At last: Friday ensemble I can wear!

I am always looking forward to Angie;s Friday ensemble posts but lately I have hard time implementing them from my closet. Either colors I don't have or styles I don't wear...
...but today is different! Graphic black and white - here I come - and because this is not a frequent case for me I wanted to link it to the blog post right away!
Everything in this outfit is old: Club Monaco silk blouse, BR cream skinnies, JCrew oxfords, Danier black satchel. Hopefully it still looks current even without any this season refreshers in the mix.
I think I can use some advice with this silk blouse. I liked the graphic feel of it when I bought it but it is almost an orphan. The reason: I have hard time layering over it. For some reason this type of collar in the contrast color just does not go with any toppers I have in my closet. Any suggestions for possible layering?

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.


  • Joy replied 8 years ago

    This is a beautiful example of Angie's ensemble. If it ever cools off enough, I want to try to copy this outfit.

  • unfrumped replied 8 years ago

    Great copy!
    For jackets maybe need clear sharp color. Red or cobalt. Think of it like color-blocking. Soft or pastel or murky seems less likely to work.

  • Eliza replied 8 years ago

    Current, classic, and chic, Sveta. I know what you mean about one "extra" variable making a piece harder work into outfits. I picture trying a striped or contemporary high contrast jacket or solid dark jacket/topper that matches the body of the top with it. I find white tricky to layer over a top that dark.
    Great look on you.

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Thanks Joy.
    unfrumped, it is not the color which is the problem but the neckline conflict - at least this is how I feel. I tried it with regular blazers, colarless blazers, moto jackets - nothing seemed right :-(

  • Debbie replied 8 years ago

    Love your rendition! You look current and put together.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    Yay!!You look great in this. 

    That is a puzzle about the jacket. Does it work if the collar is done all the way up? 

    I know how frustrating that is; I have had this problem with some shirts also. 

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    ETA: try topping it with pullover instead of jacket? Or cardigan, although I know you don't really wear those. 

  • Aquamarine replied 8 years ago

    I have a few items like your blouse. Sometimes it's best to let the item stand alone. It's certainly interesting enough.

    If it gets too cold to wear it without another layer, I have a few thin silk camisoles that add unbelievable warmth under blouses.

  • unfrumped replied 8 years ago

    Yeah, I hear you-- I was thinking a bright color might connect the collar and body somehow.
    Not suggesting go buy, but maybe a pattern, also graphic, would look like intentional pattern- mixing? Dots, paisley; stripe as suggested above.
    What do thd guys do who wear those shirts? Sure thd collar is buttoned as per Suz, but still.

  • Gail replied 8 years ago

    Love the outfit. What about layering with a black ( I am assuming the blouse is black here) scoop neckline knitted sleeveless sweater. You would still have the overall look but the layer would add a little interest also. Or a long sleeved sweater.

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    FABULOUS. Loving the longer layers in your hair too. 

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    Well done, Sveta!  I've noticed recently that your footwear collection is marvelously stylish and practical -- love the oxfords!

    Have you tried the blouse under a longish cardi, with scrunched sleeves exposing the white cuffs?

  • Carole replied 8 years ago

    Perfect fall outfit!

    It's interesting that blouse is hard to layer...have you tried it with a vest? A blazer? Would love to see photos of experiments:)

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 8 years ago

    Great interpretation Sveta.  Have you tried a scoop neck knit vest over the silk shirt?  

  • replied 8 years ago

    You look great here , Sveta!  like this white jeans combo a lot:)  I think shirts like this are best left as a stand-alone piece and not layered.

  • replied 8 years ago

    I'm thinking that most jackets are just going to be difficult because the linear elements conflict with the rounded collar.

    I wold try either a shorter collarless jacket, like a Chanel type, or a cardigan.

    So interesting your ability to pinpoint exactly what the problem is, I can see why the collar could be a challenge but only because you saw it first!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 8 years ago


  • Kari replied 8 years ago

    Sveta, I've had the same challenge with blouses with contrasting, strong collars.  It feels like "too much" to add a jacket or blazer over it.  I prefer to layer knitwear over the similar tops I have like this instead (a sweater, tunic, etc.)  Carole's idea to try a vest might be worth playing with too!

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    The blouse looks glorious unlayered here, but I can imagine it is difficult to style in colder weather. I am thinking a dark low stance jacket or v neck and that is as far as my imagination can stretch at this hour.

  • replied 8 years ago

    Fabulous! You look so polished and crisp. It's a great rendition of Angie's ensemble formula.

  • texstyle replied 8 years ago

    Looks great Sveta!  Maybe this is one of those blouses that just needs to shine on it's own without a topper?

You need to be logged in to comment