Thrifting 101 - This week I thrifted: Fisherman sweater

Thrifted vintage sweater; thrifted Forever 21 plaid shirt; Gap legging jeans; vintage thrifed Coach bag; DSW boots

Anyone who came of age in the '8o's has dealt with the painful reckoning of their class photos, or really any photographs taken during that decade. I believe that, hands down, it was the most hideous fashion decade of all time (with the possible exception of the 1600's, during which men sauntered around in cropped pants with tights and powdered wigs and bathing was purely optional.)

The '80's are usually associated with excess - bedazzled sweaters, exaggerated shoulder pads, and blue eyeshadow sweeping towards your eyebrows. But in 1980's Long Island, New York, the preppy look prevailed. My early adolescence was all about being preppy. Preppy was Ralph Lauren pleated chinos and pastel oxford shirts and pearl stud earrings. Preppy was boat shoes and argyle sweaters and corduroy. Preppy was plaid, and Lacoste, and wearing your boyfriend's class ring on a chain around your neck.  And preppy was also cream fisherman sweaters, preferably ordered out of the J Crew or LL Bean catalog. Thickly knit with a boxy cut, this sweater was usually paired with a plaid shirt and played an instrumental role in any prepster's wardrobe. I suppose one was supposed to wear it while yachting around the Cape, or performing some other nautical WASP-y recreational sport.

Back in the '80's, I too had a fisherman sweater. Mine was from JC Penney and knit from a tortuously itchy wool/poly blend - the poor girl's version of the J Crew sweater. It scratched my neck. The sleeves were too snug for layering. And it made me sweaty. But despite my sweater's shortcomings, I loved it fiercely. I saved it for special occasions like my 8th grade class photo, which I came across while sifting through my garage this week.

Imagine my delight upon discovering a near-identical sweater when I was thrifting on Tuesday. This version is more fisherman "inspired" than the traditional version, but it's hand-knit and much softer than the sweater of my childhood. And for $2.99, it manages to be  an affordable, versatile piece in my wardrobe, while reminding of me of the carefree days of my youth. Blue eyeshadow notwithstanding.



And it made me very very happy.






10 comments:

  1. Hi Elissa! I enjoyed your post today, as always. Particularly the grin at the end. You look wonderful. Have a great day!

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  2. Hand over that Coach bag and no one gets hurt......I'll let you keep the sweater if you give me the purse. If not, I don't know what I might do.

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  3. I was JUST scouring my thrift haunts for a similar sweater this weekend. Well done, lady!

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  4. OMG, I love this outfit! The sweater looks so comfy. And I LOVE your Coach bag.

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  5. plaid shirts are the best! i could wear one almost every day. great finds!

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  6. I love this look! I would totally wear it!

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  7. I had a great J Crew fisherman sweater that I bought in the mid 90's. I finally had to get rid of it a few years ago. It had started to yellow around the neck and a few other places had lost it's luster. I was so sad. I paid a ton for that thing!

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  8. I had the Preppy Handbook back in the day!

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  9. I love the sweater! What a great autumn look!

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  10. hehe great sweater! Love how you styled it :)

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