After seeing this post by Ms. Wendy Nguyen (love her) I found myself desperately wanting this sweater. The issue? It's $325. And let's be real: this is not a time-honored staple, but a fun take on the nautical trend (which arguably is always in style, but the cutesy phrase doesn't read "staying power" closet-wise). Anyhow, keeping with my "invest only if it's fabulous, 100% necessary or multi-season/multi-use" theory of shopping, I decided against the Banjo & Matilda sweater but believed very deeply I'd find it's cheaper twin soon.
How right I was. Although, where I found it was a bit more surprising. Talbots. Yes, I know. Your mother's store (or worse, grandmothers). But I happened to catch a glance of this tidy little number in the window the other day and, along with the 30% off sign, decided to go inside and take a look. The style is unquestionably similar and the fit is "classic" and loose, which makes it great with skinny jeans and as a layering piece. Long story short: Sold. (Question: Since I remember Talbots model Niki Taylor being in my Seventeen Magazine am I suddenly now their target market? Good Lord...).
So there you have it: Catherine the Penny Pincher (laugh, go ahead, laugh) gets "the" sweater, it just took a little looking and checking my store snobbery at the door. And it was worth it.
What else have I been missing....?