UPCYCLING: YSL Top
I recently obtained this amazing vintage Yves Saint Laurent top that is just perfect for the winter season. It was used previously by the women who worked at the shop in the former couture house at 5 avenue Marceau in Paris. Since the retirement of their founder and the many changes that have happened since 2002, the couture house is no longer open or used as a shop. However, the legacy and brand lives on in the work of Hedi Slimane today (and a really great high lighter to be featured later this month on the blog and in our What We're Loving Section).
To get back to the topic at hand, this amazing YSL top. It appears black or navy depending upon the light. I typically like to assume that it is navy. It has larger sleeves, keeping with current trends, and is made of a heavier material that keeps you warm on windy days.
Given its neutral shape and color, I love the pair it with high waisted pants or a pencil skirt for work. For either, I find that tucking the bottom portion into the pants or the waist of the skirt gives a trendier feel and is more slimming. The waist has pleats in the back and belt loops where you can accessorize with metallic belt or a striking red or blue. Given the shape of the skirt, it would also look great with pants untucked and lying loosely over the waist.
For accessorizing, I like to add a scarf to it because it has the unique feature of having loops at the neck where the associates at YSL would wear their scarves tucked through. A brighter color or a bold print look amazing against the dark neutral background.
I would add gold accessories to make it more modern and more accessible. A gold chain and dangling earrings add a little bit something extra to the entire ensemble while still retaining the classic and elegant feel associated with the shirt.
When I need to be more formal, I pair the shirt with a black skirt or trousers and pair it with pearls and a more subdued scarf. The lends more elegance to the shirt while the sleeves and the cut are able to make it appear more couture.
Vintage finds are one of my favorite things. There are incredible clothes that were made by even more amazing designers a generation ago that are well worth the investment (as we have seen previously with my Chanel pants). When you find the perfect large bell sleeve YSL top, you just have to grab it and find a way to make it your own with accessories and what you pair with it. In this way, old is new again and an older piece made with exceptional craftsmanship has new life breathed into it.
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