May 13, 2008

Cravat Shirt

The other week during the Bloomies sale, I was struck by a need to buy something- anything- just to take advantage of the "40% on top of sale price" discount. Late for dinner and pressed for time, I randomly grabbed the first thing that caught my eye in my size: this black top with a white cravat from the Bloomies house brand, Aqua (below left). I figured if I really didn't like it I can always return it later.
Ever since I have been wavering between love and hate. On the love side, the cravat detail is really cute and very retro French chic (as HG describes it). And I imagine it would look really cute peeking from under a blazer. It doesn't look too flattering on the hanger, but it doesn't look to bad on me. On the hate side, the contrast is a bit too sharp and on first impression, the cravat looks a little bib-like and over all looks a bit waitressy (at least, that was the first reaction of one of my friends upon seeing it). Though the cravat does seem to work on this Isaac Mizrahi dress (right) making it look feminine and sophisticated.........
Another thing is that I can't decide how I'd wear it. I know I said it'll look cute from under a blazer, but if I pair it with black pants, it will look work-like, like the Valentino Red dress shirt here (right), which is not entirely bad, but if I wore it with a black blazer, I'd look very black ....... Casually I could try it with jeans like with the Marc by Marc Jacobs shirt above (left). I actually tried it with my khaki skinny jeans the other day, but it looked a bit odd. Maybe blue jeans? A skirts? Maybe I just don't know how to rock the retro French look.........
I should really stop thinking so much about a $40 top.

But what do you reckon? Is this a keeper or not?

Image Source: Saks and Net a Porter


Blogger Kristen said...

I think it's a very cute blouse. I would wear it with a form-fitting black skirt (so it resembled the Mizrahi dress) or a pair of wide-legged grey pants.

5/14/2008 9:07 AM  
Blogger sunshine87 said...

Hi I'm new to your blog but I really love it! As for the blouse.. try it with either a dark blue denim or dark grey pencil skirt that comes to the knees or below the knee and with peeptoes. Makes a classy outfit :)

5/14/2008 9:29 AM  
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5/14/2008 11:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think it is a great top. I would wear a black pencil skirt. It would also be nice with a pair of black wide leg pants.

5/14/2008 11:08 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Yeah, I mean it does look like a bib when you think about it, but it's different and I absolutely adore the idea of wide leg pants with it.

But ultimately it depends if you're going to wear it.

5/14/2008 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of those timeless classics...even if you don't want to wear it, you can pass it on to your daughter and it'll style be in style.

5/14/2008 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh i love this! its so chic and simple. i say go for the dark blue skinny leg jeans, sharp red patent heels, red lipstick and a casual messy chignon

5/14/2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger ErinT Fashion Accessories said...

I actually really like it. It's so versatile, and very pretty. I really like it with that Isaac Mizrahi black dress the most, but I think it would work with lots of different combinations.

5/14/2008 4:47 PM  
Blogger Noor said...

I have it in all black and I wear it with a black cropped cardigan and button the first two buttons and put the hangy sashy (Idk it's name lol) over the buttons and I usually wear it with my J Brand 10" skinny jeans in a navy color called bruiser. I love it! It looks amazing with skinny jeans too.

5/14/2008 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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5/15/2008 12:55 AM  
Blogger getpalmd said...

Personally, I don't really like it. But it's possible that if I see it with a great combination, skirt or pants, it might look good. So just try to mix it up with something! Then again, I know with myself that if I feel even a little doubt if I like it or not when I've bought something, it's most likely I will never wear it.

5/15/2008 5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, i think the contrast is a little too severe. i'd try wearing it with dark blue skinny jeans, flats, and a like a gray blazer.

5/15/2008 6:11 AM  
Blogger Natty said...

I think this would look great with a black skirt and some killer heels for a sophisticated look or with some black skinny ankle length pants and flat for some Parisian cool. I have a very similar top I wear to work in this way for a smart but fashionable look.

5/15/2008 6:41 AM  
Blogger alis said...

I'm not crazy about the top itself, but it has potential to work with the right combinations. Still, it's probably not very versatile. I wouldn't wear it with black, below-the-knee skirts, and black pants because that would make it look too corporate and accentuate the contrast. It would look cute with a relatively high waist-wide leg-lightish colored-flowy jeans though. Or with bee-hive hair and black ruffled mini, a-la-topshop, lol.

5/15/2008 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blouse is how do you say... different... I like it and i would most likely pair it with a dark penciled skirt or maybe a dark denim skinny jean. I probably would have liked it better if the colors weren't so sharp it makes the blouse look choppy... if they had a white one... like the valentino one, I'd most definitely get one.

5/15/2008 10:28 AM  
Blogger Mint said...

I love it! It's so pretty and feminine, and a truly classic piece that you can wear forever. I would definitely buy it.

I can see it with a black pencil skirt, or a dark denim skirt. Also, I'm feeling a red wool pencil skirt might also work ... Otherwise, navy jeans in a classic bootleg or skinny cut paired with pretty flats to give it a casual feel.

5/15/2008 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

black skinny jeans or dark denim skinny jeans! flats, little cardigan, black ray bans and you're good to go.

ps - the top is adorable. slightly off-beat but chic at the same time!

5/15/2008 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my answer- check out club monaco. they have the cutest, chicest french look that just looks effortless without being way too formal.

5/16/2008 7:51 AM  
Blogger said...

I like this look - very Jackie-O. However, I do think it must be worn right and accessorized. Add some of your own personality to it, or it could wear you more than the other way around.
I'm very interested in the Jackie-O trends that we are still seeing. Check out my blog at to see my write up on Jackie-O sunglases:)

5/16/2008 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how with the best of fashion, they can rehash some old shit that was so horrendous and lame the first time around and actually make me like it... in this case, the floppy bow-blouse that women had to wear if they worked in offices in the early 80s. What people call unoriginality/copying, I call "perfecting." So, yeah, I'd totally wear that.

5/17/2008 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think it work nicely tucked into well-fitting jeans or shorter shorts of a well matched colour and style.

5/18/2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger Amelia StyleDownUnder said...

i think the blouse is cute, worn with dark skinnies, thin tan belt, high heels. perfect for drinks/shopping with the girls!
to julian- ouch that was a bit of a rough comment about the banner, i would have thought that balenciaga is very tasty!

5/19/2008 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think with a high-waisted denim skirt, white shoes and a white blazer this would make a really nice summer piece. Or if not a skirt then a pair of jeans - I just think a white blazer would work really well with that shirt, rather than black, and its definately a more summer look.

5/21/2008 6:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I really like the cravat shirts. They would look really cute with pencil skirts. I like them a lot.

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