I made a nice halter neck top, using an old 1992 magazine pattern. I thought it was a really fun look and enjoyed wearing it to the Globe, open air theatre. I had around 65cms left and wondered if I should make a skirt to match.
A few readers suggested I should. Mary Funt proposed a flared skirt. But as I didn’t have much fabric I decided to make a straight skirt instead, using my own Curvy Pencil skirt with a grown on waist. As the halter top is a little bit short I thought this higher waist line might be preferable.
As you can see from the look on my face I am not impressed with the pairing. What do you think?
I love the top, and I like the skirt.
I wore the skirt to work four times last week with a variety of different tops – white shirt, turquoise blouse, grey layered T-shirts and a red, patterned blouse. With a variety of belts and shoes, the skirt felt lovely and definitely earned its keep.
But put the two together and what happens?
OK, I’ll say it – my hips look huge! The overall shape is like a wide based triangle. The halter neck emphasises that my hips are out of proportion with my relatively slender top half. Completely the wrong look for me. In fact the wide sash at the front draws even more attention to the hip line.
And the lovely, fresh fabric – which combines so well with greens, blues, white, grey, yellow and red – looks completely frumpy as an all-over look. Too much matchy is very dated, I fear.
I won’t be putting the top on with the skirt any time soon. In fact in the coordinated outfit I feel like an old Biddy, over-dressed for a barbeque.
Nevertheless it was an interesting experiment and I am glad I gave it a go.