Almost everything in this outfit, except for the tights, is new. As in, just-tore-the-tags-off new. So perhaps that explains a bit of my indifference to this outfit. See, I often experience some small degree of regret when I tear tags off; the tag represents the last chance to act on my buyer's remorse, and removing it means that I am stuck with something for good (or until I sell it). Removing so many tags at once for this outfit may have been too overwhelming to allow me to appreciate it.
Shirt: Beverly Crepe Striped Shirt (Merona for Target, $23 here) (the sleeves are very cute, but are covered up in my outfit)
Cardigan: Tied Trail Cardi (Anthro, $50 here)
Skirt: Finishing School Skirt (Anthro)
Belt: Came with shirt
Tights: Dotty Downpour Tights (Anthro)
Shoes: Allegra Exotic Flat (Christian Syriano for Payless, $25 here)
Earrings: via Ideeli
What I love about this outfit: The colors. I LOVE the way the burnt orange of the skirt works with the mustard cardigan and the striped shirt. I also think the stripes add a nice bit of visual interest.
Still, I do think something's wrong here, and I'd love your input. My feeling is that the whole thing is just a bit too bulky. The cardigan is lovely, but it's long and oversized, so tucking it into the skirt (which is a half size too big as it is) may have been overly optimistic. The undershirt is also quite loose and flowy, adding to the bulk factor. Also, I didn't realize that it was black and not blue until the moment I looked it up on the Target website to write this post. Seriously. I can clearly see now that it's black, but that realization was a total How-I-Met-Your-Mother-glass-shattering moment.
Witness: The Bulk Factor
What could I have done to save this? It occurred to me that a more substantial belt may have helped. Perhaps the cardigan and shirt simply cannot coexist. What are your thoughts? For what it's worth, it didn't work out much better untucked:
Depending on the response, I may attempt to put this together again following your suggestions. This could be a fun new blog feature!