As I was driving home, I was trying to figure out why I didn't immediately buy this top. It came down to available colors and versatility. I already have two solid black tops and the lilac is nice but not a neutral and I am a bit afraid to get lighter colors for potential staining reasons. If this top came in coal, sidewalk, or silver I might have gotten it. As for versatility, my primary use for running luon tops is for layering for warmth. As far as exercise, I would wear the tops for walking or hiking but running luon is so warm and the climate here in SoCal is so mild I really prefer to have a top that I can zip down or unfasten at the neck to help regulate cooling. As for using the top as a base layer, the ruffles kind of ruin it since they make lumps under thinner jackets. I also would like the top to come up a little higher at the neck to help keep my neck warm. I would love to have a running luon version of the Run: Sport Henley from last fall, although the neck on that top was a bit too open and my neck and chest got chilled on windy walks.
Run: Sport Henley
Today wasn't a total loss, however, I ended up buying the black/heathered ash Cabin Long Sleeve tee. I know $68 is a lot for a cotton tee but I've paid similar amounts for long sleeve shirts by Lucky and Splendid. The Cabin is very thick, warm, comfortable, and curve hugging. It is pretty long - it went below my crotch and has the decorative stitching around the bottom hem. The neck is a crew neck but it is more open, not quite a boat neck but it might show your Flow Y straps if you want. I really like all the decorative stitching. To me it's what makes the whole shirt.
I also tried on the Dash Tank. If you are looking for a tank that you can wear with a full support bra and/or offers more coverage for chilly studios, this one is for you. I thought it looked really cute on and the contrast seams really helped highlight your curves. The ruffles in back are very cute and I love all the static colors that it comes in. I think I am going to get the new Happy Heat tank but I will also keep my eye on this one.