So, you know, BRRR.
Now, DC gets cold. Not freeze-your-eyelashes-Canada cold (admittedly Keely is way colder than I am right now), but respectably cold. It's not uncommon for temperatures to be in the 20s or the high teens around here, but not until January or February. Our Decembers are usually closer to the mid 40s. We're dealing with 20s and 30s and lots of icy wind, so again, BRRR.
I somehow forgot to buy Oscar any appropriate cold weather clothing this year. I mean, he has jackets and hats, but no sweaters or fleeces. Stuff that you wear indoors. We live in a old, drafty house, and I keep the thermostat on 67 (yes, BRR) so sweaters and fleeces are a must. Miles has plenty since he's in Oscar's hand-me-downs from last year, but little Oscar is freezing his patootie off.
He has a couple of things; a dinosaur sweatshirt I bought him for $3 at Tar.get; a hand-me-down fleece; his dorky moose sweater; a red sweater from last Christmas that's only a smidge too short. He certainly needs more though and while my mother-in-law and my sister usually get the boys some clothes for Christmas, we can't wait. It's cold NOW and it's supposed to be a cold winter.
This has lead to sweater shopping. I had seen some sweaters in Tar.get but they were thin and not that cute and acrylic. Acrylic pills and these sweaters need to get through two kids, so the sweaters need to be 100% cotton or a wool/cotton blend (wool is too itchy for them on it's own.) I went to ON online and they are having a BOGO on sweaters right now, so I got him four. They are those thin French-style sweaters but I'll put them on him over a T-shirt and a long sleeved shirt, so he should be fine.
I also found another sweater. I can't decide if I love it or hate it. Here it is:
So, on the one hand, I like the idea of a zippered cardigan. It makes layering even easier. I can put this on him over a long-sleeved tee, and if he gets hot he can take it off himself. The mock turtleneck style of the collar looks good on Oscar because he has a long neck. I like the look of the bottom of the sweater; it looks like it will hang just right and not blouse up at his waist (Oscar is a skinny kid so that blousing look makes him look like he has stick legs.) I like that it is black because black goes. I like the red stripe. I like that it's on sale.
So, it's a cotton/acrylic blend and I'm pretty against that for previously stated reasons, but all of the positives listed above may rule that out. It is on sale, but not on clearance. But I'm really not sure about the skulls. Do I love them or hate them? Now, if you have a little boy, you know that little boy clothing is overrun with skulls and crossbones these days. It's a pirate thing. Normally, I think that it's pretty cute. I just don't know if I can get behind skulls and and crossbones on a kitted sweater. It just does't seem to "go." Then, on the other hand, what I kind of LIKE about the skulls is that they don't seem to really "go." It's like taking scary looking skulls and putting them on a sweater and putting that sweater on my cute little boy makes that sweater kind of hip.
So, how do we feel about this sweater?