Years ago my sister and I used to get a packet of chocolate Matchmakers each at Christmas in our stockings. One would be orange-flavoured and one mint. Today I can't actually remember which flavour chocolates I received, but I would always claim mine were the yummiest ones, and Jane would make the exact same claim about hers. What good's a luxury if it's not the best?
Fast forward a few decades. Last week Jane, (Loose Debra's Arbiter of Taste (self-appointed) of course), and I both bought tops from Whistles which we could easily wear bra-free. Classic black evening-wear tops, each with a Loose Debra twist. We were both treating ourselves and felt very proud of our Little Black Tops which would see us through the festive season and beyond.
Jane bought the Kelly Cut-Out Top
Karen bought the Tassel Jacket
Being idiots, no sooner had we walked out of the Changing Room when the age-old sibling argument started. "Mine's better than yours because...". And she went on and on and on. As per.
However, in a shock break from tradition, we decided not to act like 5 year olds on the high street, but rather to write up our arguments in the cool light of a short blog post. So, dear readers, as they say on those Saturday night contests where your favourite never wins....'You Decide', and 'May The Best Top Win'...
Jane thinks her top should win this competition because...
* its black and goes with anything
* I can wear it without a bra or pretend breasts (and it has a panel and exposed back to distract from the chest, and draw attention to my back)
*It's drawn in with a waist-band at the bottom, so leaving a roomy, looser main part
* it has endless possibilities matching with other clothes
* its washable
* so, so comfortable
* short sleeved but covers my knobbly shoulders and allows air flow to the armpits (v important)
* you can slip it on and off very easily
* it's just incredibly stylish, chic and elegant
Karen thinks her top should win the competition because...
* versatile - it's not a top it's actually a jacket but can be worn as a top
* unusual and attractive feather effect in the design
* although it's black the horizontal chevrons of alternate feathers make it a catch the light creating interest and texture
* it can be worn without a bra as it's not see-through and has lots of texture
* it can be worn back to front if you don't want the hooks at the front
* can be dressed down with jeans, and up with smarter trousers and heels
* it's comfy and washable
Here are each of the LBTs on (proper) models...
As you can see below, things got a little out of hand, just as they used to with our Matchmakers arguments. Funny how the relationship patterns established in childhood come back to life when you're with your siblings and old patterns repeat even though you're adults. Maybe you find that too? More importantly, who, in your humble opinion, has won this Battle of the Little Black Tops...
Karen Dobres, Chief Freedom Fighter