Wardrobe Experiments 2: Theory vs Practice

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You know how some clothes seem like a good idea when you see them in pictures or in the shop, but won’t really work in real life? This crossover shirt is one of them. I hate it, and I think I will never wear it again.

It was an impulse purchase, at Barcelona airport. It was the sleeves, I was totally mesmerised by them. And I still think they are fun and flirty. It’s the rest of the shirt I hate.

Let’s take the neckline, for starters. Why does it have to be so high? It’s certainly not very flattering, at least not on me. And it makes me feel I’m being strangled. And yes, the crossover bit is supposed to be on the back, I checked

puff sleeves

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Although why anyone would want to waste such a perfect v-neck this way is beyond me…

Which is why I decided to wear it the other way round.

And I still hate it.

This shirt is simply one of the most uncomfortable clothes I have ever worn. Sure, wearing  the v-neck in the front is more flattering and (marginally) more comfortable, but the sash still keeps creeping up towards my armpits, ARGHH!!!

These two sets of photos were taken a couple of weeks apart, and on both occasions I couldn’t bear wearing the shirt for more than 10 minutes. And I kept adjusting and re-adjusting the shirt all the time…

The things is, I absolutely hate fussy clothes… My clothes need to allow free movement and feel as comfortable as pyjamas, making me feel as if I’m wearing nothing. Or that I could sleep in them and they would still look and feel wonderful. Yes, I know it’s a tall order, but it’s non-negotiable. Sure, style is important, but never at the expense of comfort. No, discomfort is a deal-breaker, it’s as simple as that. Oh well, lets’s just write this one off as an experiment…

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Outfit details:

shirt: Zara / denim skirt: KappAhl / jeans: Next / bag: Gloria Ortiz /
shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Michael Kors

Have you ever bought something that seemed like a good idea at 

the time but turned out to be incompatible with you? 


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  1. Suzanne Carillo
    31 May 2017 / 11:19 pm

    That is such a shame because I really like the look of the blouse when it is worn backwards. This seems to be the "it" blouse right now. I see everyone wearing it. I was also tempted by it in Hong Kong but decided to leave it behind when I couldn't properly try it on due to the anti theft device.bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      2 June 2017 / 8:17 am

      Yes, and I've seen it featured in so many blogs, too, that I almost decided to scrap this post. It's a cute top, though, and I really wanted to like it.

  2. Nancy's Fashion Style
    1 June 2017 / 6:21 am

    Okay, the v_neck really needs to be worn at the front and then I think it looks good on you. But Its totally different then what you usually wear so I can understand your resistant against it. At least you give it a try!

    • Tiina L
      2 June 2017 / 8:19 am

      It's not that it's new or different, but that I find it really uncomfortable to wear. I keep pulling and tugging it all the time. Somehow it just doesn't fit right…

  3. Nicole Mölders
    2 June 2017 / 4:28 am

    I like the top in the way you showed in the last photos. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party.

    • Tiina L
      2 June 2017 / 8:19 am

      I think I prefer it that way, too. Except that I still hate it…

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Yes, the V in the front is better, but I still find it uncomfortable. It does look nice, though… Thanks, Ada.

  4. Sara Abul
    3 June 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Oh my goodnessI bought a similar one again as a quick purchase as I loved the sleeves and how it looked on the modelWill I ever learn. No no no.Can't abide wearing it so it went straight to the charity shop.

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Yes, it's because the clothes look so good in the shop, it's dangerous… Actually, most of the time my impulse purchases are quite good, but this one can only be called a mistake. Maybe it's because I'd been wanting to get this type of a shirt for quite a while. So, strictly speaking, it's not really an impulse purchase, then…

  5. Radostin
    6 June 2017 / 6:09 am

    I agree discomfort is an immediate disqualified, though it is such a shame as it looks lovely! Could it work as an oper over-shirt if you removed the ties?

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Yes, looks can be deceiving… I don't think it would work as an open shirt, I'm afraid…

  6. J. Elle
    8 June 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Oh, it is too bad this shirt didn't wear as well as you had hoped, as it is quite a lovely piece. I definitely prefer it with the v-neck in the front and think it looks great on you! Thanks so much for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2017 / 9:03 am

      Yes, I like the shirt in pictures, and I've been admiring this type of shirt on many bloggers. But it just didn't feel right. And I kept adjusting it all the time, feeling very self-conscious.

  7. No Fear of Fashion
    15 June 2017 / 5:14 pm

    I find that when I only cross the ties once, it rides up less. As in: you have the V at the back, cross the ties at the back and then knot them immediately at the front (not winding them round you another time). It will give you a big bow and long ends, but you can find a solution to that. I don't know whether it also works with the V at the front (which suits you very well). It is a shame if you cannot make it more comfortable as it looks so nice on you.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      15 June 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Actually, what you just described, that's exactly what I did, and somehow it just doesn't work. The ties keep creeping up, and I keep tugging at the hem, and then I just get crazy… Maybe this top wasn't designed for a woman built like me…

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