Turning Heads-#Linkup-Styling a Corset-Like Top Over 40+ Eyelet Skirt - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads-#Linkup-Styling a Corset-Like Top Over 40+ Eyelet Skirt




Hello Ladies

.I hope everyone had a Happy Mother’s Day. I myself, am just mom to 2 little fur babies who are a great joy to me and make me smile everyday. My mom just recently spent about 3 weeks with us and we had a great time. Lots of talking, eating and drinking.  By now, if you read the blog, you know one of my favorite past times is going to Vineyards. I enjoy tasting different wines and as the weather gets warmer sitting outside on the wicker couches and sipping Sangria. So, yes, we were at another Vineyard. I truly am snot a snob about anything except coffee, tea and wine. Ha 🙂 It has rained nearly every day this past week, with severe thunderstorms which make my girl want to hide in the closet. So, today was one of those ” I have to take advantage of it” Spring Days, at 80 degrees and sunny. I certainly have other hobbies ( music) but this is a favorite when the weather is just right. Soon it will be Charlotte POPS Symphony Season, yet another place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere.

Today I am going to share a look that you may say.. Did I read “Corset-like” in the title, was that right? Well, when I went to NYFW last fall, and attended the Betsey Johnson show, I saw a look and idea that I thought may be fun to replicate. Perhaps it isn’t for everyone, but I do like to experiment from time to time. Corsets were worn over blouses with skirts and wide leg pants. I thought the look rocked, so this is a bit more “conservative” as the top isn’t a corset in terms of lingerie, but a sleeveless corset-like  top that I wear in the summer as is. So, when the idea came to me, I thought lets take a white  eyelet pencil skirt for texture a more proper white button down, and add the  pink floral with the thin ribbon detailed top, ) and pointed pink sling back flats for a fun and romantic style. Side note: caught in drizzle and wind… tough on one’s hair! I added my lilac Coach bag for additional spring color.

If you are interested in trying this look, and would not wear this style top on its own because you don’t like bare arms or want to show too much skin, this is one option.

  • White House Black Market has some beautiful corset style tops, many floral. You can often find them very reasonable on Poshmark, a discount site.
  • Wear a button down top underneath, as shown here.
  • Another option is always a blazer or cropped shrug OVER the top to let the top take “center stage” but provide more coverage.
  • Pair this style top with a different pattern ( pattern mixing) and wear some wide leg trousers to create an hourglass proportion. I would love some in white!

Would you experiment with a “corset-like top” or is this just not your style?





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  • Adriele
    Posted at 00:12h, 12 May Reply

    Jess, look at you KILLING IT with the corset over the blouse!!!! I LOVE THIS ON YOU!!!! It’s so seriously chic and fab!!

    I need to visit a vineyard. I’ve always wanted to go honestly, and this just affirms that it’s a solid goal. 😉 Any wine tips?


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:15h, 12 May Reply

      Thank you Adriele! I have had this top for awhile, but needed to do something different. WHBM has some awesome corset tops, going to add a few more for summer. Vineyard bopping is one of my favorite pastimes, so fun just trying different wines and hanging out. Tips..hmm. Be open to trying new wines. I love Spanish wines like Granache, Tempranillo and Malbec ( reds) but also enjoy Pinot Nior and regions like South Africa, Australia, Mendoza. I am more of a red wine girl, but I do try white wines. I would say experiment and try various regions to find what you may like. 🙂

  • Bargain Baglady (@bargainbaglady)
    Posted at 17:04h, 11 May Reply

    Very cute look, I love the shoes! 🙂

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 15:01h, 11 May Reply

    I so agree with you about vineyards–that is one of my favorite things to do and I miss it so much! While there are tons of wineries here in Italy, it’s mainly just about tasting the wine and moving on, while I prefer the American style of hanging out all day with friends and snacks 🙂 You look so colorful and springy–I love it!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:17h, 12 May Reply

      Thank you Meagan, yes it is a favorite pastime. I love to try new wines and regions, but so right, love just enjoying the views, hanging out with the pups, bringing lunch and talking. Glad you like the look. xx

  • Emily M. Stone
    Posted at 05:58h, 11 May Reply

    Nice outfit, pretty elegant style!

  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 18:44h, 10 May Reply

    Clever alternative way of wearing a corset top. But if truth be told, I’m totally in love with that eyelet skirt. Gorgeous!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:26h, 11 May Reply

      Thank you Jacueline! I am looking for a few more tops. It is already in the mid 80s here! Thank you, I have been buying a fair amount of white lately xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:17h, 12 May Reply

      Thank you Jacqueline! I love it too. i have really been into whites lately. xx

  • Kirsten Wick (@TheLIFBIssue)
    Posted at 18:39h, 10 May Reply

    You look so lovely Jess, I think this look was made for you, so pretty. Much love, Kirsten xx


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:26h, 11 May Reply

      Thank you Kristen, I put on my creative thinking cap! 🙂 xx

  • asallows
    Posted at 18:28h, 10 May Reply

    I love that you layered the corset top over your shirt! what a great idea!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:27h, 11 May Reply

      Thanks so much! It is fun to get inspired from the runway. xx

  • Ana from Mrs. American Made
    Posted at 18:05h, 10 May Reply

    SO clever. I love versatile multi-functional pieces but had never thought of this one. Looks great, Jess!

  • Anna Parkes
    Posted at 16:32h, 10 May Reply

    Jess, this corset is a new one for me, and I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to try it. Although your idea to wear it over the top of your blouse makes it more palatable. You carry this off beautifully, I hasten to add, and the white separates look so summery and light with the flowery corset. Most of all, I love those shoes today. They are so cute, but also elegant if that makes sense x

  • Sheela Goh
    Posted at 13:23h, 10 May Reply

    Look at you go, Jess!! Corset et al!! Bada bing, bada boom GRIN

  • Laura
    Posted at 12:55h, 10 May Reply

    Love the eyelet and floral mix! Stunning look for spring!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:00h, 10 May Reply

    Such a pretty look on you Jess! Love the eyelet skirt.

  • ee0926
    Posted at 10:50h, 10 May Reply

    Love this look! I love how you corseted your top!! Beautiful!

    xx, Elise

  • Rachel
    Posted at 10:12h, 10 May Reply

    I love your cute flats! Thank you for hosting! 🙂

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:11h, 10 May Reply

    Love the print on the top.

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 10:10h, 10 May Reply

    I really like the idea of wearing a corset…maybe it will help give me a waistline! I love the pretty floral print on yours.

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 10:01h, 10 May Reply

    I love that idea! It looks marvelous! 🙂

  • cherie
    Posted at 09:53h, 10 May Reply

    This is such a great look Jess. I love it! The pink floral paired with the white eyelet is so sweet and pretty. Thank you for hosting!


  • Lanae Bond
    Posted at 09:48h, 10 May Reply

    I would be willing to try it because it feel that it would look flattering! Love your look and how you put the top together with that cute eyelet skirt.

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 09:33h, 10 May Reply

    Love your take on a corset look!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 09:24h, 10 May Reply

    i like it, I love it, I want to wear it today! You look lovely and so summer-y. xox


  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:21h, 10 May Reply

    We both got the eyelet memo today! Just beautiful, Jess!



  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 09:14h, 10 May Reply

    I have a corset like top (which has shoulder straps), but I’ve never tried this. I really think how you styled it works because your shirt & skirt are almost the same and thus are a great backdrop for the corset top. I’ll have to go experiment, now!
    Thanks for hosting

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 09:07h, 10 May Reply

    What a fun way to style this dress!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 08:58h, 10 May Reply

    Love how you put it all together Jess!

    Come check out and join this huge GIVEAWAY I am co-hosting for JEWELRY TELEVISION (JTV) where a dazzling pair of earrings is at stake to the lucky one – Have a lovely week!


  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:01h, 10 May Reply

    What a great way to update a corset and keep it from trying to look like you’re a teenager! Love it! And the lace…. swoon!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 07:55h, 10 May Reply

    Jess, you are a breath of fresh floral air!! I have always loved eyelet and you shine so sweetly in this beautiful ensemble!! xo

  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 07:52h, 10 May Reply

    So cute!!

  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 07:48h, 10 May Reply

    This is a beautiful look. Our local winery closed and the nearest one now is still far away for visiting (sad face) but I am glad you got to enjoy some Vineyard time.
    Rachel xo

  • Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    Posted at 07:39h, 10 May Reply

    Very creative, Jess! You look lovely! Hope you had a great Mom’s Day with your little fur babies! I took mine on a long walk to the dog park to celebrate! 😉

    Dawn Lucy

  • plutrell
    Posted at 07:37h, 10 May Reply

    Shoes and the skirt are so cute! Thanks for the link up…have a great day, Jess!

  • Celia M. High Heeled Life
    Posted at 07:14h, 10 May Reply

    Loving the creativity of pulling this outfit together … the corset-like top really makes the whole outfit. I’m a bit busty so when need to play with this look so as not to further accentuate – but it would be fun to experiment. Thanks for the inspiration and hosting.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 07:03h, 10 May Reply

    The corset-type top is so pretty! It looks fantastic on you! Great way to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe!

    The whole outfit is so pretty! Love the shoes, too, as I’m always on the lookout for cute flats!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • Elle Spann
    Posted at 07:03h, 10 May Reply

    so sweet and fem! I love the shoes you paired with it 🙂
    Southern Elle Style

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 06:33h, 10 May Reply

    This is such a beautiful look! Love the texture mix and how you layered this!

    Doused In Pink

  • Elizabeth Yeowart
    Posted at 06:26h, 10 May Reply

    Jess, thank you so much for featuring my outfit from last week. I’m very touched and flattered.
    You look stunning as always. The corset worn over the blouse is such a lovely look and shows off your beautiful slim figure. I love the eyelet skirt too. So pretty.Thank you for hosting the link-up and have a lovely day, love Liz http://www.whatlizzyloves.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:59h, 12 May Reply

      Hi Liz! Absolutely happy to feature you. I would still love to find this dress even though it was last season. Love it! Thank you, I think i only own one or two corset tops, I may purchase a few as it was a fun look to create. Thank you for the lovely compliment and enjoy your weekend. xx

  • Bogi Kenney
    Posted at 06:02h, 10 May Reply

    This outfit is beautiful Jess! The eyelet texture paired with those lovely floral details make this such a ladylike and delicate outfit.

  • OceanBlue Style “Salonblog”
    Posted at 05:38h, 10 May Reply

    Jess I am totally in love with that look! Its so inspiring. Love the blouse with it….xxxx Have a great week. Sabina

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:36h, 10 May Reply

    Great idea Jess…especially since I’m a huge fan of layers. And those shoes…love them!

  • Shelbee on the Edge
    Posted at 05:34h, 10 May Reply

    Jess, this look is fabulous on you! I actually have not been on board with the corset or corset-like tops alone or over another shirt until this post. You have done it in such a soft, classy, feminine way. Perfect. I fear I may be too big busted to try this look (except alone for my husband! ha.) And your shoes are to die for!


    Posted at 05:15h, 10 May Reply

    Looking fabulous as ever, Jess.

  • marta
    Posted at 04:42h, 10 May Reply

    Cute idea with the corset, pretty outfit!

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 04:36h, 10 May Reply

    Very classy! I love the idea of a corset, it’s feminine. And that skirt is also stylish. I never wear white, perhaps I should!

  • Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb
    Posted at 04:14h, 10 May Reply

    Jess this look is SO clever – I think it looks amazing!!!!!! I’m always up for a bit of quirky – but by doing quirky with florals and the eyelet fabric in pinks and whites it results in a really edgy but feminine look. Now must go in search of a corset…!!

    Thank you for hosting my lovely, enjoy your week 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:01h, 12 May Reply

      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment. I had on my creative thinking cap this week. I love this company White House Black Market for their corsets and will add a few more as it was fun to create. I appreciate your comment and enjoy the weekend ! xx

  • Sheree
    Posted at 03:16h, 10 May Reply

    Beautiful outfit, love the layering of your top.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 02:29h, 10 May Reply

    Lovely outfit! I just got a white skirt for summer, too, with some flowers.

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 02:16h, 10 May Reply

    Beautiful, Jess, you really know your style!
    I don’t own a corset-like top but I am currently wearing a floral off-the-shoulder top.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  • Goddesslily
    Posted at 02:12h, 10 May Reply

    I absolutely loved how you styled the corset over your blouse, you’ve certainly given me some ideas on how to wear the few that I have. I always through srugs over them but I love your idea!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:02h, 12 May Reply

      Thanks so much! Yes I had fun with this look. I do like to experiment. White House Black Market has some great corsets and I am due for one or two more. So glad you like the look. Have a great weekend. xx

  • Mica
    Posted at 02:01h, 10 May Reply

    Love your bag – you have such fun colours of bags! 🙂

    I like your modest yet fun take on a corset style too.

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 01:48h, 10 May Reply

    Love this idea Jess, I might just have to copy ! Glad your weather picked up x

  • Megan_Ballard
    Posted at 01:23h, 10 May Reply

    Love the eyelet skirt! Perfect Spring look. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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