Sleeveless silk from Sveta: How to wear?

Thoughtful Sveta offered to send me one of these Costco sleeveless shirts to try. 

It is absolutely stunning quality. And I adore the trapeze style, which for me has always seemed ideal for summer. The fit (especially in that tricky under the arms part) is perfection. 

But as you'll see, it does present some challenges for me. To begin with, the colour is a bit on the intense side  -- closer to my "Dutch blue" Club Monaco shorts than to my blue VC tube skirt. 

But I think I can work with that. 

A bit trickier is its length. I am not crazy about tunic length on myself for a whole bunch of reasons. My DH said he thought it looked a little too long even for a tunic, but agreed that it is so beautiful I should keep it anyway. So the question will be, how to style it. 

I'll do a separate post with a few proportion illustrations, for those who are interested in puzzling these things out. But for now, here are a few of the variations that I thought worked reasonably "okay." Which (if any) do you like? Am I deluding myself that I can wear this? 

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  • Mona replied 8 years ago

    You have such beautiful and strong shoulder line and wear sleeveless tops so so well. And you know how I feel about the colour blue on you. IT IS JUST MAGICAL. I tried to look for these shirts in our Costco but couldn't find any. 
    I agree that length is a bit problematic. Can your seamstress shorten it?

  • unfrumped replied 8 years ago

    I like both of the long pants looks best. And what about over a pencil skirt, the shortest version you wear, to give long-over-short proportions?

  • chewyspaghetti replied 8 years ago

    I love the color on you- and I like it with pants.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    If I were to split hairs, a couple of inches shorter on the length would have been ideal. BUT! The round bottom does a great job of visually shortening the style, and you're wearing heels. All sorted :)

    #1 is my best!! KILLER.

    Followed by #3.

    The length also works with shorts but not quite as well. And #5 is delightful!

    Well done Princess Cobalt.

  • Ginkgo replied 8 years ago

    This is too perfect on you to reject, Suz. Can you have it shortened a couple of inches?

  • replied 8 years ago

    I think this is a keeper -- it's beautiful on you. I love 1 the best, followed by 3! It looks amazing with the white.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Absolutely a keeper! I and 3 are fab.

  • Glory replied 8 years ago

    Suz I think it is lovely. I have seen these shirts in person and they are fantastic. I would keep but not hem as I feel it would ruin the hem line - as I recall is has a second fabric detail in the front. Lots of styling options.

  • Liz A. replied 8 years ago

    I wonder if the tunic length would looks better if you added a button at the bottom?  Somehow it look like those two sides on the bottom should be tied together.  I don't know.  And what if you tried it with a cigarette pant?

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Yes, Glory is right. Hemming's not an option with this because of the style - it would ruin its integrity. Alas! These were really made for tall slim models! No wonder they wound up at Costco! 

    Thank you for weighing in. I sneakily TUCKED the bottom part of the top in see if I could get more mileage out of it. Because yes, alas, the length is a bit much for me. Heels help a bit. 

    I'll show some pencil skirt versions a bit later. 

  • Karie replied 8 years ago

    I love, love, love it with #1. Did I say love? LOVE. Would belting it bring it up a notch and still look good? If it could be taken up at the shoulder seams, that might work. I'd take it to an excellent seamstress for their opinion.

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    LOOOOVE. Totally fab with the black skinnies. I think the close colors on top and bottom help with the length, because the white bottoms are my least fave of the bunch. BUT, as Angie said that is splitting hairs. I really like that top - almost makes me want to join Costco for our tiny 2-person family, lol. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    That color is just all kinds of gorgeous on you Suz! I love the fit and soft drape of this top. I agree that shortening it isn't an option but I don't find the length a deal breaker at all. It is slim fitting so I don't feel like it overwhelms your petite frame at all. And as long as you have anything higher heeled than a flat, that will help too.

    Love it on you!

    Sveta - you're a sweetheart :)

  • Vicki replied 8 years ago

    Love this sweet Sveta gift on you, Suz, and the cobalt is bluetiful on you!  I love 1 (2 is the same as 1, right?) and 5.

    Hey Rae, let's become a family co-op so we can join Costco together!  Trouble is we don't buy in quantity.  My only wish is that this gorgeous silk blouse came with three-quarter or long sleeves.

  • Inge replied 8 years ago

    What a beautiful tunic, arty and modern. I absolutely think you can pull off this length, Suz. I really love all the combos here. And the colour is fantastic on you!!

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thank you all! I will post a few more pics in a separate thread for discussion's sake, as soon as I am able. My favourite combination is 1/2 (with the Leiths). I feel it's okay with the shorts, too, but not quite as good. Oh, to be two inches taller. 

    Tanya would look stunning in this one. Or Angie, for that matter, but she can't do sleeveless in Seattle. (hah hah...) 

  • deb replied 8 years ago

    Love #3!!!! But really, they all look good. My Costco never has good stuff like this.

  • Karie replied 8 years ago

    "Sleeveless in Seattle" - love it Suz! And Sveta is a sweetie for sending that to you - YLFers are the best!

  • Debora replied 8 years ago

    Chuckling at our sleeveless in Seattle Angie! Suz, cobalt is your color and this is stunning on you. You may not get it to work with every item in your wardrobe, but my word, isn't #1 a stunner! I'm looking forward to seeing the pencil skirt combos and I honestly think you can wear it all ways styled above.

  • Ornella replied 8 years ago

    Well, I haven't been in these waters for a while so my style insticts may need a bit of fine tuning, but #1 and #3 are simply wonderful.

    The color? The color is divine. I actually have a soft spor for this shade of blue as I own my late mum's silk blouse in this color, even the cut is somewhat similar. Sadly I had ruined it long ago at a spot where it can't be mended, while my mum was still alive, so I now keep it only for sentimental reasons.

    In short, I am happy you're keeping it and I hope to see a lot of it on the forum.

  • replied 8 years ago

    It's beautiful on you. I'm getting used to the longer tops in general so the proportions don't look freakish to me at all. 

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    I am biased of course because I wanted it to work for you! I think it is perfect with Leiths and the length does not bother me at all. It is also a winner with the skinnies, And color - I knew it will be a total winner for you, Suz! It is not too intense at all, just beautiful on you!
    Also it is quite shorter in the back so you would not get this overwhelming length all over - just split ends in the front.
    :-) :-) :-)

  • replied 8 years ago

    Oh, it just has split ends in front? Is it meant to be tied?

  • Nicola replied 8 years ago

    Hi Suz! A completely superfluous comment since everyone agrees it is delish on you but nonetheless - I love it too and my fave is 1 as well.

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    I think it works too (I agree slightly shorter would be ideal). I love the colour but it may be different irl :)

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Thank you all! 

    I think IRL it is a tiny bit more intense than might be ideal. But not horribly so. Mr. Suz approves of it, and he is honest about these things and does let me know when he thinks something is washing me out. 

    It's not meant to be tied, Claire. I will post some more photos tomorrow so you can see a bit better. It's actually an amazing and beautiful and unusual construction. It's high-low, but the low is in the front and the "high" is in the back. The bottom layer is crepe de chine. On top, to about waist level, is a layer of chiffon. So IRL it is incredibly "floaty" and, as Angie said, quite arty. It would read a bit less so on someone with greater height, I suspect. But on me, for sure, it is an "arty" piece. 

    When I tucked, it was a novel kind of semi-tuck. I tucked in the crepe de chine layer and left the chiffon layer loose. 

  • Tanya replied 8 years ago

    Oh wow Suz, it is a stunning top for sure!   I like it best worn with slim pants (#1 and #3).
    Of course I would like to be your twin, if possible :)  Could you remind me how tall are you - I am 5'6".

  • donnat replied 8 years ago

    Sue, I didn't read most of the above, but it looks elegant on you, with both the dark pants and the white ones. 2 thumbs up

  • Sona replied 8 years ago

    I like it but like Angie wish it were a tad shorter.

  • Marlene replied 8 years ago

    See... this is why I don't comment on WIW threads because I think it looks perfect as is.  One of my annoyances with "tunics" when I go hunting for them is that I think they are too short...basically a long shirt.   Something this length is just right in my mind.  I love it and the color is perfect on you.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Oh, that does sound fabulously arty and special, just the kind of thing for you! I think with movement the length won't be a problem at all. Unless you happen to slam it in your car door...;)

  • Marley replied 8 years ago

    The volume over volume in Pic 1 - is perfect!  A newer kind of silhouette for a tunic - I love it!  And, the color doesn't look too intense for you.  I 'm not as crazy about it with the shorts - maybe because its a little on the long side so it throws off the proportions? 

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    LOL - no danger of slamming it in a car door, Claire! Our car just broke down and is in the shop! I wore it as in pic 1 last night and Mr. Suz approved. So it must be all right. In an ideal world it would be a bit shorter, but c'est la vie. 

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