2015 may be winding down but I still have some Tall Speciality Shop Challenge purchases to show you including another Talltique review. My very first purchase in this shopping challenge was my beloved faux leather bomber jacket from Talltique, so it seemed fitting that some of my last purchases in the challenge also be from Talltique.
After taking a chance and falling in love with my ruana wrap this fall, I decided to order a similar piece from Talltique – a burnt orange drapey sweater vest. Similar to my ruana, I’m still figuring out how I want to style this piece, but I threw the following outfit together and ventured out for a girls’ day with a friend. My friend also happens to love photography and did a quick photo shoot of me as we were waiting for the bus. Huzzah! I’m pretty sure the other folks at the bus stop thought we were a bit nuts but we didn’t care!
I paired the sweater vest with my new gray jeans that I bought in Switzerland, my Long Tall Sally striped top and my J.Crew boots. I fretted a bit about whether the sweater vest would fit OK under my long coat (which you can see on Instagram by clicking here), and it fit just fine which is great since the thick fabric of the vest provides a nice layer of warmth.
As I mentioned above, I’m still trying to figure out how to style this piece. I typically don’t like a lot of bulk up top because I don’t want to hide my figure. That’s why I decided to wear the sweater vest open with a fitted top underneath as opposed to using the sewn on hooks to fasten it all the way across. I also tried belting it when I was playing dress up the other day but have yet to nail that look. Overall, I love the color, the fabric and the way the vest drapes, so I know I’ll find plenty of ways to wear it.
Of course, I couldn’t resist twirling and tossing some leaves because that’s what you do during a bus stop photo shoot, right?
As for my other purchases, I’ve been wanting to try Talltique’s basic tees and tanks for quite awhile and am happy I finally bought a few pieces. First up, the long sleeve scoop neck tee which I bought in the wine color since I already have long sleeve layering tees in black and white. One of the unique things about both this top and the two tanks (which are all made in the USA by Nikibiki) is that they are one size for sizes 4-14 (and there is also a plus size version for sizes 14-22). The top is insanely stretchy and soft and the only way I can describe the fit is that the top basically shrink-wrap conforms to my figure. Some ladies even use these tees as maternity tops since they apparently stretch really nicely over one’s baby bump. Should I ever grow such a bump, I will let you know what I think.
I don’t usually wear super tight tops on their own but I at least wanted to show you how the top looks in all its glory. Thanks to this tee’s form fitting style, it is the perfect layering piece which is what I bought it for. The flattering scoop neck not only creates a flattering neckline for showing off favorite necklaces, but the neckline also won’t conflict with the necklines of the tops I wear it under (which is often an issue for me with my layering pieces). In this photos, I paired the top with my Loft gray blazer and long necklace, Banana Republic skinny jeans, Corso Como booties and Wildflower Roots short necklace.
I don’t know about you but I always need good black and cream layering tanks in my life. I’ve already worn these two tanks several times since they arrived which means I’ve made a smart purchase.
I couldn’t bring myself to taking photos in tank tops during the cold winter so just imagine the same fit as the long sleeve tee pictured above but in tank form. Again, I don’t think I’ll be wearing these form fitting tanks by themselves but they are the perfect base layer for me and are just the ticket for wearing under all of my sheer tops.
How do you feel about bulkier tops? Do you find you have trouble figuring out how to style them or do they naturally fit in with your other clothes? Are you constantly on the prowl for layering pieces? What’s your layering strategy for winter?