Transitional Black/white/grey pattern mixing

I was inspired by Aida's black/white/grey pattern and texture mixing, so tried something similar (well, as similar as I had in my closet anyway).  I ended up liking it pretty well.  Do you think it works?

I paired a black and white striped tube skirt with a marled grey swingy top. Topped it with the spiegel lemming black leather jacket (that I ended up wearing all day in the chilly A/C).  I had on a silver bracelet and brogues with ribbon ties shoes to make it more maximal.  But the color pallette kept it still almost minimal at the same time.

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WIW: summer patterns

Summer is ending, and even though it's still getting up to 90 degrees, the evenings and mornings are gloriously cool.

Here's a few late-summer outfits.  I realized that my summer style almost always involved a pattern this summer.  Stripes and tribal prints got the most play.  Here's some stripes (and a check and leopard print included for fun).

Soon I need to cull my wardrobe of the worn out items and make space for fall/winter clothing.  All comments - especially suggestions for improvement - are welcome.

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FFBO: Tunic and cropped pants

This is another summer favorite formula for me, and I loved it in these super-hero colors.

You can tell that I'm enjoying brights lately - especially with my short hair.  

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FFB Kimono and Denim

I finally found my camera cord, so can upload pictures.  I decided to just choose a few favorites to share :)

It surprises me to write it, but this ensemble has been a summer staple for me (maybe I'm embracing maximalism?)  It's fun to wear, and the kimono - jacket adds minimal warmth, making it hot-weather friendly.  

I'm watching for a replacement kimono-type thing, because this has been fun to wear, but is poor quality, and the hems are fraying.  I expect to have to toss it after another wear or two, maybe even before.

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WIW: big earrings

Our recent heatwave is over, and I was planning an outing to Costco and lunch, so I decided to dress so I wouldn't freeze.

It's a simple outfit, Old Navy black windopane top with faded skinny jeans and black birkenstocks.  I decided to finish it off with big earrings after reading this post, and I was happy with the result.

Still working on my daily style for my hair - in this version, I went to bed with it wet and under a stocking hat.  It almost worked, ha :)

As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are most welcome.  Thanks!

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WIW: A neckerchief and crops outfit fail

In an attempt at this formula, I paired a striped tee that I like, but don't wear all that often with rust crops and a rust/brown neckerchief.  In my head, it was terrific.

Then I took a picture.  Sigh.  First, the proportions are off:  The shirt is too short for the crops, the crops are too short to be crops (they're more capris?), and they're too tight too, and the neckerchief is kinda too big (and too hot) to wear with it.

So I wasn't thrilled with it.  But glad to have the truth of the picture nonetheless.  

The top goes fine with skirts.  I'm debating on keeping the pants - what do you think?  And I think the neckerchief trend is not a hot-weather trend for me.  Maybe next week when it should be cooler I'll try again.

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WIW - springtime weather

I'm coming off of a lot of traveling with my family, and a bit worn out.  But I have managed to photo two outfits lately. 

First, the maiden voyage of the EF harem pants, second a cobalt/white/black combo.

I was reasonably happy with both (moreso with the cobalt and white, I think, for figure flattery reasons).  

What are your suggestions for improvement?

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K/R EF Harem pants

I'm finally in town (after two weeks traveling, and before traveling next week too), so got a chance to try on the EF harem pants with a variety of tops and shoes.

Unfortunately, several of the pictures cut off my shoes :(   I'm going to show you them anyway, hoping that you can see enough to judge and I don't have to retake too many of them :)

My questions:
To winterize them,  I'd wear them with tights and boots, like in #14.  Does that work?

Where do they work and not work?  I think they're working best with hi-low hems and drapey tops, and not well with tops that leave a vertical line across my middle.  Am I right?

And I know you can't really see the shoes in the pictures, but I'm not a great judge of shoe combos - they all seem fine to me.  Are there ones that clearly work better or worse?

Do you think these work with a wide-enough variety of tops to warrant keeping them?  

Do these set me in a good direction with my fashion?

My apologies for hair that got crazier and crazier in the wind and changing of tops....

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WIW: Cropped Pants

In keeping the spirit of today's ensemble, I tried out my black cropped pants, with a hi-low hem top.

I have a few questions:

  • Are these pants the right length?  I fear they may be too short for the look? (just measured: they're exactly four inches above the top of my ankle bone)
  • Are the shoes ankle-accentuating enough?  I'm watching for the right pair of black sandals (a bit more dressy than my birkenstocks).  Haven't found them yet.
  • Does the outfit work?
  • New "hibiscus" Burts Bees chap stick - does the color work?

Next haircut in a week, though I did adjust my headband after this picture, so that my hair is less "square".
 

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WIW: Lightening and brightening

The combination of spring weather (lots of storms) and new hair is making me want to lighten and brighten up my outfits.

Here's what I've worn since the haircut :)

#1 for housework - I like the orange of the top with my hair though.
#2 out with my husband, hair back in a headband, which he liked
#3 casual working from home.

The hair still shocks me in the mirror, but it requires no styling, which I love.  I can look like I meant to do this, rather than just rolled out of bed - even when that's exactly what I did.

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