Style Travel

My Issue With Statement Sweaters

I’m still riding the high of a nice long vacation but now that I’m back stateside I’ve had a chance to appreciate the adventure with a little perspective.

We live in a crazy world and there’s plenty of heartbreak in the headlines on a daily, nay, hourly basis.

I don’t know what tomorrow might bring but today I’m doing what makes me happy – which includes some travel reflection and some quirky styling. And I hope looking at this irresistible quail sweater and that HUGE buddha will bring you some small shred of inspiration.

Don’t you just want to rub his big belly??

This guy lives in Kamakura, Japan at the Kōtoku-in temple. He was cast in 1252 and has survived several typhoons and tidal waves, many of which destroyed huge sections of the surrounding town in the 14th and 15th centuries.

But I digress.

The point of my post today is that I have an enduring love / hate relationship with statement sweaters. By ‘statement sweater’ I mean one which has such a unique quality about it that it makes a bold statement the first time you wear it; for instance, eliciting a response such as, “OH MY GOD LOOK AT THOSE CUTE BIRDS I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!”

That’s pretty memorable.

But there’s the double edged sword! It leaves such an impression that the second time you wear it you’re just the guy who’s wearing that cute bird sweater again… jeez doesn’t he have any other sweaters? Didn’t he just wear that?

So let this be a cautionary tale. Buy that statement sweater because you know it will make people smile and you’ll love it. But don’t spend a fortune because you also know that you’ll probably never wear it again.

~j

Buddha 6

Buddha 3

Buddha 2

Buddha 1

Buddha 7

Buddha 4

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