Last summer I posited that a crop top could be worn to work professionally — i.e., to a workplace like a P.L.L.C. or similar association by a woman who is dressing to meet with colleagues or clients — when paired with a skirt and blouse or jersey.
I bought this 3.1 Phillip Lim crop top, but it took me several months to find the right skirt to pair it with. I was looking for a skirt that was high-waisted and somewhat fitted.
Bear in mind, I did not devote those months exclusively to the search. I’ve been quite busy. But during that time I was running a desultory search, and I ordered (and returned) a half dozen black skirts from YOOX, JCrew and FarFetch before finding one that works.
Ironically (or not), the winning skirt is also 3.1 Phillip Lim.
I’ll linger over the skirt for a minute because it deserves a little discussion. The back is created from three irregularly shaped pieces of fabric and the seams create a very pretty fit. Rather than ballooning, the way A-line skirts sometimes do, this skirt provides plenty of room through the hips and rear, but then narrows to fit more closely (not tightly) through the legs. It’s sort of like a mermaid or fishtail silhouette, but much more subtle. Note: The skirt is more snug on me than on this emaciated model; this is a rare instance in which I think I look better than the model.
This skirt is still available through FarFetch (shipping to U.S. is free) and Saks. I am rating this skirt, at this price, a strong BUY.
Back to me. Here’s the outfit I put together: crop top over silk fortuny-pleated blouse with the fitted black wool gabardine skirt and boots.
I’ve turned a little so that you can see the asymmetrical hem.
The top is beautifully pleated. If I weren’t wearing a blouse underneath it, however, it would be very bare. The armholes are quite deep and squared off and the overall length just reaches the smallest part of my torso.
This little top is highly engineered. Just to show you how clever (and diabolical) it is, here are a few close-up shots.
The first time I tried it on, I wrenched my back trying to reach the zipper, snaps, and hooks.
The neckline fits closely. A row of hook-an-eye closures actually closes the neckline along the right shoulder. These are very hard to catch and keep closed, so I am going to replace them with little snaps.
Crop top: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Blouse: JCrew; Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim Broken Line Skirt; Boots: Donna Piu; Watch: Michele CSX