One of my favorite neckline styles has always been draped. Draped necklines can take on so many different vibes, from casual, romantic, classic day wear, and just down right sexy.
The irony is that I’ve never worn one. Two weeks ago, I fixed that problem and made a draped top for myself. Finally, I got one of my Craftsy sewing kits that I had for two years out of a drawer and got to work (one Craftsy kit done-two to go).
My version takes the casual avenue. This is a navy and grey stripped medium weight cotton knit which drapes wonderfully. The top also has shirring at the lower sides which is created by stretching elastic as it is sewn in. This shirring seems to balance the neckline drape. However, the shirring is not necessary if you wanted a more straight line.
For this top, I put together two looks. Look #1 is very casual with grey skinny skinny Madewell jeans (eBay) and my boring but handy navy Keds. My bag for this look is really black and beige, but I really like it with this top and jeans….no logical reason, just do.
Look #2 below: The Fedora is a cheap Mudd that I picked up at Kohls. I’m not crazy about its quality but hey, it was only $6. Do you see the real wild carnivore lurking on the right?
I’ve worn these wide-legged White House/Black Market thrifted pants often this spring. They are wide-legged and long. Heels look great with wide legs, so I am just fine with that! Has anyone else been enamored with wider legs lately? I had forgotten how elegant even jeans can be in this style. They just look more dressy and cool in my book.
I don’t have any grey summer mules, sandals or whatever, so I went for neutrals. The open toed booties have been on here before and I picked them up on clearance in Joplin at Sophie. They come with a story. When I bought them, of course, I had to show my daughter, Michelle, whose reaction was, “I almost bought them last week, but didn’t.” My kid and I sometimes have incredibly similar tastes. Now she is going to borrow them from me (she has already told me the time & occasion) rather than visa versa!
The bag is one of my vintage Rodos. It has a chain if I want it. I carry this one a lot in the summer.
A close up of the lower side shirring.
The Craftsy sewing kit came with Simplicity 1716 which is still available and has so many options.
I went on a bit of window shopping for this one and came up with three of my favorite draped neckline looks. First up is the Sylvia from Covered Perfectly which is the perfect four season top.
I love the drape and color of this summer top.
Rachel Roy’s digital print is so versatile.
Even the goddess Athena knew the importance of having a draped neckline in a lady’s closet.
2nd Loved 1st Friday Style Feature
This week, for my blogger feature, I am being the proud Mom. I am featuring daughter Michelle. She linked up a style in which not only did she make the jacket from thrifted fabric but also used a thrifted pattern. Michelle is the one who opened my eyes with the possibilities of thrift shops. I did some thrifting before, but just in Florida when I visited my sister. Only until I saw the cool things Michelle was doing with her finds, did I make thrifting an important component of my fashion philosophy.
That wraps it up for this style adventure. So adieu until the next time …….
Remember, you can still link up to May’s 2nd Loved 1st Friday until the next 1st Friday in June. It would be great to tell us what you have used that is “not new but new to you such as things from thrift shops or on-line consignment shops, etc. So if you have found that second hand gem, get it on, snap a picture, post on social media and linkup HERE
I also link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Michael gets credit for the blog fashion photos today.