Off shoulder tie strap cable knit with lace in white
himekaji basics post, I was thinking that this is a pretty standard himekaji coordinate - long sleeve knit with sukapan. It's not one that I really put together very much myself (purely because of the weather here), but I do love the combo! I actually don't have very many knits that work well for this kind of coordinate because I don't find it prudent to stock up on them since it's just too hot to wear a long sleeve knit as a top that isn't removable. Every autumn/winter/spring, I am very, very tempted to get one but always end up convincing myself that it isn't necessary and that I could probably get something kind of similar for cheaper at Forever21 because all you really need is a pretty basic pullover knit that's not super fitted and the right length.
This particular knit, however, I thought would be worth purchasing because of the "extras" beyond the basic cable knit top - it's off shoulder, has the tie straps and lace peek detailing on the sleeves. These are things that I'd be hard pressed to find together on a cable knit outside Japan/Liz Lisa imo and make this particular item worth purchasing from Liz Lisa (at a sale price). Anyway, I tracked down the top and found the listing for it by clicking on everything that could possibly be it in the tops category and ending up finding it beneath that ambiguous Yui Kanno catalog photo.
I ended up just buying it anyway because I really liked it in the stock photos for the other listings lol and had convinced myself most of the way already. I reasoned out that it would be nice to have despite it being a bit too warm to regularly wear in Hawaii because it might be useful on trips in the future? Lol. And I've been dying for a Liz Lisa knit that was reasonably basic (I don't like ruffles and random pom poms and applique and prefer a single color but without a cowl and more than a crew neck) but not too simple at a certain length, so I can create particular kinds of coordinates.
TL;DR After much consideration, I bought a top lol. (Sorry to have made you read all that but really my thought process was quite long for this particular item and for some reason I felt compelled to share it lol!)
The material is actually kind of on the thicker side which shouldn't have been a surprise, but I'm always just crossing my fingers that knits will be light and thin. Thicker knits usually mean I'm getting more for my money, but it also means that I'll be less likely to use them because of the climate here. Definitely would not recommend if you live in a tropical climate. I don't think I'd be able to wear it for more than a few minutes in outdoor temperatures higher than like 73F.
I like the lace detailing on the sleeve a lot, but not as much the tie straps. I should have known that because I haven't liked them on any Liz Lisa items I've bought thus far (just me personally - it has nothing to do with the garment itself) because I feel like they look obnoxious because I can't tie them right or style appropriately. For personal wear, I decided to take the front straps and tie them together behind the neck (halter style) and just tuck the straps in the back in lol.
with Liz Lisa check ribbon tie back skirt, off brand OTK socks & Liz Lisa OTK boots
with Liz Lisa key motif skirt, off brand OTK socks & Liz Lisa OTK boots
with Liz Lisa web limited floral sukapan, off brand OTK socks & Liz Lisa lace up back pumps
☆WEB LIMITED☆チェック花柄スカパン (142-5502-0)
Web-limited check floral sukapan in pink
with Liz Lisa off shoulder cable knit, off brand OTK socks & Liz Lisa OTK boots
with Liz Lisa sleeveless lace detail top & Liz Lisa wedge sandals
with Ank Rouge button down top, Samantha Thavasa 2-way purse & Liz Lisa wedge sandals
Denim fitted skirt with suspender straps in blue
strawberry 5000yen bag fit pretty well, I had high hopes for this as well even though the material was very different.
with Liz Lisa cambric puff sleeve cropped button down top & Liz Lisa heart suede pumps
with Liz Lisa sleeveless lace detail top & Liz Lisa heart suede pumps
Overall, I'm more-or-less pleased with this order. The knit, despite being a little heavy, is cute and goes great with a lot of Liz Lisa bottoms and works both tucked in and untucked. The sukapan, despite being fleece, can easily transition from winter to spring to summer. As for the denim skirt, I think I just have to experiment a little more to find the right length for the straps, and I'll be happier, but for now, I know it works with the red shoes and that's good enough for me.
This is my third package I have sent with SAL (via Tenso) and it left Japan much faster than the others. Having sent it during the holiday season, it took a little longer for it to process once it arrived in the US though. So far, I think SAL (small package) is a great alternative to EMS with a cheaper price point if you don't mind waiting a few more days for your items to arrive!