Today I am taking a leap and showing an outfit that did NOT work. So, for Heaven’s sake, don’t try to copy this look! The idea was to wear my long tunic over a black top and column skirt. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? What went wrong?
The tunic fabric clung to the skirt fabric so the outfit had no “flow”.
Nothing delineated my waist and the result is very unflattering.
The necklace I chose is too bulky for these light fabrics. The collar of the tunic slipped around, so I buttoned the top button. Also a mistake.
Many lessons in this outfit for me… the biggest one: if I have doubts when I first put the outfit on, TAKE IT OFF and try again!
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See a way I’ve worn this tunic that worked better:
I’ll admit it – I have a love/hate relationship with tunics. You have seen me wear them before, but I am never entirely sure I like them. They look great with skinny pants, but with skirts? I was completely seduced by the tomato red color of the top you see here, BUT I’m still not sure whether it looks like a sack or not. Maybe a longer, tighter skirt? Hmmm. Well, this fashion blogging game is full of uncertainties. And don’t get me started on the fringe on these sandals – the jury is still out!
Sometimes the clean line of a one-color ensemble as you see here is just the ticket. However I couldn’t just leave it there; I was compelled to add this lace-y belt from ASOS.
I haven’t told you about my belt collection – organized by width and color. One can only acquire a belt collection over many years I think. And if I were collecting today – well, I wouldn’t be collecting today because interesting leather belts have gotten way too expensive. The belt I’m wearing today is faux of course, but Ithink it makes the outfit sing.
Jeanne says: You’ve already seen this outfit if you follow us on Instagram, but it is worth talking about again. Its easy to dress up and to wear with a tee and flat sandals. It could be the perfect midi skirt for summer! But Kate’s fabulous skirt is close to perfect as well – the bright colors would carry any ensemble – it would also be fun to do some pattern mixing with it!
Kate says: A skirt like this is so easy to style — it works equally well with a plain white tee as it does with a patterned blouse or chambray shirt. I think this will be my go-to skirt this summer. The wrap style (which you can’t really see here) also adds some flavor! We’ve seen Mom wear this skirt a few times, but it’s just so stinking cute! It looks great here with all black items.
Kate says: This white eyelet dress from Boden is one of my favorites — the slightly full skirt is perfect for me, and it has adorable little short sleeves. It really can stand on its own with a colorful necklace and wedge sandals. White eyelet is perfect for a summery pencil skirt too! Mom even adds some edge with her geo-print top – so cute.
Jeanne says: Is there anything more summery than white eyelet? I don’t think so. Of course, white goes with every color and even a kaleidoscope of colors as you see here. Every wardrobe benefits from both a white skirt and a white dress, so why not make them eyelet?
Jeanne says: Well, I haven’t had much luck finding either flat white shoes or a white shirtdress, so I’m batting zero to date on What We Want Wednesday. So today I’m going in a different direction – I’m looking for a KAFTAN!
Kaftans make most people think of a 50’s-era Palm Springs hostess with a blonde beehive and a cigarette holder. I like the idea of a boho chic kaftan which will provide the added bonus of not having to hold in my stomach when I wear it! Also great on a hot night or as a beach cover-up. What’s not to love? Take a look at these beauties:
My preference is a midi length kaftan and here are a few I am looking at right now:
Kate says: I also haven’t had much luck with recent What I Want Wednesday items. So I’ve moved on to the next thing: a print pencil skirt. Printed skirts just scream spring to me, and I’ve been wanting to up my pencil skirt game for a while now. How chic do these ladies look?
Kate says: In my business casual office, I love pairing a pencil skirt with a casual tee – it’s the perfect mix of dressy and casual. This just shows how versatile pencil skirts can be. They work for corporate offices, business casual offices or even on the weekends with a tee and sneakers!
Jeanne says: Oh, the beauty of a great pencil skirt. I always feel instantly grown up when I put one on. Dark pencil skirts are a great item for transitioning to spring. It is not quite time for pastels and sandals and exactly the time for mixing light and dark. Kate’s outfit is a perfect example of that.
Jeanne says: I love emerald green — and, actually, all shades of green. So of course I purchased a pair of ankle pants in a green print. Despite the status of green as a recent “color of the year”, it remains hard to find fabulous green clothing unless you buy couture. I have coveted Kate’s emerald pencil skirt since she bought it several years ago. BTW, green goes with almost every other color: hot pink, red, blue, black, cream, orange, lemon yellow. Think about buying yourself an item in this versatile and trendy shade!
Kate says: I LOVE the color of this skirt, and it’s really hard to find similar pieces. It was certainly an investment piece (as J.Crew pencil skirts are) but I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it. My biggest pet peeve is that it’s cotton so I can’t wear it with tights… I’ve paired this skirt with many colors, but gray and leopard are a no-brainer.
We both love this modern take on the classic cardigan sweater from the blog The Perpetual Student’s Wife. It’s been on our Outfits board on Pinterest for a while, so it seemed high time to style it! It is a great way to get a fresh look from an old standby. But perhaps not such a great look for Christmas Day — what with all the eggnog, Christmas cookies, and a big, festive meal ahead!
Jeanne says: Cardigans are incredibly versatile. I like the tucked in look and I also like cardigans on backwards and buttoned up the back — so 50’s! I think the lesson is that we don’t need so many different sweaters, just a few that we wear a lot of different ways!
Kate says: I love this look! A tucked-in cardigan looks so sophisticated. I tried it originally with a pencil skirt, but the silhouette was a little too lumpy on my hippy frame. This A-line skirt worked a lot better for me, and the leather trim helped add some edge to this pretty preppy look.
Jeanne says: I found this camo skirt at a Banana Republic Factory store — of course it was calling my name at a cost of $19.99. The top was a find at Free People — the most unlikely place for me to shop! Bright cobalt heels and voila! And I avoided being too matchy-match. The truth is that it is pretty hard to match anything with a camo print!
I love Kate’s bright yellow top and it is great paired with that sort of tweedy skirt. Once again she is unafraid to bring in other colors to balance the yellow and the result is fabulous. On what is an obvious summer day, she manages to get her hair up in a slightly messy, very chic updo. Altogether very cute!
Kate says: I love this slightly unusual yellow blouse — the longer length, center placket and mandarin collar are fun details. This graphic herringbone print pencil skirt has been a great workhorse in my closet, and the black and white goes with everything, of course!
I love Mom in this oversized white tee — it’s so her but also so laidback and “Free People” at the same time. The proportions are perfect with a fitted camo pencil skirt. Camo looks great with those paten cobalt pumps and cobalt necklace!