WIW: dress over cropped flares

I took Angie's idea and wore pants under this dress, rather than the leggings or footless tights I would have otherwise chosen. I kind of liked the effect. What do you think?

The outfit (worn to play in a piano recital):
Short knit dress with black, white, taupe, and gray fashion print (made by me); black cropped flare pants (Halogen); taupe cross-strap flats (Naot); long black and white marled knit cardigan (Bobeau); taupe pleather tote bag with silver studs (Chelsea28).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate any feedback you care to give.

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  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Oooh. I love these long elegant layers on you, Sharan! This looks very hip and current and also comfortable. 

  • Aquamarine replied 3 years ago

    You play the piano too? How talented are you??

    This totally works to my eye. The proportions are perfect.

  • JAileen replied 3 years ago

    You look great, and probably were warmer than with leggings. The fabric you chose for your dress is fun

  • Dianna replied 3 years ago

    That dress! How cool to have unique pieces in your closet made by you. I wish I knew how to sew.

  • kellygirl replied 3 years ago

    Beautiful layering! You look effortlessly chic.

  • lozz_oz replied 3 years ago

    Thumbs up from me!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago


    GORGEOUS proportions. All the lengths are dead right. Extremely well done. 

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Yes. This is Killer!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    So fabulous that I am drooling on my phone. I love the whole outfit and those shoes! Love the graphic dress too. You look arty and elegant.

  • Carole replied 3 years ago

    So chic and elegant!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Wow, I'm flattered--thank you, everyone! Back from the recital, and the outfit felt good. It was no-fuss, and yes, JAileen, I was warm enough. I even took off the cardigan!

  • Sal replied 3 years ago

    That is gorgeous, and I think better with these pants than with leggings.  The proportions are lovely and I think hair up was the right call too.  

  • Mirjana replied 3 years ago

    I am with Angie, really extremely well done but that is you as always great look perfect proportion I like your style Firecracker.

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    OMG. Fabulous. Nailed the proportions.
    And that dress! What amazing fabric. Fun, and so perfect with the cardigan.

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Sal, Mirjana, and Elizabeth!

  • skylurker replied 3 years ago

    Artfully done, and the pants are more modern & dressy than leggings - very biased opinion though, I don't like leggings.

  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    This really suits you so well - both in the longer layers and in the color family - nice!

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Great look! The long layers work together beautifully. I love the print on your dress.

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Love how the colors of the dress are repeated in the cardigan!

  • minimalist replied 3 years ago

    Oh, I love this outfit on you! Seems like this formula needs all the elements to be just right for this to work, and you got it all just so. Glad it worked out for comfort at the recital, too.

  • Staysfit replied 3 years ago

    It looks great! I love this flowy look!

  • fashioncloth replied 3 years ago

    This is a look good. I like flare jeans. This is comfortable jeans

  • Jeanie replied 3 years ago

    I quite like this outfit.   I think the pants are much more modern than leggings.  

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments! I'm glad it worked and gave you some inspiration, too.

  • Laurie replied 3 years ago

    Really nice and unique.  Flow, colors, proportions.    

    Also inspired -I have those Halogen flares and have been really happy with them - they look just great in this outfit.  And I have a Zara long cardigan.  Wheels turning!

  • kerlyn replied 3 years ago

    Wow!  This is so beautiful and elegant!  

  • Style Fan replied 3 years ago

    Great look Sharan.  I like how the colours all flow together.  You play the piano!  Is there no end to your talents.

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    You do these proportions so beautifully.  This sort of look is flattering and suits your style, too.  I think the modern she and interesting print elevates the look, which looks to be as comfy as loungewear, while still looking polished and fab!

    Your piano teacher is also terrific.  I love that you have relaxed, frequent recitals that are more about sharing the music and your progress!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Thanks, all!
    Beth Ann, I do have a wonderful piano teacher. We have our recitals at a retirement home, too, so often we have an audience beyond the usual family of the pianists. Also, she doesn't require that we memorize our pieces, for which I'm grateful!

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