Well, here's creation number two in my colour coordinated plan for autumn/winter dressing... And I'm not entirely sure about it.
I bought the fabric because I've started to like turquoise more and more this past year (see my 50's dress, for example). It would also provide a fun, fresh note among all those warm, rich jewel tones. And was part of that Marni colour palet I liked so much.
And the stripes... Well, I couldn't just use plain fabrics, could I? I've never worn a lot of obvious stripes, but sometimes they apeal to me for their fresh, clean look.
It started out as a basic t-shirt shape with an impressive, 1930's style sleeve shape. I played with this shape before, but, back then, I kept the points higher and closer to the arm and added gathers. This time around, it's the full cowl-sleeve as described here.
I should have realised the risk of using horizontal stripes with a very broad shoulder. At first fitting, with a high neckline this top looked very bad indeed.
My boyfriend, usually a good judge of whether or not a certain look suits me, kept asking whether or not this was the 'real' fabric.
Fortunately, I realised that opening up the neckline improved it considerably. I sort of like it now, although it will take me a while to get used to it. I usually don't wear broad shouldered things or this colour and stripes. How well it's going to work with the rest of my planned autumn clothes remains to be seen. I'm wearing it here with my charcoal grey flared trousers.