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Bright, colourful, patterned? tops to jazz up a very boring black suit?

(10 Posts)
roisin Wed 08-Aug-07 15:33:52

I work in a secondary school where dress code is mixed, but I've decided I want to go smarter and join the 'suited' brigade.

I've bought a lovely black linen suit from Next this morning. The skirt is very long (because of my horrible legs/ankles), so there is a lot of black. (I've looked but can't find a piccie online.)

I will probably spend about 50% of time without jacket on, so simple "posh T-shirts" won't really do; but they do have to be short to go with the jacket as well.

I couldn't find anything suitable in Next today.

I was wondering if I had the courage to carry off something really bright and bold. Any suggestions?

Oh btw I am size 14, flabby, big belly, but pretty flat-chested.

MrsBadger Wed 08-Aug-07 15:39:51

don't do it

'bright and bold' with black generally looks shocking.
if you want patterned try monochrome B&W
otherwise you need dark, lush, rich colours that won't make the black look drab or end up looking cheap themselves.
Purple? Rich green?

I can't picure the shape of the suit at all I'm afraid, but on general principles would strongly counsel the next one being a) trousers and b) not black.

roisin Wed 08-Aug-07 15:41:47

Why trousers?

MrsBadger Wed 08-Aug-07 15:51:50

would have thought more practical for hiding 'horrible legs/ankles' whilst not getting swathed in too much of one colour...

but I have been known to be wrong

roisin Wed 08-Aug-07 15:56:52

Too late now anyway for trousers
I'll keep looking for tops though.

LaCerbiatta Wed 08-Aug-07 16:40:00

I used to be very much against black and colour (trinny and susannah's influence!) but since my colour consultation have been using a lot of black with fuchsia and plum and aubergine and think it looks great. Black and white is still an old time favourite but doesn't suit everyone.

florenceuk Wed 08-Aug-07 17:00:28

I wonder if this sort of thing would work - knitted top - they have it in turquoise as well. You may not find it short enough (although I find nowadays that having your top longer than your jacket/cardy is perfectly OK).

Or this sort of thing oasis top - comes in black, white and green. they also did little short-sleeved cardies but they seem to have disappeared from the website.

MrsBadger Wed 08-Aug-07 17:04:01

oh yes, grey excelletn with black

flowerybeanbag Wed 08-Aug-07 17:04:16

I think most colours look a bit rubbish with black, stick to whites, greys etc
However I do think a really deep cerise pink is nice.

roisin Wed 08-Aug-07 18:22:12

Oh, if Trinny and Susannah disapprove of black with colours, then I'm definitely getting some.
I find them and their 'rules' extremely irritating.

Seriously though, I've seen people in black + colour, who look fab.

A white shirt with a black suit is fine for an office or a bank or something, but far too formal for my school. I'd look like I'd come for an interview or something. I definitely need tops that will lighten up the suit.

Incidentally there was a lovely x-student working in Next and I asked her advice about the suit; and she agreed that it was a fab suit, but would definitely need a bright top to be appropriate for our school.

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