Hello my lovelies, I hope your weekend was super-peachy!
For those of you who've been enjoying a long bank holiday weekend, I hope it's been all you could have wished for.
It has been low-key here at Chez Pout. Medical appointment for TP, afternoon tea at friends, walks, beach picnic, housework and (for me) moving furniture (oh how I love doing that!).
For what seems like months now (SEE HERE)
I've been trying to find a perfect off-white/stone coloured cardi, mainly to sub for my cosy old Windsmoor when a posher light neutral needs to step up to the plate.
But golly, the search has been arduous and has spanned several months. And even after a Woolovers try on last week, I still don't know if I've actually got there with my off-white.
You see, there are sooooo many shades of off-white. Some have a yellow tinge, some with a pink tinge … oh I could go on and on and bore you to tears with my research but suffice to say, I am nothing if not dogged and relentless in my quest and I think I've tried on most of the off-white shades the universe (or Pantone) has created.
So here's my latest try on. I wore the cardis with a white column so that I could assess the subtle shades of the woolies without distraction.
And I kept the tags on as history has proven that many off-whites are tried and
all many (?) are returned.
This cream cotton mix cardi is a contender the more I look at it.
It has pockets, a huge plus point for a lady who doesn't like carrying a handbag in her dotage.
And it's length is good, for that essential derriere coverage.
I can see this cardi with jeans or thrown over a summer dress when the evening chills.
And it's in the sale! £25, though make that £20 if TP asks!
This cashmere/merino blend is a contender too. It's length is fine too.
But it is without pockets, a.k.a. my handbag.
Such are the intriciacies of off-white that I almost didn't take this one out of it's wrapping, because it looked a weird grey/pink tinge.
(Though it looks "normal" off-white here.)
But something compelled me to try it on and I quite liked it, especially when I tried it later with jeans. The jeans ensemble is in my WIW Wednesday offering.
The thing that's going for this one is that TP liked it!
So, to summarize, I did like them all but as two out of the three are full price, I'm giving the pricier pair some serious thinking time.
My search is important to me because I think the right fit/right shade of an off-white cardi looks pretty darn classy.
But what is really hitting home is the amount of frogs you have to kiss before you hit on that perfect prince of an off-white summer coverup.
50 shades is probably only the tip of this off-white iceberg. And that's a lot of kissing!
Now, over to you.
Do you have an off-white cardi?
Do you get a lot of use out of it? Through 3 out of 4 seasons?
Did you struggle to get the exact shade that you liked and that worked for your wardrobe? And just how many frogs did you have to kiss?!!
A la perchoine.