Saturday, October 29, 2011

Behind the Seams- SWAK Animal Print Top

One of my favorite plus size brands, Sealed with a Kiss, tasked me and T Minus, T Plus blogger Tina with a style assignment this month: take one of their new arrivals and put our own  spin on it.  The new arrival that we were to test drive?  The Animal Print Tunic

Tina and I went in totally opposite directions with this piece; you can see how we wore it by clicking here.   Go ahead, check it out.  I'll wait....

So you've seen how we wore the top and you might have some ideas on for how you could incorporate it into your own wardrobe.  Before you take the leap and order it, I'd thought I give you a little review on the tunic itself.  I know it can be a little daunting to order clothes online without having any idea on the fit, material, etc.  Here's what I think of the Animal Print Tunic

The Print
I don't naturally gravitate towards mixed animal prints.  This one is a combination cheetah/zebra that looks pretty flashy on Sealed with a Kiss's  model.  So I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's actually more tame in person.  Don't get me wrong- it's still a stretch outside my normal print comfort zone!  But it's wearable and fun, not over the top and flashy.

The Fit
The material of this top is sheer - you'll have to wear a camisole or something else underneath it. That sheerness makes this a great layering piece.  The bell sleeves are very dramatic; something I wasn't expecting.  I had fun channeling Stevie Nicks and swishing them all over the place, though I did get hung up a few times on the arms of my office chair!   The built-in elastic waistband hit at my natural waist, and looked cute on its own or was easily hidden with a belt.  And finally, this truly is a tunic length- it's nice and long.  Your bum will be covered, no problem.

The Verdict
I would not have chosen the Animal Print Tunic on my own, so I'm really glad the decision was made for me.  It's a fun piece that will infuse my wardrobe with a shot of something unexpected.  The fit is great and the price is reasonable - especially since it's on sale right now.  

* The Animal Print Tunic was given to me by Sealed with a Kiss.  My opinions on this top are uninfluenced and completely my own.


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