Or should I say, soft greens or greens and blues? Or front slits on skirts and dresses?

Too many possible titles for one post! 

If my burgundy Aritzia parachute pants are the full monty, call this "cargo lite" in every sense of the word. 

Here's the skirt I ordered at a ridiculous sale price from Sandwich, along with two tops. 

The skirt is 100% linen. They call it "light olive" but to me, it reads like a pale silvery sage.   I did not press it yet and you can see that it does have wrinkles coming out of the bag. However, I think it may work for me, regardless. The fit is generous (i still need to do a proper sit test, though). It has pockets in front and one in back but it is not overloaded in that department. Although it's notionally a pencil skirt shape with a button front placket, in fact, it has slits to the knee on each side and a shorter front slit also, which makes it almost floaty. I won't be riding a bike in this skirt but it's easy to stride in it. 

It also matches the jacket I bought last year. So it could be worn as a "suit." I'm probably more likely to wear as separates unless I can find a way to style it that makes it seem a bit more current or interesting, but you never know. 

The first top is a tee, nice and boxy without being too loosey goosey for me. If I keep the skirt, I need a few items with green in the pattern because I don't currently own much green. 

The second top is also a knit fabric. It is similar in cut to a top I got last year but the material is different and this one has an elastic at the bottom so it is self-blousing (i.e. you don't need to tuck or semi-tuck to get that bloused effect.) 

I'm inclined to keep the skirt if it passes the sit test and will probably also keep the tops. Many of my summer tops are 8 or more years old and they are very much worn out. I just haven't found suitable replacements very often. 

Does the skirt pass muster? 

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  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    I’d get a linen vest and wear as a suit!   Or made a corset(ish) top


  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    KILLER with the jacket and sandals in #4 and #5! What a fortuitous match!

    KILLER wth the top in #6!  

    Also fab with the top in #1. 

    You look casually elegant, Suz :)

    The silvery sheen on the green beautifully complements your silver hair. Try a white top too. And white sneakers! 

    By all means keep if the skirt passes the sit-down test. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, Angie! I think it is designed/ intended as a suit. I just wasn't paying attention last year when I purchased the jacket. There are pants (cargo joggers in linen) that go with it, too, but I didn't care for them as much.

    Yes, it definitely works with white and white with silver tops -- I have a few of those already. And it works with navy, or navy & white stripes. A few of my current options. 

    I think it would work really well with fuchsia, too. So I will be on the lookout for that. 

    kkards, that's a really nice idea! I'll keep my eyes open for that. A vest would be less....something. I won't say corporate. Maybe I'll say a vest would be even more cheeky. :) 

    The skirt will also work with a cropped denim jacket, of course. White or blue. 

  • Helena replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I love it - it looks so good on you! The only slight caution I could say is to make sure it's not too see-through ... it does look a touch sheer at the bottom with the light behind you ... why I noticed that I don't know because it's not super-obvious, but just another thing to test out while you're sit-testing :) x

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    YES with fuchsia and lilac too! You have plenty of tops to wear with the skirt. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Helena, it is quite thin -- you're right. I have a high tolerance for that, though, so it's ok. It's only noticeable when the light is bright and directly behind and the person is staring at the skirt (as I invited all of you to do, LOL).  Anyway, I'm not wearing it to a formal office or anything. So it's all good. An excellent observation, though, and a good reminder to all, because people really differ on whether that's a deal-breaker. 

  • April replied 1 year ago

    YES keep as long as it passes The Test.

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Love the skirt! Tops are fabulous- I’d like to find a few for myself with green and blue with a touch of white. Lucky you - fabulous new additions!

  • Tanya replied 1 year ago

    Love it on you, it is indeed silvery sage and very flattering.  The new tops are great with it.   It makes me think of wearing it with lavender and lilac.

  • Jenni NZ replied 1 year ago

    Looks fantastic in all these pics! Great matching!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 year ago

    A very cool look. I like all the outfits here. It looks great with these tops and shimmery sandals as well as the more matchy looking ones with the navy band on them. I like the idea of pairing it with white, too. If you didn't already have the blazer, I would have said the skirt is kind of a different direction for you in the washed-out color and more casual look of the style.

  • SarahD8 replied 1 year ago

    Oh I like the skirt very much! I hope it passes all remaining tests.

    I am NOT a suit person but…I kinda like it as a suit? Especially if you styled it with a super casual support act, like chunky sneakers and a stripey tee…

    Love the idea of a vest, too!

    And the tops look great. You know I feel your pain on summer tops so if they work…snap them up!

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I love the *suit*. LOVE. And both blue tops. Totally want it all :)

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    I also love it as a suit! I want to see the whole thing paired with more subdued colors. Not that I don't like the tops - I do. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Haha, Sarah -- the struggle is real! I don't know what it is about them....I guess they do wear out faster because of perspiration etc. Lots of washing, and even if you air dry, as I always do, the number of washes probably has some effect. 

    I think the potential for casualizing it with sneakers and a graphic tee are high. I didn't like how it looked with my current sneakers for some reason -- but I need new ones this season so I might try a slightly different style. 

    Sharan, it *is* a different direction. I look pretty awful in pastels, including this one, truth be told (though those silvery tones sort of save it on me). But I wanted to try to branch out from my usual blues and also wanted something that would work with blue well. The jacket looks great with denim. It's a fab travelling jacket because the entire back is linen KNIT and so are the insides of the sleeves -- a really clever design. 

    Jenni, thanks! 

    Tanya, yes! Lilac and lavender will also be great with it. I need to do some sleuthing! 

    Slim Cat, thanks. `That touch of white in summer, especially, is key for me, partly because of my hair, I guess. But good summer tops are so hard to find! 

    April, thanks! 

    Jaime, thanks! By subdued, what do you mean? Ideas? I do not do black, so not that. Could do navy. Burgundy (maybe?) 

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    As a suit , it will not be stuffy.   Maybe you will find a floral top with that sage grass and fuchia.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    I like it! And a suit as well! I kind of love the notion of a casual suit but I have horrible luck finding actually suit pieces that both work for me. I say as long as it passes your test it’s a keeper!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, Janet, Rachy, Joy! Will sit in it first thing tomorrow and try to do some styling wiht more casual and subdued colours, as per jaime's suggestion. 

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    Love it on you - stylish modern and I think practical too!

  • Jessikams replied 1 year ago

    Nice color!

  • Karie replied 1 year ago

    WOW - perfect with your silver hair and the fit looks spot on. As long as it passes the sit down test, it’s a definite keep.

  • Dee replied 1 year ago

    I’m voting yes as well, love the side slits for extra stride, has pockets yay! it’s linen, so great in the hotter weather.

    Love all your looks but especially like it with your silver sandals, creates  a bit of a casual sporty vibe to it. It’s a lovely colour and seems to work well with what you have already. Hope it passes the sit test..

  • ChristelJ replied 1 year ago

    Every one of these combos looks fab to me. Love the tops here and can I say I think your cool earrings add a perfect touch of soft bling.

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    I love it! Both as a suit and on its own! Hope it's a keeper. I also like your new tops. 

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Great skirt : the fit is perfect and it's a nice nod to current trends.  I love the idea of the suit/either piece with white and think it would be beautiful with your hair and your silver footwear to bookend.  The two tops are great too - I also have had good luck with Sandwich over the years - and would love to see them with any/all navy bottoms, including shorts. Casual or dressier. And again with your silver footwear for easy bookending.  

  • lyn67 replied 1 year ago

    You're a lucky girl, Suz!!!:-) Please keep them all-they're a great  color scheme, patterns and fits---love the linen skirt resembles a midi denim skirt, and so---looks polished with the cargo/stitch/destressed detailes! Wow-you really scored!

  • Helena replied 1 year ago

    Suz, I have high tolerance for that too! I just like to be aware in advance so thought I'd just mention, just in case ;) Enjoy it x

  • Irina replied 1 year ago

    I think the skirt looks fantastic! Casual and elegant. I would love even if it wasn’t on trend and I love it with a blazer as a suit. Great find!

    Patterned tops is not my cup of tea, I’d rather go for a solid color or white but I know that you like to have patterned garments in your wardrobe. The fit of these tops is excellent. 
    Never heard about this brand. 
    I’m interested in the linen blazer, would you be able to do a quick review? I think I need M or 38. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Irina, for sure. First, Sandwich has an actual and quite beautiful store on Laurier in Montreal, so if you are out that way you can visit. I will say that if I first encountered them on the website, which literally ought to win the award for the worst website ever, I would never have bought anything from them. But I had seen and tried on their clothes in boutiques in Kingston and Toronto and then Montreal and I knew the fits and quality. 

    A few general remarks. Sizing is EU. But generous EU sizing -- I don't know if this is true across the board but in my experience German and Dutch garments are cut more generously than French or Italian. 

    I sized down in the blazer to a 34 for that reason, and also because it has the knit along the back, so it expands as you. move. It also comes in a beautiful bright light blue on the website but since it is a past season item, I don't know what they have for sizes. 

    Keep in mind that while my shoulders are square they are not broad and my bust is relatively small. To give you an idea, although Angie is 2 inches taller than me, I wear a size larger. So I have a small but not tiny frame. 

    This jacket is emphatically not an oversized or long blazer. In fact, when Angie did a post on long blazers last year, I think I countered with my "not long" blazer in a WIW. ;) 

    It's classic in cut, one button, unlined, but with nicely finished seams inside.The fabric is extremely light, as Helena points out.  The skirt is definitely high summer wear only in my climate and yours. The jacket is a bit more flexible since it is obviously worn over something else. I wore it on a trip to Ontario in late May last spring and enjoyed it then. I wore it all summer in BC. Till about September, when i wanted different colours/ fabrications. 

    The back is linen knit. The inside sleeves are linen knit so they stay pushed up if that is your preference (as it is mine). Of course the fabric does wrinkle at the elbows, etc, but the  dye (which in the light olive, at least, is variegated in tone) makes wrinkles less visible/ noticeable than it might otherwise be. 

    The price is more than right. I got it also for this price last year. 

    Unfortunately, as i said, the website will not help you at all with anything -- it is a leap of faith to order anything from them. They do have a sizing chart, though, and they deliver promptly. The prices on the items I bought (all past seasons so on sale) were pretty much like Old Navy/ Gap prices. For a much, much higher quality and a decent style quotient. 

  • Irina replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, Suz! Maybe I need just one size up from you. 

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    That sounds quite likely, Irina. But it won't fit loose or oversized. I am usually an XS in tops if it comes in lettered sizing. Sometimes a S. 

    A 0 or 2 if numbered sizing. 0 for items cut boxy/ loose. 2 for more fitted.  

  • replied 1 year ago

    Love it as a suit especially!

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