WIW thanks to LisaP

One advantage of having gained a few pounds in the last couple of years is that I may be able to get away with more open necklines occasionally. I hope I'm not fooling myself with this one -- the fit under the arms is neat and snug and the neckline does not droop, which certainly helps.

Anyway, my need for tops this year has been great and my search largely fruitless, so when this one that LisaP modelled went on sale at the Bay I thought I would give it a bash. 

Thanks for the idea, Lisa! It works with this charcoal VC skirt as well as white bottoms and fills a definite hot day need. 

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  • replied 4 years ago

    Well you look fantastic. Does this colour scheme ever work for you now!  I cannot get over it. Is the charcoal version of this skirt new?  You realize I can never wear my top again now, don't you?  I don't even hold a candle to this degree of chic-ness. 

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    The top looks great on you - no worries there.  I love this style of top with the sheer overlay. 

  • chirico (Chiara) replied 4 years ago

    Lovely, just lovely.

  • Style Fan replied 4 years ago

    I love this on you.  Great colours for you.  The silver is perfection.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago


    Love the cuff, and how the silver shoes bookend your new hair, Suz. You and Lisa REALLY rock this look. 

  • viva replied 4 years ago

    Another successful lemming!!! Loved it on Lisa and I love it on you. FAB.

  • Mauvish replied 4 years ago

    You are kicking the behind of weekend dressing. ( you always do it)
    Silver and dark gray look fantastic with your hair.

  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    Oh this has to be my favorite of yours so far this year... definitely save this one for the year-end best.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Looks great with the tube skirt.
    I like the silver cuff and shoes too.
    It all works really well.

  • Ornella replied 4 years ago

    Stunning outfit Suz. From time to time such outfits pop-up on the forum and make me especially happy: each individual piece is fab on its own and then they also work together so beautifully, none taking the stage but complimenting each other perfectly. The top with its detailing, the skirt, the sandals, the cuff. Match made in heaven. YLF! 

  • Jane replied 4 years ago

    Lovely outfit, very polished and stylish. It so suits you, and really I think your hair steals the show!

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  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the lovely compliments. I have to say, the happiness quotient was through the roof. The weather is hot and sticky and I was invited to a restaurant patio gathering for two friends who were celebrating their anniversary. I wanted something dressier than shorts enough, yet breezy for the heat. 

    Jane, Ornella, Smittie, Denise, Mauvish, Vivian, Angie, Style Fan, Chirico, Sara, fathenry thank you. 

    Lisa, you look amazing in this top and I hereby command you to wear it again as soon as the weather is right for it. :) I would not have tried it if you had not looked so fab!! 

    The skirt is from last year; I think I got it at NAS along with my leopard print one. It's charcoal, not black but black would work just as well. 

    It is remarkable how my best colours (or neutrals) have shifted, for sure. I intend to do a whole post on that next week in case it is of use to anyone else making the transition. 

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    By the way, the cuff and earrings are Nickel and Suede. Love their jewellery in summer!! So lightweight and easy. 

  • BrieN replied 4 years ago

    So gorgeous. You're glowing.

  • Barbara Diane replied 4 years ago

    Wonderful on both of you. I love how we all benefit from each other here.
    Here's to great looking outfits that work in the heat.

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  • Joyce B replied 4 years ago

    The outfit is very flattering on you.

  • tulle replied 4 years ago

    Polished silver! Fantastic.

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    Fab with your new coloring!

  • shedev replied 4 years ago

    Nice summer look.

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic chic summer look! I wonder if you should reconsider black, and black and white, with your new colouring. The top is great on both you and Lisa.

  • AJ replied 4 years ago

    Oh wow, that is a cool top! The whole outfit is FAB. The blue bag was a great choice.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Brooklyn, I'm definitely going to wear more black than before, especially in summer, when I can also bare some skin. And also more contrast. 

    I've always worn and liked black, although all-black used to feel like too much dark for me. And during our winters, I crave colour because the landscape around me (relentless grey) depresses the heck out of me. 

    I think all-black will still be (mostly) too heavy for my personal colouring, but black with skin, black with white, black with ink, or black with pops of colour and metallic may turn out to be favourites in the future. 

    I had my colours "done" before joining YLF. When I walked into the room wearing no makeup and a true red shirt (and my highlighted dark blonde hair), the analyst thought I was probably an autumn. Once we got talking, she thought I might be a spring (probably because I'm quite animated in conversation). 

    She put some fabrics up to me and quickly discarded any idea of a "warm" toned season. Yellows and oranges make me look dead. 

    She then assumed I must be some kind of light summer. HA. The pastels made me look even worse than bright orange did. 

    She futzed and futzed and finally called me a true summer...but on consideration, ripped all the lighter colours in true summer's palette out of the wallet she gave me, replacing them with the "cool" (jewel toned) hues of the "cool" wallet (somewhere between winter and summer). She could not understand it because I did not seem to be high contrast enough to balance the deeper hues, yet there was no question that I looked better in mid-tones to darks as compared to lights. 

    I have also -- always -- looked good in high contrast. Not high contrast large prints near my face. No way. But all ink with white collars and cuffs -- that type of contrast. It really sets me off. 

    That is even more obvious now with the silver hair. It's been interesting for sure!

  • Angela K replied 4 years ago

    You look beautiful. So chic! Love the top with the skirt.

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    How interesting! I should get my colours done. All black is not my best either but I agree with you that skin with all black makes a big difference. I have found wearing my black long sleeve cold shoulder top under a black dress that even just that peek of skin (at my shoulders) lightens the look up for me a lot. And with how you are it wearing here - lots of arm showing (and some white of course) - black looks magic on you.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, Brooklyn. (And Angela!!)

    Brooklyn, I am completely with you on this. The bit of skin (or white, or some other bit of light --- maybe metallic) makes all the difference in the world. I guess it is just enough. Pearls might do the same if I wore them, but I rarely do. 

    You look brilliant in rich aubergine/ burgundies and dark greens, and I know these are favourites of yours. What other colours do you love to wear? 

  • replied 4 years ago

    Suz - my colour successes are much the same as yours.  Interesting how we take very different approaches to it !  Just as an aside - I rely very heavily on grey, which is not my favourite colour in the summer at all though.....and even less so now that my hair is darker and redder.   I think the main reason I can be happy with black and grey in winter is our atmosphere and environment is so much different than yours:  clear , almost blindingly bright days as opposed to your heavier light.

    This is all very interesting and I'm seeing that I can stand to pay more attention to your colour successes as I bet they would work for me too.

  • Brooklyn replied 4 years ago

    Suz, a lot of the colours that I like (grey, cream, anything beige, stone or "natural") can wash me out. I do like (and can generally wear) olive green, dark brown, rust and autumnal colours. You always look so radiant in your photos. You have helped to make me a convert to knowing and sticking with your best colours. Like Lisa, I am paying attention to your colour successes. But, regardless, to me black is just so chic there will always be times it is irresistible :)

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    It is so true -- there is nothing like black (or maybe darkest ink) for instant chic. I will never rule it entirely out of my closet, for that reason alone!

    Brooklyn, it would be really interesting to do the colour analysis, although honestly, a lot of the people who do it are half crazy, in my opinion, and when they start preaching about near invisible distinctions and don't see colours in relation to one another, I tune out. I do think a general sense of whether warm or cool colours look best can be really helpful. Once I ruled "warm" out of my closet, it simplified my buying. I started looking for the cool colours that I liked best, and ignored those that don't appeal to me. 

    But with the grey hair, there are absolutely changes -- more black, white and grey (which I always wore, but I will wear more of, now). More reds. (Again, I have always loved red but don't wear it a lot). More deeper colours and fewer pale ones -- even chambray blue is "iffy" now, when it used to be the one pastel that really flattered. It's too "dirty" and light now and the combo is a bit deflating, I think. 

    Lisa, I think you are 100% right about the grey/ black issue in winter for me. It is all about feeling overwhelmed by all the grey around me. If I lived in the 'Peg with its bright sun and blue skies, I am absolutely sure I would want to "tone things down" a bit with sophisticated neutrals! As it is, I do wear a lot of navy and charcoal in winter and will probably wear even more of those now with the grey hair -- but I think I will also look even harder for bright scarves, coats, gloves, bags....

    Interesting what you say about grey and your darker hair -- I felt exactly like that when I had red hair. I didn't like charcoal or black as much on me as I did with blonde hair. Suddenly, chocolate browns and all plums, purples, purply-pinks and aubergines (and greens) became intensely flattering.

    That is why your outfit the other night was such genius. You had the greens and pinks that are so flattering to your hair, lips, skin, and eyes. You also had the black, but it "popped" against the white, making everything both soft and sharp -- a really nice combo. 

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    What a great find!  I love YLF inspiration!

    The double layers are quite effective and the neckline is working beautifully -- spoken as someone who needs that extra bit of opening.

    The shoes add some great modern polish -- tough to accomplish in the heat of summer!

  • theoddportrait replied 4 years ago

    So beautiful and such a classic style it looks lovely on you 

  • skylurker replied 4 years ago

    B&w and silver work so well on you now. Love the proportions too.
    And the top is great, a perfect Summer top : layer, pattern - it adds lots of pizzaz on its own.

  • Mirjana replied 4 years ago

    Fantastic outfits i love, love it very very much

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Your hair and outfit are sublime. Makes me want to cut all of mine off. I think the final piece in your already fabtastic style is in place! You have never looked better!

  • Sally replied 4 years ago

    I'm really loving your outfits. Your hair has really uplifted your whole look. You looked great before...but now you look sensational.
    I have never had my colours done but we shouted my mum once and the lady doing said I was the same as my. Mum. Like me she can wear black easily but she is 80 now and tends to wear grey or another colour with the black. I used to wear so much black my BIL called me the black widow. My mum suggested I could try pink again now my hair is lighter....so I think hair colour does make a difference.

  • Staysfit replied 4 years ago

    Wow! This looks smashing! It's perfect with your natural grey, and it looks great with the VC skirt.

  • Lucy replied 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Stunning. 

  • chouette22 replied 4 years ago

    You look gorgeous and radiant. I want that top too! :)

  • jenanded replied 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Yes would love to have a post on your reflections on colour changes....

  • Momo replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the outfit and the hair.

  • Colette replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! Cool and polished. You and Lisa both look great in that top. I love seeing the different styling, both equally as fab.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Stunning, Suz! I loved the top on Lisa when she posted it a while back and can see why you jumped on it too. This colour scheme is brilliant on you.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Stunning on you, Suz and so much better than the model photo. The overlay makes the outfit look polished even in a heatwave and may function as a third piece.

  • AviaMariah replied 4 years ago

    Wow. That's all I can say. White is stunning on you now with your silver hair.

  • kerlyn replied 4 years ago

    You look beautiful!  Love everything about this outfit!  But your hair is really the star!

  • Chris987 replied 4 years ago

    This outfit is just gorgeous. Perfection all around.

    I also love reading your analysis of what colors you chose to wear. You seem to have really mastered this for yourself and are doing well at the transition you are going through. I need to learn much more about this. Maybe it's time for me to get my colors done although I'm a bit skeptical of people who do this sort of thing...some are very skilled and some are just going through the motions.

    Love the idea of this type of combination for a warm event where you don't want to wear shorts.

    I really must try one of those tube skirts. That one is sold out but there are others...

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