I am not a huge lace fan as it often leaves me feeling like a walking doily. What initially attracted me to this shirt was the embellished collar; I just can’t resist them. Being honest, though, while I have owned this shirt for a few years I continue to waffle back and forth on it. I’ve paired it with printed and black jeans in the past or layered under a sweater, but I’ve never really been satisfied with the looks.
In fact, when I cleaned my closet a few weeks ago I all but decided the shirt’s time had come and gone and tossed it into the maybe pile. My rules with maybes is to always try them on and then consider what two-three items I could pair them with in my closet. If something comes to me and helps me see the garment with fresh eyes then I keep it; if not, then the item moves from a maybe to a donate/resell piece. When it came time to try on this shirt I thought about the elements I love (embellishments and slightly sheer) compared to the things I hate (lace, boxy fit) and how to capitalize on what I like while diminishing the dislikes.
To modernize things, I played up the sheerness by pairing it with a bralette rather than a tank. I like that the Barletta adds just a hint of sex appeal, which keeps the shirt from looking dated and makes this a fun look to wear out to brunch with the girls or for date night.
My fashion tastes lean towards classic silhouettes with modern, feminine touches, so to keep the lacey sheerness of the shirt from looking too over-the-top I went with a solid black midi skirt, minimal, feminine accessories, and a sensible looking pump that has a surprise pop of modern, on trend, gold on the heel.