The S&S NAS adventure continued....bold stripes on Little S.

I am now a proud skirt twin to Tall S. Am I crazy? Can a shorter person carry off the bold stripe?  I don't know, but I had to have it anyway. 

I have loved my cobalt and navy Vince Camuto skirts so much this year that buying another in a pattern seemed almost essential, especially at the sale price. It was a tough contest between this one and the houndstooth, which I also ordered, but in the end, the rugby stripe won out. 

And then, after I bought it, I had a moment of panic that I might not be able to style it! 

Today I had a chance to play in the closet with it. Thank goodness, I do have a few ways to wear it. Here were a few of my most obvious and easy pairings. 

Notes: the skirt is shorter this year than last. I don't think I need to alter it. (I needed to shorten last year's version.) 

Also, for me, this is pretty much a summer only item, which is why I have shown it in summer combinations. 

#1: with asymmetrical neckline tunic. A lower neckline than I typically wear, but I hope it is okay. 

#2: with peplum top.

#3: with peplum and kimono to dress it up

#4/5: with ruched turtleneck and denim jacket to dress it down

#6/7: with Gap mesh sleeve sweater and denim jacket. 

I have a couple of other options as well, although so far, not too many of my coloured tops were working with it. I'll continue to experiment. 

Hope you agree it's a winner for me. I do love wearing these easy skirts. 

Hmmm. For someone who swore off black, I seem to have a lot of it, don't I? Oh well. I guess it just wants to follow me home. 

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  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    Wonderful in all combinations. Love the casual version with cons and jean jacket!

  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    So glad you got this, Suz! I don't see any problem you carrying these bold stripes. You can wear this skirt and the B&W pleoine top beautifully. 

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    All these pairing are beautiful, my little skirt twin! But I dare you to try it with color as well - black and white tops are too easy...:-)

  • replied 7 years ago

    Great skirt! I too would like to see it with colour!

  • Jeanie replied 7 years ago

    Really pretty in all pics.  #1 is my favorite because it breaks up some of the vertical lines and the neckline is really nice on you.

  • cobaltblue replied 7 years ago

    I like all of these, but #2 blows me away!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    I agree - a coloured top would be fun. But guess what? None of my coloured tops will do it. Well...maybe the cobalt mesh sweater (like the ivory one here). And maybe the cobalt silk tunic that Sveta picked up for me. Maybe also my fuchsia knit jacket or the fuchsia silk mandarin collared top. 

    Otherwise, my friends, when it comes to pairings for this skirt, we are out of luck! 

    Why? Well....most of my tops are neutral! 

    Of those that are coloured, a lot are blue. And most of those are muted tones that suit my personal colouring but do not pair well with the bold stripe of this skirt. I laid them out side by side with the skirt, and they didn't feel good. 

    Meanwhile, the ones that are bolder tend to be in patterns or colours that don't work with the skirt. 

    Interesting, no? 

  • Makrame replied 7 years ago

    This skirt looks amazing on you!  I especially like the white sweater with white sneakers - nice bookending!

  • Peri replied 7 years ago

    Oh wow...each picture I said "that's my favorite" only to say it again with the next picture. Major perfection!

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    Wow, stunners every one. I'm bookmarking in case I ever lose my mind and can't think what to wear with my own VC stripe tube skirt.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Picture perfect!

    And when I was in The Bay this weekend, most of the new fall arrivals are black and white (and cobalt) so your outfits are right on trend.

  • deb replied 7 years ago

    You wear this skirt well and I love all of the tops with it. Good job. 

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    Aha! So this is what Sveta meant when she kept hinting at your spectacular success. This is like watching a figure skating performance of unusual excellence---one judge after the other goes 10, 10, 10...

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Beautiful choice!  I adore #1, 2, and 6 particularly, although all are fab combinations.  I think that the neckline in #1 works because of the softness of the draping, and I like the arty look and the way it opens up your face.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    You definitely can wear this skirt. I especially like 1, 3 & 6.

  • Lantana replied 7 years ago

    These are all superlative. Crisp, dramatic, assured, strong but gentle lines, harmonious.

  • Eliza replied 7 years ago

    Great pairings and I love this skirt on you. The black and white toppers work well with it. You wear cobalt and fuscia beautifully, should you want to add a bolder color with it at some point. A rich turquoise might also work. Great choice.

  • Nicola replied 7 years ago

    I love it in all its combinations. I have skirt envy :-)

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    LOVE it! The first outfit is by far my fave, maybe my fave ever of yours. The white mesh sweater is my second favorite.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Are you kidding me? Fabulous! I especially love it with the white but all the versions are gorgeous.

  • Deborah replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous skirt and I LOVE #1. The tunic top is fabulous, please share where that is from.... it's calling my name :)

    Suz I think all versions of this look great. There is something about the wider stripe that I really like. I have a striped tube skirt in red and black but he stripes are very thin and it just looks a little 'nothing' to me. The boldness of the outfit is what makes it so special to me.

  • Glory replied 7 years ago

    Oh this is a keeper - it really looks great in all of the stylings here. A coloured top would also be nice but there is enough here to work with and gets lots of wear.

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    OMG you look so flippin' cute and chic. The stripes don't overwhelm you; they overwhelm US. 

  • Parsley replied 7 years ago

    Hey, skirt twin! (Or I guess it's more like quadruplet or quintuplet! :-) ) You look fabulous in the bold stripes, and I love all the ways you've styled it!

    I bet you will find that some of your cobalt and fuchsia works with it, but no matter- you've got plenty of black and white options that look terrific.

    I''m going to use your pictures as a reference for coming up with more ways to wear mine!

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Yes, this bold skirt requires a bold color to pair with it. I was thinking dark or bright blue and fuchsia for you and if you do not have enough tops in these colors then we just discovered a new hole! :-) 
    I thought you have a new BR top you bought in NYC - is it bright enough? It may work...

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    Superb job styling this fab little skirt.  My favorites are 5 and 7, just because I like the casual vibe of the denim jacket here.  I do agree with others that colors will be fan paired with this but it indeed does need to be a bold strong color.  After seeing your looks I kinda wish I had tried this one on myself (although I really don't need anymore items from NAS this year, I already went overboard). :)  I am curious, does this skirt work with a denim or chambray shirt?

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    Well of course you can wear this skirt. I love all of these combinations but agree I'd love to see something really fun with some color! 

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! I'm glad all are agreed that it works. I am planning to wear it to a theatre outing with my family today! With a topper for warmth in the frigid air con. (That is a story for another post. I experienced 2 back to back days of air con this week for the first time in a long while, and by the end of day 1 I was almost weeping with cold!! Now I know what some of you complain about...)

    Lisa, I can try it with a denim or chambray shirt so you can see. I laid them out next to the skirt but wasn't too excited about the pairing. I think it could be made to work with the right accessories. But by that time in my closet play I was running out of steam. And on the whole, I think a stronger colour works better with it. 

    Sveta, you make me laugh. The trouble with the BR top (pink silk) is that it is very thin, very sheer silk. (This is one reason I am glad I only paid $20 for it.) There will be a lot of grinning. You can't wear a cami with the top because of the back keyhole detail and Armani neckline. So I think that pairing is a bust even if the colours work. 

    Marcy, thank you! You looked so inspirational in yours, how could I resist this one? 

    Mochi, I am blushing (and chuckling!) 

    Deborah, that top is by the Canadian company "Sympli." They make a ton of this drapey jersey stuff. Some of it would be right up your alley and can be found at a good price point. I bought a skirt and this tunic last year when I had to give a presentation I wasn't expecting while I was out of town. I don't wear it a lot because the neckline is not my best, but I do love the drama and ease of it. 

    Thank you Glory, Shevia, Mo, (I can see why you would like #1 -- seems a bit like you...), Eliza, Lantana, Nicola, Makrame, Shannon, Mani, Beth Ann, Rachy, Joy, Deb, Peri, Mona, Ceit, Carla, Becky, Jeanie.

    Eliza that is a good thought about the turquoise, too. Maybe for next year. Jeanne, you can hold me to it! 

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    #1 is so compelling -- the neckline is so fabulous and unique. I also love #5 there are so many elements that add tension and dimension. I love the tomboy elements and the bold print on the body con skirt. Genius! I love the ways you have re-mixed this skirt in expected and unexpected ways. Marking as a favorite! :-)

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you DV!! Your approbation is worth gold! 

  • ramya replied 7 years ago

    Suz you look fantastic. On a side note I need that peplum. Sad that it's not available here.

  • Kyle replied 7 years ago

    I would never have guessed that a top like #1 would work with this skirt, but it looks fantastic. I also like the outfit with the denim jacket and also the crisp white mesh top. I would also never have guessed that a petite girl could wear this skirt so, so beautifully. Thanks for opening my eyes. I've had this skirt for a while now, and you've given me tons of styling ideas. I think the cobalt top idea would work beautifully, too, Suz.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Kyle! I'll bet you look amazing in your version of this skirt!! 

    A side note: I am not truly petite! I am hanging onto my in-between status for dear life (at 5'4"). But I know where you are coming from. You should have seen Sveta's face when I kept asserting that I was NOT petite last weekend. Yeah, right, I could hear her thinking....

    In any case, it doesn't matter because I think a true petite could also wear the skirt with the right styling. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    What fab outfits! Love how you styled all iterations. My faves are 1 with the asymmetry and the denim combos.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, Diane. And Ramya, I meant to say, you look so smashing in your own striped skirt!! 

  • Kyle replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I'll bet that if you, Sveta and I went shopping together that you just might feel petite!  :)
    I have had the privilege of shopping with Sveta and know what a wonderful and helpful companion she is.  I'm thrilled that the two of you were able to join forces and take full advantage of the NAS offerings and savings.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you look KILLER beautful in all outfit renditions of the bold stripe skirt. I'm so glad you purchased the fun piece.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you, Angie! It is sweet of you to stop in. I was pretty sure this one would meet your approval!  :-) 

    And Kyle, shopping with you and Sveta would be really fun. You are so right -- she's a super shopping companion. 

    Also, did you notice -- we ordered lots of the same items but had no worry that we would steal each other's size!  ;-)

  • chewyspaghetti replied 7 years ago

    Oh cute! I like it with everything!!

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    I love 1 and all the converse outfits. The skirt looks fabulous on you! I have skirt envy from seeing you and the other gals.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Just an update...I wore it today with the peplum, white denim jacket, and pointy toed black flats, to the theatre. Felt super comfortable and happy. 

    Thanks, all! 

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    FANTASTIC! Every one of these - what a great buy for you!

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Wow Suz!  Bold, dramatic stripes for a mid-tone girl!  Very, Very nice!  It works (IMO) because the boldness is on the bottom half, rather than the top.  I love it - and you're inspiring me that (perhaps?) I could wear bold and dramatic as well?!?!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Marley, you can do it! Go for it! 

    This skirt is easy to wear, really. As long as you go for a neutral top, you can't really lose. 

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you inspired me! I was going to keep the black one with thin white stripes because I thought the big bold stripes might look too crazy on me, but after seeing this post and how striking you looked, I just had to go for it! I love all your iterations and am taking styling notes from you!

  • Inge replied 7 years ago

    Late to the party, but I am just so thrilled that you are keeping this skirt in the bold stripe too, Suz. It most definitely works on you, brilliantly well, I might add (just like I thought the bold striped Pleione blouse was a winner for you too). All the outfits you created with it are smashing, and I'm taking notes because mine arrived today (Sveta, you and I are skirt triplets;-)

    Enjoy and wear it often!!

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