Dear Winter: I am ready for you to bid us adieu! Who else is with me on this? It has been so bone-chilling cold the past few months, I have literally questioned the existence of warm weather. Was it all a figment of my imagination? Summer does exist, right? A gloomy winter coping mechanism I have developed is to redirect my focus to winter fashion. I detest cold weather, but I love cold weather outfits. Ironic much? *chuckles* So, in an effort to spread some winter cheer, let’s switch up the mood here with today’s colorful ensemble.
A few posts back, I showcased the delightful, joy-inducing, vibrant ‘Nia’ jacket from N’omosecouture. As luck would have it, there was more where the said jacket came from. You see, ‘Nia’ has a sister called ‘Nonye.’ Only, Nonye is not a jacket, but a top. Let me tell you, this is not just any regular top— It’s the perfect antidote to this gloomy weather! I mean how can you not instantly have a mood-uplifting moment when you take a peek at these bright colors and bold pattern? It is definitely a welcome distraction from dreary ‘Old Man Winter.’
Let’s dive into the specifics, why don’t we…
I’ve mentioned this severally in previous posts; however, even at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will reiterate— you can still maintain your sense of style in the winter. Warm clothing does not have to be unfashionable. The secret lies in layering and exercising your creative muscle. I’m a huge proponent of injecting my unique sense of style into my outfits and making winter styles my own.
Though it may be little, it is fierce. This little bitty ‘Nonye’ top packs a major style punch. The vibrant colors and pattern ensure that you will make an unforgettable style statement. I’ll admit that the blue and orange color combination is not one I had previously envisioned pulling off. However, when I saw ‘Nonye’ I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the two colors work together. Additional details I was drawn to when I first laid eyes on ‘Nonye’ are the deep v-neckline; the puff, bell sleeves; and the peplum detail. Being a lover of retro-inspired style, I was equally drawn to the retro flair this top emits.
Let’s circle back to the peplum detail…
Like high waist pants, peplum has the magical ability to provide an hourglass silhouette to its wearer. It perfectly cinches the waist and is then voguishly released at the hip line. Ah, perfection!
The fabric is high-quality African print that will last the test of time. It has no stretch, therefore, take note of your specific measurements. The top runs a tad small; therefore I got it in a large size, where I typically wear a medium. It may not have been a bespoke piece; however, it fit me perfectly, like a made to measure piece would. This is a testament to the amazing designer’s eye for the perfect cut and fit. The craftsmanship is second to none; not a stitch is out of place. Did I mention that the designer is self-taught? I remember being absolutely intrigued when she shared that interesting tidbit with me. Personally, my sewing skills are limited to mending and minor alterations. I cannot imagine sewing an entire outfit from scratch. As per Merrytime, the designer, “You won’t know until you try.” Profound! Read about the N’omosecouture backstory in my previous post. Let’s support small businesses as much as we can, friends.
It was my vision to position the top as the center of attention, with the rest of the outfit pieces only playing a supporting role. To accomplish this, I opted to pair the top with dark, neutral colors. A turtleneck sweater and a pair of navy blue denim made the cut. Footwear-wise, a pair of nude heels was the perfect way to complete the look. Finally, I kept my jewelry simple, opting only for a classic gold watch. Remember friends, less is more.
I love the fact that this is an all-around stylish piece that can be worn to all manner of places, and in all manner of ways. A few examples of how you can style this top include the following:
- Paired with a pencil skirt to work or a business meeting.
- Paired with slacks to a networking event.
- Paired with skinny jeans to a night out on the town.
- Paired with shorts for a date night.
- Paired with leggings and sandals for a more casual fare.
- If you’re feeling risque, you can wear it without a layer within.
As noted, there are a wide variety of ways to style this top. When the weather warms up, I intend to wear ‘Nonye’ with a camisole or bustier, instead. I am also looking forward to pairing it with white jeans. It will be such a crisp, classic look!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by N’omosecouture; however, all opinions shared herein are my own, genuine, and are not influenced by any being or brand.
What is a great style find if you can’t share it with friends? As always, I have the inside scoop for you. Plus, there is a discount involved! Use the code ‘STYLICITY15′ at checkout, and get 15% off your purchase at N’omosecouture. You’re welcome. *grins*
You can purchase the “Nonye’ Top here.
You can purchase additional N’omosecouture items of your choosing here.
This is one of those outfits that will be attention-grabbing and have people complimenting your style.Now go forth and be dapper. 🙂