NAS Round 5: A maybe and a (probable) miss

Last two NAS purchases (for now...) and I'm not completely sure about either one. 

First, the Lysee leggings with leather insert. (Waving to Viva). 

The thing you need to know is that I have never worn leggings. Legging jeans, yes. But actual leggings, no. So I don't know how to wear the things. 

I got these in blue. They do not provide the promised girdling but that's because they're not very snug on me, I suspect. Regardless, they feel great and are a nice quality. My question is, how the heck do I wear them? 

Pics 1, 2, and 3 offer some options with my tall boots. J. Crew tunic (1); J. Crew Collection cashmere oversized pullover (2); random sparkly asymmetrical tunic top (3). Are the proportions okay with those? 

I don't know what other footwear a person might successfully pair with them. You can see booties and the Sweeties in some of the other pics. I don't feel as if those work. 

Also, does the J. Crew Collection framed pullover in pale blue work with leggings or is it too short? It feels a bit short in front to me. 

I'm inclined to keep them anyway as really useful items for my work at home casual life. 

Second, the Pure Amici oversized cardigan. This is a pricey item even on sale. And ... basically ... I don't know what the heck to do with it. I don't mind oversized in the least, but it seems to me the proportions are bizarre on me. Or maybe I just don't have a clue how to style the thing? (True, that.) 

How is one supposed to wear something like this? Do I need to find a slightly shorter version? Seems to me it works a bit better with the slight heel of my tall boots. But I'll be wearing it mostly indoors, in my slippers!  :) 

I am honestly inclined to return this one unless you all tell me I am nuts. 

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  • Tanya replied 7 years ago

    I love all the says you have styles the leggings and think that they are a definite keeper. Have you tried them with your black SW and navy booties too?
    The cardigan looks great on you, but I am not sure if it might be a tad overwhelming. I guess I can not make up my mind about it either.

  • carter replied 7 years ago

    Love all versions of the leggings! I love to wear over-sized long cardigans with jeans and a tucked or semi-tucked top with a fun belt. I think you need a bit more of a hint of structure/fit under a cardi like this.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    I think the leggings look fab in every single rendition you've put together here. And slightly off topic, I am totally IN LOVE with those Aquatalia mid calf quilted boots. Gorgeous and practical.

    Back to the leggings...I think these work brilliantly but I do have one question to ask. You had posted back a while ago that you were kind of over/sick of skinnies so just playing Devil's Advocate here in making sure you won't feel the same way about the leggings.

    The cardigan is a tough one. It looks luxurious and cozy - both fab things on a cold winter's day. This is why I love my "chicken soup" cardigan. I agree with Carter that the outfit underneath the cardigan may require a fair bit of structure to mitigate the volume. Would a size down make any difference?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Ah. That's interesting, Carter -- good point. That's helpful. Hmmm. So, try tucking. 

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Shannon, Tanya -- thank you. 

    Shannon, there is no size down in the cardigan. So that's out. 

    I think you're right about its needing structure underneath. Which might defeat the purpose a bit....hmmm. Thinking. I wanted a change from my constant tucks and semi-tucks, you know? 

    Re the leggings and boots thing -- yeah, I hear you. I worry the same thing. But these are not expensive and in a sense do provide a change from skinnies since I would wear them with tunics vs. the old semi-tucked pullovers. It's a different silhouette. Theoretically I could wear tunics with my legging jeans, too. But I have not owned many tunics. And of course they are smoother over top of leggings than jeans. 

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    I like the leggings and think you've done a good job of styling them. The light blue sweater might be a little shorter than the other tops.  If you feel self conscious, maybe that's one iteration that's better when you don't have to leave the house.  I usually wear boots or flats like ballet slippers with my leggings.  I tend to think of leggings as more like tights than pants, so I like my tops to cover my butt when I'm wearing them.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    I totally agree with you about the leggings. They do provide a change from skinnies. Personally I love the look of leggings with boots and tunics and it is so practical for our fall/winter. Keep and enjoy :)

  • UmmLila replied 7 years ago

    now you need fancy house slippers:;dwvar_D4

  • Elizabeth P replied 7 years ago

    I think you've done a great job of styling the leggings.  And I think you'll find them super comfy for working at home.  Maybe you can pick up another longer sweater...  (enabler...)

    I also have an oversized cardigan - an Angie pic from last year - that I feel a bit overwhelmed in.  But it is super cozy, and a different silhouette for me.  I have worn mine with my VC tube skirt - just a thought for more versatility.  Here are a couple of pics that I have on this computer, FWIW.

    So, I guess I'm saying I like them both, but only you know how they feel on you!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Ha, Ummlila -- you enabler, you!!  :) 

    And Shannon, thank you! :) 

    Sara -- totally agree. Top needs to cover my bum and the front view. :) 

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Ah, Elizabeth. That sweater looks better on you than this one does on me, I think. But it might be just that my eye needs to adjust. Hmmm. good point about wearing with the tube skirts. Anything that is narrow on the bottom, I guess. 

  • rabbit replied 7 years ago

    I love leggings and think these look good on you, proportionally they work to my eye. They are also super comfy for working at home.  

    A few things occur to me that make leggings work differently from pants in my closet. I try to wear tops long enough to cover the front and the back when wearing leggings outside unless they really are a thicker ponte type fabric.   If I'm undecided I sometimes wear a tube black mini over them, just to extend the length of the top and cover the bases when I bend over.   At home of course it doesn't matter, and probably doesn't matter at all if you tend to be somewhat streamlined in shape on the backside (I'm kind of a pear from behind/the side so I feel a bit self conscious).   Also, leggings unless they are a strong performance fabric (you can probably tell from feel how tough they are)  tend to wear out more like tights than like pants in my experience.   I've got Hue leggings that started to develop snags and abrasions where they rubbed against the inside of boots, so you might think about how much you want to invest in them.

    The cardigan I think looks comfy, but somewhat overwhelming and unstructured.  Again if it feels like a dream that may not matter as you can make it work with structured bits elsewhere in the outfit.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    The leggings are a keeper. I'm convinced you will wear them a lot - and your pullovers look GREAT with them. Plenty coverage from what I can see on my screen.

    I like the look of the cardi a lot - and think you've styled it well. Part of me is not convinced it's your look though. The oversized drape is too round - and you (me too) tend to prefer straight angular drape. I'd send it over to Shannon, Debbie and Denise in a heartbeat. But this could also be your wild card, Suz. It suits you very well. You simply have to decide whether it's "your look". Know what I mean, jellybean? 

  • Susie replied 7 years ago

    I think that the leggings look good on you and that you will find them to be a welcome addition to your winter wardrobe. It seems as if you have enough longer tops to make them work.

    I know you are a devoted sleeve scruncher but I think the pushed up sleeves are adding to the bukly look of the sweater. While skin can add structure, maybe just a bit (like on the model) would be enough and you wouldn't have so much fullness up top. But I do think it's a great piece if you think that you can make it feel like you.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Angie -- that's a really good point. I hadn't really noticed the "roundness" of it -- but you're absolutely right. I think it is lacking structure where I'm looking for it. I do LOVE the sleeves (they are deliberately 3/4 length for structure) and I like that it has a sort of shawl collar so the neck is more covered than with some cardigans. But it feels like a lot of money for something that isn't "me" in a way. I think I will send it back and maybe look for a more structured, slightly less oversized version at a lower price point. 

    The other thing I didn't mention about it that has turned me off it a has a funny smell!! I am sure this would go away in time, but it's been a week in my closet airing out and the smell is still there. 

    rabbit, thank you. These leggings are almost like gear -- sort of a performance like fabric. So I suspect they will wear reasonably well. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Good decision. And go away awful smell. 

  • Alassë replied 7 years ago

    I was thinking no on the cardigan, too. It sounds like the leggings would integrate well in your wardrobe.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    I think the leggings are a no-brainer.  They look great on you and give you a subtle silhouette change for your work-at-home-capsule.  The only outfit I question is the one with the shorter sweater.  I think it needs to be just a bit longer.  Its just too close to the crotch area!  ;-)
    As far as the cardigan goes - I really like that light gray one that you purchased from NAS a few days ago - I think it is much more flattering in the way that it hangs and seems like it would be easier to keep it from falling into "frump-dom" with the zippers.  Those zippers also add some built-in structure to it - which this Pure Amici one does not have.

  • AviaMariah replied 7 years ago

    Love the legging and I really like them paired with the shorter boots.  I would probably feel the same way as you if I was wearing them and looking at them but that's just because I'm self conscience about my legs.  From the outside looking in I think they look great.  I really think the cardigan looks fine too but for something that price and I think you need to jumping for joy.  

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    The leggings are great. I would think they are an incredibly comfy way to do the skinny-leg with tunic thing, which looks great on you.
    The sweater to me is a LOT of cashmere to wash, for casual wear. (I have the washable Blardigan, though!). So I vote re-direct your resources to something else.

  • Sal replied 7 years ago

    I think the leggings will be a useful them in look 3 the best. Such a lovely sweater and colour on you! Very comfortable and a slight tweak from skinny jeans.

    I think the cardigan is too overwhelming,  I love an oversized cardigan in winter working from home, but for the price you could do better.

  • Gracie replied 7 years ago

    The leggings with the faux-leather inset look great. I also don't quite "get" wearing leggings, I always feel like I'm in tights, even with thick ponte ones. So for me to go in public I'd probably wear a bit longer tops, otherwise I'd be pulling the front down all the time as I think it would hike up a bit when walking.  The black sweater looks cozy but yes, overwhelming... I bet you'll find a better one.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    I see you are sorted, I think you made the right decision :) What about another layer between the blue knit & the leggings?

  • Lyn D. replied 7 years ago

    Yes to the leggings too :)
    A great excuse to buy one or two longer sweaters or layering pieces!

  • Peri replied 7 years ago

    I know leggings have lots of fans...obviously from the answers, plus Angie has spoken. And all of those look great. So this is just me....

    I don't like leggings. I think they look like someone has forgotten their pants. I don't see much difference between leggings and tights, and we'd never wear just tights, but somehow leggings are okay. I don't get it. They are just slightly thicker, that's all...the look is the same. Like you forgot to put on pants.

    They only way I like them is with a dress...cause then they look like tights. I guess this is what is called a poison eye. Sorry...obviously just me. And as I said...your looks are great, for leggings!

  • Aubergine replied 7 years ago

    I really like the leggings and vote definite keep. It's especially nice that they're navy instead of black, since that seems less expected. I think they work really well with all the tops you tried, except possibly the light blue sweater, which does look a little short for these to me, especially since it's so high-contrast.

    The sweater seems flattering and doesn't look too long on you to me, but I agree that it's not worth it at that price if it's not really calling to you. I actually tried this when I was trying to figure out whether I was missing anything by not looking at the higher-end sweaters at the sale and I really didn't get what was up with the sleeves. What's the point of a long, cozy sweater if it doesn't have full-length sleeves?!?

    And I missed commenting on your boot thread, but hope you kept them!

  • Eliza replied 7 years ago

    Just saw this, Suz. Love your legging stylings and the boots are fab.

    I ordered that sweater also and have been puzzled by its shape and fit. Interesting to read all the replies. I didn't notice the smell, but put it in my closet as I need to devote some effort to seeing if it works. It is an unusual fabrication with short, tighter sleeves and an almost cocoon shape. Glad that Angie weighed in on its roundness; that aids my thinking. I am a relatively long legged 5'7" and that may impact the proportions, but as rule, roundness doesn't do my style or shape many favors. Thanks for posting about it. The cost is significant, though it seemed like a potential work horse, so I had to give it a whirl. I won't know until I puts me time into styling. Glad you made your decision.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Didn't want to NOT reply - but wanted to throw in support for keeping the leggings and passing on the cardi.  Having a similar work-from-home situation to yours, I have to say I LIVE in leggings in the winter.  I have a few pair with faux leather fronts from Club Monaco that I wore constantly.  Just that little bit of pleather made them look and feel more sophisticated and pulled together than just plain leggings.  Add on a sweater and bingo  - an easy outfit that is comfy, warm and sharp enough to be able to run out in at a moment's notice.  I love your new light grey zip trim cardi- and think this new one simply overwhelms your petite figure and doesn't do for you what you need it to do for that price.  

  • frannieb replied 7 years ago

    the legging are great. You styled them beautifully.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    The leggings are fun and ideal for work-at-home-in-winter capsule. I would wear them with longer tops covering the bum and crotch areas completely and ideally a bit longer. I am past wearing leggings in public (ponte skinnies for me there) but I still wear them at home in colder weather with a longer top.
    I agree with Angie's assessment of a cardigan - and with unfrumped on A LOT of cashmere to wash! However it can be very cozy for cold winter days yo cuddle on a couch with your laptop and Max... :-)

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    I'm not going to be much help because I like both items on you.  But they both have a cozy vibe.  Leggings are usually soft and require a longer, looser fit top to cover important areas as Sveta said (bum, crotch, upper thigh).  I like all your outfits with these because they all do this.
    The cardigan reminds me of the fit and vibe of a sweatercoat.  I adore sweater coats so anything that suggests one I will like.  But I pair mine with long sleeve t's for a cozy vibe and have not often liked the look of one paired with a crisp top.  If you think your style is shifting to a slightly cozy-er vibe I vote keep to both.  But if you want a crisp look neither of these items do that.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    I have not read any responses but I love the leggings on you.  Wow, you were made for leggings.  Where have they been all along.  I usually see you in a looser fit pant and the leggings are so sleek, and seem to go with many of your other pieces.

    And of course I'm loving the quilted moto boots even more now.

    Not as sure about the sweater, it looks like it either needs to be longer or shorter.

  • Firecracker replied 7 years ago

    I like the outfits you've put together here, Suz. The simpler ones look more you than the cardigan ones, so I agree with your take on that one. I would add: I like to wear leggings with dresses that are too short for me to enjoy them on their own. Two or three inches above the knee. Or tunics that are almost dresses but not quite: three or four inches above the knee. Don't know if you have anything like that lurking around. I wouldn't go out and buy something, because you clearly have great options here. And I'd love to see your new zippered sweater with these, too.

  • Gigi replied 7 years ago

    I vote to keep the leggings and return the oversized cardi. 

    For styling the leggings, my favorite was 4, and then 3. I always envision leggings as being worn with a quite long knit sweater, as in these renditions. I do think that the pale blue sweater seems a bit short in the front.

    As for skinnies vs. leggings, leggings are just way more comfortable! They have more stretch, and the waistband is elastic, which at least in my book means more comfy.

    The cardigan looks a little overwhelming on you, and I am not sure I would want to experiment at that price point. So I would vote to return and try your luck with a more angular one, as Angie suggested. :)

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