Check Please! Checking in with this almost-off-the-shoulder check top. The black, white, and grey check pattern wraps around the shoulders in a generous shawl-collar and then criss-crosses at the center. A black peplum-like shape emerges from under the check collar and flairs out at the hem. The black knit portion seems to have some stretch and skims without feeling restrictive. I found this top at Storets. It seemed to be lost among all the flowing tops and blouses with layers of ruffles, bows, and ties. Although I do like a wide sleeve and enjoy sleeves that flair, bell, and ruffle (kimono sleeves have always been my favorite shape), sometimes I am drawn to a simpler style. The sleeves of this top skim my arms much in the same way as the body of the top skims my figure. The wide shawl collar conceals my upper arms… that have seemed to have increased in circumference the past two decades… and that makes this top an even better choice for me.
I have added my leather perforated Marni belt that I found on sale at the online consignment site, The RealReal. It was less expensive than a new belt constructed from man-made materials at a discount site. I have paired this belt with so many outfits that it has paid for itself several times over.
The necklace is composed of black resin Ginkgo leaves. It is a piece from the Australian brand ELK. The earrings are also a black resin and found years ago on sale at Anthropologie. Vintage black Bakelite bangles from the 1920’s finish off this look.