Remember my Long Tall Sally spot bow blouse and stitch graphic tunic that I sported during my trip to Vienna? Well I’ve been playing dress up with them and wanted to show you some fun ways to wear these items that Long Tall Sally kindly gifted me!
Fit: The tunic is loose enough to be able to wear a fitted long-sleeve layering tee underneath (making it perfect for chilly weather), but not so loose that it looks saggy baggy. I’m very happy with the fit!
Special Details: The texture of the thick white thread woven throughout the tunic adds visual interest and the turtleneck style helps keep my neck warm. I’m also loving that the majority of the fabric make-up is cotton!
Verdict: Definitely a keeper! It gives me an excuse to wear my white jeans in the winter and is perfectly suited for traveling because it’s long, comfortable and “cozy chic”. I’ve already worn this tunic more times than I can count!
The tunic looks good with pretty much any color of jeans or pants, but I particularly like the way the black contrasts with my white jeans while the white thread in the sweater matches the jeans! Wearing white jeans in winter makes me feel brighter on a dreary day and also makes me feel a bit “rebel-ish” since some people say you should only wear them in spring and summer.
LTS Spot Bow Blouse (c/o)
Fit: The blouse is a bit big/loose for my liking which also seems to be the sentiment in the website reviews. However, the looseness of the blouse is easily tamed by tucking it in. The sleeve length and general length of the top is spot on (hehe…spot on…get it?)
Special Details: Where do I start?! Of course, I’m obsessed with polka dots which is part of what drew me to this blouse. The plum color is pretty and mixes well with winter blacks and greys. This is my first pussy bow blouse and I like how prim and proper I feel when rocking this tie neck style. The blouse also buttons all the way down. I’m not sure if it would work to wear it unbuttoned (with something underneath of course), but I may try that in my next dress up session. Stay tuned!
Verdict: The top is great for layering under blazers (and possibly pull-overs like I experimented with in Vienna). The jersey fabric gives the blouse a more casual feel but also allows it to be dressed up or down.
Speaking of dressing up/down, you’ll see that I put together a casual outfit and dressier outfit while playing dress-up. Before I show you how you the results of my dress-up sesh with the blouse, here is the blouse on its own. Couldn’t resist a little subtle pattern mixing with the polka dots and animal print belt.
I wore this outfit for a sushi date with some girlfriends this week (except I wore boots under my jeans instead of flats) and felt super put together.
What I’m wearing with the blouse – Dressy Outfit – Banana Republic puff-sleeve blazer (also worn here); Ann Taylor graphic skirt (also worn here), HUE tights and Corso Como plum pumps (also worn here).
After I put this outfit together, I frowned at myself in the mirror, asked my husband what he thought, received a thumbs up from him and the outfit is really starting to grow on me. I’m still fairly new to pattern mixing and you just never know how prints are going to look together until you try them on which is half the fun, right?
Do you like to mix patterns? What are some of your favorite combos? Do you like the tie-neck or “pussy bow” blouse style? How about white jeans in winter – yay or nay?