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What to wear with gypsy skirt?

dotty | Posted in Feedback on Threads on

Any suggestions about what kind of top to wear with the Threads gypsy skirt? Being busty I don’t normally wear T-shirts. My usual camp shirt looks a bit hillbilly with it. I’m imagining something fitted would be best, but what?


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    I agree! Most gypsy skirts are shown with t-shirts or sweater sets, but those don't flatter my short-waisted, busty figure; plus, I need a little more polish for work wear.

    In a recent news article, I read that "with a larger, fuller skirt, you need a smaller, more fitted top." My favorite is a weskit blouse, fitted, v-neck, just to the top of the hip bone with a nice notched hemline. Silk and rayon are especially nice in our climate, as are short sleeves.

    Another option is a longer, very lightweight pastel or white tshirt with a fitted vest worn over it, left unbuttoned or buttoned only at the waist. The vest can coordinate with the skirt and allows for more design options, including a pocket for my office keys; I pick a very flattering, darker color for a slimming look.

    1. lbbray | | #2

      Oh Thank you!  I was wondering what to do w/ the skirt I've got planned.  Not being a junior, either in age or size, I was really puzzled.  And, I have a couple of skirts similar I just had to buy and they hang in my closet waiting to be worn.  Now I know just what I'm going to do.

    2. dotty | | #3

      the tshirt/vest option sounds good. But what is a weskit blouse? I've never even heard of it?

      1. Teaf5 | | #4

        Westkit is from" waistcoat" or "vest," and it's the retail name (at least on the West Coast) for a blouse that is fitted and designed to be worn over, not tucked into, a waistband of a skirt or slacks. You could think of it as a vest with sleeves or a fitted blouse that ends at the hipbone with a shaped hem like that of a vest or light jacket.Two similar tops are peplum tops--fitted to a waist seam with a shaped peplum skimming the upper hip-- and dress jackets--unlined, fitted, short jackets of the same fabric as a dress or skirt. All of these are available as "two-piece dresses" or "coordinated separates" in ready-to-wear, and when worn with coordinating skirts, they are wonderful options for dresses for people with different size tops and bottoms.Westkit blouses allow a lot of freedom of movement (important for us teachers) but also have professional polish without the extra weight of a blazer or vest. Most have pockets, either patch pockets at the chest or welt pockets at the waist, and even in the most luxurious fabrics are extremely practical and comfortable.More fitted than a campshirt, a weskit blouse can also be worn over a cami or tshirt for a layered look that is very flattering.

        1. dotty | | #5

          A westkit sounds very appealing from your description. Has anybody out there seen a specific pattern that sounds like that?

          1. Kathleen | | #6

            Burda has a blouse pattern in the weskit style that comes in lots of sizes.

            http://www.sewingpatterns.com/index-burda.html pattern 8503bur

          2. dotty | | #7

            Hmmm. That's a possibility. Any other opinions?

          3. fizzle7033 | | #8

            I'm tall and apple shaped, plus I'm pretty busty.  What I've been wearing with my boho skirts is a camisole top that I made a little longer to sort of balance out the top, and I wear a lightweight denim jacket or safari style jacket, depending on which skirt I'm wearing and the colors :-).  The look is sort of casual and sporty and pretty trendy.  I get lots of comments on how nice it looks!  The jacket adds enough coverage so I don't feel like I'm hanging out everywhere, and the longer lacy edge of the camisole looks really cute and trendy!

          4. carolfresia | | #9

            La Fred's Europa blouse might work with this, too. I like the idea of a shapely overblouse with this skirt.


          5. Alexandra | | #13

            Thank you Kathleen, that Burda pattern is a perfect blouse for the gypsy skirt, and princess lines too!  You could easily make this pattern again and again adding collars, ruffles, cuffs.  thanks again, I ran right out and bought it.


  2. mem | | #10

    I think that it would be a mistake to wear anything long . It needs to be around waist lenth Maybe a short linen boxy top/jacket with trim echong the fabric in the skirt?

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    Becky-book | | #11

    With my Gypsy skirt I wear a Peasant blouse, tucked in. I have a pattern I like, but Threads issue #120 pg 54 has a do-it-yourself Peasant blouse idea that works well as long as you don't get it too big around!


  4. marijke | | #12

    The fitted top idea is great. 

    If you want to try a T-shirt, try a V-neck.  I don't like anything that emphasizes my bust and I have found that V-necks help to de-emphasize the bust (which can look huge in crewnecks, whether fitted or looser).   It sounded a bit counter-intuitive to me at first, since there's more exposed skin, but I'm sold on V-necks now.  If you get a good color and one made of a bit nicer material, it CAN be office-appropriate.

    I got one of those cami's with a bra built in (not the shelf-bra, a real one, with underwires and all) and that works for me, but it is more flattering (and a lot less revealing!) if I do a light jacket on top, like someone else has suggested also.


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