WIW: Mixed Neutrals

I'm learning lots with my minimal closet experiment.  But more on that in a separate post (when I have more than two minutes to write the post).

Here's two outfits inspired by this blog post.  I brought up cognac sandals and belt, and really love the way they look with my blue/white and black neutrals.

I'd have worn them with both outfits, but my feet absolutely refused to wear these sandals two days in a row.

#1 newly retrieved from basement 'thrift shop' gingham check with white boyfriend jeans - black belt and shoes.  I would have really liked the cognac with this, I think, and will wear it that way soon - on a day I don't have to spend on my feet.
#2 what I almost wore, but ended up with the gingham check, which was a less fussy top.

#3-4 Gray-blue top, black shorts, cognac belt and sandals, and dark silver earrings for four neutrals in an outfits.  I was told that I looked "in my twenties" in this one.  I think it was a compliment :)

Comments?  Suggestions for improvement?

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  • abc replied 8 years ago

    I can't pick a fave, they are all great.  Are you really on the phone in #2 or are you just posing?  Bc you look JUST like my nearly 3-yr-old when she gets my phone and starts pretending, haha (not meant as an insult at all, I think you know by now)

    And I would LOVE to get a comment about looking in my 20s!  Take that compliment all day long :D

  • Sara L. replied 8 years ago

    I like all three of these outfits.  I think you've really hit a groove with your style.  I agree that cognac would look good with #1, but I like it as is. Great cognac sandals.

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    I was really multitasking in #2 - I set the timer, and the phone rang, so I just answered it :)

  • Angie_T replied 8 years ago

    I love all of these outfits but #1 is my favorite.  Crisp and sharp!

  • Tanya replied 8 years ago

    All are great, but I are particularly like the last outfit. Those are awesome cognac sandals.

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Amy, you do look young - in this outfit or in others! :-)
    Love #1! It looks good with black belt and sandals but try it with cognac as well. As for the suggestions  - I would roll the jeans once more to get a more fitted fit on the leg and more flattering length with the flats.
    It is interesting that you think this knit top is fussier that your button down shirt...usually people think the opposite!

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Sveta - I think it's this particular knit top - it's drapey (which I love), but it makes it shift all over, fall off my shoulder and things like that.  I'm always pushing back or pulling forward the neckline, and it was just too high maintenance yesterday :)

  • Sveta replied 8 years ago

    Ah, one of those items which is "almost right"...maybe it should be a candidate for the next purge? :-) I also get annoyed with necklines which slip off my shoulders...

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Exactly Sveta - It went in the mending bin, to see if I can stabilize the neck with some clear elastic or something similar.  If not, it goes.  I have other, less fussy options.

    I find it humorous that as the forum is enjoying bumper crops of knits, I'm embracing wovens :)

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    These are so good!

    I'm curious as to the size of your closet now, and much 'shopping' you've been doing. My *thrift store* was all the way across town - Mum's Bargain Basement, hehe. And I tell you, yes. Yes, I got in the car and went all that way to get things.

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Thanks Rachy - I'm hoping to get a post in on the current state of my closet tonight :)

    The short answer though is that even adding this belt and shoes, I've worn less (I think) than 15 items for about 2.5 weeks now, and am quite happy with them :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 8 years ago

    I think these both work really well Amy. I particularly like the first outfit. The fluid fit of that checked shirt is fantastic.

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