WIW 08.20 [something different - all black (insp by SarahTheWhite)]

Those of you who've been here a while (and probably even those who haven't) know that I generally don't enjoy wearing black. And rarer still will I wear all black. However when I saw SarahTheWhite's lovely faux jumpsuit outfit yesterday, I felt compelled to try something similar! Of course, not having a lot of black items made this more difficult than I'd expected. I tried this with all of my black tops ("all" *cough* four of them) and only this one had the right the vibe, although my black PJs tee worked pretty well too ;)

There are several reasons this outfit feels great for me, even though I'm wearing so much black:

- First off, LOTS of skin. Between the deep v-neck, exposed forearms, exposed calves, and low vamp shoes I feel like I've got more than enough lightness to counter the heavy feeling I get when I wear black.

- Secondly, not wearing black shoes. The addition of the snakeskin and tan also help lighten the look, plus the tan adds just a touch of extra color interest. I think I'd also like the look with my dalmatian ankle flats as well.

- And the third is two fold: a mix of very soft (fabrications, hair) and glam (sequins, deep red lipstick, double-coated mascara) keeps this feeling like me. I had originally thought I'd put my hair up, and if I'd done that I'd have sported a soft pink lipstick instead of the deep red; that hair adds glam and lipstick adds soft, so the balance is kept.

Yes black works well for me (both in color and style), and yes I'll don it here and there but it's soooo much more work to make it feel right. This one totally hits the spot, so thanks for the wonderful inspiration SarahTheWhite! And for fun, a copycat tree pose as well ^^

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WIW 08.19 [going for gold, AKA more is more]

Sometimes a gal just needs something extra dramatic! Peplum+flowy high-low skirt? Check. Statement earrings+statment necklace? Check. Midi skirt+ankle strap pumps? Check. Sequins just for fun? Check!

This outfit started with the skirt and the thought that perhaps a peplum would work with it. I'm not sure how I feel about the combo, but I think it at least looks alright. This particular peplum top was one I had to purchase for a wedding outfit last spring, and it's not "my perfect peplum" if you know what I mean -- I'd rather it be lace instead of plain stretch ponte, and cream instead of white -- so it rarely gets worn. One thing I do like about it, though, is that the waist seam is ~1" below my natural waist; since I'm short waisted and IT, I feel like that helps balance out my torso proportions a bit (if I'm highlighting my waist, it's almost always a point a little lower than my natural waist).

Kept with the yellow theme and accessorized with gold and lots of it: giant hoop earrings, cream/gold droplet necklace, and sequined clutch. Plus a few slightly-off-from-yellow things: rose gold watch, peachy sunnies, and soft orange lip gloss. I chose my gray suede pumps to add some extra color interest (it picks up a bit on the lavender in the skirt), and left my hair down for extra drama and contrast.

Have to say that even though it's a bit much, I really did enjoy the hoop/necklace combo ^^

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WIW backlog - BF jeans

Been working on my backlogged outfits from the past two months, finally ready to post some! I normally go week-to-week, but this time I thought it'd be fun to link back to some of Angie's blog posts. It has been interesting looking at my outfits as variations on a theme, since week-to-week and day-to-day they vary quite a bit. So! Here are a few recent outfits I've worn featuring various BF jeans. Clearly the semi-tuck reigns supreme.

#2/3, 06.25 (work). This blush linen baseball tee and destructed ultra-faded BF jeans are extra slouchy and slubby together, so all of my usual structural points: exposed skin (neck, arms, feet), refined pumps, and semi-tucked with a belt. I think this would've been a bit more urban feeling with my hair up but I was in a soft mood so I left it down. After wearing that crossbody bag a day or two, I re-realized that I don't like shoulder/xbody bags (after buying two, bah) and have since shortened the strap and relegated it to hand/clutch mode only.

#4/5, 07.07 (work). If this outfit looks familiar, that's because I loved it so much I wore it again just 10 days later to meet Shevia ^^ This version is more casual with the sandals (thanks Mo!), and glam in a different way with the giant crystal earrings and pomp-pony. All kinds of metals mixed in here: silver, rose gold, bronze -- the only thing missing is plain ol' gold ;)

#6/7, 07.22 (work). I had noticed that I was working my new purchases much more heavily than other things in my wardrobe, so for this outfit I pulled all older pieces except for the shoes and clutch. This base is a combo that I have worn several times, and it's always a favorite. Mixed textures (silk, large knit, denim, leather, sequins) and mixed critters (zebra, snake); I almost wore peacock earrings to add an additional critter but at the last minute swapped ^^ Changed things up by donning a plum lippie instead of my more usual summer go-tos (pink, orange, or red).

#8/9, 08.08 (work). Another outfit working older favorites, this time except shoes and belt. Was in a more boho mood so left the hair extra soft and curly, and popped on my longest earrings ^^ Last year I wore my white pumps with this outfit, this year I am enjoying the additional color and texture depth these gray suede pumps add (plus there's still plenty of white with the belt and clutch). One of these days I'll try something else, but for now I'm still happy with my usual lip color when I wear this violet sweater: orange. At least this day I went bright (bordering neon, even if it doesn't really show in the photos), versus the softer shade I'd usually wear.

#10/11, 08.17 (weekend). I had expected that both this linen sweater and these faded BF jeans would get a lot of wear this summer, but we've had such a wonderfully warm summer that neither have come out much at all! Can't complain too much about that ;) I definitely skew gold with my metals, but for this day I went (nearly) all silver with the belt, earrings, and shoes. Since the outfit is a bit grungy I chose soft hair and a light pink tinted lip balm.

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WIW 08.12 [big volume culottes]

After reading Angie's post this morning and realizing that I wear all of those not-yet-mainstream trends, I couldn't decide which of them I should wear today... then decided to go with a fringier one, culottes, and style them in an also fringier way, volume-on-volume.

I'm sure it's no surprise to many of you here that I LOVE culottes! I've been waiting and waiting for them to filter down, and this season there are finally some good non high end options that appeal to me (low rise, wide hem opening). I'm hoping to add a winter weight pair this fall, too. Super excited to finally be able to sport a silhouette I've been after for several years. We've got a brief period of cooler weather this week, so I thought this would be the perfect time to debut a pair that I bought recently at one of the Seattle meetups (we'll have plenty of cool weather coming soon, so I've been taking advantage of short-shorts weather while it's here!). Lots of ideas are swirling in my head, but for a muggy and warm day like today, pairing with oversized linen was the way to go.

So. This is a very voluminous and slouchy look (even more than comes across in the photos), probably further unhelped by the fact that I didn't iron these culottes before wearing, oops! Will sort that out for next wear. It's also not classically flattering proportionally, although the culottes length is perfect. That all said I feel perfectly happy and at-home in this: the fabrics all feel divine, I love the swooshy feeling from all the softness, and of course the big 70s appeal. As far as structure there's more than enough for my own comfort level -- bare skin (arms, legs, neckline), semi-tuck, and refined pumps. I could add an additional structure element by putting my hair up, but I was going for soft so down it is. Very simple accessorizing today, oversized white hoops and rose gold watch with better-than-nude peachy lip color.

Ridiculously high happiness factor with this one, though I know it won't be to everyone's taste :D Available items collected below. Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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WIW for various YLF meetups

Over the last month I was lucky enough to be part of four different YLF meetups! Trying to settle on an outfit for one is hard enough, especially if shopping is in order; I like to dress much more simply for shopping, hair down, and always with pants -- all of which limit how clever an outfit can be -- and of course, there will be lots of walking. This used to be a tall order for me but, between having been to several meetups so I know what to expect and working hard to convert the bulk of my shoes to walking shoes over the past two years, I was happy with all of the outfits I came up with. And I was so thrilled to be able to meet so many forum members :D

#2/3, 06.28 [other posts: 1 | 2 | 3]
Seattle Meetup (brunch + shopping downtown)
Considerations: Shopping, lots of (fast paced) walking, possibility of rain.
This outfit started with the shoes (good for walking) and jeans (a requirement for clothes shopping). Chose the breezy linen baseball tee because it would help keep me cool while I dashed around the shops. Semi-tucked with a white perforated belt to play up the sporty vibe, and accessorized with lots of gold (earrings, rings, clutch) and cherry pink lip gloss.

#4/5, 07.16 [other posts: 1 | 2]
Hanging out with Diana, then dinner with Anna and Jenava
Considerations: Lots of walking, spending time outside on a very hot day.
The temperature was the primary driving force behind this. Initially I had an outfit planned similar to this one, but changed my mind that morning and instead went with a hybrid of these two [1 | 2] outfits. And we did end up spending nearly the entire day outside so I was sooooo glad to have gone with loose, breezy, and lots of skin! Without any shopping planned, I put my hair up and did the front extra big especially for Anna ^^ Better-than-nude lip balm so that I wouldn't have to worry about reapplying often.

#6/7, 07.18 [other posts: 1]
Meeting Shevia (coffee + Pike Place/waterfront stroll)
Considerations: Moderate amount of walking.
Jaime and I hadn't finalized our plans and would only have a couple hours, so I decided to wear something slouchy and texture rich in honor of her fabulous style -- a breezy open-weave sweater and linen pants for slouch, and silver belt and shoes for structure. It was a delight to see her walk into the coffee shop where we met donning the same shoes! Styled my hair extra soft and curly, and accessorized with mixed metals (gold earrings, silver fox ring, rose gold watch) along with a swipe of sheer red lip color to keep the whole look from being too sandy.

#8, 07.19 [other posts: 1 | 2]
Seattle Mini-Meetup (breakfast + shopping downtown)
Considerations: Shopping, lots of (fast paced) walking.
I wasn't feeling my best this day, but a cute outfit can sure help. So can giant gold hoops ^^ This one was actually a lot more unstructured feeling than I expected, and it took me a while to adjust to the feeling; I think it's the pants, after wearing them a few more times since then. It ended up being a bit too warm for the day, and I'm sure I surprised some of the gals by wearing flats ;)

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WIW 08.01 [triangles in the sand]

I had triangles in my head after Rabbit's threat yesterday on triangle print clothes, so this morning I pulled out one of my favorite triangle things, an apple-green triangle print tee. I love the cheerfulness of apple green but never feel quite right in it, so for the most part I have to enjoy it on others. However the huge amount of white in this top makes it possible for me wear :D It doesn't really show in the photos, but where the big white gap is in the center there are actually verrryyy faint blush and light blue triangles to continue the pattern.

A little less warm today so I opted to pair the top with white perforated flats and sand slouchy linen pants. I've been wearing these pants exclusively with the hems rolled BF style, but today I wasn't feeling the look so I left them unrolled. The longer leg line felt better with the boxy top, and no roll also makes for a slouchier more casual vibe with the hem break and especially with flats. Speaking of, the flats have little diamond shaped perforations which also plays into the triangle theme.

Hair up in the pomp-pony to play into the 80s vibe, long gold earrings for an extra bit of lengthening reinforcement, and matte candy pink lipstick to go with the yummy apple green. Chose my round sunnies to counter (or complete, depending on the math) the triangles, and my taupe clutch to add a little depth to the sandy color of the pants. I wouldn't say it's the most flattering look ever, but there's enough structure, color and texture interest, and overall lightness to make me happy.

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WIW 07.31 [summer white and brown (and gray) ensemble]

Hope you're all interested in another summer white and brown ensemble ;) This is color combo (white+cognac) that I used to wear often in spring/summer, but I haven't been wearing much this season; I'd been planning to pull it back out for fall/winter, so this was a fun little test drive.

The combo with cognac as the brown and a little gray added in is a personal favorite, so I went that route: white with sheer stripes sweater (NAS), gray slouchy cotton long cargo shorts, cognac woven belt, and cognac heeled oxfords. I hadn't been wearing these shoes in spring/summer because they rub, but after discovering the magic of Body Glide I thought I'd give them another go. Unfortunately it's still not quite enough help so I'll probably go back to keeping these for fall/winter with hosiery, which is too bad because I much prefer how they look on bare legs. Accessorized on the glam side, with giant crystal earrings and a rich red-orange lipstick I usually reserve for fall/winter because it just works so well with the cognac (it's not nearly as neon as the photo shows though, had some color saturation issues today). Hair up to minimize the darkness, and stripy clutch to pick up a bit on my hair and also the sweater's sheer stripes.

I'm pleased with how non-earthy I was able to make this color combo, thanks for the inspiration as always Angie! Now I'm definitely feeling it for fall/winter.

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WIW 07.30 [pajama-esque]

Another wonderfully warm day! I started with the lightweight cotton pants, and since my work has no AC wanted a sleeveless breezy top. I don't have many options there, as sleeveless is rarely useful in my mild summers, but I have been looking to update my existing more fitted sleeveless tops with looser ones. This borderline semi-sheer, light blue tank makes me extra happy to wear because I bought it last month during the Seattle meetup.

While getting dressed, still sans tuck and sans shoes, my husband walked by and said I looked like I was wearing pajamas (I had noticed it too). I actually hadn't put together that this tank was a nod to the pajama trend until this morning -- due to the silky fabric, cut, and piping... even the pastel color probably contributes. I'd been thinking of the pants as more resort, but I can see the PJ connection. The pairing of the two pieces certainly has a pajama vibe but of course not nearly as strong as the silky matching sets that were fringing; I wouldn't say no to one of those tops, but the right one has yet to come along.

I debated with myself about The Look, ultimately decided I liked the vibe but it felt just a bit too sloppy untucked so I semi-tucked the front for a little structure and added heels to dress it up just a little. Accessorized with some graphic stripe action (earrings, clutch) and a swipe of light pink lipstick. Quite happy with the resulting nod-to-pajamas look, and it's perfectly comfy and breezy today.

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WIW 07.29 [refreshing a favorite formula]

Today I dusted off a favorite summer formula I haven't been sporting much: summer sweater + baggy short shorts + short boots. Though it usually manifests strongly in the summer, I've been toying with the idea of adding a little more boho flair to my fall/winter wardrobe (we'll see). For the most part that side of my style has taken more of a back seat this year, but it's still there and I still like it; my curls always add a boho touch, and many days that's been the extent of it. This formula tends to skew boho by default since nearly all of the boots that I wear in summer fall into that category, and perhaps that's why I haven't been wearing it much this season -- been really into my pointy and ankle-strap footwear! For today, I am enjoying a refreshed older staple look: the shorts and boots are from previous years but the formula feels perfectly updated with a very current, very oversized sweater. (The rose gold booties I've been considering would be another fun way to refresh this.)

Without the semi-tuck the open-weave knit of this sweater causes some grinning; since it's low contrast against my skin and not that open a weave, I skipped layering a tank underneath which gives a much smoother look. In the sunlight you catch a glimpse of my outline beneath, a very subtle effect which I quite like. Plus it helps keep it as breezy as it can be (the linen content helps otherwise). Accessorized with warm tones -- gold filigree earrings, tan and neon orange clutch -- and a swipe of soft pink lipstick. I really like how the final mix is both soft and graphic. Definitely falls into my royal realm of Modern 70s With A Touch Of 80s, which makes me feel happiest. A bucketload of sun doesn't hurt, either :D

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WIW 07.24 [fuzzy sequined fun for a gloomy day]

After wearing a white-out look for a seriously rainy day, for the second straight day of gloom and rain I decided to go with the fun: color, fuzz, sequins, and pompadour-ponytail! (Happy to report that summer has since returned.) I spent the day out shopping with and for my sis, and purposefully chose to wear something complicated to take off so I would be less inclined to try stuff on -- between the booties, BF jeans, crew neck and updo it was definitely difficult, but of course I still managed to find some things for myself ;)

This cropped-over-long silhouette is something I've been eying a good while (Rae does it particularly inspiringly: 1|2|3|4) so I decided to make the most of the cool day to try it out now that I have two cropped sweaters that it'll work with (I have a second that I got at NAS). This bright and fuzzy sweater came home with me a little while back, intended for fall/winter/spring + cool summer days. But after wearing it for the first time I think I'll have to reduce that to fall/winter and only the coolest days in early spring as it's ridiculously warm! It elicited several comments which was amusing (every SA in BP at Nordies, so hmmm.. too young?). The very high crew neck isn't the most flattering on me but the fun factor totally earns it a place in my wardrobe, and I look forward its cheerfulness when it's extra grizzly this winter. Plus it's super cuddly, and that's always nice ^^ 

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