I went shopping.... online here at the style forum, and to a thrift store.
These items are now mine. But I'm not opposed to passing them on if they're not right for me, so I want your honesty :)
#1-2 First up, Eileen Fisher draped dress that Shannon wears so famously. I had never seen an Eileen Fisher item in real life, so when Susie offered them, I took the leap. They are indeed fabulous quality and feel!
Pros: beautifully made, fits properly, would replace two, maybe three, other black dresses in my wardrobe. And it's washable!
Cons: I had convinced myself to start steering clear of black since it's not my best color. Does lipstick and mascara counteract the black enough? Also, it shows my tummy pooch - do I look pregnant in it?
#3-4 Orange Eileen Fisher silk tee. The color made me wonder if I should buy it, but I decided to try it out. It's a very deep reddish orange. And while I love strong colors, I wonder if it's too strong, or too warm for me?
Pros: It's lovely, hand-washable, cool and swingy
Cons: It requires a cami, mitigating it's "cool" factor, and I'm not sure that I can pull off the color. What do you think?
#5 Red Eileen Fisher sweater. This is, I think, one of my best colors. And I like the sheer stripes. In the pic, I'm wearing a nude tank under it, but I think I'd wear a dark tank with it. Sorry for the mussed hair.
Pros: Love the color, and the sheer stripes
Cons: I already have two other sweaters in a very similar color (that I don't already have complaints about). I may need to pick a favorite and purge the other two.
#6-7 Purple Ann Taylor mixed-media top. Color is kinda in between #6 and #7. I think this is also a really good color for me.
Pros: Love the color and the fit. Will replace two light-weight sweaters in a similar color that are more body-con that my current preferences.
Cons: Can't think of any? It's polyester?
#8-9 Dark wash jean "shorts". I'm not sure whether to call these shorts or culottes. I've been watching for a pair that has no fading and is more relaxed than tight fitting. These, if they pass, will replace the shorts in #10 and the shorts in #11.
Pros: Dark wash, long length
Cons: High waist, do they fit properly? I lightened photos to try to show the detail better.