WIW: WritersFest Final Day

Sorry I've been MIA; it has been a very busy few days!

I hope to post a full retrospective of my outfits later this week; it turned out I made multiple changes some days, which on balance turned out to be a good decision, despite the occasional hassle it entailed. But for now, here is my final day's outfit.

Today I had to host a poetry event, and then interview two novelists about their work. One of the books was based on the Demeter/Persephone myth, so I thought a little Grecian draping might be in order. This is the debut of my teal..tunic/dress, which I have chosen to treat as a tunic by layering the portobello skirt underneath it (waving to Shannon, my skirt twin). I'm also wearing my leopard print scarf (waving to Claire, my scarf-twin.) I'm wearing my DV booties (waving to Una, my bootie twin - if you've kept them?) And I'm debuting a big red bag as well. It is not leather, it is not my dream bag, but I needed something with a big capacity and this fit the bill for now until I can find something better.

Re the tunic/dress: IRL it is nowhere near as shiny, so please disregard that as a flash effect (which it is.) Even though I don't think this kind of draped look is ideal for me, I quite enjoyed the tunic shape; in fact, with a pencil skirt beneath, I LOVED it.

This surprised me. I have tried tunics with pants and have never felt good in them; I always feel they shorten the leg line (on me).

What think you? Did the proportions work on this okay? If so, why - and if not, why not? And do you think I could wear this tunic successfully with pants?

Thanks for looking - more soon!

And thanks also for all your help with my preparation.

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • Mo replied 9 years ago

    I love this blue on you! This isn't the same dress you debuted along with the black one you ended up sending to me, is it? At any rate, I think it's FAB and actually think it would be great over skinnies or leggings.

  • shedev replied 9 years ago

    The tunic is really cute with the skirt. I love the colors together. I think it could maybe work good with a jegging type pant or skinny jeans. Leggings and boots would probilly work too.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    THIS IS BRILLIANT!!! We all know that colour of blue is amazing on you Suz. And then your clever layering over the skirt with the animal print scarf bookending it...oh my...I also absolutely LOVE the colour of hose/tights you have on as they work with the booties to perfection. Seriously Suz - this is one of my all time favourite outfits on you! And that's saying something 'cause you have had many!

  • replied 9 years ago

    You look absolutely amazing. Don't change a thing.

  • Claudia replied 9 years ago

    Wow! You look extraordinarily beautiful in this unique, chic, stylish and flattering outfit. Simple, interesting and lovely. I'm very impressed!

  • replied 9 years ago

    Well Suz, I am totally crazy head-over-heels about this look on you! I would never have thought to put the tunic over the skirt. It is totally fabulous chic unique stylish and YOU! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your festival outfits.

  • Sona replied 9 years ago

    love it Suz. I've loved every writersfest outfit tht you chose to wear.hope you feel even more fab than you look!!!

  • JR replied 9 years ago

    I never would have thought to layer that over a skirt either. What a brilliant idea.

    I could definitely see it over leggings.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    I loved this frock on you from the start, Suz! The colour is stunningly beautiful on you. LOVE this look! Well done Ms. Arty Farty!



  • replied 9 years ago

    I really did not care for this tunic as you styled it before, but I really like this outfit you have put together!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Oh....you are all super sweet! Mo, it IS the same dress/tunic that I bought when I bought the black dress I sent to you. I decided to hang onto this one mainly because I really love the colour and Angie said she thought I could save it with some styling. Her idea was to wear black on the bottom and a black necklace or scarf to bookend. I will probably do that another time. But for this event I wanted something a little softer, so tried it with the taupe.

    Shannon, FYI, since we have the same skirt - these are HUE tights. I found two different taupes. These are the regular ones; there is also a control top pair that doesn't match quite as well but could look really good with a tonal outfit (I think).

    I felt very comfortable in this on stage, which was saying a lot, because we had to sit up on a dias on these extremely awkward bar stools. Had I not worn a skirt and tights, I'd have felt terribly exposed.

    I did get one worried inquiry from a woman who thought my dress had unintentionally got caught somehow. Ah, well.... ;-)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    Thanks Suz - all my tights are Hue - not only do they fit well, they last quite a while.
    Tee hee - the poor woman who thought your dress was caught.

  • christy replied 9 years ago

    Fun layering with this outfit - so glad you could make this work because that color is just so incredibly spectacular on you!

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Suz, you clever woman. You know I just loved that blue dress/tunic and you have styled it to perfection. Taupe is certainly the wonder color. There is nothing that doesn't work here. You look fabulous!!

  • replied 9 years ago

    I'm so glad that the suggestion of layering a skirt under the dress worked! Taupe is definitely a magical color. YLF!

  • merwoman replied 9 years ago

    Ode to a grecian Suz - dress is stunning - you look radiant!

  • Ariadne replied 9 years ago

    Wow, you look great! I love the taupe tights and boots and the red bag, and yes, that blue is amazingly wonderfully killer on you. I would never have thought to put these items together--genius.

  • MsMary replied 9 years ago

    You look amazing, Suz! That olor was made for you! And how clever and fun to do a little fashion homage to the Greek story!!

  • Laurenlaurielala replied 9 years ago

    I love this look. So chic and interesting!

  • Beth Ann replied 9 years ago

    The styling is wonderful and the color is amazing! What a nice gift to your audience, to give them such a soft, but vibrant presence!

  • fashionista replied 9 years ago

    I love the drape of the dress. Love it.......don't change a thing. If you feel the drape of the dress is like exposing, you could wear some opaque tights. Love love love this.

  • Mama Susie replied 9 years ago

    This looks amazing. I never would have thought to layer in this way but it works beautifully. This color is also beyond fabulous on you.

  • Caro in Oz replied 9 years ago

    Love that colour on you. Sounds like it all went very well.

  • Kiwichik replied 9 years ago

    Great colour dress/tunic and love how you've mixed it with the other items epecially the scarf.

  • lyn67 replied 9 years ago

    What a special artsy outfit, L:O:V:E: I:T!!!!! Very sophisticated and uique! I never thought to layer a pencil under this dress, but it works a billion-surely because it's taupe:-)it bookends your booties(and hair) so well and unexpectedly. Think you got more than a billion compliments!!:-)

  • ramya replied 9 years ago

    I remember all the heart ache you had with this dress and look at you now :)...
    Don't you look fab!!!!!

  • krishnidoux replied 9 years ago

    Very cute! And so appropriate too. I love the red bag with it. You make being stylish look so easy and natural.

  • lynne replied 9 years ago

    So clever, and simply stunning. Artsy, without being over the top. I have to ask, where did you get that tunic? I'm in serious lust.

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Lynne, thank you! I got the tunic from a local boutique. The clothing line is available all over, though (at least in Canada) and it is called Sympli. Here is the website: http://www.symplithebest.com

    You might be able to order from them.

  • lynne replied 9 years ago

    Thanks, Suz. Do you believe in the adage that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Lynne, I absolutely do and have NO problems with YLF twins. I would be honoured!

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