Why Am I Obsessed with Stella McCartney’s $890 Sweater?

by Leandra Medine
November 11, 2013
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Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 10.32.09 AMSo many things are wrong with this picture.

On the one hand, I am pretty sure that this turtleneck could have been from the Gap, which would have been fine, back when people all over the world were still joining hands to start a love train as requested by that viral commercial.

Conversely, though, it could have also been Courréges and used as under arming ski clothes on top of the Swiss Alps.

All of them.

So, never mind that.

On another hand, I get that we are trying to make turtlenecks happen again, but in the case of neck concealment, I’m going to say that slow and steady definitely wins this race. We should be starting with grey and black and muted, stupid colors that make us look more like drama club participants rather than skiers. But then again, Nora Ephron would have totally grabbed these ribs by the seam had it been around to festoon the cover of her I Feel Bad About My Neck.

Finally, though, it’s not even cashmere. It’s wool. So, self, what gives? Why the ass can’t I stop thinking about a plain, pale blue, ribbed turtleneck sweater? If I’m being honest myself, which I am, I don’t think it matters that it’s Stella McCartney. I think I’m just propelling my life way too far forward and assuming the position of a role I will never ever factually take on as a soccer mom. $890 to role play is starting to look like a deal when considering how expensive mini vans, children and athletic equipment can be.

[Stella McCartney Ribbed Chunky Knit via Net-a-Porter]

REPLIES
  • Caroline O’Connor

    Zara is all I have to say

  • Anna Louise

    It you heard a huge splat over NYC, that was the sound of my brain exploding. Yes, $890 is cheaper than a child, a university education, a cocaine addiction and lots of other things, good and bad, but please, please tell me you are not trying to justify an expensive yearning that way. I recognize it was an attempt to be sly and wink-wink, but it’s just so so vacuous compared to your usual trenchantly funny commentary…plus, there are people out there who bankrupt themselves with that kind of thinking. This is not to say I don’t share the yearning, and even the purchasing, of high priced product. But the equation is I want and I have the money and am willing to give up what else I could purchase with that money. Not that in the scheme of a lifetime $890 is so little. Ok, thank you for your time, rant finished.

    • Leandra Medine

      I didn’t buy it. Ultimately, I realized that I will never be Diane Keaton so today is a hard day for me.

  • Savannah Dobson

    i watched one of your interview’s on youtube this morning and i must tell you that I fell in love with your personality. I wish the fashion industry had more people like you: brilliant, funny and far from taking themselves seriously. Thank you for making me smile this morning!

    • Roy

      I could not agree with you more. True pioneer…

      • Leandra Medine

        You guys! My ego just exploded out of my body. My intestines are now everywhere.

        • Quinn

          I also pee my pants laughing at your “Video Games” video whenever I watch it!

  • Roy

    I know the feeling. I can relate. I can’t stop thinking about a 700 sweater I saw this past friday. Sometimes being obsessed with fashion comes at a price, but I agree it’s not always worth it.

  • Deanna

    That is the most generic 1989 sweater I have ever seen in my life.

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxqyz

    no offence, this is more like an infomercial to me..

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