Today’s outfit has two things I am loving right now. The first is the purple purse you see over my shoulder. It’s a Kate Spade, brand new, that I got for less than half it’s current price of $316 (a great price, but still pretty expensive for me). It’s a gorgeous purple leather and is a terrific size for ensuring that I don’t carry too much crap around with me, but can still carry what I need. My current plan is to carry it EVERYWHERE for a while!
The second is this shirt. You can probably see it better in the 2nd shot (head on). This top is a varient on the Abby Twist Front Top in size 3. The print is no longer available (although when I went to get the link I saw the black polka-dot print and am REALLY tempted).
This shirt is a favorite because the shape is so wonderful. It can be worn to work with a tank or something under it (more on that later) or out on a date with a sexy deep-v bra. The fabric is soft, stretch, and comfortable. The shirt itself is incredibly flattering: it has a nice “belt” just under the bust and a flowy section below it over the tummy. The result is great curves while hiding the parts that I personally am not happy about.
I wore this top with a pair of my black Coldwater Creek Ponte Knit jeans (ubiquitous, I know, but when you find a pair of basic work trousers that look great it’s worthwhile to buy several pairs). They remain comfortable, easy to wear, good looking, and one less thing to worry about.
One of the other really cool things in this outfit is the “tank” under the top. It’s cool because it isn’t a full tank: It stops just under the bust. This piece is made by an Etsy seller, GettisAccessories. She makes several different styles of tops to go UNDER other tops – specifically a tank style with a square-ish neck called a t-let, spagetti strap, and a crop top that has cap sleeves. In each case, there is elastic that stops under the bust to hold the half shirt down, allowing you to have some additional coverage without the weight through the middle. The size chart follows your bra size and goes up to an XXL (which goes up to a 44DDD on her chart). Getti has been incredibly good about communicating; While she doesn’t always have items showing on etsy, she can make any size and is willing to do custom work for an extra $2, so just drop her a message.
The final touch was another necklace done by my artist friend, Susan. She does gorgeous wire-wrapped jewelry using real stones or ceramic pieces.