I am thrilled to bits to bring you the latest purchase from my Tall Speciality Shop Challenge – a fabulous button-up tunic from tall fashion newcomer Amalli Talli. Ever since Amalli Talli launched its online store, I’ve been oogling all of the refreshingly on-trend clothing and just knew I had to get some of these styles in my closet.
Since my heat-averse self is a bit obsessed with 100% cotton (and linen) at the moment, it should be no surprise that I zeroed in on this 100% cotton tall striped blouse. At first glance, this blouse may look very proper (and maybe even a bit vanilla) with its high-buttoned neck and subtle pattern and colors. Indeed, I initially thought to myself that this blouse would look good with my white jeans and my white linen skirt and almost quit my outfit brainstorming right there.
Then I gave myself a swift kick in the bum for forgetting all of my Project Remix skills and decided to dig deeper into my closet to see if there were any unexpected and colorful pairings to be made. Guess what?! The subtle blue/white stripes make this top the perfect piece for pairing with brighter colors and other patterns.
Here are three ways I plan to wear this tall blouse:
Look #1 – Paired with Old Navy Floral Flirty Skirt, Naturalizer Wedges, Madewell Belt, Necklace Made by College Roomie
I almost didn’t try this blouse and skirt together but I’m so glad I did because it’s my favorite look of all three. I’ve been a big fan of pattern mixing for awhile but mostly admire it on others and rarely do it myself. Now I have the perfect pattern mixed outfit! Huzzah! Since this skirt is a bit on the shorter side for me, I decided to button the top all the way up.
Look #2 – Ann Taylor Orange Textured Pencil Skirt, Paul Green sandals, Necklace Made by College Roomie
The subtle light blue stripes also look great with my orange textured skirt. Can you see the little roses in the skirt? I count this as pattern mixing! I unbuttoned the blouse and folded the collar back to make it into more of a v-neckline. I was fine with the blouse all buttoned up for the first look since the skirt is shorter but when wearing the tunic with longer skirts or pants, I think the v-neck styling is more flattering.
Look #3 – Lace top from Tall Snob Store, Lucky Brand Boyfriendish Jeans, Cole Haan Air Monica Flats
I know I keep calling the Amalli Talli top a tunic and here you can actually see it in all of its tunic-y glory. At first, I was going to layer it over a simple white tank but I again challenged myself to find something a little bit more interesting. I chose my lace tank from Tall Snob Store. What do you think of this look? Mr. L3 (probably need to come up with a new name for him now that my blog name has changed) wasn’t sold on it but I think it has potential.
As you can see, I realized that my initial opinion of the tunic as more of a “basic” blouse was certainly deceiving because this top has the potential to pair with many different vibrant colors, patterns and textures. I haven’t tried layering anything over it yet for cooler months. That will be my next trick. I am happy that the top can easily be tucked in, worn buttoned all the way up or worn with some buttons undone and possibly even worn in a vest-type style.
This will certainly be the first of many purchases from Amalli Talli. I literally want one of everything from their website! Somebody confiscate my wallet QUICKLY!
Do you find yourself to re-imagining “basic” looking tops into more interesting outfits? What’s your take on pattern mixing? Yay or nay?
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