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In the Blink of an Eye(let).

By: Jen Shoop

I mentioned this chic eyelet-and-cotton SEA sweater (shown below, $350) last week and haven’t been able to put it out of my mind since.  I so rarely buy a statement sweater — I’m always going for basic camels or navies in cable knits.  This one is such a beauty!

The Fashion Magpie Eyelet SEA Sweater

The Fashion Magpie Eyelet SEA Sweater

Since then, I’ve found some other pieces in a similar vein:

+This lace cutwork sweatshirt ($140);

+This short sleeved J. Crew one ($69);

+This sleeveless SEA asymmetrical hem style (on sale for $159, plus extra 30% off!);

+This peplum eyelet top (not a sweater, OK, but in a similar vein — $75):

+This wear-with-everything pointelle pullover ($139, but extra 40% off!!!)

The Fashion Magpie JCrew Eyelet Sweater


The Fashion Magpie SEA Eyelet Top


The Fashion Magpie TopShop Eyelet Top


The Fashion Magpie Rebecca Taylor Eyelet Sweater

Any of these would look SO amazing with these stark white Ted Baker shades ($149 — or these super fly ones from hot line Gentle Monster).

The Fashion Magpie White Ted Baker Sunglasses

Finally, neither a sweater nor a pair of shades, but how amazing is this eyelet dress, which, with the extra 40% off all Rebecca Taylor sale items, comes in at under $100?!

The Fashion Magpie Rebecca Taylor Eyelet Dress

P.S.  Speaking of all white errythang, I love this breezy midi dress.

P.P.S.  Speaking of eyelet, I am dying over this statement-making sundress (under $100)!

P.P.P.S  Speaking of statement sweaters, what are your thoughts on this tie-shouldered merino sweater ($68)?!  I think it could look really fresh for fall…

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7 thoughts on “In the Blink of an Eye(let).

  1. Ooh, I love SEA, and that sweater is gorgeous. I recently saw an eyelet-back sweatshirt by SEA, which, using a phrase you used in the comments, might “scratch the itch” — find it here:

    The only sad part is that it’s not THAT much less expensive than the sweater! Hmm.

    Also loving the corset-like detail on this eyelet blouse, also by SEA:

    I like the merino tie-shoulder sweater you posted, but not on me … I don’t love cold-shoulder styles on me, for some reason. It’s weird because they DO offer a nice way to bare some skin without being too TOO, but for some reason they’re just not my favorites on me. I feel similarly about OTS styles, which have been so omnipresent over the past few seasons. I have one dress and one shirt, both from J.Crew, but I don’t reach for them like I do many of my other blouses and summer dresses!

    1. Super chic, both of those SEA tops. I wish they were like $100 less each. (HA — I’m sure we all wish everything was $100 less, but they just seem really overpriced for casual wear, don’t you think?! Keeping my eyes peeled for a sale.) I hear you on the OTS. I love the look and find it very flattering, and — hence — have about 34 OTS/cold shoulder items in my closet, but I need to be going somewhere/doing something to motivate myself to wear them. Otherwise I’m always leaning towards something easy and cotton, like a tunic dress. No idea why. It just feels less fussy??

    2. Fully agreed!! They do seem overpriced. Now that I think about it, I don’t actually own any Sea pieces, but I came close to getting a cute eyelet-embellished dress at Steven Alan a couple of years ago when it was marked down to $120 or so. The fact that I still remember it means I should have gone for it, don’t you think? Haha!

      I think you hit the nail on the head re: slight fussiness of the OTS trend. Although I work in a creative field and can wear whatever I want to work, I also travel a lot for work and OTS pieces don’t really work when I’m hauling luggage. Maybe that’s why I don’t wear them as much … I should make a point to pull them out for days I’m in the office!

  2. I love eyelet, but I have to be careful not to wear anything too cutesy. I am old enough that it can look like a little Baby Jane-ish on me.

    1. HAHA! I hear you. I feel the same way about some of the beachier pieces I’m drawn to right now — I worry I will look like I’m trying too hard to be a teenager surfer chick. Well, at least we both have our heads screwed on straight / are self-aware enough to avoid trends that may do us a disservice! xo

    1. Good to know!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ve scored some lookalike pieces going that route, and you’re right — they do scratch the itch without hurting the wallet. What do you think of this trend?!

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