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Sweater: c/o Stella Carakasi (L/XL) | Leggings: Rafaella (14) | Boots: VANELi c/o Marmi Shoes (similar) | Choker Necklace: Argento Vivo | Initial Necklace: Etsy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Topshop (similar) | Cuff Bracelet: Had Forever (similar)
This Works Every Time sweater from Stella Carakasi is my first alpaca sweater but it won't be my last. Oh. My. Goodness. If you have never experienced alpaca knit you really must. It's so soft, so lofty, co cozy. But that's not the only benefit to alpaca. It's more sustainable than cashmere, stronger than cashmere, and less likely to pill. Unlike wool, alpaca is less itchy and doesn't have lanolin or dander which can cause allergic reactions on some people. It doesn't shrink when washed, resists odors, wicks away moisture, is lighter weight and even flame resistant! This is a sweater I won't be packing away come summer, it's one I'll be snuggling up in with shorts on a breezy night at the beach and tossing in my carry-on to slip on when it gets chilly on a plane and I know it can handle the travel, the stuffing, the wear. Lurrrrve!
I love and still regularly wear my faux leather-front pants (seen here), but wanted something I could wear more casually. I can't find a replacement for my pants, and I want to preserve them. I saw these on Amazon and the price was nice (less than $35). I usually find leggings and skinny pants are too tight on my calves, so I went with a 14. While they fit fine on my legs, they were loose on my waist, belly, and rear and it has only increased with wear and washing. I'll be honest, the leggings were cinched at the waist and safety pinned for this post. I wear them all the time, but they are too baggy to be worn with anything but tunics and other pieces that cover my crotch and rear. I'm going to take them to be altered, it's worth it because otherwise I really like them. But a warning if you do consider buying them, consider going down a size, possibly two if you have slim legs.