Crazy Cat Lady Does it Again…

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You might have noticed that I have a tendency to gravitate toward clothing that matches my much-adored silver and white Maine Coon tabbies. Since they have come into my life, I have worn more grey than ever before, and started to allow the previously-forbidden animal print into my closet on occasion. I even bought glasses to match them!

I had my eye on this cat-matching sweater from the Venus catalog for a little while, and finally decided to go for it when it went on sale after Christmas. The picture showed is as more of a random, zebra-like animal print, so I was a little disappointed to find that it really is more like standard stripes, but with just a bit of a jagged edge here and there. Still, I like it fairly well. It has a bit of silver metallic in it, which I love.

I had a couple of different ideas on how to wear it. I was in the mood to throw in a little color, so I went with an aubergine camisole and left the bottom couple of buttons undone to show more of the purple. I wasn’t sure I liked the shapes created in that look. It seemed a little sloppy, so…

…I buttoned up the bottom and added a belt to draw attention to my waist. Yes, the second version makes me happier, although I still wish there was more purple showing. I didn’t realize until I started typing this that I had the perfect purple belt in my closet all along! At least I have the problem solved for next time.

And here are the little angles that inspire my madness!



Which version of this outfit do you prefer?

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  1. awwwww! Your kitties are so beautiful. My hubby grew up with a main coon and he wants one soooo bad.I personally like the second pic. Much more put together. It's a cute top. I've only bought swimwear from Venus but maybe I'll have to give their clothes a second look.

  2. I'm excited about the hidden third option with the purple belt.I quite like that sweater, and necklace.And of course your cats are very sweet.(Now I'll run off and listen to The Cure's All Cats Are Grey.)You are, as always, beautiful.Best wishes.

  3. Awww, gorgeous kittehs! Maine Coons are huge, aren't they?I like the belted look – it suits your slim figure 😉

  4. I vote for the belt, it looks very polished! Also I adore your necklace.~Lylassandra

  5. Your kitties are SO cute! I like the look with the belt. it's make you look thinner, if possible, and a bit taller. ^_^ You are always so beautiful! Kat

  6. Wow, the buttons and the belt make such a difference! It looks great. Such a cool jumper. ^^

  7. I really love it with the belt! I really like the shape that a belt gives sweaters like that although I always forget to wear them that way. And your two "inspirations" are gorgeous!

  8. I prefer the buttoned version of the sweater. Love the hint of metallic sparkle!My wardrobe matched my black dog… until she got old and grey. I guess I need more grey in my wardrobe, too. 🙂

  9. Amazing necklace 🙂 For the look, I prefer the version with the belt, I'd never thought to wear it that way! 🙂

  10. KITTIIIIIIIIES *cough* sorry.i also think the second one looks better, i like you showing your waist 😛

  11. Nice work outfit! I liked the second most. The idea with a purple belt sounds interesting.

  12. Nice sweater! I like the second look better too, it's indeed more put together. ^^ I can't imagine how it would look wih the purple belt though…:)

  13. the kitties are adorable. One of my cats, Vinny is a Maine Coon too, silver and white and black. I didn't know about the breed until he was about a year and a half old, I just thought he was fat with messed up vocal chords.

  14. KITTIES FOR THE WIN :DI keep noticing I dress in things that look like my step kittie's fur too lately lol.Awesome cardigan by the way 🙂

  15. The hidden third option does sound like the best! I always love belting items, even when wearing a belt doesn't necessarily create much slimness of figure to the outfit at hand.:)

  16. adore the second version and I too had my cat in mind when I bought my new, grey, winter coat. I got so fed up trying to get all the grey cat hair out of my black pea coat!

  17. Le Professeur Gothique

    Hehehe … you're just too cute for words! 🙂 Ooooo …. silver and black! Very nice. I really like the belted look best. And let me tell you, your little fur babies are fabulous inspirations! Their grey is more silvery too, so you nailed it with this sweater. 😀

  18. I do the bottom-buttons-left-undone sometimes to showcase a little pattern or color that adds life to an otherwise monotone outfit, too. In this case, I think you made the right call with the belt. That looks really nice. And maybe you wanted a little more color to show, but the stripes add interest enough, especially since they have the metallic shine. It's funny. Like you mentioned, from a distant in the first pic, it looks more like animal stripes than in the last pic. Lovely sweater either way.

  19. Your kitties are GORGEOUS! We had a cat that was part Maine Coon from the time I was about 4 until he passed away two years ago, so I have a fondness for them. I like the second look a little better, but that's just because I'm always fond of belts, corsets, and anything else that defines the waist. 🙂

  20. Your kitties are so beautiful. My cat's all black, so I guess I'm always dressed to match my cat! I love your necklace, it's so pretty <3

  21. Thank you for all the input! I definitely agree; this works best with the belt. I am looking forward to trying it with the purple belt!!Sorry for falling behind on the comments – I appreciate every single comment my posts get, and do try to respond individually to all of them. Something really big has been going on, so I haven't had as much free time for my blog lately. More on that later! 🙂

  22. Your babies are beautiful and there names are refreshing. 😀 cute outfit too.

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