What I Wore: Sweater (Banana Republic); Jeans (Similar Here), Shoes (Similar Here), Necklace (Popbasic)
Sooo.... this sweater is one of the only things I actually bought in New York, and, yeah, it is from a chain store. Part of me feels like that is missing the point, going to a store you can go to in a lot of other places, but... a) finding independent boutiques was not as easy as anticipated and b) you can go to a Banana Republic in a lot of places, but "a lot of places" isn't Wyoming. The internet, of course, brings all stores to you, which is fabulous, and by default is how most shopping happens at our house, but isn't quite the same thing as going to a store sometimes. How the cloth feels, how it fits might be missed on a webpage- That's all part of the in-store experience. This sweater is a great example of that, actually. The sizes I would normally wear were either sold out or too big in the store so... I went bigger. One of the best tricks sometimes is to not get too caught up on the tag and just try it. This boxy, oversized fit gives it a relaxed and homey vibe, right?
Plus, well, this sweater has a downright adorable dachshund on. I already have a sweater with a fox terrier on it, which is what one of our dogs, Stella, is, but I didn't want Max feeling left out! And, yeah, okay, Max wouldn't really care so long as he can still get up on the bed and cuddle with me, but... Anyway, Max is our spoiled little boy. I'm the Favorite because of cuddles; The Boy tortures Max by requiring he get regular exercises (horror of horrors!), so Max is often my sidekick. Or he just thinks I'll protect him from any looming threat of walks. Whichever. He loves people. Stella loves the dog park to play with out dogs; Max schmoozes with all the little old ladies who bring their dogs. He makes sure to get pets from EVERYBODY.
Do you buy things with likeness of dogs or other pets on them? Also, do you prefer in-store or online shopping?