A keeper and a maybe

I have now received most of my NAS items, apart from a few bras and undies still in delivery. 

I'll do a separate post about those and about the Open Edit jacket I also ordered. For now, here is a keeper and a maybe! 

Trust Angie! She tipped me off about this Zella top that I would never otherwise  have considered, especially after reading the reviews which described it as unbearably itchy and like grandma's bathrobe or bedspread. I do not find the first to be true (it's not itchy at all on me), but I definitely see the justice of the second remark; it's made of an odd poly jacquard fabric that is a bit like your grandma's bathrobe or bedspread. But you know what? I kind of love it for that reason! I remember my mother used to nod approvingly at how "lightweight" that material felt, and guess what? Mum was right. Also, it's a  really fun, architectural cut. I love a batwing. I can see myself throwing this on all the time both at home for semi-lounge and out in the world as part of regular outfits.  Shown here quickly with my stovepipe jeans, bonus stovepipe coming out of the top of my head, ha! 

You've seen the earrings -- they were already keepers, but I wanted to try them with a high necked top to see if they work, and they do -- no interference. 

The Franco Sarto loafers in navy are the maybe. I kind of love them. Like the earrings they feel both refined and chunky, somehow. Navy footwear is a wardrobe essential and also a bit of a HEWI for me, and at the moment, I own precisely NO transitional footwear that is not a sneaker. (Boots or sandals only apart from one indoor flat). So a shoe like this could fill a genuine need. 

The problem is that I have a lot of trouble fitting loafers or really any flat that does not have a strap or laces. These fit me better than most. They have some nice padding inside. They are not too heavy. Without socks they do not flip off my feet (though they would eventually give me blisters, no question). With socks or stockings, they will, alas, be harder to keep on. Please don't tell me to use those heel grips -- I have never had luck with them. They also rub a bit on my left ankle bone but I imagine that would soften up in time; it's already better after a few minutes of indoor wear. 

I'm mulling on this one. They give me a lot of pleasure to look at, and the price is right on sale, but shoes that aren't comfortable or practical are never a bargain. 

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  • Indigoprint replied 6 months ago

    That top is definatley a keeper. It does not speak bathrobe to me at all...too elegant. Looks fab on you
    Also the color is great. Finding a cool weather topper in a cool tone top had been a real HEWI for me, they always seem to diverge into the warmish ivory.
    I like the loafers too but understand your concerns.
    I think transitional footwear is hard too so bummer that they are not quite right.

  • LJP replied 6 months ago

    Ooh . I want that top! How could it possibly be itchy ? I see my credit card now getting ready to buy the top and the pants shown with in the grey version . Anyways , the white is perfect for you , and looks like it could easily be dressed up or down . I don’t have much to offer about the shoes other than a niggling sense that you should pass . The rubbing on the back of the one ankle isn’t good , isn’t it ? Going without socks is fine until it’s not - would you really go without right through to boot weather ? Anyways ….

  • Angie replied 6 months ago

    OH MY WORD, Suz! You in white with your hair = Magical :)

    KILLER top!

    Personally, I think the Zella top is amazing! It has worked on everyone who wanted to try it on across the colours. The quality is lovely. It's such a good top for the PNW - (if you forget about the hectic heatwave this week) -  and I can see you wear it a lot! 

    Visually the loafers are KILLER too! Completely get the tricky fit with loafers, though - I'm in the same boat. You'll have to see how it goes. Don't forget body glide! And if these don't work - you will find something else! 

  • Angie replied 6 months ago

    Here are the colours. 

    Also laughing about the "itchy" reviews :) I'm THE most sensitive person I know to itchy things. I can look at something and feel itchy! And this top was not itchy on me.

  • merwoman replied 6 months ago

    The pullover! I couldn’t even finish reading your post…I had to head over to Nordstrom’s site to see colours and sizes available. I see a hundred people are also looking at it, they probably saw you in it!
    Outstanding! If Nordies had used you as the model, that top would have been sold out on the first day.
    The shoes look fantastic….but fit is everything as you well know. If it’s not this pair , there will be another….

  • Indigoprint replied 6 months ago

    Well stated Merwoman, I reached for another device to look ad well!

  • kellygirl replied 6 months ago

    What Merwoman said! You look amazing in that top—so much better than the model! Love the loafers but as with someone with narrow heels—would advise you to proceed with caution. If they slip with bare feet…

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 6 months ago

    Oh, wow, that whole outfit is smashing on you, Suz! I hope the shoes turn out to be keepers, but I understand your difficulty with loafers, and you are so right about no bargain if you can't wear them. I'm hoping you can get a good feel for them by wearing around the house. It's such a bummer when shoes turn out to be mistakes, only after we've worn them outdoors for a day!

  • delurked replied 6 months ago

    Love that top on you. I had seen it in this color (obviously not a need for me) and thought it would be darling for the right weather. You look amazing in it.

    Those gel pads don't work for me either. I also work better with straps that keep a shoe on. I think rubbing on a shoe is a bad sign, even when they're really cute.

  • Irina replied 6 months ago

    The Zella top looks lovely on you!
    I wanted it, too after you posted about it. But alas, it’s polyester, an absolute no for me :(
    Shoes are tricky, if I compromise, I always regret later.
    Hope you will have better luck. 

  • LJP replied 6 months ago

    Well darn it. The Zella top is only offered in white and an eggplant colour on the .ca website . Oh well , saved myself some $ I guess !

  • kkards replied 6 months ago

    Love the Zella top, and if i could wear anything on my neck, I’d have hit buy…
    as for the loafers, well i love them, navy, patent leather FAB
    but yup they have to fit. Re blisters, i swear by body glide, i use it almost everyday, on my heals, sides of my feet and across my toes, and if these are rubbing on the ankle, I’d use it there until the shoes soften. As for the socks issue later, cannot help there. 

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Thanks, all. The top is really a fun item -- it's always nice to get something unexpected and useful. Thanks, Angie

    Yes, the only colours for the Zella top in Canada are white and the eggplant. I think the pattern probably shows most effectively on the white, but I could be wrong -- Angie will know. 

    Still debating on the shoes. I will keep wearing them at home over the next few days. I'd love it if I could make them work. Sarto has been a good brand for me in the past, so it's possible. 

  • Kathie replied 6 months ago

    Wow!! The white top is simply amazing on you. I love the texture of the jacquard. Good luck on the shoes. Ankle rubbing would worry me, so I hope they soften up a bit.

  • sarah replied 6 months ago

    I love that top on you. What size did you get?

  • Nikki replied 6 months ago

    Pretty top! Unique and stylish. Awesome color too.

  • Sal replied 6 months ago

    Love the top! Love the loafers!!

    I have three categories of footwear-first being all day 10 km plus if needed. I probably have about four- five pairs in this group. Second- all day - but less than 5km. This is all the rest bar my heels. I would wear them to work or to see friends or shopping etc but wouldn’t walk more than 1-2 km at a time in them. Then there’s the party/dinner heels- I am not adding any more of these because it’s not a big part of my life.

    The loafers for me would be category two. But you know your feet and the fit issues - they do suit you well though.

  • Echo replied 6 months ago

    I have to agree with Angie that you in white is magical. It looks so perfect on you.

    Visually, I love the loafers, but there's no bargain in shoes you can't comfortably wear.

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Sarah, I got the xs. It seems to work. 

    Thank you all for your kind comments and thoughts on the footwear. Sally, that is sort of what I was thinking about these (if I keep) -- they would not (initially, at least) be major walking shoes. But then, given my lifestyle (constant walking) maybe they wouldn't get worn enough! Oh dear. Tough to figure it out. Am going to continue to mull on it. 

  • DonnaF replied 6 months ago

    The top looks scrumptious on you.

    Small heel lifts, especially on the lift side, might eliminate the ankle rubbing and help the shoes fit better. I need all kinds of doodads to get my footwear to fit and/or be comfortable but have completely given up on slip-on styles like loafers. If you would wear them hosiery, you need to run them through their paces that way. It’s impressive that a thick soled shoe like that stays on your foot.

  • Janet replied 6 months ago

    That top is great on you! I have an awful time with shoes slipping off my heels, so I agree with the advice to proceed with caution. And I love the earrings and wish I’d sprung for them before they sold out.

  • Debbie replied 6 months ago

    That white top is fabulous on you!

  • avicennia replied 6 months ago

    Hi Suz — for what it’s worth, I returned the same loafers today (only in white). I’ve learned the hard way that shoes don’t fit better with time — contrary to the conventional thinking that some shoes need breaking in. I was so keen on them, but I’ll keep looking.

  • slim cat replied 6 months ago

    Love the white top on you - absolutely fabulous with your hair and new earrings! The shoes are a difficult choice - might be just "sometimes" wear not the workhorse ( but look so nice ).

  • Jaime replied 6 months ago

    Yes, thank you for the visual confirmation for putting white at the top of my BOLO (be on the lookout) list. Stunning! Not sure about the loafers. I have a deep love for platform loafers and these are "dabomb" but am slowing weaning myself of not quite perfectly comfortable shoes. Requires more testing for sure.

  • Bijou replied 6 months ago

    The top is gorgeous on you, I love the texture of the fabric.

    I love the look of the shoes but my feet blister so easily I would not be able to wear them even with about 10 bandaids and so it would be a no for me personally. They are so pretty, but I have enough pretty but not useful shoes…. A hard decision.

  • Vildy replied 6 months ago

    I have duck feet, wide across forefoot and ultra narrow heel.  I agree that some padding around heel does nothing.  What often works for me is to take a thick version of that back of heel pad and place under the top part of the vamp where the opening is.  OTOH, I have high volume feet so don't know how this would be with low volume feet. 

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Vildy, that is an interesting suggestion. My feet are medium volume, not low nor high, but I have a high instep. This might be something to try. Will experiment. 

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