Outfit: Details, Details

Eileen Fisher skinny jeans, Donald J. Pliner booties, metallic booties

I promised to show you what was in the shopping bag. Sometimes the difference between “meh” and “wow” is in the details. Take this Nanette Lepore sweater for example: it could easily be just another grey cardigan, but the lace insets add visual oomph, and the seaming in front gives it a nice tailored shape. The zippered closure is an upgrade from the usual buttons.

zip cardigan, Eileen Fisher silk jersey tank

Nanette Lepore "Conversation" sweater
Detail, lace insets

This sweater works with jeans and a tank for a casual look, but also with slacks and a long-sleeved tee for the office. And yes, it’s absolutely going to Paris with me next year!

metallic booties, ankle boots

The boots from Donald J. Pliner are also simple in design, but the metallic finish is a detail that takes them a step up from ordinary.

Cardigan: Nanette Lepore / Tank: Eileen FisherJeans: Eileen Fisher (similar)Boots: Donald J. Pliner (similar)Earrings: Pearl Paradise (similar)

More lace inset sweaters here. (All price ranges.)

Are there favorite details that make your simple pieces special?

Be sure to check out “How I Wear My…Jeans” at The Rich Life On A Budget and Everything Just So!

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  1. Luuuufff this cardigan; to me a perfect garment: sexy without being “ho”, yet (with a more covered tee under), could also be almost sedate. Could go anwhere, Interesting without being overdesigned. (WHY are there not more clothes like this?) And you wear it beautifully! And of course I adore the earrings!

  2. Oh no, now I want this cardigan too. You are so bad/wonderful for showing it to us. Wow! I love the lace insets so much. What a great touch. Thank you SO much for joining us for “How I Wear My: Jeans” and thank you for the mention! XO, Jill

  3. I love the contrast between the romantic lace inserts and the utilitary zipper. Based on your outfit photos on the blog, the cardigan perfectly embodies your style: reinvented classic tailoring with an edge and a subtle hint of delicate feminine influences.

  4. Cool lace cardigan. You could really punk it up as well. But this overall chic look is fantastic, especially with the special metallic sheen of those stunningly silhouetted booties and ankle-hugging pants. Doesn’t matter how much I bling up my Meh, it remains Meh. Maybe I would feel differently if I had lots of diamonds or could accessorize with, say, a private jet.