Monday, September 9, 2013

Keyholes (in Silk and Viscose)

I thought the silk keyhole top was a nice alternative to a spaghetti strap camis. It seemed bra friendly and providing a little more coverage while still having a sexy vibe to it. I was hoping it would work for going out but still be appropriate for my casual office and it should look good with a blazer.

Well, I guess it wasn't meant to be after all. I think it would be OK if it was 2 inches longer and not so swingy. I am wearing size 4 and I think maybe a 6 would have been better? Maybe a little bit longer but probably still not enough. And it would most likely have too much volume at the hem. The armholes are cut quite high it this top, usually the J.Crew camis have the opposite problem, but not this one.

I like the fabric and it is not see through, definitely a plus. The neckline is very pretty and not too low on me, even with regular bra. It has bra keeps so you don't need a racerback or strapless. The color is not really blue, definitely more of a dark teal. I like the color and it is quite flattering with my skin tone but it has limited pairing options imo. Ideally this type of top would go with dark or black jeans but the teal does not look good with either imo. Light wash denim would probably be better, like they have it on the model. White works of course but I could not think of any other color.

The back length is fine and it drapes well. The fabric covered small buttons in the back are difficult to do up and you cannot really get it on without having them undone or you risk getting your make-up all over the neckline.

 

I do like the neckline a lot, so much in fact that tried it in another item, the keyhole dress in square dot. Since I did not buy it I don't have pictures but I liked the fit. Size 6 was perfect on me. It is just a little bit high waisted on me but not too much, it did not bother me. If you are shorter (I'm 5'6) or smaller than a C cup you probably will not have that issue at all. The dress fell right above my knee, definitely office appropriate. The print was flattering and it gave it casual air, making it a nice day dress. It could be made more businesslike with a navy blazer. Too bad it is viscose but it felt quite nice against the skin and I think I would like to get it once the price is right. That is, if I am still interested at that point. Often, by the time my 'watch' item makes it to the deep sale, I have already moved on to the other likes. I am fickle, I know J

 

Since we are on a subject of viscose I also tried this blouse in black:
Again, no pictures this time but I really liked the fit of it, especially with toothpick jeans. It had a nice casual vibe. Size 4 was perfect on me, so size down or take your smaller size. I see that the black and ivory are currently sold out in most sizes but they had plenty of them in store. I do wish it was silk because I did not care for the feel of the fabric, it was heavy, cold and not very soft. Still, it seemed to drape well but I am just not sure if I would be comfortable in it.
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What do you think?
Did you try the silk keyhole top?
Is viscose a deal breaker for you??
Also, see the keyhole silk top on Gigi HERE.

20 comments:

  1. I haven't tried this top and I think it is just meh. If you really like it I would recommend sizing up and taking the sides in a little so it's not as boxy. I have this problem often because I need to take size 8 or 10 to fit my bust and it is always too big everywhere else. I can get away with it when it's a tucker but if I want to leave it out I need to taper the sides. If that is too much hassle then just return it and look for something better. JMHO

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  2. I tried the drapey henley tunic and had the same reaction as you. I liked the fit and really disliked the fabric because it was so heavy. It felt like a sweater. I prefer rayon or silk for that style.

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  3. Hi AJC, I've just reviewed the silk keyhole too. I'm much shorter than you, so it sits longer on me, which I think makes it less boxy looking.
    For me, it was a total keeper - I love it and will get lots of wear out of it, but I think you're right to to return it if it's not perfect.

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  4. Thanks for the link love, AJC. I actually liked the drapey tunic. It's interesting how one person will love a fabric and another thinks it feels cheap. Totally subjective. The silk key hole has such a low dip, but I liked the idea & the color.

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  6. Thanks for the review. I think the keyhole top is a little on the short side, which is why it works better on Ruth. What was the quality of the silk like? I tried the solid silk swoop top earlier this summer but returned it immediately - I thought the silk was very thin and the weave very loose, reminiscent of cheesecloth.

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  7. i agree with you that the top is a bit short. thank you for the review!!

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  15. Hi AJC, I purchased the same top, the color was inviting. I agree with most of your remarks however, I found that sizing up gave me a comfortable and better looking shape (but I tend to size up for my arms and torso, when wearing regular items instead of tall shirts and tops). I like how you paired the top with white and yellow! Thanks for inspiration!

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