WIW: Pilly over boxy (and skirt, in solidarity with Sveta)

So, today it snowed (again). But for once, I was going out by car rather than on foot on our treacherous icy sidewalks. (Big trip to the dentist for an extraction...ouch!!) 

That meant I could wear a skirt in solidarity with Sveta. What fun! 

Except for my sweater, that is. I love the fun taupe and pink, but I hate the incessant pills. Do my sweater sisters also get pills on this one? I am ready to toss it after one season. 

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  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    Love the sweater/boots/skirt colors together.  beautiful.

  • SarahTheWhite replied 6 years ago

    I love this outfit! :-) I'm sorry about the snow and the dental work... But you sure looked great in the middle of it all!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Pretty outfit,Suz! Sorry about the pilling -- maddening.

    Sorry about the extraction too.

  • karymk replied 6 years ago

    Oh what a great look Suz, it's so good to see you in a skirt.

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    Certainly you were the best dressed patient of the day! I don't have this sweater, but my lemming navy chunky Gap from last year is on its last legs because of excessive pilling.

  • LoriFLA replied 6 years ago

    Very cute and fun look. You look great.  Too bad about the pilling. 

  • hedgiehog replied 6 years ago

    Sorry about the snow and unfortunate reason for your outing but I'm sure you were the best looking patient in the chair all day! Love the dots on the jumper....they bring a happy, playful vibe to the outfit.
    Have you thought about a sweater shaver? I swear it's a real thing.....it's a battery operated contraption that is similar to a man's electric razor except its battery operated. It has prolonged the life of many of my jumpers.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    You look fantastic.  Hate pills though.  Should we call this your pillbox look? :)

    Yes, sweater shaver!

  • rabbit replied 6 years ago

    I want to upgrade my sweater shaver, I think the blades finally got dull.  Any recs? In the meantime a regular sharp razor is working, but it's easier to accidentally make a hole I think...

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Sweater shaver! I used to have one of those but it disappeared in a move. I do have a sweater stone and I use it gently on this sweater..to no lasting avail. Alas. 

    Hedgiehog - -- it is good to see you! I was thinking of you the other day and wondering where you've been. 

    Pil (ha ha...now there is a pun) -- MY GAP lemming sweater is also a goner after this season. And I don't wear it often anyway because in addition to the dreadful pilling, it also itches like mad. 

    But maybe it is us, and not the sweaters?! Not everybody had this trouble. 

    Thank you for the sympathy. The freezing is almost out and I am doing okay so far. Crossing fingers. 

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I got rid of the Gap sweater for itching, pilling and lint-attracting.  You are not alone. 

  • Raisin replied 6 years ago

    Oh my gosh, Suz you look so great in these purple shades!

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I heart the muted color palette! Ooooh and those gray boots! Admittedly I love this outfit from the waist down, but I am not a huge fan of the sweater -- it could be I'd like it better in a higher contrast outfit. As a result if it's giving you a headache with the pills then I say toss it ;-). 

    Maybe it's the contrast of the sweater's graphic print with the soothing muted color palette that I find jarring. Interesting, I never realized that print could be used almost as a color to add contrast to an outfit. I am not sure I would have the same reaction if the same colors appeared on your sweater in a watery print. Interesting... Excuse me while I go off to ponder that thought.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    That's really interesting, DV! Angie and Sveta and Thistle have this sweater in black and cream. I really liked it in that colorway as well, but this one seemed more suited to my complexion. I typically wear it with jeans. 

    It IS an unusual combination, I agree -- soft colours with graphic print. But the print is round, too, so that adds softness. Plus the knit (wool and cashmere). I am not sure dots are the best pattern for me, though -- so it may be that causes some internal dissonance? I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this sweater myself that I can't entirely pin on the pills! 

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    I love this combo. The polka dots and color combo are great. Surely there's a way to save such a cute sweater. I have a burgundy cashmere that I love, but it needs a shave as well. Interestingly, it only pills where the arm rubs against the boobs when I'm typing...blaming the pilling on YLF!

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    I love the colors and dots, but I thought everyone was wearing this too fitted, once I got used to more fluid tops.

  • E replied 6 years ago

    You look stunning! I love those boots & the colour scheme is just lovely. :) The pilling sounds frustrating though.

  • Marmee replied 6 years ago

    So cute! I love the grey boots with the sweater. So sorry to hear about the dental woes. Ug. My husband has never had a cavity, but has terrible flossing habits. I on the other hand floss regularly, and have a mouth full of cavities. It seems so unfair!

    Regarding pilling, I hate that. I have several sweaters that have lasted just one season because of that problem. It just doesn't seem right.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Yay, Suz in skirt - thank you! Extraction - brrr! I hope everything went well...
    I like this skirt and sweater together - loved it since I saw it in the Nordstrom's fitting room. I actually think that softer colors work really well  here where overall effect is based not on the contrast but on harmony.
    My sweater pills a bit but not too excessively. I think it is fine for another season at least. My Gap oversized sweater is also fine and not itchy at all: I really think the grey one had a different fabrication than the cream one.
    Thank you for skirt camaraderie! 

  • Dee replied 6 years ago

    I really like how the pink in the sweater is drawn out by the red/dark pink of the skirt. It looks really fun for this time of year.

    The dentist is always the most nerve-wracking medical appointment for me, even when nothing is wrong. I hope everything went well!

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    Lovely combination! I love the color of the skirt and how it matches the gray in the boots. Are those the boots that caused such an uproar at La Canadienne with the color?

    The pilling sounds irritating. As for the dots, they do look OK on you, but I wonder if the dots are a little too large for you? I'm thinking how in Triumph of Individual Style the authors say to look at your facial features for print scale. I wonder if you stuck with dots that are maybe the size of your eyes or something if that would make you feel more "at home" in a dotted sweater.

  • sarah replied 6 years ago

    Blue GAP sweater = major pilling
    Cream GAP sweater = minor pilling

    Go figure? 

    My Halogen sweater does have some pilling, but I'm sort of resigned to it. You look fab, though, and I can't see the pilling or the missing tooth from here ; ). Hope you heal up well.

  • Gracie replied 6 years ago

    Lovely colors, I'm loving the boots and skirt. The sweater is cute but I'm not a fan of large dots in general. Too bad about the pilling, I hope you got quite a few wearings out if it. I hope the procedure went smoothly, and hope that you know that a bit of ice cream is highly healing afterwards ;)

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Well you look good! Extraction sounds no fun, and pilling sounds aggravating. The sweater and tooth should be put behind you.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    tee hee, Gracie, that is a perfect prescription!! 

    The extraction was not because of cavities. Complicated story but suffice it to say that it shouldn't show or affect me too much in my chewing and hopefully it will help in the long run. 

    Gigi, you might be right about the size of those dots. Good to ponder. I will probably keep the sweater one more season for wearing more casually. 

  • adorkable replied 6 years ago

    The combo is fun - and I love your boots!

    I think I'd also be curious to see the dots either a little smaller or a little lower contrast.

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    Love the soft spots Suz! 
    The dotty ones I see here seem to be all black backgrounds, and rather stark.
    Commiserations re. your tooth. I had a similar experience last year with a tooth that cracked due to my bite. Root-filling was tried but eventually it had to go :( I hope your mouth heals well- don't forget to start rinsing often after today.

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    your skirt look is just the pill the doctor ordered for snowy weather!

    * wait was that a bad pun?*



  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    Sorry about the pilling and the dentistry, but it's nice to see you in a skirt and those lovely boots! I think the sweater looks great on you, and kind of like the unexpectedness of the graphic print in softer shades.

  • replied 6 years ago

    The boots! The boots! (Sorry, I couldn't contain myself.)
    What a fab outfit for a trip out in the car. I love that skirt on you, and so sorry about the pills. I'm sure you've gotten tons of wear out of it for your money this winter in any case. Interesting about the roundness of the dots...I think I hear Kibbe talking! Hope you are healing up well from your extraction. Have some chicken noodle soup on me. :)

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Well, that's the way to brighten winter!  I like the color palette in the sweater, which is surprising, since I, like DayVies, am generally a high contrast girl and this palette wouldn't work on me at all.  Perhaps I'm drawn to things that I can't wear when I see them work on others?

    I'm particularly fond of a bit of pink in winter!

    Pilling is driving me crazy, too.  And it has little to do with price, which is even more maddening

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Yes, you're right Beth Ann. Although this sweater was inexpensive and is a wool/ cashmere blend. It seems worse with the blends. 

    Claire, thank you. The boots are amazing. So comfortable. They've had so few wears this year. It's not that I am babying them (after all -- they are all weather boots) -- but I just can't go out in them on sheer ice or in deep slush, or when I am tromping across a field of snow. So they've had far less wear this year than they would in a typical freeze/ thaw style winter here. Ah well. 

    On the positive side, you're right -- this sweater earned its CPW this year and I also wore the black La Canadienne boots enough to make them worth the $$ spent. 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I love the soft cheerful colors and those boots. My gap cream sweater has not pilled or been itchy and has had a lot of wear this cold winter, but the navy version is different and itchy. I bought an inexpensive F21 long sleeved tissue weight turtleneck solely for wearing under it.
    Since reading that cutting the pills off is best, I've been using a small very sharp scissors to trim them off sweaters. New pills don't seem to form as fast.

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I love your outfit!  Too bad about the sweater pilling.  I've been lucky lately and although most of my sweaters are cheap (Target, Old Navy) none of them pill.  

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Can't see the piles:-), or anything other than The Boots! THE BOOTS!(which are same shade as the sweater, OMG how fab!) And, you sport skirts so well, Suz, we want to see more!

  • torontogirl replied 6 years ago

    Suz, that is a great outfit! Pilling is a pain - it happens to me all the time :(

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    Sorry to hear about the dentist and the pilling.  I have a very low tolerance for pilling on knits and will toss items at the first littlest sign, especially when a sweater comb doesn't help it.  So frustrating!  The outfit is lovely, all of this dress and skirt talk has me debating putting one on my fall/winter shopping list next year.

  • Eliza replied 6 years ago

    Very nice look, Suz.  I hope that your dental work goes smoothly.  Always nice when that is over.

    I don't have that sweater, but pilling is so aggravating.  It does impact whether or not one can keep an item.  It is most irksome on some of the more expensive knits, as others have noted, higher cost doesn't always lead to remedying this.  Just sympathizing without a solution.  

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Suz, my dentist has never seen me looking as great as you do in this outfit. Your boots are just fab, and these soft colors look great on you. I, too, wonder if you would prefer a slightly smaller-scale print in your sweater? I hope your mouth heals quickly and painlessly.

  • Alassë replied 6 years ago

    Looks nice! I love polka dots, purple, & pink.

  • Isabel replied 6 years ago

    This is great look Suz !!!! I hope all goes well at he dentist !

  • krishnidoux replied 6 years ago

    Lovely skirt outfit! Oversize polka dots add fun to a more classic silhouette. Me too, loving the boots. What are they? 

    I am with you about the weather. Ugh. Can't wait for it to clear out a little. Skirts are waiting in my closet. So are wider legged pants! 

    I the meantime, you sure look fab.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Boots are La Canadienne Mazy ....can be had on sale from 6 pm sometimes...although I did pay full price after looking fruitlessly for a long time for ones that would fit my calves in both height and width. 

  • O replied 6 years ago

    What a fresh, fun combination. Button up under sweater included, yay - and denim of all things! I don't have the right ingredient to try and copy the look, otherwise I'd rush to have a go.


    Pilly... LOL

  • April replied 6 years ago

    Suz, when I read this the first time, I thought you said your sweater shaver went missing in a movie.  And I was going, 'Damn, Suz must really hate pilling..."   ;)

    So glad to know you weren't shaving your sweaters at the cinema.  And I hope the dentist visit was not too traumatic.  

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Yup. Mine is pilling too. *sigh*

    And I love this jumper. You look sensational, Suz. xo

  • Vicki replied 6 years ago

    I adore this spotted pilled sweater!!!  So cute and so sad at the same time.  I bought myself a Dritz sweater comb and now swear by it.  Sveta will be so happy to see you in this and may I ask you about your nylons?  I am desperate to find some that are lightly shaded, like yours, and not so darkly tinted.  Can you share the color and type, Suz?  Thanks.

    Hope you're feeling better after the dental visit.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    I've clicked on the pic three times - I just love the dotty sweater! That's too bad about the pilling. I wish there was some way to tell which sweaters are going to pill and which aren't. Is it fabric content? Washing? 

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