65 responses

  1. Jan’s Sushi Bar
    October 29, 2013

    I love the tights – on you, at any rate. You have gorgeous legs. I like the outfit quite a bit, too, and agree that a larger necklace would have finished it off perfectly.

    I tend to go sparkly when going “over the top” – I have several sequined tank tops that I wear with slacks/skirt and a blazer. And that’s about as risky as I get.

  2. Linda
    October 29, 2013

    I like your lace! Last year I did a pair with a much smaller pattern and from a distance it looked like I had some skin malady These are great.

  3. That’s Not My Age
    October 29, 2013

    Hooray! The Wolford tights est arrivé. And you look fantastic! I’m all for quiet dressing too but think it’s important to have one over the top, stand-out piece.

    PS Sorry to be a pedant but please could you add my ‘That’s’? Many thanks, Alyson

    10/29/13
    7:06 am
    Lisa said...

    Of course, not pedantic at all.

  4. Jenny
    October 29, 2013

    You have a beautiful figure and legs, however for me I would lose the dickers with these tights! They need plain black kitten heeled pumps, the boots are too clumpy in the overall look.
    Yes I know, my opinion!! Sorry.

    10/29/13
    8:02 pm
    Kathy said...

    @Jenny, My thought exactly. “Yes” to the tights, “no ” to the booties. How brave Lisa is to open herself up to these critiques :)

    10/30/13
    8:23 am
    Lisa said...

    Jenny and Kathy, my thinking in posting imperfect outfits is to help others understand how to experiment. To understand that for every perfect outfit, those of us not born to be fashion designers have to try on 10 imperfects. Plus the comments then show everyone that style, at a certain level of okayness, is a matter of personal opinion. I don’t mind the critiques at all, am happy to hear your thoughts.

    10/31/13
    4:47 am
    /anne... said...

    I have a pair of black patent Mary Janes with a four inch heel that would be perfect – the heel is quite sturdy, and the strap is about 1/2″ wide, so they work well when I don’t want footwear that’s too delicate, or something as heavy as boots.

    I love them so much (they are nearly 20 years old) I recently bought something similar in a wedge from Clarks.

  5. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita
    October 29, 2013

    I think you pulled it off very well! And a little over the top is fun. For me, it has happened to turn out in the form of a slight obsession with the j crew statement necklaces. oh brother!

  6. GSL
    October 29, 2013

    This past Saturday afternoon the ‘Estella’ in my life maxed out my smartphone memory with a deluge of pics to help select her little outfit for the Halloween party that night. She’s among the 2.3 million otherwise sensible women doing Catwoman this year. Among the selections she modeled were fishnet hose which I deemed ‘a bit much’. My position will likely soften over time but I’m not there yet.
    LPC, you’ve got a fab figure with world class gams which need no embroidery but however if you feel good about it that always will project in your favor.

    10/29/13
    8:16 am
    tabitha said...

    Oh GSL, I would love to dress as Catwoman, that takes quite the figure.

    10/29/13
    9:08 am
    GSL said...

    Tabs, she does have that & that whole exercise is to lure me back to that cultural wasteland but recent evidence suggests you do as well…if only she had your gifts she could lure me to Siberia in January.

  7. Wendy Bird
    October 29, 2013

    Yeah, I immediately thought of a larger necklace, or even a scarf, for balance. And the boots seem a little heavy for the lacy stockings, but that’s a matter of taste.

    You still look pretty great.

    My over-the-top piece is a dressy silk blouse by Bordeaux: scoop neck front and back, that pulls over my head, no buttons or zippers. It’s a big, bold print with flowers in brightly colored orange and pink, accent color is dark blue, on a creamy background. The front neckline is outlined with orange beads! I was shopping with a girlfriend or I’d never even have tried it on. It looks amazing on me–and reminded me that I look better with brighter colors around my face than I do in all black. I still love it, and wear it whenever the occasion warrants.

  8. materfamilias
    October 29, 2013

    I like the ankle boots with the lace — amplifies the Victorian vibe — but agree that a splashier necklace might have balanced the boldness of your lower half. Still, boldness achieved, and that was the mission, no? Looks like a fun evening. (My sister has that MaxMara coat, and I’ve been coveting, pondering. . . . it looks gorgeous on you)

  9. DaniBP
    October 29, 2013

    These lace tights are superb! Do you mind if I copy you and get some for my black dress?
    I have an over-the-top piece, my silk taffeta leopard print jacket with the weird half peplum, I love that thing!

    10/29/13
    8:10 am
    Lisa said...

    I’d be honored!

  10. GSL
    October 29, 2013

    I forgot to mention MY over the top piece is actually an accessory which I think Prof C might like. When I’m doing Saint Andrews Day & Burns Supper galas the Chicago Police prefer I leave my trusty Claymore at home.

  11. Merry Wife
    October 29, 2013

    I think you look great! I love that you’ve gone over-the-top with one item while keeping the rest of your outfit subdued.

  12. Vonse
    October 29, 2013

    I think it all works quite well. Love the boots with the lace!

  13. tabitha
    October 29, 2013

    Oh I wore those Wolford lace tights non stop back in the 80’s, they are lovely but because of my history with them, I can’t wear them, you however can and do pull them off beautifully. I’m just not a ‘sexy’ person – it’s that new husband of yours!

  14. mademarian
    October 29, 2013

    Nice! Maybe a pair of evening reading glasses someday?

    And have you ever tried a black scarf to go with a lighter coat or jacket? I just got one and it makes a nice bookend to dark tights and boots.

    But as always, that grin steals it away …

    10/29/13
    9:37 am
    Flo said...

    “But as always, that grin steals it away … ”

    Doesn’t it? Just like our mothers told us it would…

    10/30/13
    8:33 am
    Lisa said...

    @mademarian, a black scarf and a camel coat? I LIKE that idea:). Also the grinning…

  15. Patsy
    October 29, 2013

    You look gorgeous! I love lacey tights – I have several pairs, but mine are cheap H&Ms. Could be time to step up my game.

  16. Kait
    October 29, 2013

    You look gorgeous. I have an office event where I plan to wear a dress similar to yours. I was going to pair it with knee-high black boots and bare legs (safe! boring!). But WOW, your lace tights look perfect, and the short boots are so edgy! As always, thanks for the great ideas.

    10/30/13
    8:48 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kait, My pleasure!

  17. Emmaleigh504
    October 29, 2013

    I am experimenting with fancy tights this season. I wander over to sock dreams to see which ones I like. I have not gotten bold in patterns yet, but I have with color! Tights aren’t my thing so I feel like I’m walking on the wild side.

  18. Andrea
    October 29, 2013

    I used to have a long skirt in BRIGHT RED that was my over-the-top piece. I paired it with anything black from sweaters to sleeveless. Gave it away a few years ago and regret it so much. Same with the matching red glittery purse, though I had my reasons for that :(

    Looking through my closet right now, I don’t see a lot of over-the-top anything. I do have a purse in a ridiculous shade of teal that occasionally I carry (and currently needs a bit of TLC.) Does that count?

    10/30/13
    8:49 am
    Lisa said...

    @Andrea, It counts if you say it does.

  19. Susan
    October 29, 2013

    I think replacing the booties with knee high boots would be a mistake. Seeing a small sliver of the large-scale lace could lead to the ‘does she have something on her knee?’ look. I think the way you’re wearing the tights is perfect.

    10/30/13
    8:49 am
    Lisa said...

    @Susan, Hahahaha.

  20. kathy
    October 29, 2013

    I have a fuchsia lace top, that I bought and have yet to wear. It’s beautiful but I never feel it’s the “right” occasion to stand out that much for me. Maybe Thanksgiving?

    I often find in photos that I could use a large, statement like necklace as well to balance out my outfit, yet I’m not a statement necklace person – hmmm…

    I think you’re outfit looks great, maybe your hair down, would have balanced it out without the necklace??

  21. Bungalow hostess
    October 29, 2013

    You look fabulous in that outfit!
    It has just the right amount of fun and you carry it off so well.
    This could be a regular theme….The Fashion Police have been very quiet lately.

  22. Cynthia
    October 29, 2013

    I think my problem tends to be how few pieces I have that are NOT over the top. I’m working on that.

    10/30/13
    8:51 am
    Lisa said...

    @Cynthia, Ha!

  23. Artsy in Boulder
    October 29, 2013

    I love the dress and tights, and yowzah, what they do for your figure! Great neckline and interesting seaming on the bodice. I had some lacy Wolfords (black w bits of cobalt blue) in the 80s, the year I lived in London, and I adored them. “Keep calm and carry on,” but add a little subversion and intrigue…

    I think I’m Cynthia’s soul sister: Artsy’s Amazing Technicolor Dream Closet (haha) is brimming with color, pattern, and texture. But because the over-the-topness is informed by a Sturdy aesthetic (all pieces must be comfortable, clean-lined, preferably stretchy, and low maintenance, rarely seeing an iron or an environmentally friendly dry cleaner), I can usually get away with it. And when I don’t, at least I had fun.

  24. Seeker
    October 29, 2013

    I agree with the larger necklace. And these tights make such a nice statement. I think you wear them in a perfect way. The knee high boots wouldn’t show them so well.
    You look amazing. You have such a great figure.

    xoxo

  25. Leanne
    October 29, 2013

    The lace tights are gorgeous! My over the top piece is an Emerson Fry sleeveless top in a slightly-sparkly big geo mod print that she put out last season or the season before. It’s more sparkly and loud than anything else I wear and it displayed fabulously in a tintype family photo (nice mashup of 60’s style and ancient photography tech).

  26. Joanne C
    October 29, 2013

    Those lacy tights are fantastic ! When I was in New York last May, I discovered a Wolford boutique in the Time Warner Center and I bought one item as I tought that I could order when back home. But no !!! I live in the Province of Québec and they don’t deliver here… I receive their newsletters though…. sighhhhh….You have nice clothes, Madame !

  27. Carole
    October 29, 2013

    I am so sorry to admit I have nothing over-the-top. Plain black tights and boots are about as wild as I get. How dreadfully boring that is! But maybe, just maybe, your photo will give me the courage I need!

    10/30/13
    8:55 am
    Lisa said...

    @Carole, Let’s all have courage together.

  28. mette
    October 29, 2013

    Wolford has the best tights. I know it, since I never wear anything else, heh.
    The picture, where you are wearing the coat, looks very much ok.
    The reason for it is, that I could not imagine anyone without warm clothing in late October.
    But then you know, that my geographical position is different than your´s.

  29. Carol
    October 29, 2013

    Former team? Score one for retirement? Did I miss something? Have you retired? (Sorry to be off topic, but in addition to being a style role model, you’re a work role model too).

    10/30/13
    8:52 am
    Lisa said...

    @Carol, Yes I have. Again:). And thank you.

  30. Judith/Ida
    October 29, 2013

    Like the simple design of your MM coat (would need it here 9c today brrr)Like the boots with the racy tights…..Wolfords are the best especially the cashmere tights.

  31. Celia M. (High Heeled Life)
    October 29, 2013

    Love! Love your outfit … you are encouraging me to be more adventurous as I work on creating my own style. hugs, C. (HHL)

  32. Lane
    October 29, 2013

    Spectacular look! Love Wolfords, fit us 34″ inseamers and wear well. Maybe a cuff bracelet instead of a necklace?

  33. Marsha @ Splenderosa
    October 29, 2013

    Well, maybe one.

  34. Miss Cavendish
    October 29, 2013

    I wore the most ridiculous over-the-top Jeffrey Campbell 5-inch platform boots in cheetah calfhair with an obnoxious square oxblood toe in smooth leather. I paired them with a shot silk chocolate balloon skirt from Calypso and my Girls Boxing tee from the Bronx. I had previously worn them for Punk Rock Day two years ago but decided I might as well put them in rotation for some classroom merriment, if not general confusion. This is one of the pleasures of being a literature professor.

    10/29/13
    6:51 pm
    gsl said...

    I would rob a bank to endow a chair to see that outfit

  35. Reggie Darling
    October 29, 2013

    I used to wear over the top pieces of clothing when I was younger and nubile, some of which make me shudder to think of today. My only “flash” these days is confined to patry shoes (Stubbs & Wootton velvet slippers) or watches. I recently lost my mind and bought myself a gold Rolex Daytona, which I love but also find vulgar and showy, and almost embarassing. MD would not have approved, I’m sure.

    10/29/13
    10:10 pm
    Reggie Darling said...

    I meant “party” shoes…

    10/30/13
    8:52 am
    Lisa said...

    @Reggie Darling, See, as we age, showy is pretty fun. And at least you didn’t mean “pantry” shoes:).

  36. Lisa
    October 29, 2013

    You look beautiful! I quite like the lace tights with the ankle boots actually. Ankle boots lend an unexpected, French-girl twist to the sexy vibe of the form-fitting dress and lace tights.

  37. Faux Fuchsia
    October 30, 2013

    I have about 76 over the top pieces. Just because.

    I look at my lovely decoration you sent and think of your fondly!

    Hope you are well x

    10/30/13
    8:53 am
    Lisa said...

    @Faux Fuchsia, You are my Over The Top muse:). Happy way too early Christmas.

  38. Lisa W.
    October 30, 2013

    LOVE this look. Very French, including the uncluttered neckline. I’d save the scarf to wear with the coat, adding some color near your beautiful face.

    10/30/13
    8:54 am
    Lisa said...

    @Lisa W., Too kind. Thank you.

  39. Mary Jo
    October 30, 2013

    I love the look Lisa, those stocking are so much more interesting than plain tights. I think I like the camel coat the most, it reminds me a little of Gweneth in The Royal Tenenbaums–in a good way!

    10/30/13
    8:54 am
    Lisa said...

    @Mary Jo, Going to have to go Google Image Search that.

  40. Patience
    November 1, 2013

    I’m a bit obsessive about tights and I covet a pair of Wolford’s. I don’t think there is anything “over the top” in my wardrobe, alas.

    11/01/13
    4:49 pm
    Lisa said...

    Wolfords are such a nice little step in the direction of over the top:).

  41. Eleanorjane
    November 2, 2013

    Nice outfit and very pretty tights! I do patterned tights in beige, grey or black but not bright coloured tights. (Some folks are keen on red or cobalt blue etc. I think you might need better legs than me for that and a different sense of style).

    As for over the top garments, I don’t have much these days… maybe a burgandy faux fur stole/ scarf thing? Oh, and I still have some showy shoes that I don’t wear much i.e. bright red ruffle toed high heeled wedges.

  42. Mardel
    November 2, 2013

    I like that outfit just as it is. Knee High boots would give an entirely different impression and this one is much more interesting. Love Wolford tights.

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