So I posted before about this Anthro lace/crochet/whatever top (pics 1-2). I decided to try it on again tonight, this time with grey Niki Lotan chinos and a black tank. I discovered it does successfully semi-tuck, and I think I like it better that way.

I decided to pull out a very old crochet top (pics 3-4) also from Anthro a million years ago (it may precede my YLF introduction). I wore it when I was thinner and have been kind of avoiding it now that I’m heavier because it’s a little on the clingy side. However, in the photos it looks better than I thought it did. It’s not as good a color on me or quite as versatile in my wardrobe — cream rather than bright white — but what do you think about these two tops, compared to one another? The vibe is different between the two, but I would style them similarly. Opinions?

Also, I decided to try these black slightly-gladiatorish Donald Pliner sandals in photos 5-7. I was thinking of adding a slightly more substantial black sandal to my wardrobe. My old Arche ones (pics 8-9) are currently my “chunky” black sandals and I’m not feeling as fab in them these days. I also have black strappy flat AllSaints sandals (pics 10-11) but I like them with long skirts and not really with pants or shorts — they don’t quite have the visual weight I am seeking with some outfits.

The Pliners are pretty comfortable and the straps adjust so that they fit securely on my feet in the tightest position. I’m not sure I *love* the patent portion? But I do like the overall style. What do y’all think of the Pliners as a possible replacement for the old Arche sandals? Or should I try the black version of the Seychelles fisherman sandals? I don’t know if I want to duplicate the style exactly but wouldn’t rule it out. I do wear my sandals for several seasons at least so I would want them to look current for a while.

Thanks in advance!

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