Chasing the New: Floral Cardigan + Bow Skirt

The lure of novelty is certainly strong.

Novelty is what keeps me going into the thrift store looking for something new. It's what makes me turn on the radio in the car instead of listening to music I already have. It's why I have multiple black skirts — and why I have this new cardigan.

Novelty says to us, "What if?" It entices us with the promise of something more than what we already have — even if what we already have is, certainly, enough.

I have a serious novelty problem. I like new things — trying out new recipes, going to new places, hearing new music, wearing new clothes (new to me, that is). Does that mean, at its root, that I am not satisfied with what I already have?

I bought this sweater because I had convinced myself that I needed a printed cardigan. I kept seeing printed cardigans on other people, in stores, in photos, until it became an unquestioned desire. I just needed one. Because I didn't already have one.

This is, of course, ridiculous. There is no way in which I need this sweater. But it does pass the KonMarie test of bringing me joy — which is something, after all. And speaking of novelty, I wore this outfit to do a little pre-work thrifting (because there's no way I'm missing 49-cent day) and wound up walking out with these:

Because obviously, I needed a pair of bright blue patent slingbacks with bows. Right?

Cardigan: Talbots, thrifted
Skirt: Consignment
Tights: Old Navy
Shoes: Franco Sarto, thrifted
Total cost to me: About $9


  1. *everyone* needs a pair of bright blue patent slingbacks with bows!

    1. Oh, I agree! Never mind that they are painfully narrow and I can barely walk in them. That's not the point, right?

  2. For 49 cents I'd agree everyone needs a pair of those pretty shoes! :)

    Your printed cardi is really nice also :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

    1. Well, the shoes were actually like $3 (the 49-cent deal is only for clothing). But I think your point still stands :)


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