WIW: sweater & contrasting tank and other outfits

One of my recent work outfits this week was inspired by Angie's ensemble: "sweater & contrasting tank." My version (second outfit below) is fairly low contrast, perhaps more tonal in effect. Does it work? I thought my bright coral cami would be interesting to try, but it was in the wash.

Then I was going to go for a similar effect today (third outfit below), but I didn't like any of the contrast options I had (again, I thought maybe the bright coral cami, but I haven't gotten to the laundry yet!). So I ended up with a kind of matching tank under my open-weave shrug.

The first outfit admittedly has nothing to do with open stitch sweaters and contrasting tanks; just catching up on some outfit posts.

The outfits:
1-3 (worn to work): dark ink with tiny white pinstripe stretch cotton slouchy pants (made by me); cream linen angled-hem top with contrast decorative stitching (made by me); tan belt (Trafalgar); mixed neutrals heeled oxfords (Fidji); navy and tan satchel (Dooney & Bourke).

 4 (worn to work): same pants as above; gray cami (Shimera); ink open-knit high-low hem sweater (RD Style); metallic peep-toe booties (Paul Green, Tacey).

5-7 (worn to work): black denim angled wrap skirt (made by me); stone long tank, worn ruched up (Emily Blu); silver and gray lace knit shrug (made by me); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think! Aida); black satchel (Elliott Lucca, Olvera).

Thanks for looking! I always appreciate your comments and suggestions.

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  • Neel replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous set of outfits! Can't pick a favorite!

    The contrasting tank and open knit sweater work beautifully IMO. And such gorgeous colors on you!

    The shirt in 1 is so chic! Love the uneven hem!

    The knit shrug and denim skirt in 5-7 is TDF! You are one talented seamstress! Wow!

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    Beautiful! My favorite pieces are all " Made By Me". I especially like the angled top in the first outfit. I want one!

  • Tanya replied 4 years ago

    You are on fire!  All of the pieces you made are beautiful.

    #7 is my favorite, but all the outfits are amazing.  The mesh sweater and tank look great to me.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    Joy, I can definitely picture the cream top on you--it would be fantastic. :)
    Neel and Tanya, I'm glad to hear you find the tank and sweater work well together.

  • Jeanie replied 4 years ago

    Oh cool, I love that angled top!

  • Marley replied 4 years ago

    The first outfit is KILLING me!  Love!  That white angled shirt is gorgeous - the detailing is exquisite!  All of the outfits are beautiful Firecracker - and the items that you made yourself are show-stoppers!
    I really canNOT get over that first outfit!!!!

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    The first outfit is outstanding, the second outfit is also excellent. I love both MBM pieces in the third outfit but they are slightly competing with each other together - I would want to see them each being the featured piece in their own outfit. Still a great set!

  • replied 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I love those pants you made. Both outfits with the pants are superb.

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    I really love #4. So elegant and the fit of the pants is spectacular. The top in the first outfit is also lovely -- it looks perfect for a hot day. 

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    These are all great outfits with such interesting pieces.  I like the grey tank and the grey shoes together in outfit #2.

  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    I loooove #1! That shirt, those shoes, those perfectly fitting pants! Ann arty white buttondown - just brilliant. I want this whole outfit.

    The mesh top outfits are great too. I think the contrast levels work well here.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    ALL super fun and Elegantly Eclectic, Ms. MAD Glam. I LOVE #1. Very unique and brilliantly casual. xo

  • kellygirl replied 4 years ago

    More love for 1! The pants are utterly fab on you and the angled top is so unexpected and cool! Love the sweater over tanks--they both look terrific. I meant to say that I adored your linen skirt in the vacation thread. The drawstrings really change it up. It looked like the skirt was floating on you--so amazing and pretty!

  • E replied 4 years ago

    4 is gorgeous: what a great colour combination on you!  I love all the textural appeal too. :) I also love 5/6/7: it's so interesting w lots of details but doesn't look busy at all.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thank you all! Glad you like the outfits and my attempts at layering a contrast tank. Shevia, thanks for your idea on the last outfit; I get what you mean.
    Kelly, thanks for adding your comment about the linen skirt.

  • Staysfit replied 4 years ago

    I love them all! I so admire your ability to sew. The cream linen top is fabulous. Where did you get the pattern for the shrug? I would love to make one, although, I am not sure my skills are advanced enough for the pattern.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thank you, Staysfit! The shrug is actually a very simple pattern and easy to sew, especially if you use a knit and leave the edges raw. It's the eShrug from The Sewing Workshop. You should give it a try!

  • texstyle replied 4 years ago

    Almost missed this one - but I wanted to say I love your sweater with constrasting tank outfit!  I really like the booties you paired it with too. All of these outfits are great but that one is my favorite.

  • Mamavalveeta03 replied 4 years ago

    Your interpretation of the open-weave sweater outfit is fantastic! I would probably do the same thing, and go more tonal, cuz it's more me. Love the Paul Green sandals, too!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, texstyle and Mamavalveeta!

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