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Spotlight on Good and Bad Tops to Wear With Skirts

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Spotlight on Good and Bad Tops to Wear With Skirts

The idea of which tops to wear with skirts was a recent request from Maria. Thank you Maria for a great style challenge. The three of us concentrated on midi skirts since that was part of Maria’s request. And in order to make it more fun, each of us also showed a “good” and “bad” top with our midi skirt.

Quote of the day: “As long as you’re green you’re growing, as soon as you’re ripe you start to rot.” Ray Kroc

What I decided this quote means to me is we can always learn and grow. Our style should not be dictated by the rules we learned when we were in our 20’s. Life has changed much since those days, and the way we dress should keep pace. Plus hopefully, we have learned the advantage of having fun with our style. No boring or basic here!!

Now it’s Lesley’s turn to share her do’s and don’t spotlight on tops to wear with midi skirts. The funny thing is that both she and Charlotte ended up with blue and pink outfits. And it wasn’t even planned. It goes to show that great minds think alike. Either that or they’ve been scheming behind my back, haha!
Even funnier is how Lesley and I showcased a jean jacket.

Options of tops to wear with skirts

The Comparison on Tops to Wear with Skirts

For the red and blue top on the left, Lesley gives her reasoning that she just wouldn’t wear it with the blue midi skirt.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love this top and while the colors work great with this blue skirt, the style is all wrong for me. Ruffle sleeves hit at the waist and the ruffle at the hem sits right at my hip creating more bulk in the middle. With the shirt being flared and long, this is a frumpy, dumpy look.”

Insider tip: See how Lesley wore this top with different bottoms and the proportion worked wonderfully.

Just like I discussed in Charlotte’s examples, proportion plays a big part in these looks. The red and blue look is 1/2 and 1/2 which is not usually as flattering. The blue and white top gives the 1/3 to 2/3 proportion. Even though the jacket is longer than the tucked top, she left it open so you can appreciate the proportions. Even from the back view, you notice the jacket is still not long enough to create the 1/2 proportion. Besides, it’s such a fun color.

Adding a separate color as tops to wear with skirts

Skirt: WestPort~~ Jacket: Christopher & Banks~~ Top: Ann Taylor~~ Shoes: Walking Cradles~~ Scarf: ~~ Earrings: Audra Style c/o~~ Purse: Target

Lesley’s Winning Outfit

So instead of the boxy top, Lesley tucked in a blue and white top and pulled it out a bit so it wasn’t too severe. This creates a balance with some fullness above and below the waist to provide an almost hourglass shape (as much as a zucchini can be hourglass in shape—Lesley’s words, not mine).
Then Lesley even added in the short jean jacket that hits at the top of her hip. By having the jacket be a contrasting color, she is having fun and not being as matchy matchy.

Insider tip: Jean jackets are classic pieces for women of any age. I think you need a couple of different colors and lengths. The best place to find them may be at the thrift store.

Denim jacket for older women

Why a Third Color?

I was extremely happy that Lesley added a pink jacket to the mix. Just last summer, I’m pretty sure I was twisting her arm to think about adding in a color that wasn’t in the print of a clothing item. See that post here.
In fact, while the top is a silky top and from a modern retailer, if she had only worn it alone, it could give off that grandma gone bad look. I know we all like to match, but too much matching isn’t always modern and chic.

Does it feel weird to have only one clothing item of a color? Then here are the details to help:
1-Jewelry. Check out Lesley’s earrings and bracelet that also have blue and pink in them.
2-The scarf on the purse. For all of you who need help styling your scarves, just add them to a purse strap. Especially the smaller, square scarves.
3-Lipstick. Having your lips be part of the color equation is a great trick.

Midi skirt: Tops to wear with skirts

Midi Skirts

Not all midi skirts are created equally. I think that is the hugest point for every piece of clothing. To say that you don’t look good in “_____” because of your shape is wrong! Because each item is made differently and finding what works for our body is the key.

Lesley reports that she loves this skirt because it’s more fitted from the waist to the hips and then flares out to the lower calf area.
And remember there are many ways to change up your midi skirt if you need to.

Nude shoes

Jacket and tops to wear with skirts
Tops to wear with skirts

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size, or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what others think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspiration from Charlotte, Lesley, and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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