Zara Tops: K/R

I know, I know. You must be thinking, will this woman's madness never end? The thing is, when you're placing an order anyway, you might as well throw in a few extras just in case, right? No harm in trying....

So. Two tops up for review. 

First, yet another Japanese inspired print. I tried it because it was high necked, short sleeved, and high-low -- something I'd been looking for. 

1-2 Just showing top
3-6 -- some possible stylings, as per Angie's blog post this week -- try it with what's in the closet: kimono and wedges; tucked into TR Camerons, worn with Leith pants, a little pattern mixing attempt with some shorts. 

7-8  Another top I ordered in my search for the event top should I wear my pantsuit. This one seemed pretty flimsy and not great when I took it out of the box and I almost wasn't going to show it. But then I wondered, when I looked at the photo. I don't own anything remotely like it, and it might serve really well on our hottest days. I thought it was too sheer to wear without a cami, but it doesn't seem like it from the photo. If I'm wrong and it is too sheer, it's going back immediately -- not point in it. 

ETA: I notice that the little hanger loop is sticking out -- sorry about that! Was trying on in a rush. 

Sorry, I can't show it with the full suit because the pants are being altered. 

I think I want to keep my purchase of Asian print items to two, with the possible exception of the blue kimono which if I keep could be an extra, since I think it's really a different type of piece -- more an investment in occasion wear, if that makes any sense -- whereas the other things are for wearing now and wearing often in my everyday life. I'm not saying that I'd never wear the blue kimono every day, but if I'm honest, it is harder to style and I just wouldn't reach for it as much, whereas the others are easy. 

Thanks for your thoughts and insights! 

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  • missvee replied 7 years ago

    Gosh I think both of these are lovely. The colours in the first top are so flattering and I love how you've styled it. And the cream top is great too. You're right, you don't need a cami. I don't know what advice to give you about keeping them other than to go back to your style descriptors and wardrobe needs and see which fit best. You've shown us so many great pieces the last few days, and really, none of them has looked bad. You're spoiled for choice :-).

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous! My faves are 4, 7 and 8!

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Great buys. I think they will work with lots of things you already have :) The first top will look fantastic with white jeans/linen pants too.

  • Peri replied 7 years ago

    Funny...I've been eyeing that first top! Of course, they look great on you, but I like the white with the lace better.

  • replied 7 years ago

    I love the print in the top -- it looks great in that blazer style Sveta was eyeing -- that one would look excellent on you too!

    I think the second top would be a versatile addition too.

  • Elizabeth P replied 7 years ago

    Love them both Suz, and I love how you've styled them.  And no, you don't need a cami.  WTG, for someone who needed tops, you're finding them! 

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Love the second top with the boyfriends and I don't think you need a cami. I like the other top also - what is the fabric? As I said on your other thread, you are so good at styling yourself that it is hard to say what you need as opposed what you can handle - which looks like about everything!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Well, thank you all. It seems I am getting a bit better at picking things out. I am going to have to do some serious thinking this weekend and figure out which ones I really can use the most and which are best to let go. Tops are always a hole for me, so those might be more important than toppers when you get right down to it. 

    Shevia, the problem with the short sleeved top is that it is poly. Not a total deal-breaker as I just wouldn't wear it on our hottest days. 

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    I think they both look terrific! Keep!

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    Both are gorgeous on you Suz, I love the pattern and cut of 1.

  • Liz A. replied 7 years ago

    Both look great, and I especially like the lacy top on you.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Both of these tops are winners Suz and worth keeping. In fact, I'm loving that second sleeveless cream top so much I wouldn't mind that for myself. Such a pretty layering piece and the ability to not wear a cami is such a plus in our heat, isn't it?

    You have done some fabulous shopping lately - well done! Looking forward to hearing which toppers you're keeping.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Both of these look great on you Suz - you know I'm not a fan of poly, but if you can stand it, the style is nice and it looks great the ways you are showing it. It's hard to find cute tops that are not poly. I really like the second top because I love white and the touch of lace is just the right amount to my eye. Decisions, decisions!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    #4 and #7 rock my world!

  • celia replied 7 years ago

    Since I found out we can shop Zara online my world shifted, my credit card life will never be the same again...
    These are both wonderful and worth keeping tops.
    Are you keeping the blue kimono and the blue jacket?
    I see no problem in having 3 oriental prints since as you said the kimono jacket is not for everyday wear.
    It doesn't feel that you are repeating a theme.

    (Disclaimer: This comes from the woman who bought several,I mean a lot , of flower tops this year)

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Love the first top with the Leiths - a really fresh silhouette!  Love the 2nd top to be worn with anything - a great versatile item that can be dressed up or down.  I'm not as crazy about the first top with the black topper - I think the topper just looks too dark and heavy for the top.  Also, I like the 1st top (in general) left untucked, as opposed to tucked in.

    I tried that first top on when I was at Zara the other day - I really like the pattern - but I felt like the colors in the pattern (especially that coral color) were too warm for me - and I'm also always kind of leary of that length of sleeve - it seems like it accents the biggest part of my arms, which I'm not crazy about - and I alwasy feel just a little bit frumpy in that sleeve length!   Fortunately, you dont' have to worry about that!

    FYI - I've got my name on Zara's "list" for the blue kimono when it comes back in - and, goes on sale!  (Got my fingers crossed!)

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    I think both tops deserve a spot in your wardrobe.  I love the pattern mix Japanese top with shorts outfit as well as how they look with the Leith track pants.  As for the lace top, no it is not too sheer!  Nothing immodest about it.  As you say it fills a need, and it is really cute for a super hot day.  (I know how hard it is to dress for this eventuality.)

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    GREAT tops, Suz! I don't like the first one with the kimono so much, but Angie's faves are my faves, too.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks, everybody -- this is helpful. Still no decisions made, but I do have a bit of time. 

    Marley, my worries are your worries about that first top. The coral colour is almost neon and feels like a bit much to me or for me -- not sure which. Although I otherwise love the print and find it versatile in my wardrobe, which sorely lacks printed tops. So I am torn. The other negative about the top is that it's poly, which might not be the best in my summer climate. 

    Interesting how popular the little cream lace top is. It's pretty cheaply made and the fabric really is thin...but it doesn't really read thin when it's on, so I guess that's the main thing. And it is viscose, so should breathe. 

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    I like the first top, the second I'm iffy about. It's a bit country for my tastes for you... lol, that's so complicated to parse...

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    No, I get it, Rachy. I was wondering the same thing, to tell you the truth. Combo of colour and texture. But I might keep anyway simply for the purpose (super hot day, nothing to wear). You know? 

  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago

    I think both are really great additions to your wardrobe, Suz! The first one is so versatile and beautiful, and the second one is so pretty, too - for very hot days, and also something that might stretch your styling skills and imagination a little. A bit like my silk tunic does for me!

  • ElleH replied 7 years ago

    Keep both. I can't see through the sheer one. Love the printed one.

  • kkards replied 7 years ago

    #4 & 5 are my faves, but I like them all.

  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago

    I love the Japanese print one a ton.  I have a love-hate relationship with tops like the lace one.  I think it would work for what you need, though, and I often find myself craving a dose of that boho-girly-prairie style in the summer... do you?

  • Adelfa replied 7 years ago

    I love the white top on you. That's an 11 for me. The print top is attractive and versatile, very cute, but to me the colors aren't optimally flattering. It works though.

  • Lantana replied 7 years ago

    Suz, if you are diffident about the lacey top I'd nudge you in the direction of Return. I think it's a little see through and a bit twee for your style.
    The other top I love in the iterations with blue. I find the balance of its colours against your skin and hair is out of whack when teamed with black.

  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    I really like the second top. It is a new to you style and very flattering. I am not sure about the first top though. The only style I like with it is #7 and that is probably because you have tucked it in so it does not show the print as much.   How do you feel in it?

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    I like the cami best, but not for the gala. I really like it against denim as you have done. It is a bit osé, but worn around the house and in the garden for hot days it would be perfect, very feminine. It is absolutely day wear. 

    I don't know why I am not feeling the Japanese print top... It looks awfully cute in 5 but too squarish in the others to my eye. The print is nice, but not gorgeous enough to make up for the cut's boxiness. Too much white in it, not wow enough to grant a place in your fab wardrobe IMO.  The high-low tends to look overwhelming with a skinny/straight bottom. Sorry! I think I disagree with everyone else here so far! 

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    I like both! I don't see a sheerness issue in the photos. Those lightweight tops can be a life-saver when it gets hot!

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    Please keep the second top. 7 is SO pretty. I like the kimono top tucked in. Cute print.

  • jurocha replied 7 years ago

    First, your pink pants suit is totally a killer. I haven't yet had the opportunity to say it... so here it goes: it is a killer, you look terrific on it!

    I love the print top and strongly recommend you keeping it. (I wouldn't mind getting one for myself, but we've figured Zara and me aren't best sizing buddies).

    Regarding the cream one... well, I find it to be a bit sheer. Surely not in a bad way, and since the lace is so feminine and cute, I would also say go and keep it! Great picks.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Way late to join the thread, but I love the shape and print of #1.  The sleeve and neckline would be a dealbreaker for me, but they're beautiful on you.  Yes, it's bolder than your signature look, but maybe you're drawn to these items because you want a little more punch in some of your tops.  These are both easy to dress up and down, which I do think it essential if they are going to "earn their keep" in the closet.

  • harmonica replied 7 years ago

    Both are gorgeous additions to your wardrobe! Did you keep both?

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