This coral wrap doesn’t look that bad, right? Still, it is a styling failure as far as I am concerned. I tried to make this lovely piece of Irish lambswool suit my style. But whatever I tried, it didn’t feel like me. Only when I was snuggled up on the couch, it felt right, like a little blanket. Which it is of course. It was a thrift score again. And again at Kat & Ko, the thrift shop where I got my green dress and orange bag. I fell for the colour and the quality (John Hanly & Co. Ltd. since 1893.. never heard of but it sounds bloody good). Oh and the low price: € 40.

Why did I choose such a piece? Well, because I saw Karen with it. She was showing how you could wear a black top and black trousers in many ways on the site of 40PlusStyle. I loved it.

Below: This is what Karen looks like in her styling of a wrap. Totally elegant.

Below: And again, this is me. What is wrong? Did it need a pattern? Is the wrap too bulky, too thick? Is the belt too high up? I think in any case the two latter. The necklace however was spot on.

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Below: Close-up of the necklace. These are two of my “Ina necklaces”. In this post you can see 15 of Ina’s necklaces.

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So I decided to experiment with tops, belts etc. Prepare for crappy iPhone photos…..

Below: First try: no belt and a vintage brooch. The Mary Jane shoes are the shoes Marjolein gave me last week.

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Below: From the side. OK, I look like a Peruvian flute-player.

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Below: With a chunky belt, fastened below the waist. High heels instead of boots, which I think is an improvement over the boots with these slim trousers. And another top (wore this top with my wide black trousers). Ron was against it: “too much going on at the top”. I disagree with that, but I was still not happy.

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Below: Same top and heels but without the belt? (I could do with a bit of warmth when I wear this thin, silky top.) Hmmm.. Ron was still against it, but I am not dismissing it totally as a “warmth option” for the top. Just not the stylish result I had planned.

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Below: Wearing it bulky, with a low hanging belt. The wrap was sliding back, so I pinned it tight with a brooch and a big black safety pin.

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It was still not working. The wrap slipped away from the belt whenever I moved. Of course it would with a belt that low. And it still looked like a blanky.

Below: Another disadvantage… when the wind catches the wrap you look like the Flying Nun (only very old people remember this sitcom with Sally Field).

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Because it is so nice and warm and such a lovely colour, I am hanging on to it. Lovely to wear in the evenings on the couch. Lovely for going to restaurants in fall and spring, when it gets a little chilly (or better not?).

I should have thought twice before pursuing this look: 1) it is a classic look and I am not at all classic. 2) I didn’t take into account the (thickness) of the material. Oh well… not a lot is lost.

Greetje

No Fear of Fashion