I thought this little top, from p58 of "Pattern Magic 3" by Tomoko Nakamichi (seen first here), might be a versatile little thing from the very first, since I tried wearing it both frontwards and backwards and it looked equally OK both ways... And then I started playing around with it and found that it could literally be worn in six different ways, and I don't just mean jamming it randomly into six different outfits! although I did put together six different outfits too.... just because it is fun, y'know :)
At left; the top worn in its intended form as it appears in the pattern book, that is with the round neck and ties (or "bunches" as I think of them) at the front, and the V-neck at the back...... And at right I am wearing it back-to-front and with the V-neck at the front and the ties hanging down at the back. Oh, I know the details are covered up some in this picture but well I had to throw in just one slightly winter-y option into the mix! And really I'm just trying to show how the top is all-seasonal, layering with light cardis during the cooler months too... (if you want to see this "way" fully and without a scarf and cardi over the top it is shown better here)
Also, the bits that form the "bunches" can be taken out and folded down against the body, and then the top can be tucked into a high-waisted garment. This way it just looks like an ordinary little plain tank top. I dunno if it is just me but I do think the round-neck at the front (at left) is a tad more dressy while the V-neck looks more casual.
Lastly, those "bunch bits" can be left loose and free, and the top takes on even more different and interesting shapes. Again, I think the V-neck and the longer length at the front (on the right) is somehow a more casual look.
Interesting, huh? Who would have thought that one little top could work in so many ways?
Oh, what am I wearing today? I am wearing the fifth outfit; "all out" and with the round neck and shorter length at the front (just above, and on the left) I reckon it looks pretty funky like this too...
Which "way" do you like the best?