Things that take a while to come into their own...plus added info on Ripskirt

In a recent thread (can't remember which one now, sorry!) Sal (I think!) mentioned that some clothing items do take time to come into their own or to prove their value. 

This little top from Club Monaco is one example. I bought it years ago to go with my black and white tube skirt, but after I passed that skirt along, it didn't get much (um, any) wear. Yet I didn't edit it out because I kept telling myself a black top is so useful and you never know, etc. etc. 

Yesterday, mid heat-wave, it proved its worth. All my light coloured bras were in the wash, most of my tops were in the wash (yes, it was wash day chez our house) and I needed something easy and very cool. It's basically a crop top with a split back overlay (not sure if you can see from the back view). Perfect for really hot temps with the trusty Ripskirt. 

I think I'll have it in more regular rotation now that I see it works with the skirt. Maybe for a few years I didn't have much that was high waisted enough to work with it. But now I do. So there you go. 

Also, I do wear black now and again. Here's proof. 

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31 Comments

  • Helena replied 2 months ago

    This looks fab on you Suz! You wear black beautifully and the crop gives it some sense of structure while it's still nice and flowy for the heat.

    I love these sort of pieces ... When something in the back of your mind just KNOWS it will come in handy!

  • Xtabay replied 2 months ago

    That’s a great top, and your intuition about keeping it around probably means that you have excellent fashion ESP!  Much love for the skirt, too,.

  • Style Fan replied 2 months ago

    That is a fabulous top, and you have styled it perfectly with the skirt. Some wardrobe items need time to settle in before they make it to an outfit. Tops like that do come in handy. I have a few pieces like that. I keep them because I know they will eventually get worn.

  • SarahD8 replied 2 months ago

    Oh, very nice! And excellent to have just the thing for a heat wave.

    I just recently acquired a rash guard with a very similar cut. Maybe I should wear it in regular life, not just inner tubing down an Oregon river!

    This makes me think maybe there is a corollary to "not every item has to be a workhorse" that might go something like "not every item has to be a workhorse *all the time*"

  • Star replied 2 months ago

    Oh I get this, quite often too.  I am a slow editor.  Just this summer I have a denim dress that I have owned for probably ten years that is suddenly a workhorse.  I never realised it is actually cool even though it has three quarter sleeves.  A skirt I have been dying to edit out for years has found it's place this year.  I think I should just hang on to most of my vast wardrobe because it's time always comes.  Love your top btw.

  • Vildy replied 2 months ago

    Really nicely designed top.  I wouldn't have abandoned it, either. :D 

  • Barbara Diane replied 2 months ago

    I love the back detail. I, too, find that this happens to me too. My preferences - for example in summer, whether I prefer dresses, skirts, or cropped pants, vary from year to year, but if I liked an item I will like and wear an item again, and be so glad I still own it.

  • Angie replied 2 months ago

    SOOO glad you kept that KILLER top, Suz. Love a party at the back. It's very flattering, and mimics the silhouette of the skirt. Awesome match! You can pretend it's navy :)

    Fab hat and sunnies! Looking elegantly casual for our 34C yesterday. 

  • LJP replied 2 months ago

    I remember that top!  Love the whole look - very Island chic ;)  I think black looks even better in the summer - to be honest- and you are proof positive of that.  

  • LJP replied 2 months ago

    also wondering if those skirts are still around - off to check it out. I looked at them when you and Janet first purchased but can't remember what stopped me . Cdn shipping maybe?

  • merwoman replied 2 months ago

    What a great top, looks amazing on you!
    I have a similar thing going on with some wardrobe items. It almost seems like when the star players are out of action, I get a chance to notice overlooked talent, and presto a new star is born.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 2 months ago

    What a pretty and breezy design. It's great that you kept it.

  • Sal replied 2 months ago

    Perfect Suz - this looks wonderful on you.   So pleased you kept it.

    The finds below all took a while for me to work out how I love to wear them.  But now I have they are all really well used.  

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Thanks, all. It really is a perfect top for the heat -- you don't even notice that it is black (i.e. it is so breezy that it doesn't heat you up due to the colour, which does sometimes happen with black items.) 

    Lisa, I think it was the cost plus shipping that held you back, plus not being able to try on for sizing. It *was* pricey in CAD (for what it is, I mean -- a casual skirt made out of board short material, for heaven's sake!) but it has definitely earned its way in my closet. (One of our US friends mailed it to me so I avoided duty, yay, and thank you.)

    It has been one of my most worn items in the summer for the past 3 years. I think it works because it is made of an indestructible and very cool fabric, you can get it sopping wet and it does not matter a bit, you can wash and dry it really quickly, and it needs no ironing, so it is packable (not that I have been away a ton, to say the least, but I did take it to hot Saskatchewan last summer and wore it in the evenings.)  You can dress it up and you can dress it down and you can wear it as a bathing suit cover up. 

    The woman stopped making this length of skirt, alas. It's the best length by far, in my view! 

    But look here -- they are going to start shipping to Canada and you can get a discount if you sign up for their mailing list to say when! https://ripskirthawaii.com/pages/aloha-canada

  • slim cat replied 2 months ago

    Looks great - practical and pretty!
    I have similar story for my black rayon sleeveless top - was not worn for a year ( or two ) and now in regular rotation ;) .

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    ETA, Sally, I wonder why those great items didn't get a lot of wear at the beginning? The dotted top and sandals look made for each other (and maybe they needed each other?). The others look easy to wear if you have the right bottoms. It's all in the supporting act, as Angie would say, and in your case and mine that is obviously true.  

    Angie, you are right about the echoed shapes! 

    SarahDB, that is right -- not every item needs to be a workhorse from the start. I did wear the top when I first bought it -- wore it quite a few times -- but once its partner skirt was gone it was an orphan. Now it ihas a partner again. 

  • LJP replied 2 months ago

    Thank you Suz - I saw that but didn't scroll down far enough to see the offer ;)  I'm on the list now!  And you're right - they didn't even ship to CA when you purchased.  

  • Gail replied 2 months ago

    Really nice . Reminds me that I have a Rip Skirt that I haven't worn this summer. Heading up to my closet to see if I can find something to wear with it! Thank you for the reminder.

  • Runcarla replied 2 months ago

    I’m surprised, ‘cause it looks like such a versatile top.  Out of sight, out of mind I guess?

    In 2018 I got a great fitting pair of CK jeans but for some reason I always reached for the Levi’s and the CK’s languished.  In 2020 I cropped them to Bermuda length, and they’ve racked up 57 wears since!

    Thanks for the info re: Ripskirt coming to Canada and the link. I’m on the list now, too!

  • Irina replied 2 months ago

    Looks so lovely, Suz! I keep my very old, silk black tank for the same reason - suddenly there might be a need for it. And wonder why I don’t wear it more often. 

  • Sal replied 2 months ago

    Suz -  I think I was trying to make both blouses dressy and wear them to work (I like them best with jeans or white denim shorts when their softness comes into it's own).  

    As I think about it these were all pieces bought on an impulse because three of them were on sale (two $20 or less) and the other one I wanted to try the colour....  I had no plan in mind really with any of them.

    In comparison I mostly either now buy off a list that is planned or if it is a statement and outside my shopping list eg my new palazzo pants or my long coatigan, I still planned in store how I would wear them, with what else, and if I would get the use out of them.

    For me, I don't want to take the spontaneous bargain off the table, or never buy on a whim....but it is worth pausing for 5-10 minutes in store to mentally do a check if you will wear the piece.  A couple of examples where I did not do that - these two dresses, one second hand and very affordable, and one heavily discounted.  The spot dress I do like, but I suspect I am going to pass it on without wearing.  And the navy I have worn once, and can't think where I can wear it again.  I am sitting on them for now.

  • Indigoprint replied 2 months ago

    That is a 10 fer sure. Extra points for hanging on to something cuz you knew it had potential.
    You look great in black as you do white and the skirt is so Fab!

  • rachylou replied 2 months ago

    You give many things in my closet hope, Suz! Great top! :)

  • Brooklyn replied 2 months ago

    Very sophisticated look with the hat. Well done for shopping your closet!

  • Jaime replied 2 months ago

    Gorgeous top, outfit and hat! The shoulder cut looks great and the back is fantastic. Yes to items that need to age before reaching their peak!

  • gryffin replied 2 months ago

    Suz - I totally agree with that.  I have stuff I have not weeded out for that reason.  Top looks fab on you and wonderful with the skirts.  Sometimes a piece needs specific outfits but within that it's a total workhorse.  Those are the ones I can't let go.  I have two cropped EF black tops almost the same silhouette one in jersey and one in silk....and they wait....enjoy yours!!  You look wonderful!

  • Mirjana replied 2 months ago

    Gorgeous top, it was worth keeping it. Great with that skirt.

  • lyn67 replied 2 months ago

    Love when this happens---not editing it at first thought was so clever for exactly the reason you said ---not only is black but so cool-looks fab on you with the skirt, hat and sandals!

  • Bonnie replied 2 months ago

    What a lovely summery outfit!

  • Suz replied 2 months ago

    Sally, that is so interesting. I, too, don't like to take spontaneous bargains off the table entirely... (Consignment shopping can be a good source for that kind of shopping thrill...). In this case, I think I bought the top specifically to wear with the old skirt (so no wonder it was orphaned for a while, duh!!!). It was on sale when I purchased but I didn't buy it because it was on sale. 

    I still have hopes that both those dresses could come into their own given the right occasion and weather. 

  • Laurie replied 2 months ago

    Love it!!!  You inspired me to buy this very skirt a few years ago, and I also enjoy mine the most of the 3 others I've since purchased, in varying lengths. That's a great top, and the whole outfit is super cute.

    Oh my gosh - I almost had a Ripskirt wardrobe failure in NYC last month, though....as I slid across the back seat of the Uber to exit safely out out the other door, as one must in NYC, the velcro started pulling away and I barely had time to grab it and refasten safely as I got out of the car!

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