Bronze Age

Bronze is one of those colours , you know it is OK on you but tricky to wear. I bought this top when I was
having a bit of meltdown on what to wear for my sons wedding in February. I already had half of my outfit sorted but my original top just wasn’t right, so a shopping I did go, big mistake never buy for something
special in a hurry. Fortunately it was on sale at a much reduced price plus I had a birthday voucher from the store, so no real harm done and it may get outings on different occasions.

The problem is not so much the colour rather the shape, it is rather square and boxy and would benefit from
some shaping. Herein lies another dilemma as the fabric will not alter easily, the mesh strips are fragile and
will probably just become a series of holes if stitched.Here I have tried a soft sash , not quite right I feel,
so I am on the look out for a wider tie.

Without the tie, this is how I would prefer it to look. Anyhow, not the end of the world, mistakes happen
and I have now found another top that I am much happier with.

On the bonus side the bronze top gave me an excuse to show of this fine, woven metal cuff with its intricate
rosette that was a generous Christmas gift from the owner of the store where I am working .

Playing around with lighting this week , these shots were taken late in the evening just before sunset, I
rather like the soft effect as opposed to the harsh light of an Aussie Summer day.The only drawback
being we visited a parkland near home on the top of a hill and it was a bit windy, hence the windswept hair.

Wearing a bronze mesh top paired with my Moyuru pants happily billowing in the breeze , bronze cuff,
silvery neckpiece , dangly earrings and bronze Robert Clergerie wedges.

Joining all the fun with Patti for Visible Monday


Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Patti
    January 18, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    It is hard to find the perfect piece for a formal event – I so really like this top and think it looks lovely on you. xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:04 am

      So true Patti, when your wardrobe is less than formal it can be a challenge. Thankyou for your always kind words.

  2. Jazzy Jack
    January 19, 2016 / 12:58 am

    I love the subtly of bronze.A wider sash sounds lovely. But I don't mind how it looks. I am into full flowy clothes as you know!Xo Jazzy Jack

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:06 am

      I must admit I do really like the colour and am on a search for a wider sash.I normally enjoy flowy clothes but this time I felt I needed something more fitted.Thank you. xx Jill

  3. Olga Rani
    January 19, 2016 / 6:59 am

    I like the texture of the top and for me the sashed variant looks quite nice. I love the cuff, I thought it was made from some kind of fabric, not metal. Looks very delicate.

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Thanks so very much Olga. I love the cuff and can see it will go with so many things.

  4. Laurie Duncan
    January 19, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I'm with you on boxy clothes, I prefer my clothes to be fitted. But the bronze material is very pretty. I made a few purchases in haste last fall that I'm regretting too, but I'm hoping I'll make them work eventually. 🙂

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:10 am

      The annoying part is I know better than buy in haste but I do think this top will be worn just not for the occasion I intended. Thank you Laurie.

  5. Elsie Davies
    January 19, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    So hard to shop in a hurry especially if you have a particular look in mind. Everything in the stores seem so wrong. I love the top and the cuff too. So beautiful. Everything just works perfectly. The necklace is amazing. Enjoy the rest of your week Jill. xo

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:12 am

      We all know not to shop for something specific as you can never find it and settle for second best but somehow seem to do it anyway.Thank you dear Elsie for those kind comments.

  6. Tiina L
    January 19, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Shopping in a hurry, or for a special occasion is always a nighmare. Perfect matches only happen when you're not looking. Perhaps this top looks better with fitted, cropped trousers?

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:13 am

      Wise words indeed Tiina. Must try the top with some cropped pants.

  7. Petite Silver Vixen
    January 19, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I hear you about shopping in a rush – rarely a good idea. And then dealing with tricky materials making alterations almost impossible! I love the colour on you and I like it with or without a sash but I agree with you about the sash looking better if it was bigger.What a stunning gift – unique, different and utterly fabulous.

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:15 am

      In was a lucky girl , I do really love this cuff and its unique features. I was drawn to the colour of the top and it will be worn again in different guises. Thank you so much .

  8. Melanie
    January 19, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Oh, shopping for a special event has always been a challenge for me. I buy something and end up wearing something I've had for a long time. I love the sparkle of your top. If you use tearaway stabilizer, for example, Totally Stable, you can sew hole-y fabric. (It sounds like I know what I'm talking about. No! I just read it on fool4fabric. Haha!)Your shoes are gorgeous! I like the windswept look.

    • Jill James
      January 20, 2016 / 7:17 am

      Melanie, you did sound like the sewing expert there for a minute, I was most impressed.I must admit to being rather fond of the shoes, even though they really don't have as many outings as they should.

  9. Connie
    January 19, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Sometimes I read things on my phone which is a big mistake because now that I'm on the "big" computer I can see your skirt…which is amazing. And the pretty top. I have a shelf of odd things that I bought for special occasions that just didn't work out. I really like it belted. I have an entire shelf of things that I bought for special occasions that just didn't work out. I guess I have to have more special occasions in my life so I'll have an arsenal of pretty things that I know will look good. Meanwhile it's my go-to-the-market wardrobe that dominates.

  10. Jill James
    January 20, 2016 / 7:19 am

    I know what you mean about lack of special occasions , this is why I am out of practice in choosing the wedding outfit.I do hope the occasions happen and those pretties can leave the shelf.

  11. dan
    January 20, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Sometimes it so happens not to feel at ease in a piece bought. And it is a real pity because your top is so beautiful! I love the way you have matched it to the accessories! The cuff is wonderful. Sooner or later you will find how perfectly style it according to your taste….I had a similar problem with a top I had bought. ( the one you can see in my last post ). At the end I discovered it went very nice with a cardigan underneath. … now I love how the cardigan sleeves and rim come out of the top

    • Jill James
      January 28, 2016 / 4:02 am

      I know you are right Dan and in time the perfect foil for this top will happen.I am so lucky to have received this cuff as a gift and know it will be a favourite for years to come.

  12. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    January 20, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    I actually like the top but I do agree that it's too boxy. Maybe try a corset style belt with it? It's worth saving and bronze suits you!

    • Jill James
      January 28, 2016 / 4:03 am

      Thank you Alicia, I like your suggestion of a corset style belt and will be on the look out for one.

  13. Glenda
    January 20, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Oh yes, the dreaded shopping in a hurry. Seems to always lead to a mistake, but Jill, I rather like this top. Not just your ordinary metallic.

    • Jill James
      January 28, 2016 / 4:04 am

      Thanks so much Glenda, I really should know better than to shop under pressure, it is never a good idea.

  14. Natalia Lialina
    January 27, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I don't know Jill – I think this outfit is brilliant! I love bronze (I only have a pair of bronze shoes though, and some jewelry pieces, come to think of it), and I think you created a very elegant, striking outfit. I love it with the sash, it looks perfect to me. Maybe a wider one would be even better – it's good that we can style our pieces in many different ways… The bracelet is gorgeous, what a lovely gift!

    • Jill James
      January 28, 2016 / 4:06 am

      Thank you Natalia for your always wise words. The top is growing on me and I am on the hunt for the right belt. I remember those bronze shoes of yours.

  15. Jennifer Sinclair
    March 23, 2016 / 8:43 am

    I really like this bronze top on you, and I like it loose. We're all different, eh. Thanks for blogging.

    • Jill James
      March 23, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments Jennifer.

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