WIW: Animal!

Hi Fabbers,

As far as patterns go, I still quite like animal print and that's about all I have now in the way of pattern in my wardrobe.

It's has been too cold for this tunic but I got it out today to wear and see how I feel about it. It's about three years old but I think it's still ok. It's a nice piece to layer with and for when I don't feel like solid black.

Layered it under my grey drape vest "thing". I think it worked.

What do you think? Does the tunic still work for me?

Thanks for taking a look.


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  • Ingunn replied 9 years ago

    Definitely! I think it looks current and very much you. I agree that animal prints, perhaps the snake print versions in particular, are great for adding some texture to the wardrobe. 

  • carolbee replied 9 years ago

    Oh, I do love animal print, especially in those tones. But, not so sure about this particular item for you. The colour suits you, the style seems fine, but to me there looks to be too much of it, both in the body and sleeve length. I know oversized is in and maybe my eye hasn't adjusted yet, so just ignore me if you think 'she just doesn't get it'!!

  • frannieb replied 9 years ago

    I think the print is great - the shirt is too big, the sleeves are at you knuckles and baggie overall. You do drapey flowy incredibly well with clothing that fits. The tunic is too big not just oversized to my eye.

  • Janet replied 9 years ago

    I think this top is still fab on you, and the pattern is great. I like it best without the "vest thing." I don't mind the sleeves long because the fabric looks drapey and not heavy or bulky. Can you roll or scrunch sleeves too?

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback:).

    Frannie, thanks for your thoughts:). To clarify, the tunic actually fits well and is not at all oversized. It fits on the shoulders and just skims my body. The sleeves are long but it appears to be in the design (which I must admit I like)and the sleeves widen towards the wrist. It is a nice silky fabric and surprisingly the sleeves don't get in the way in movement. I guess I am really wondering if it fits my style aesthetic? I probably prefer it layered under a shorter asymmetric topper:)

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    I like it on you and for you without the vest. It does have black trim after all!

  • replied 9 years ago

    I like the tunic very much - perfect tones for you....and prefer the ensemble without the vest .

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    I like the tunic a great deal. It has an almost "kimono" feel to it with the wider sleeve.  It has a quiet elegance to it.  

     I prefer it without the drapey vest over top because (in part) the greys seem to be competing and the drape interferes with the details of the top. But the colour issue may be monitor related. I know that this has happened to me a few times -- the greys, mauves, and taupe tones don't always reproduce accurately on screen and IRL this may have a different effect. 

  • jackiec replied 9 years ago

    Yes, I think the tunic still looks nice on you.

    Agreeing with Suz above about the drapey vest over top.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    I like the tunic, but do think the sleeves are too long, Debs. The Kimono-esque nature of the top needs a shorter sleeve to my eye. It doesn't look fashionable, if you know what I mean. Just that the sleeves are too long for your petite height. If the sleeves were very tapered - Rick Owens Style - the length would not be a problem at all. FWIW, that's my opinion, and hope it makes sense. 

  • replied 9 years ago

    This is not something I would wear, but I am very much drawn to it on you.  I can't even say why I am so intrigued with it.  I just am.  You look fab.  

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Thanks so much ladies! I wasn't sure about the vest over it so you have confirmed it's probably best without...thank you.

    Angie I do get what you are saying about the sleeves...need to think on that a bit:)

  • columbine(erin) replied 9 years ago

    My first thought was that it's very fun to see a pattern on you but I wish the sleeves were a little shorter. Also the drapey vest is so elegant, love it.

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    I have just been pondering the sleeve issue.  It didn't come up last time I posted this tunic and I now recall I would often wear it with the cuff folded up.  Essentially cutting the black trip in half and shortening the sleeve to a better length.   I had completely forgotten.  Hopefully that will solve the problem:) 

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    YES. That sounds like the perfect solution. xo

  • frannieb replied 9 years ago

    This has been a fun conversation - thanks letting us be part. You always look so smashing and I'm highly jealous of your ability to wear flowy clothes to perfection.

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Frannie, thanks  for popping back. I was going to PM you today as I wanted you to know that I really appreciated your comment.  Photos can be tricky and sometimes don't always convey what we see IRL and I really appreciated your thoughts.  I can get a bit one eyed about things so differing view points are really valuable to me.

    Angie... awesome! 

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Deb, how clever of you. I do this sometimes with sleeves that are too long (frequent in my life) and it works especially well when they are trimmed like this. Perfect solution. 

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