WIW: Silhouette challenge week 1

I originally didn't think I'd join Una's silhouette challenge, because I couldn't come up with anything other than sweaters with slim jeans (not quite skinny) that I wear.

But I decided to try it, just to see.

And it pushed me, but in a good way.  I needed this workout.  

But in the end, I came up with more than 5 silhouettes, and am happy wearing most of them.  (You might have to teach me how to wear a dress in winter).

Here they are (with apologies for terrible pictures):

#1 Statement pants (cobalt corduroys) with slouchy sweater.  Sweater is probably about to get purged - it's pilling.  And I'm on the fence about these cobalt corduroys... not sure they have a place in my wardrobe either.
#2 dress with a cardi and tights.  I changed to moto boots before going out, but that pic didn't turn out.  This felt off to me - too juvenile, too chilly, and just weird.  What do I need to do to fix it?  
#3 sweater over shirt, with slim brown corduroys - I liked the idea of a brown/black mix, but in the pic, I think it's too dark.
#4 same sweater as #3, but under a vest, wish faded black slim jeans.
#5 white slim jeans with navy sweater (not quite as slouchy as #1, and pardon the peek of my undershirt covering my black belt).  

I can think of at least a few more silhouettes (I have some bootcut jeans and some wide-legged trousers that I haven't worn yet, and I may try some skirts too), and the only one here that I think really didn't work was #2.  Are these all different enough to be considered different silhouettes?

What should I do to improve them?

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10 Comments

  • Nebraskim replied 3 years ago

    You have great legs. Keep the cobalt pants. What if you tried a belt with the blue striped dress? It would add a bit more structure and the I think it will look better with the cardi.

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    Great response to the challenge! I like the cobalt pants; in fact that's my favorite outfit. The dress is nice, how about wearing it with a cropped sweater? 

  • Aubergine replied 3 years ago

    I agree to keep the cobalt pants! Fun color and they look like a good fit. Could also see them looking cute with the top and sweater in #3.

    Really like the dress outfit, especially when I imagine it with the moto boots. Don't see juvenile or weird at all, although I guess chilly can't be helped. Maybe a black scarf could fill up the neckline to add some warmth without looking too busy?

  • missvee replied 3 years ago

    I love the cobalt pants too. They're a great shape for you and the fit looks perfect. Maybe you just need to try them with a top that is less high contrast than the white sweater. That way the colour would blend rather than pop.
    I like the dress outfit too but if it doesn't feel right then perhaps its not a good winter option. A couple of random suggestions - add a long silver pendant for a bit of sparkle and light, try a pullover either under or over it.

  • Dee replied 3 years ago

    My favorites are the cobalt pants and the plaid vest. For the dress, I agree with Karie to try it with a cropped cardi. It would change the proportions. A moto jacket would also be a good bet and would look great with the boots.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    I really like the cobalt pants outfit, too! The light and bright seem to lighten and brighten you and highlight your pretty features!  But I also know that darks are super hard to photograph so we might not be getting the full story. 

    I think the proportions of the dress outfit are a bit off and the fit of the dress itself is a bit iffy. A shorter jacket would help (as opposed to the cardigan) but I think the tights, the stripes, and all of that combine for the "juvenile" effect you do not love. 

    This was a great challenge! I look forward to seeing what you do next week!

  • catgirl replied 3 years ago

    YES! These are fab and you make the sweater over button down look easy! Love the dress too. Don't you feel like you are flexing some fashion muscle? :)

    Same questions again: do you feel like it was hard to do this or a piece of cake? Any no brainers or rough days or faves? Unexpected moments?

  • kkards replied 3 years ago

    Great job stepping up to the challenge. My favs are the last 2 outfits. I really like the blue pants, and would definitely keep. I wonder if what is bothering you about the dress is the length. I find that with dresses/ skirts that have volume, I want more length to help balance the volume.

  • jackiec replied 3 years ago

    Way to accept the challenge! I need to try this too. I actually quite like the striped dress in this winterized version. I actually prefer it like this to the summer version. I like the cobalt pants too - keep. I agree, you are a pro at the shirt under sweater look. Well done :)

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    Una - the hardest part was getting started.  Once I got past the dress, I was surprised at how many silhouettes I do indeed have - come Friday, I had three silhouettes in mind to choose from.  That, to me, was the biggest surprise.

    #3 (the shirt under sweater), is what will become my winter FFBO, I think.  It is an easy look for me - thanks to looser fits.  That outfit felt like a piece of cake. 

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