• Black on Black: Turtleneck tank + (faux) leather skirt reviews

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    American Apparel top (14 colors) sz M, DIY leopard foldover clutch (tutorial), YSL heels
    H&M; skirt sz 2 (similar) and kids denim jacket (old, similar), vintage Hermes belt c/o LXR & Co (invite)

    Although I try to buy items suitable for both work and weekends, much of my wardrobe is intended for the office. I wanted to add some pieces that were primarily for fun, but basic and versatile enough to become staples. I had donated the tube tops and minis from my college days, and was overdue for some age-appropriate replacements.
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    At the top of my shopping list was a black turtleneck tank and flared black skirt. A little black skirt is the easiest starting point of a nighttime ensemble, but somehow I only had a suiting one. With the tank, I love the sleek and elegant look of a higher neckline, plus extra coverage up top helps balance out shorter or tighter bottoms. I also wanted a cropped length for the top – not belly-flaunting short, but just short enough to wear with skirts without having to tuck excess length in and get unsightly bulges.

    I ended up finding exactly what I wanted for the tank at American Apparel. The model photo is not too alluring, but I saw potential for a nice & slimming basic. Please note that their policy gives only store credit for returns, and the price for this item in-store was $2 lower. I first grabbed an XS and struggled to pull it over my head, then wheezed for breath once the turtleneck was on and resembled an overstuffed link of sausage in it. I ended up sizing up to a M for more comfort and length, but do note that the armholes are less fitted as a result. I’m very happy with this piece and have been getting mileage out of it paired with minis, pencil skirts (pic), and A-line skirts alike.
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    This skirt was a recent find from H&M;’s “Divided” juniors department. I was drawn to it for the flattering high-waist and flared silhouette. The faux leather is more matte than shiny, and is free of weird odors (which oftentimes accompany rubbery faux leather). The material has a good weight with an attached lining inside. I also like the less-trendy concealed back zipper – now if only it had pockets as well!
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    The skirt is fairly full, but not too overwhelming for a petite frame. Front and back photos of each piece: black on black 5
    Skirt – measurements of the sz 2 are 12″ across the waist, 32″ across the bottom width, and 15″ length. 50% polyester / 50% viscose, made in China. Top – measurements of a sz M when lying flat (material is thin and stretchy) are 14″ across the armpits, 12″ across the waist, and 14″ length from shoulder to hem. 95% cotton/ 5% elastane, made in the USA.
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    I wore this outfit for a night out with friends, then with a casual jacket and flat shoes for a day of traveling. The pieces didn’t wrinkle after hours on a plane, and were plenty comfortable for moving around in. 

     

    54 thoughts on “Black on Black: Turtleneck tank + (faux) leather skirt reviews

    • legginsy September 22, 2013 at 9:05 am

      love your skirt! Beautiful 🙂

    • Jean September 24, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Hi there – I am sorry to hear that you feel that way about how you look. As you start building up a wardrobe of clothes that fit your body type well and make you feel confident, I hope that you will learn to embrace and love your body as it is. For extra small fitting brands I'd recommend Asos (sz 00 is very tiny), H&M; sz 2, as well as the Talula shrunken blazer which I just blogged about. I know you mention that you are budget conscious, but I would suggest shopping less and only buying key pieces, possibly spending a little more on them (the Talula blazer is pricier at $125 but will need minimal alterations) or spending the money on alterations. For tricky to shop for body types, I would really stress that less is more, so try focusing on a few foundation pieces and finding a good tailor for those items.

    • Jean September 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

      I wear black shorts (mine are from H&M;) under most of my full skirts, and never have to worry about mishaps!

    • crayonsmeetcouture September 28, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      I've been debating on getting one from h and m and another store…h and m it is! thx!!

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