|Saige's Sweater Outfit. Well, Abbi's.|
It's not often that I review things that are still out for purchase. I have a lot of backlog to get through with outfits, not to mention historical sets (including a near complete Addy collection, my pride) and Etsy stuff. But seeing as this is a limited edition outfit and there's a little less than a half a year to get any hands on this outfit and/or set, I'm willing to tackle this one early so that anyone who might want to get good opinions on the set can see it before it's retired and folk are looking at a stupid ridiculous markup on eBay.
The outfit consists of a open multicolored drape sweater, sleeveless shirt, denim-style leggings, and brown sandals. I paid the full, original cost of $34; there are already auctions going for 60+ bucks on eBay--which is absolute nonsense; there's still some months left in the year to get it. I haven't seen the movie yet (I'm not exactly rushing to) so I can't tell you where it shows up there. It however, is shown in the books; I'll show which pages at the end.
This review (and the set afterwards) are going to be with Abigail Mona "Abbi" Dormany2, my quiet sensitive painter. I've already talked about the pink stripe in her hair in the Dolly Weave review; she likes it so much she's likely never taking it out. She is also wearing the Raspberry Glasses (reviewing later when I do a Glasses Run) and what I am pretty sure the necklace from the 2008 Gardening Outfit; she came in it and I've never taken it off. You may also see two of the hair decs that I have in her hair; one is Our Generation, the other from my collection of buying small clips and finding hair stuff in used stores.
|Sweater. Cause even in the Southwest, it gets nippy.|
|"Flat" to show the pattern.|
|Push 'em up!|
|Excuse me sweater--what are you doing?|
|Oh, this will not stand.|
|Sweater off Abbi.|
|Sleeveless Shirt. It was brisk. I dressed in layers.|
|Neckline and armholes.|
|Subtle little print.|
|To the hips.|
The shirt gets an A. I was very pleased to see the faint print and and I'm sure it can go under and match up with a lot. Also, covering up the armholes is a plus in my book, for always.
|Leggings. Call then 'jeggings" and I'll beat you with a Doc Marten.|
They're a little past ankle length, hence the slight gather at the ankles.Which, you know, adds style so no problem there. I actually like the ankle gathers. The leggings get a A. They're good, sensible leggings and won't show dirt, and will likely go under a lot of things--albeit none of my 80s things. They're just not neon enough.
|These shoes are made for painting and showing your toes.|
|Why the camera focused on the far foot, I'll never quite know.|
|Sole. Get you somes.|
The outfit is only seen twice in the books; one in a half shot, and one from the waist up.
|Saige, pg 23.|
Here the outfit is shown in Saige. The shoes are wholly different and the undershirt has no pattern; the sweater is also only red, black, and pink with stripes on the lower arms.
|Saige Paints the Sky, pg 55.|
|In the case.|
Overall Feel: I really do like this outfit, much more than I like Saige. (Sorry, selecting New Mexico as your location and then putting every character as color as sidekicks to the white people wins no points with me.) The sweater-undershirt combo is nice for that spring to summer look--off sweater for the day, on for the night or on cooler days. It's casual comfy. The pilling on the sweater is the worst, though--I'm sure in a few years there will be snagged and falling apart sweaters.
Cost Value: I think $34 isn't half bad for an full component AG outfit brand new and not secondhand. If you want it, get it before 2013 is up and you're looking at stupid eBay prices. It's not worth $60+. AG stuff less than five years old is almost never worth the ridiculous secondary costs--and I've paid some of them for some outfits. (But for Addy. Cause she's spoiled.) Once it's retired, maybe go up to $40 for a full set, but not much higher.
Timeliness/Datedness: It's very contemporary, but in a good way. The leggings aren't neon lycra or lamé enough for an 80s look, but they might be able to carry a little bit if you squint and tilt your head. The outfit might be dated in a few years, but I don't think it'll do too bad as the years go by. We'll have to see.
Mix and Match Levels: Everything can be swapped around. I will probably try the sweater over a black or yellow shirt, or a casual solid dress with some boots. The shirt can go all by itself, as well as over jeans or skirts or other stuff. The leggings can go with other tops as long as they're down to the hips. They might look thick under a skirt, though since they're more like pants. And the shoes are adorably perfect, and might actually take the place of shoes in another outfit I have from the late 90s/early 2000s that have very weak shoes.
Appropriateness to Character: Unlike the only Lanie outfit I have, this one at least gets the distinction of being in the books itself. So it at least gets points for actually applying to Saige herself. For my moddies, it's Abbi's outfit, though she'll happily share with everyone. I think it won't look bad on any of them--it's not too bright or pastel. Nice and soothing.
Final Grade: B+. The pulling on the sweater keeps it out of the A category, but overall it's a dear little set with a lot of potential outside of Saige's collection. Get it now if you want it, before you're potentially paying through the nose for it.
|Next time: painting in sweaters, with Abbi.|
ETA: I have watched the movie, and the only part of the outfit seen is the sweater over other clothes.
1 I only have three officially official GotY: Marisol (awesome), Sonali (superior to Chrissa in all ways) and Kanani (one of the best, and all I don't have is her ice stand because it sold out before I could get it). See footnote #2.
2 Abbi is a restored "Nicki" that was gifted to me.