do with having photosensitive rosacea. Many in my town know me, the lady with the big hat. All the time.

    2. I like hats. I have trouble with sunscreens so I always go for ones with a brim. Then I highlighted my hair, which makes it prone to frizz in humidity and wearing a hat keeps it nicer. I twist my hair up into a topknot and put the hat on so it doesn’t turn out flat.

      Once it’s function was established I don’t feel silly putting it on.

    1. Many feel Soma’s bras fit differently from other bra brands. I think it’s less Soma being different and that there’s the UK vs US brands, and the shape of the bras. I am a 36F in the strapless and in all other Soma bras and am a mix of 36F and 36DD in bras across brands.

  3. Hi Allie! Speaking of one shoulder tops, I have been thinking about sleeves. Raglan, set-in, dolman, kimono, etc.

    I don’t look good in raglan sleeves, set in sleeves look better. Who invented raglan sleeves, and why? Who would have thunk that putting sleeves in on an angle is a good idea?

    And, those drop shoulder sleeves–they are so unflattering to me, but look great on many people. What is that about? Dolman sleeves cause a person to lose a torso, and if you are short, well, good by waist!

    I think there is a post here, or several, and I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for all you do for all of us.

    1. It really depends on the body. Raglan sleeves can look amazing o some, and I can’t even say it’s per body type because I’ve seen busty women, straight figures, and everything in between look both great and awful in the look. Many don’t like set-in sleeves because it enhances the size of their upper arm or actually shows the shape of their figure and they prefer to leave a bit to mystery. Drop shoulders can make shoulders look larger, which some desire to balance their figure, and others find to be a detriment. As for dolman, even I love it because it does hide the shape. I feel very boho like Stevie Nicks each time I wear it. And yes it makes my breasts look huge and like they have wings but the fun factor of the silhouette cancels that out for me. I am just so darn glad in this day and age we have options and aren’t slaves to trends purely because it’s what’s available to us!

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