Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Try-it-out Tuesday: big prints

     Both cameras are out of commission, but I wasn't going to let it stop Try-it-out Tuesday. MacBook Photo Booth to the rescue! :)
     Today's challenge: break the no-big-prints rule for petites. I get the logic, but I LOVE certain big prints.
      I understand why I don't want to wear daisies as big as my head, but I figured this particular print could squeak by because it's more abstract and graphic -- lines and swirls vs. daisies. So instead of people thinking, "WOW! Those daisies are as big as her head!" they're going to wonder, "Is that big red swirly as big as her head?"   
     I picked up this top at Saver's a few years ago for a mere 99 cents. It appears handmade, and the Asian-inspired big print reminded me of the splashily printed dresses and men's shirts popular in 1970s Hawaii.  When I started this blog, I dug this out of my fabric pile: I wanted to figure out a way to wear it. Beside the big print, there were some other challenges. The top is boxy, on the short side, and has side notches.

         Some tucking-in was definitely required.
     I just managed to tuck it into a pair of jeans. I couldn't resist adding my fuchsia belt because I figured fuschia falls right between dark blue and red.
     It tucked much better into my higher-waisted pencil skirt. I think it works better with the pencil skirt because less of the top is showing; the big print is restricted to a smaller area of my body.
Thrifted top; CK pencil skirt; Old Navy fuchsia belt. 

I think the red swirly might be BIGGER than my head.
    Because I love this top, I'm planning on rocking it. But I'm interested in hearing your honest opinion -- is the big print overwhelming? Is it OK with jeans, or should I stick to the pencil skirt? Or should I just walk away the next time a similar top calls out to me from the thrift store racks?


  1. Oh my gosh no way is the print overwhelming--I think it's stunning. I think you'll appear to look more stylish/confident than anything else! You rock this look! I love it paired with the simple pencil skirt and the belt for waist definition! This is just perfect! You can totally rock this top.

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  2. I totally agree with Courtney I think it was great paired with the pencil skirt and the belt definitely gave waist definition.


  3. katattack - a defined waist is always a good thing.:) Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  4. The print is so unique! I think it works well tucked into your pencil skirt. The proportions are just right. The skirt defines your waist and also allows the print to shine. The skinny belt in a bright color lends a touch of fun.

  5. Thank you for the great feedback, Van! :)


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