Have you ever seen something on someone else that you absolutely have to have…only to discover it’s completely sold out? Well that’s what happened with this Monki jaguar jumper. I saw someone at work wearing it, but as I didn’t know her I didn’t like to ask where she bought it. So I did what any obsessed fashionista would do and googled all the obvious search terms…”turquoise leopard/tiger/cheetah jumper”…and low and behold, google images came up trumps.
Ok, so now I knew it was from Monki, but then I found out it had long since sold out. Groan. But still not content to let it go, I turned to eBay, and after months of searching I found one. After all that you’d think I’d have snapped it up there and then…except it was priced a fair bit higher than the original RRP, and that jars with me. It’s akin to people buying concert tickets purely to sell on at inflated prices. Well I blinked and it sold. You snooze you loose kinda thing.
So I carried on looking, and after a few more months I finally bagged one at a much more reasonable price. I took a bit of a gamble because it’s a small and I’d have preferred a medium. But I reasoned that I could wear a minimiser bra and breathe in. Yes, that’s how badly I wanted this jumper! It’s a bit snug around the armpits but not constrictive, so I’m happy 🙂
Wearing it with jeans wouldn’t really have done it justice; after all my detective work tracking it down I wanted to make more of a statement with it. It was a very grey and miserable day, much in need of a colourful outfit. So I paired it with this purple A line skirt that I’ve had stuck in the wardrobe for ages. I loved it when I bought it but always found it hard to pick a suitable top to go with it. It needs a fitted top that doesn’t overhang and obscure the belt and pockets. Well this jumper is certainly fitted, and it’s just the right length. The elusive Monki jaguar jumper and purple A line skirt make the perfect partners. It’s almost like the skirt had been patiently waiting for it all this time.
Turquoise and purple is one of my favourite colour combinations, but I decided to add a third. I matched the pink in the jumper’s motif with a pink bag, jewelled beret and rose quartz bracelet. The lion doorknocker ring adds to the fierceness and contrasts with the sugary pink elements.
Only flats and chunky heels are feasible on waterlogged, muddy ground, but that doesn’t have to mean boring. These Kurt Geiger studded ankle boots are years old but the studs make them feel that little bit extra. And we all need that sometimes, don’t we? I felt quite pleased that I’d created a completely new outfit from a mixture of old and preloved pieces. Sometimes those turn out to be the best 🙂
SHOP THE LOOK
Monki jumper (from eBay, similar) | M&S skirt (old, similar) | Kurt Geiger boots (old, similar) | J by Jasper Conran bag (old, similar) | beret from Asos (old, similar) | Kenneth Jay Lane ring (old, similar) | Azuni earrings (similar) | handmade rose quartz bracelet (similar)
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