WIW to the WritersFest launch

So apparently I missed the memo about the timing of this event; we got there and the nibbles and drinks had already happened. (And we were STARVING). I got all dolled up only to sit and listen to a reading. Then we scooted out during the Q&A to walk home in the rain and I hope I did not ruin my calf hair shoes. Grrrr. 

I don't get to wear this skirt very often, but oh, how I enjoy it when I do. Here is an example of a seldom worn item that is WELL worth it. First, the price was right. (On sale I paid something like $45, and it looks like more.) But even if the price had been higher, the happiness factor each time I wear it is huge. 

I also love this Club Monaco tank. I might even duplicate in white. It is really only good with high waisted items, but it works with this skirt, tube skirts, and a couple of higher waisted shorts/ jeans/ pants in my closet. I love the combination of simplicity with something "extra." 

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  • Maneera replied 5 years ago

    Love it! I think you do full justice to that tank...and I absolutely love that skirt on you. You wear a midi length beautifully! Simple, chic and beautiful!

  • carter replied 5 years ago

    Suz! This is stunning! I don't even know what else to say. Every sentence I come up with involves the word "stunning".

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I returned that skirt because I just don't have enough opportunity to wear, and had other dressy pieces that could fill its place. But oh how I love seeing it on you :D Looks SUPER with that split back tank. Hope you were able to find something to eat! Sounds like a fun event, and hey it's always nice to have those to dress up for ^^

  • replied 5 years ago

    Great tank and totally works with this skirt!  But how do you deal with the open back?  Doesn't it show skin and bra? Or am i not seeing the CM link properly?

    Nice move on getting to the reading late. Something I would do.  Who was reading tonight?  I would have insisted on finding somewhere to go afterward if Iooked this good:)  

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Too bad about the timing and that you deprived the audience from fully appreciating your fab outfit. Hopefully the shoes survived. I ruined the pair of leather slides once when I was caught in the rain because the leather stretched so much my feet were sliding through the toe opening.
    Interesting that you enjoy wearing this skirt and I don't feel 100%fab wearing mine. I wonder if I don't have the right tops for it...or is it just not my thing?

  • Dee replied 5 years ago

    What a perfect look! The length on the skirt looks so elegant and the tank pairs so well. And I hope you managed to find some food eventually!

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Oh, this is just so lovely! You look beautiful, and I love how you have balanced the girly skirt with the interesting shoes and earrings. So fab, Suz. That skirt was so worth it even if you only pull it out a few times a year. Love it.

  • Greyscale replied 5 years ago

    Ooh. I'm sorry you had a frustrating evening but at least you looked completely fab.

    I have trouble wearing that A-line top silhouette myself, but I wonder if I'm over sensitive to it. At any rate, it looks perfect on your frame.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Drat.  Missing goodies always makes me crabby.  Hope that reading was stellar!  You certainly look like a VIP in this outfit.  So structurally interesting and lovely at the same time.  This is a "best of" look for sure!

  • Sal replied 5 years ago

    Elegant and classy and interesting.  That is what I would think if I saw you at the event.  Hope you had some nice nibbles back at home.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    P.S.  I'm renewing my love for high-waisted trousers and skirts that sit at the natural waist.  I like having different options in my closet!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thank you for the kind and therapeutic words. If it had not been pouring when we came out, we would have gone someplace else after the event. But we had walked there, and had to get home in the rain! I guess I'll have to find another excuse this summer to wear the outfit. 

    I am completely in love with A line tops and trapeze tops, and always have been. I don't give a hoot about the waist surrender. I guess they are not conventionally flattering (esp. from the side view) but do I care? Nope. 

    Greyscale, curious about what makes them hard for you -- I would think they'd work really well for your frame also. But you do need the right bottoms, and I will say, they are a bit tough sometimes to layer over. 

    I think these tops work more easily with a slim bottom; this one works here because it's higher at the waist and curved. 

    Sveta, that's so interesting about your not liking the skirt; I think you have worn yours a whole lot more than I wear mine, despite your feelings! But that comes down to different lifestyles...you wear yours to work, right? I probably wouldn't, even if I worked in an office -- to me it feels dressy, so to make it work for my lifestyle, I like to pair it with items (like a denim jacket) that offer a bit of a juxtaposition. Mostly I have worn it with pullovers -- one fitted (dressy outfit), and one slouchy (less dressy, more trendy). This is the first time wearing it in warmer temperatures with a tank. 

    Lisa, I think the tank does show an inch or two of my back when I move. But the piece is layered. There is a solid layer front and back like a crop top that goes below my bra band in back. I do have to wear a bra clip to make sure my straps don't show due to the cut of the arm/ shoulder. But that's an easy fix. Anyway -- the cropped tank beneath is covered in the back by a sem-sheer linen layer that is more or less open or closed depending on how you move. If you are wearing a high waisted skirt/ pant and your torso is on the shorter side, there is only an inch or two of back that is potentially visible, and only if you move a certain way. It is quite alluring, I think. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Smashing! I knew that top would quickly earn its keep. The shoes are ok though right? 

  • replied 5 years ago

    I like your attitude about the not conventionally flattering trapeze top over full skirt look. I love those kind of tops too and sometimes feel like a tank when I look at a side view. But sometimes we have to just go with it . Again, this is a really pretty look on you.

  • Gaylene replied 5 years ago

    Stunning, just stunning! Suz, I couldn't help but flashback to what you wore to that event three ago. Similar outfits, but, wow, the difference in the style confidence is truly amazing.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    LOL, Shevia -- I sure hope so. They need to dry for me to be sure. I will give them a good brushing. The toes did get quite wet despite an umbrella. 

    Lisa, I'll bet you look spectacular in this type of top. It works pretty well with short hair, for one thing. 

  • replied 5 years ago

    Absolutely drop dead gorgeous Suz! I love every single line and detail of this outfit. Here's hoping you find more occasions to wear it!

  • kellygirl replied 5 years ago

    Festive and fabulous! You look stunning! Sorry you went home hungry :(

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    What a wonderful outfit! Everyone there probably thought that you have a very busy life and several events to attend that evening.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ha, Joy -- let's hope so! And not that I am so addled I don't even pay attention to the time. But honestly, we arrived at the time stated on the invite! Really weird. It's like they all wanted to have the party without me...oh oh....  ;)

    Gaylene, that is so funny -- thank you! I thought of the same thing. I wear this skirt in a similar way to that old one. 

    Thanks, Aliona and Kelly. 

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    I agree this skirt looks expensive.  Something about the way it hangs and how the stripes match.  Love the CM top with it, it shows off your great shoulders and arms.  I'm hoping your Okalas made it through the rain (now that I am the last Okala convert on YLF). 

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    OMG, Suz, delicious! love all the subtle but efficient things going on, piece by piece they are NOT your common  pieces of clothes!!! And, you didn't tell us how fab actually you felt in this outfit????

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I love this outfit! The skirt is really beautiful and I love that you chose a top that is "unexpected" . It's modern yet ladylike and speaks volumes to your ability to style your pieces on a way that is "you" xx

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Such a gorgeous outfit! And I'm with you, I love the waist surrendering styles and don't give a hoot about the side view. I figure if someone wants to think I look like I'm preggo, it's actually a compliment as I'm way too old for that (WOW, you must also think I look like I'm 30! Thank you!).

    Hopefully your shoes were not ruined. Are they Sam Edelman? If so, I have them in black and love them - super comfy for a dressy shoe.

  • Summer replied 5 years ago

    This is absolute perfection, Suz.  At least you looked beautiful while your stomach rumbled.

  • Karin L H replied 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous skirt! And the top looks great as well, especially from behind! Very nice outfit!

  • Asingh replied 5 years ago

    That skirt is gorgeous! YLF, Suz. :)

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    No matter what happened at the event you can revel in the fact that you were stunning in your outfit from head to toe. I hope your shoes are okay.

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I think your skirt is dressier because of the higher contrast color and the sheen - it is more pronounced in the lighter colors.
    It is not that I do not like my skirt, I do but I don't seem to get the outfits with it to be my favorites. Maybe I need your expert eye to review my current tops to identify which ones should work in your opinion :-)
    I do wear it to dancing as well and I think I enjoy it better there - with the cropped tops. Nothing too fashion forward though becasue of the limited footwear options.

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    Great observations regarding seldom worn items earning their spot in the closet equally with frequently worn items.  Sage wisdom.

    You look really elegant.  Sorry the timing was off and rain happened, but you sound content nonetheless.

  • pil replied 5 years ago

    To steal a MsMary-ism...........PLONK!

  • AviaMariah replied 5 years ago

    I love that an item can be well worth having even if it's not worn often.  Good point to remember.  You look fab.

  • shedev replied 5 years ago

    If you had gotten to the event, everyone would be so distracted by how fab you looked that they would have great difficulty concentrating on the reading, so really you were performing a public service by being late. Hope your shoes survived.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Love this so much.  My sister bought that same skirt for events.  It's a rock star item for price and style.

  • Marilyn replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful outfit, Suz. As usual, you are glowing.  You always look amazingly healthy. 

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    I guess I'm a total outlier. I do not think the shape of the shirt goes with the skirt. The curved hem in the front looks like a half-tuck which seems too casual. But the back is what really stands out for me. The split back lines are at odds with the box pleats.  The long parts hang down too long with the center part displaying the stitched down parts strangely. All the lines compete.

  • Sterling replied 5 years ago

    You look beyond perfect.  You hit every single mark from professional to comfortable.  

    I read Anna's comments and went back to look at your WIW with her comments in mind.  I concluded that I still absolutely love this look.  I don't see what she sees.  To me, it works perfectly.  

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, all. And Anna, I appreciate your careful analysis. You may be right, but it felt good, and had a high happiness factor. So I will probably wear it again. 

  • amiable replied 5 years ago

    Oh, this is completely gorgeous!  What a terrific outfit!

  • Roxanna replied 5 years ago

    I love this, Suz . And you have inspired me. I often want to step out of my fashion flattery box but then I hear Stacy and Clinton in my head and go back to a safer silhouette. Though I would not have thought of this as conventionally flattering, it in fact looks much more modern and takes a classic skirt and makes it fresh and fashion forward. I will have to remember this next time I shy away from trying a new combination. In fact, looking at it again, I might just try this with our CM blouse and a similar tomato red skirt I have!

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    I'm going to use Carter's "stunning"-- to describe the whole outfit and the individual components. I have that skirt in cream and black, and it received rave reviews the couple of times I've worn it so far. I'm playing organ for a wedding tomorrow; I think I might use your outfit as inspiration. :) You chose fun earrings, too.

    You look especially beautiful and happy in these pictures.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    You look like  a million bucks in this outfit, Suz. I love the addition of those bold new earrings, too.
    That's so weird about the invitation. Truly weird, not to mention annoying. Glad you got to wear this outfit, in any case.

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    I read Anna's comment and I politely disagree. The conical silhouette works very well in my opinion. It's unusual enough to dress down with a pair of silver flats if you decided on a more casual vibe. I think you have a pair of those?

  • dakotacheryl replied 5 years ago

    Oh     My    Gosh !!!

    Simply stunning!!  I would never have thought to pair the shoes with this skirt, and it's such a wonderful combination!!  Love that split back top too.

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