Since I was a little girl, I remember being totally obsessed with mystery books. Give me Scooby-Doo, Nancy Drew, even Mary Kate & Ashley Detective Novels — I would fly through these faster than I had any other genre. When it comes to one of my favorite kids books of all time though, Chasing Vermeer, comes to mind. Set in Chicago, this book follows the story of two kids looking to solve a missing Vermeer painting that got lost on its way to the Art Institute. I loved this book so much I read it multiple times — and can even perhaps recite the plot on command if I had to. All this aside, remembering this little detail of my childhood inspired me to put together an outfit inspired by another star-studded Vermeer painting: Girl With The Red Hat. But instead of a hat — I give you: girl with a red sweater. Here’s the look break down.

I started, well, with the red sweater of course — this extremely warm cropped turtleneck from UO. I’m actually obsessed with this because it’s the perfect combination between a going out sweater or something I might like to wear to work, and it’s incredibly cozy and comfortable. Next, I layered this Brandy Melville dress overtop (similar here), and paired the whole thing with a thick leather jacket and lace up Steve Madden Booties. Finally, to tie it all together and add a little more personality, I completed the look with these tortoise shell lucite earrings also from UO.

And there you have it, the girl in the red sweater. Finally, I leave you with this:

“My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare

As any she belied with false compare.”

[Sonnet 130]

Cheers, xx - A. Martine

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