An Unexpected Texture

Several months ago, I was musing about the revival of crop tops and suggested that they might actually be useful layering pieces.

This is what I was thinking.
It was a notion but I spent a little money to turn it into a concept, and then an idea

Please note: You may think this looks like fur, but it’s not. Coat of an unkempt yak? Quite possible. The content is largely wool, with some synthetic fibers mixed in.
Frankly, I am having a little difficulty imagining how this top could be anything but a layering piece because it’s toasty warm and fuzzy.

from the side
To every thing there is a season, purportedly

If it were hot, I would be roasting inside this top. But if it were cold, I wouldn’t want to be walking around with bare arms and I would hate the feeling of fuzziness on bare skin. So I think it has to be worn in cooler weather, over a blouse.
Saintly Directrice
The Directrice contemplates mysteries of the universe, including the purpose of this crop top
Work the problem
Unkempt? Who are you to judge, Directrice? Didn’t you admit that you haven’t combed your hair since 1993?

Let’s visit the details, shall we? They’re good ones.
Something very close to tinsel; look above the fringe
Other side
Pom-poms; you may need to increase the brightness of your screen to see them, but they are there
And a little tab
And a little tab

It’s like a rip-cord; if only it were connected to a metaphysical parachute

Too cool
Please note the beautiful background; the leaves have turned but are still on the trees
To round things out, a white blouse, a pencil skirt with a metallic sheen and BOOTS. I love boots in the cold weather months — there is something so chic about a trim pair of boots with a skirt or dress.
I’ll also put in an encouraging word about pencil skirts here, too. There is some variety among pencil skirts; they aren’t all cut the same way. Some are tapered along the thighs and narrow toward the knees and others are straight from the hip down. So, if you think you can’t wear a pencil skirt, you may want to keep trying and keep in mind that if you find one that fits nicely through the hips and thighs but is too big around the waist, you can probably have the waist taken in.

Top: Hache from YOOX; Blouse: Talbots; Skirt: JCrew; Boots: Kenneth Cole; Bag: Coach Gramercy Satchel

8 thoughts on “An Unexpected Texture”

  1. Pencil skirts and boots are like Hepburn and Tracy. The overall look is tidy and sexy at the same time somehow. The vest adds texture and interest, even the zip in back. Great find. Kate

  2. Somewhere there is a very chilly, shorn muppet.

    But really, that is a very elegant and hip outfit, yet the vest gives it just that necessary bit of humor and whimsy to keep it from being too serious.

    • This made me laugh out loud, and then immediately start singing, “It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to get things started on the Muppet Show tonight!” Michael laughed, too — but he did not remember the lyrics.


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