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Personal Shopper: Tops to go with Lindsay's Modcloth Essential Elegance Skirt

Lindsay writes: "Hi! I recently bought the Modcloth Essential Elegance Skirt, but now that I have it, I feel like none of the tops I own look right with it, and I've no idea what to shop for. I haven't worn a skirt since middle school, and don't pay much attention to them in fashion magazines, so I guess I never developed a sense of what kind of tops work well with skirts. I would be eternally grateful if you could show me some options that might work for my particular skirt and body shape. I hope to wear the skirt primarily for casual occasions/ average daily use and for work, where the dress code is literally "you must wear clothes when customers are visiting". My office can get pretty cold, so throwing in some removable wrap/cardigan options would be super helpful! As for me, I'm 5'6" with long legs, long arms, and broad shoulders; usually xs tops fit my bust but are too narrow-shouldered, so I will go with smalls in most cases. Otherwise I'm pear-shaped (bust 33"; waist 28"; hips 39"), so long tops only work if they are wider at the bottom or are meant to be tucked in. My neck and collar bone are nice enough that I wouldn't mind showing them off, but low-cut shirts are no good due to my very tiny bosom (34A or AA) and subsequent lack of décolletage. I need to be able to wear a bra with the garment, and I'd like to avoid tops that reveal the midriff. My price limit would be ~$75 per item for shirts, and ~$175 per item for wraps/sweaters. Thank you so much! Lindsay B."

Hi Lindsay! I'm Found of You! With this skirt and your body type, I recommend tops that will tuck in (which wont be hard with this high-waisted style of skirt) and have ruffles or bows to add bulk to your bust and give you a balanced look. Most of these tops would look cute with a cardigan over the top and the bow or ruffle peeking out. Have fun!

1 - Red Crinkle Pussybow Short Sleeve Blouse ($75)
2 - Petite Star Stamp Angora Cardi ($75)
3 - Knitted Stripe Cardigan ($92)
4 - Knitted Tab Detail Cardigan ($68)
5 - Taking Care of Busy Top ($60)
6 - Lauren by Ralph Lauren Millie Silk Ruffle Front Top ($90)
7 - Wild Impression Elliana Tank ($35)
8 - A|Wear Butterfly Pussy Bow Blouse ($29, on sale)
9 - ASOS Drape Ruffle Pussybow Blouse ($24, on sale)
10 - Oasis Sheer Pussy Bow Short Sleeved Blouse ($37, on sale)
11 - ASOS Short Sleeve Pussybow Cotton Blouse ($46)
12 - Christin Michaels Bali Ruffle Blouse ($39, on sale)

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Posted on 09.23.11 at 9:13 AM

Thank you so much for your help! I can't tell you how excited I was to see "ruffles" in your suggestion; I adore ruffles and now I have the perfect excuse to buy them. :)
All 3 cardigans are lovely, and I can see now that I've been trying the wrong style/cut.
The butterfly shirt (#8) makes me titter with glee, but sadly it is out of stock... hopefully not for too long.
I wonder if some of the pussybow blouses are too low-cut, but I can probably solve that with a camisole. I love the look, so I will definitely give it a go.
Thanks again!

Found of You

Posted on 09.23.11 at 9:19 AM

Oh no Lindsay! I'm so sorry the butterfly shirt is out of stock. Modcloth is like that. I'm glad you found some other things you love, though. :)

Found of You

Posted on 09.23.11 at 10:49 AM

I poked around for butterflies, and the best thing I found for you and your skirt was this:


Posted on 10.03.11 at 2:15 PM

I love the yesstyle butterfly shirt, too! Thanks, Found of You! :)

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