How to Do Drape

drape top & skirt

Finally! Springtime! Warm weather! Of course spring lasts about 3 seconds before it starts to get impossible to dress without sweating, so it’s time to stock up on your loose-fitting drape tops. Lots of clients love this look–the belly-hiding but still cute and comfortable drape top, but what the hell do you wear it with to look like you’re not trying to hide everything? Skinny jeans are a simple solution, but not when it’s hitting the 90s. Here are the basics for pulling off a drape top in the heat:

Stretchy pencil skirt: everyone should grab one in a light stretchy fabric that doesn’t have a ton of weight or lining. These are a little more casual, of course, but after all, you are already wearing a giant top, so we’re not getting dressed for a flight attendant career or anything.

Long necklaces: you can layer the heck out of necklaces when it’s hot and you wont feel a thing! I like the way a long pendant looks with a wide top because it creates a little needed balance and shape to de-emphasize the width.

Half-tuck: so the 90s are back, let’s just face it already and move on. The half tuck is an outfit must when your top is not just loose, but a little long as well. A loose little pinch of a tuck shows the world that your waist exists without requiring a pesky belt. You wont expose any tummy if you’ve got the bloused tuck happening at your natural waist.

There you have it, a few ideas for styling that giant blouse of yours this summer! I wore this getup to the opening of Raven & Lily right around the corner in my hood. Check them out if you’re looking for some affordable jewelry to wear with your wide tops.

drape top and skirt

Top: Pico 1988 (via Olive), Skirt: T by Alexander Wang, Boots: Madewell, Necklaces: Margot Wolf, Etiolle, Bracelet: via Olive

drape top and skirt

April 3, 2014

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