I did say in a previous post that dresses are the simplest outfit. I stand by that previous statement but I realize a dress is not always practical and/or some women prefer not to wear a dress. If that’s the case, or if you’re just not “feeling” a dress that day, I suggest the second easiest look: a pair of capris and a camisole. For ladies in a colder cities, I know capris are a spring and summer look but I have the luxury of year-round wear in Los Angeles. Opt for pants if it’s too cold for capris.
What exactly is a capri? Capris are about shin length pants that are shorter than full length slacks and longer than shorts. They’re also longer than their cousin, the Bermuda short. They typically fall around mid-calf length. For us tall girls, the capri is heavenly because even if the pant is too short by an inch or two, it still looks fine whereas on a full length pair of pants, a few inches really matters–especially when heels are involved.
The Capri pant is aptly named after the designer’s favorite Italian island of Capri. Sonja de Lennart is credited with having created the capri pant (along with a whole collection of “capri” pieces but the capri pant really took off). The gorgeous Grace Kelly really popularized the pants on her many vacations to the island. I’m so in love with that era of fashion (50s-60s style) so I can only imagine the glamour of vacation in Capri wearing your finest capris. If I ever visit the island, I will certainly wear my capris.
The world was later scandalized when Mary Tyler Moore wore a tight-fitting pair of capris on the Mary Tyler Moore show. And now here I am, 50 years later, wearing a tight-fitting pair of capris to work and no one bats an eye. The times they have a changed. I chose a pair of gray Loft capris with a little sheen to them. I’ve always liked the “raw” cotton look–typically a cotton blend. I find it matches more colors (usually because more colors are blended into the cotton) and it hides stains much easier.
I bought this camisole at Banana Republic for a bargain. It was a final sale (no returns) and I didn’t realize it at the time (I rarely try clothing on at the store–I typically buy, try at home and then keep or return) but when I tried it on I was decently happy with the look. It’s a modified camisole with a half-wrap at the waist. One feature I adore about this piece (and every single low-neck blouse should have this) is the tiny eye and hook closure just at the bust level. If you choose not to close it, it’s practically invisible but if you decide you’re a little too busty, just close latch it up. For all the times I’ve used safety pins or tank tops to cover up a too-busty top, I thank you, Banana Republic, for thinking of this.
For maximum comfort, I opted for a pair of flats so flat they’re basically ballet slippers. I bought these slippers many years ago at Hush Puppies (when HP had brick & mortar stores) and while I don’t wear them often, I always find them dainty and cute when I slip them on. Little blue suede shoes match just about any outfit.
I did wear my trusty Banana Republic navy blue cardigan because my office is always frigidly cold but I took the cardi off for most of the pictures.
What do you think? Worth the $10 I spent for this camisole? I think of it in terms of coffees and lunches. This top cost me the equivalent of two latte or one cheap lunch; instead I packed my lunch and drank the office pot o’ joe for this top.