Styling a Sheer Pink Top
Quote of the day: “We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” J.K. Rowling
Welcome to another edition of matching pieces from my mom’s sewing room! We’ve had fun with this topic a couple of times already on the blog. This winter we showcased a floral material, and a plaid mohair material. And just recently, we showcased another sheer material that was burgundy.
This particular material my mom had stashed away for years. It’s actually a drapery material, so even though it’s sheer, it has some stiffness and weight to it.
This time, my mom had enough material to make us all the same piece, yet she changed each one up slightly. She’s done this before also on the blog, with our t-shirt dresses. You can see in the photo at the bottom of the post that the lengths of the top differs and even the sleeve lengths are unique.
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Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I originally thought to layer the pink sheer blouse under this jumpsuit.
However, since we were showcasing the top, I figured it’d be better to leave it on the outside. This way it acts as a kimono or lightweight jacket and is easier to remove if it gets too warm. (Not that I ever get too warm except when I’m having a heat flash).
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For my other accessories with this outfit, I decided to keep them more subdued.
Well, by subdued I mean I tried to match the color of my jumpsuit. You can tell by the brand on these shoes that I’ve had them for years! They were worn a lot as a work shoe yet, I still wear them for other occasions now.
Overall, this outfit could be work appropriate, although as a dentist, I never wore bracelets. For some reason patients frowned upon being hit in the face with my jewelry, ha ha!
I wasn’t a huge jumpsuit fan until recently. And if you check out the price on this one, you might be surprised that I spent that much on it. Yet, if you ever go into Banana Republic, then you’ll know that there is always a sale going on in the store. With the sale price and my rewards to spend, I bought this piece for under $30.
I know many women’s concern with the jumpsuit is taking it down to go to the bathroom. And I get that. Yet there are some that make it easier than others. The ones without zippers end up being just like pants (although I’d wear a shirt under this one). Either that or a stretchable material makes it easier for that up and down.
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy considers this sheer pink top casual, so she opted for a denim skirt to go with it.
I had to include this photo because the manager, Kevin, is pictured in the background. I discussed our experience at this fun rooftop bar on Instagram. It’s proof positive that the customer service can make or break any place.
Nancy’s shirt was actually the first one made for her birthday last year by my mom. She even wore it in our blush and burgundy post last fall. These sheer items work so wonderfully in the warmer months for those of you who would still rather cover your arms. Nancy wore her top over her choker neck top for this post. It’s another trend that I think is great for us, and will touch on later this summer.
If you like something with this idea but not sheer there are many kimonos that are available. In this pink color is a floral version. Or you could stick with a solid colored one. Either way these items can be used as a swimsuit cover up as well as a topper of your outfit.
Nancy was just commenting on how these sneakers have been such a great buy.
I feel like if you need comfortable shoes, there are so many fun sneakers at the stores right now. They aren’t just for working out anymore. There are metallic ones that give a hint of dressiness to any outfit. Or at the other extreme, you could opt for a denim pair.
As for Nancy’s denim skirt, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but denim is huge right now. Maybe you had a denim skirt in your past, yet it might be time to try it again. First, skirts tend to be cooler in the summer than pants. Now you might not think denim is cool, yet there are many weights available now.
And secondly, the fact that many denim skirts have spandex in them, make them more comfortable than they used to be. Talbots has one that is a great length. Or if you like the length a little shorter than here’s a different option.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit: My mom said she chose this particular outfit because she saw several all pink outfits in Vogue magazine recently.
Of course, it’s not surprising to me that she went with all one color. Truly that is her favorite way to put together an outfit. Yet what I really love is how this outfit has 3 different prints. The pink sheer top has a subtle stripe pattern, her skirt is a tweed and the shoes are a floral print. All of this coming from the woman who gave me an eye roll when I was first styled a print mixing post.
Yet I have a feeling you’d never look at this outfit and really focus on the 3 different prints. Maybe because they work so well together? I just have to say, that if my mom can do it, you can too.
In fact, talking about pink, my mom even has pink pearls. I know most of us think about only wearing our pearl jewelry for dressy occasions. Yet, it’s one of those concepts that I’ve been trying to incorporate in my outfits. Since we have the items, why not wear them more?
One way to do this with your pearl necklaces would be to layer them with other necklaces. Either that or just be brave and wear it with your denim.
Floral shoes are such a great print for the spring and summer.
Of course this isn’t the only great print for the warmer weather. I’ve been coveting a pair of gingham shoes for some reason. Am I going to buy them? No. Because I have the pair of striped wedges that I wore in the sheer burgundy post. In fact, striped espadrilles scream summer to me.
You can see how my mom buttoned her blouse instead of leaving it open. This way you could layer it over a cami, or another kind of shirt that you wouldn’t necessarily want exposed. We explored different ways to wear a camisole on the blog 2 years ago.
I know I gave up wearing button up blouses in the past. And when we wore our white shirts lately, I heard a couple comments regarding that too. Yet I think the fact that there is the stretch material in these items lately, can make a big difference. I’ve even seen ones with a belt attached to give you some shaping.
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