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A batwing top and how to wear it

Batwing

Written by fashion stylist Pippa Leenstra

Annabella sent me their batwing top to try and I am just loving it. The teal colour is such a lovely pop of colour for my otherwise fairly neutral winter wardrobe. The shape of this top is perfect for my pear-shape for the following reasons:

  • the batwing sleeve adds a bit of extra bulk to my top half, which balances out my bigger lower half
  • the boat neck style neckline balances out my wider hips

I often tell certain clients to be cautious of batwing tops as they can sometimes be overwhelming on a small frame, or add extra bulk to a large frame. However the batwing of this top is very subtle i.e. there isn’t masses of fabric in the batwing, so it will really work for any shape. I would totally enjoy this top if I wasn’t pregnant, as per this pic below.

When my belly gets a lot bigger I’ll probably need to wear a longer-length or maternity fitted top underneath to ensure full belly coverage, but that’s what makes it so versatile – I know I can wear this post pregnancy and I won’t look like I’m wearing my old maternity clothes.

This top is definitely an all-year-round kind of thing…long-sleeved top underneath for winter, cami underneath in summer. A good price-per-wear item to have in your wardrobe. I love that I can wear it off the shoulder.

It gives it a new look and if worn with a black cami as per above, I could also wear this in the evening and show off a bit of skin. Anything to make a pregnant chick feel more sexy is going to be a win! P.S Please excuse the protruding belly button, it has popped out so badly but there’s not much I can do about it, I try taping micropore over it to keep it ‘in’ but it doesn’t seem to work.

Pippa studied at the London College of Fashion, honing a natural gift for what looks good on other people – with the sensitivity to work with any body shape or form.

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