Fashion designers love to come up with a new take on an old or current theme. The latest variation is – ‘Spliced Tops’.
Spliced tops are the new name for colour-blocking with a slight difference.
What makes these different from past fashions
Spliced tops have many variations. Some are using the term to relate to colour blocking with complementary materials as the contrast sleeves and neckline. Some are using the term to relate to a single colour with added pieces in the same colour or a different texture. These added pieces are often at the hem or in the sleeves. Sometimes these pieces fall free like a layered top. Most of them have drop-back hems (ie shorter lengths at the front than the back). Some have curved hems. Some have straight hems.
What to be wary of with Spliced Tops
Before you buy one of these tops you need to check the length. If you are short or tall, you know this. Some websites give the length in the description and some don’t. Then you need to check their Returns Policy.
Below are some examples of this trend
This first style in the graphic above is a Cross Front Pleat Top from Witchery for $129.95. It has matt white diagonal pieces front and back to create a V shape at the waist. Underneath is a loosely pleated black piece for contrast. The design is repeated at the back (see above). It is a drop-back top with the back slightly lower than the front.
My second example from Witchery is a marshmallow Spliced Underlay Knit in cashmere, cotton, nylon & viscose for $99.95. It has a straight knit band with a lower curved layer in different material. The back has the knit ending up high like a bolero with a wide-pleated, contrasting material piece underneath. The sleeves have a contrasting horizontal striped texture from the elbow to the wrist for extra interest.
There are quite a few design variations that are different textures of the same colour. This pink Spliced Layer Tank is only available now in XXS for the sale price of $34.95. The boxy fit features a contrast woven fabrication with fold panels at the waist and hip on the front and back.
Witchery has quite a number of these tops in both plain colours and stripe designs. Tops often look unappealing on a website. Roll your mouse, cursor or finger over the top to see it on a model.
Witchery good = they give the lengths of the top. Witchery bad = The descriptions are often very basic.
This is a Capture Mesh Spliced Tunic with a a crinkle finish for $45.00. It also comes in a Plus size named ‘Capture Woman Mesh Spliced Tunic’ for $39.00. It is a sleeveless tunic in a pattern with contrasting black vertical pieces overlayed from the shoulder. There is a black piece front and back added to the hem.
It has very good reviews. It is versatile as women have bought their size for summer or a larger size to go over winter woollies. It would look great in autumn over the black crinkle top in the picture on the right or a coloured long-sleeve top.
This Capture Spliced Tunic from Ezibuy at $39.00 is more of a traditional colour-blocked top with its three colours in the front. The curved shaping of the colour pieces creates a very slimming look. The back is plain red with black sleeves. The red colour of the back is a truer representation of the colour than the front picture.
This tunic has excellent reviews. Some of the shorter reviewers are wearing it as a dress rather than a tunic.
If any appeal to you, go check them out.
http://www.witchery.com.au , + search ‘spliced tops’
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