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Thursday, February 2, 2017

How to Wear an Olive Sweater 3 Ways + 5 Inexpensive Olive Sweater Options

Olive Sweater Outfits

I don't know about you, but I feel spring fever coming on pretty hard even though winter is not technically over.  (However, it is 77 degrees where I live as I write this, so that might explain some things!  :P )  When I'm craving the turn of the seasons, I tend to mail it in in the style department.  If you're like me, hopefully this post will give you a burst to keep chugging along until your weather changes.

I said in the post Tips for Updating Your Wardrobe (HERE) that I wanted 2-3 loose, comfy sweaters that I could wear for toddler activities and for my normal day-to-day stuff of meeting friends for lunch or boba, blogging at a boba cafe, or running errands.  This olive sweater was one I got to fill that role, and even though I only got it a couple months ago, I have been wearing it constantly.  It's been great to see all the activities I can wear it for and feel like it was money well spent.

Since stores are clearing winter inventory to make room for spring, this sweater is currently on sale for $23.40 HERE.  I also have it in black, shown earlier this week in Monday's post.  It also comes in grey and beige.  I don't remember there being beige when I bought it, but I like that one too!  Some people have said this sweater is not great for longer arms, which I could see.  I'm 5'6" and the sleeves are barely long enough for me, though I tend to cuff them up once or bunch them at the elbows to show my watch anyway.

Regarding quality, here's an honest heads up: I am more in love with how it fits me and its use case in my wardrobe than its quality.  I personally don't find it itchy, but it's not super soft either.  Several people in the PMT Style Challenge tried it gave it mixed reviews.  Some totalllyyyy loved it while others found the sleeves too short or found it itchy.  (Worth a try though if you're in the market, especially because Nordstrom has free shipping and free return shipping.)  Also, it needs a sweater shaver fairly often. (I got THIS sweater shaver for $12 during Christmas time.  Haven't used a sweater shaver since I was a kid playing with my mom's, but one of these is WONDERFUL!  Makes your sweaters and cardigans look new again!)  I'm size 6/8 or S/M and got this in M.

At the bottom of this post I also link to a few other similar olive sweaters at similar price points, some even cheaper.  Onto the outfits!


olive sweater + striped tee + distressed jeans + ankle boots
olive sweater + striped tee + distressed jeans + ankle boots
olive sweater + striped tee + distressed jeans + ankle boots
Everyday Casual
This is how I've most often worn the sweater, and I've done it a whole lot.  Like I said--I get into a rut in the middle of seasons.  Nonetheless, I still love this combo.  I wore stripes underneath because I needed an extra layer in addition to my HEATTECH, and striped long sleeves are currently the only long sleeved cotton tees I have.  I ended up loving the pop of stripes coming out of the sleeves!

(If you missed how I layer when it's cold, see my post on How I Stay Warm in the Winter HERE.)

I wear this outfit for stuff like running errands, blogging from a boba shop, and meeting up with friends.  The combo is really comfy and easy to move around in thanks to jeans being soft and stretchy, wearing a cotton striped tee, and of course the comfy sweater.  

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Striped Tee: H&M (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy (exact--sized down from my usual 6/8 to 4)
Boots: Nordstrom (exactexact in more colors)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off w/ code AUDREYTOM, similar--half the price)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact


olive sweater + white plaid blanket scarf + leggings + black sneakers
olive sweater + white plaid blanket scarf + leggings + black sneakers
olive sweater + white plaid blanket scarf + leggings + black sneakers
Casual / Active
Often for errands with Addie I'll throw on Outfit #1 except I'll switch the boots for these sneakers.  However, I've also paired this sweater with leggings and sneakers for time with Addie at the zoo, the Children's Museum, and the park.  These are the high waisted leggings I reviewed HERE that are awesome for times that require a lot of movement and activity.  Honestly, the jeans above are soft and stretchy enough that I don't mind wearing them to the park, zoo, or museum either, but sometimes I'll go for leggings.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Leggings: Nordstrom (exact)
Shoes: Zappos (exact)
Scarf: c/o ModCloth (nearly identical)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off with code AUDREYTOM)
Bag: c/o Lily Jade (exact


olive sweater + mint necklace + leopard clutch + leopard print pumps
olive sweater + mint necklace + leopard clutch + leopard print pumps
Date or Night Out
I've worn the olive sweater with a turquoise necklace like this, but with riding boots for a more casual daytime look.  I have yet to wear it with leopard pumps as shown here, but it would be great for a date or dinner with friends.  I love olive with turquoise as well as olive with leopard print, and this is not the first time I've done the two combos together!  I did a couple summer versions with this combo, one HERE and another HERE.

Shop for the Look:
Sweater: Nordstrom (exactsimilar)
Jeans: Paige Denim (exact, similar)
Shoes: Sole Society (similar)
Necklace: c/o That's Mine Boutique (exact)
Clutch: c/o Gray Monroe (exact--search "Amy Clutch", similar)
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington (exact--15% off with code AUDREYTOM)

In case you still want to pick up an olive sweater for the remainder of the season and carry it into early spring, here are a few options between $18 to $39:

olive sweaters
Links to Shop:
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four  |  five


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