When a new J. Crew catalog arrives in the mail and you just happen to find the perfect fall layering piece - a heather grey sweatshirt adorned with sparkly, sparkly rhinestones. And you emphatically state to your rather skeptical husband that you NEED THIS SWEATSHIRT. BECAUSE IT WOULD GO WITH EVERYTHING. (He might have heard this statement before. And most likely knows the real reason you want it: Because, duh! It's sparkly!)
The only catch? It's $98. For [gulp!] a sweatshirt. A glittery, glimmery sweatshirt, but a sweatshirt nonetheless. So even though you want it more than a cold glass of sauvignon blanc at 5 o'clock on Friday, you patiently wait several weeks for a 30% off sale before purchasing it. When it arrives (and is just as dazzling as you'd imagined!), you spend a whole evening planning outfits centered around it, amazing yourself with its versatility, comfort, and plain ol' cutenesss.
And when you don it for the first time with a denim shirt and red skinnies, you're feeling pretty dang sharp (but totally comfy, too!) and that's when you realize it. Those sparkly rhinestone accents on the sleeves, while definitely fun and feminine, are also sharp and pokey. And snag the fabric every time you move your arms. So by the end of the day, the sides of your beloved sweatshirt resemble a cat's scratching post more than a stylish, chic top.
Boo. (to the hoo).
So yeah. You - and by you, I totally mean ME - may be forced to admit that despite its glittery goodness, this sweatshirt is just not all that practical. Being that you can't really move your arms and all while wearing it. (Though don't think I didn't try to continue to wear it while holding my arms very, very still. Unfortunately, this makes things like driving, using a mouse, and lifting a wine glass very difficult indeed). Lucky for me, J. Crew's return policy is as good as their ability to blind me with glitzy jewels, and they let me return it when I tearfully explained it's downfall.
Lesson learned. Well, at least until the next catalog arrives with glittery holiday attire.
J. Crew jeweled sweatshirt | and the sweater i exchanged it for
H&M denim shirt | similar
Mossimo skinny jeans | similar (on clearance!)
Paprika leopard kitten heels
Mossimo purse | similar
Ray Ban wayfarers