A Question of Proportion

I'd like to wear this top and skirt today but am wondering if the top is too long to wear out with a skirt.
1. Top (Nautica, consignment) with NYDJ white denim skirt, Aerosoles flats.
2. Top scrunched up a bit
3. Top tucked, thrifted belt from Savers
Which way looks best to your eye? Or should I wear a different top?

ETA: I can't add photos here, probably because I posted with the phone ap, but below I added photos of a half tuck attempt. It seems off though as this top is fitted, not draped.

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    I prefer 2 or 3

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    I too, prefer 2 or 3.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    What Sveta said! Fresh and classic :)

  • La Belle Demimondaine replied 7 years ago

    Beautiful!  And yes, 2 or 3 gets my vote. 

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Thank you. it's so helpful to get your opinions. Angie, I really appreciate your comment.
    I suspected 1 was too long, but only after looking at the photos. This was a case of photos better than mirror. I'm wearing it tucked with the belt for the farmers' market. Do you think a red or navy belt would be better?

  • Raisin replied 7 years ago

    I'm the weirdo - I like 1 best. I think 2 and 3 probably are more proportionally right but I don't like it tucked, and I just feel like pulling the shirt down when you have it scrunched.

  • Peri replied 7 years ago

    Another vote for 2 or 3. I can't tuck but on you I like it.

    I think you are one of my style crushes. :)

  • Nicola replied 7 years ago

    I Iike all of them but as to the best by only a small margin - gut reaction - 2.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    I actually prefer no. 1. I am a big fan of longer tops with slim skirts!

  • Mona replied 7 years ago

    i prefer it tucked

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Below are attempts at a half tuck.
    I changed from skirt to clams with the same top for dog walking at the park. A discovery was made that the line of studs on the side are all actually working snaps. Undoing a couple of them on the bottom and wearing the top out with clams seems to work but I haven't tried photos yet.

  • columbine(erin) replied 7 years ago

    I'm no help, honestly like it all ways. I like it untucked and long. I like your shoes with this outfit.

  • replied 7 years ago

    That semi-tuck is kind of fun. I think tucking in the snapped part would bother me. How cool that the snaps are operable though. You look cool and fresh in your red, white and stripes (and your eyes are beautiful--fun to see them uncovered for a change)!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    I'm surprised that tucking the snap part doesn't bother me. The top stays tucked better than some. I like the higher neckline and arm holes on this top but was worried that the wide stripes would overwhelm me. I'm really loving the semi or faux tuck although I don't see anyone else wearing it here. Yet it is common in clothing ads and catalogues, so people must be seeing it.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    I think you need a certain amount of confidence to do a semi-tuck because it looks oddly deliberate for a supposedly casual look and thus sort of like saying I am deliberately trying to be fashionable (as opposed to practical or conventional). I think as people's eyes adjust and get used to seeing it, it will be less so. So perhaps you have a social duty to semi-tuck Joy! (I like all the shorter versions of the shirt including the semi-tuck.)

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

     Joy, I LOVE the semi-tucked version! Brilliant! And I am totally attracted to this top for all the reasons you are. High neckline, classic stripes, navy and white, working snaps!!! 

    I am finding that for my proportions the semi-tuck or faux semi-tuck is a bit of brilliance. It creates a slight curve, highlights a belt, allows me to have the best of both worlds with my longish rise, short waist, slightly short legs...

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Shevia, LOL@ having a social duty to semi tuck!
    Suz, I love the semi tuck for all those reasons and that it often adds a bit of structure that is missing. I won't be giving it up. Besides, it gives older tops from button-downs to tunics, what I like to think of as a stylish new look.

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    I guess I am in the minority, but I actually like the first one best. Sorry for chiming in late.

  • Mia replied 7 years ago

    You could shorten the skirt :)

    Really cute top and looks good in all the photos. #3 is my fave.

  • Debbie replied 7 years ago

    I think all of it looks fabulous.

  • Lantana replied 7 years ago

    There's now a moniority of three; I like the untucked version best too. That's because I really like the button styling and want to see it from top to bottom. Do you have some white capris like Claire is wearing in her last post? I think the top would look great styled that way.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Lantana, I'll have to take a look at Claire's post but I do have white clam diggers and the white Kut Catherine slim boyfriends which I roll. I'll wear the top with one of them soon.

  • rute replied 7 years ago

    I prefer 2

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    I vote for the semi-tuck or #1

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Thank you for your helpful comments. I've been wearing this top a lot using your preferences. It seems right for the 4th of July week.

You need to be logged in to comment