Pretty Prints and Structured Tops


Are there any items in your closet that you feel are “special”? I absolutely love this top, but I rarely wear it because I seem to have convinced myself that it is something to be worn for a special reason. I got it years go when I first started attending trade shows for work and would only wear it for that. Now I’m trying to adjust my thinking about it and wear it for just the normal day-to-day.

Today I’ve paired it with a pair of dark wash boot cut jeans, a purple sweater (since it’s so chilly at work), and a pair of sparkly grey flats. The print and construction of the neckline are practically an accessory in and of themselves, so I chose not to wear a necklace with this outfit.


I do love this top, but it’s not as forgiving as I would like it to be. Something with structure worn as a completed piece, like a blazer, will often help to camouflage problem areas and can help create a nice shape (small waist, flare out at the hips). A top like this can do the same, but because it is a thinner material and worn closer to the body, things like a stray belt loop, or a little muffin top are more likely to be visible. 

The answer? Make sure you are wearing pants that fit well and don’t create extra bulges. In fact, this top in particular is really better worn with slacks. And be sure to get the top in question in the right size. Does it fit at the shoulders, bust, waist and hips? Also be sure to turn around and check the fit across the back, a shirt or dress that is ill-fitting may pull too tight at the level of your bra, or could fold and gather in the small of you back. Both of these mean that you don’t have the right fit and should probably try the next size up. 

When you shop for a fitted top or dress, fit is so important. Unless you know that you will take it to the tailor (and it’s something a tailor can fix!) don’t buy clothes that don’t fit quite right, no matter how much you like the color/print/fabric. They will end up sitting in your closet because you will always look better in something that fits properly!

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