WIW 01.18-22

After the previous week's neutral heavy looks, last week I was in the mood for more color. While I was quite happy with all of these, the last three outfits had a significantly higher happiness factor -- am mulling over what that means exactly! Please pardon the extra inconsistent/incorrect lighting due to the volatile weather; bonus toothy grins to make up for it ^^

#2 Monday 01.18. A simple tonal look: aqua, faded blue, and gray. Charcoal coat and silver holo clutch to pick up on the tonality, and plum gloss for a little wintery darkness. Hair is sooooo overdue for a cut; couldn't control the flopiness so I just left it!
  Newer: jeans, sunnies
  Older: sweater, boots, earrings, coat, clutch

#3 Tuesday 01.19. Long-line white out, without single matching shade ^^ Burgundy moto coat for a totally opposite outerwear darkness (balanced by the boots' black bits) and finished with candy pink lipstick.
  Newer: blazer, sunnies
  Older: sweater, jeans, boots, necklace, coat, clutch

#4 Wednesday 01.20. A colorful black+cognac outfit because, well, you know me. Really liking the cognac accents with this sheer floral blouse and am curious to also try with white bottoms. After not buttoning all-the-way-up in a while it felt fresh to do so again. Orangey lip balm and no jewelry, just because, with a few more prints in the outerwear.
  Newer: pants, scarf, earrings, sunnies
  Older: sweater, boots, coat, clutch

#5 Thursday 01.21. Fun print mix for a VERY soggy day, coupled with a fuzzy leo hat and faux side-swept asymmetrical hair. I have yet to hem these jeans to kick-crop length but decided to wear them just the same along with my silver glitter jelly boots, and added some bright red lipstick for that little extra girly/glam touch. I hadn't really considered this print mix as much of anything, but got several comments on "how crazy" "all of the" patterns were (do picture me doing overexaggerated air quotes). I think I'm getting immune ;)
  Newer: jeans, hat
  Older: blouse, vest, boots, coat, clutch

#6 Friday 01.22. A few days earlier Angie mentioned the "Poppy, Rust & White" color combo which I just love and I've got loads of options for this color combo once the weather warms up. Here's a sort-of-wintery version for a surprisingly warm day. This jacket leans a bit more watermelon (though way less than the photos show!) and, while I know it won't be everyone's cuppa, I find the rust pairing deliciously clashing both in hue and in saturation. Finished with more red (lips) and orange (sunnies, booties).
  Newer: sweater, earrings, sunnies
  Older: jeans, blazer, booties, clutch

#7. Detail photos. Going light on the earrings for a bit, apparently my ears need a little break.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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  • Helena replied 7 years ago

    Stunning, and I love how you can pull off such a variety of looks with ease.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    I have to run Aida, and will chime in again later to gush about your unending fabness - but had to quickly say that your HAIR AND HAT in #5 just launched me into ORBIT! Sooo late '60s and early '70s. Killer to the Power of Killer. WOW. 

    Sam sends tail wags. 

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Thank you Torontogirl! Some days I feel like I'm really honing in on something less eclectic... and then I see the full week and it just never seems so ;)

    Angie, thanks! I loooved how the hair and hat turned out that day. It was a happy accident; that evening I made sure to figure out how to do it on purpose. If tomorrow is as rainy as they're saying it will be, going to pop it on again! Chin scratchies to Sam ^^

  • Maneera replied 7 years ago

    You look fab, Aida. You continue to look stunning despite the dreary weather!

    #5 has got to be the most awesome outfit ever! I love it, and #6 too. Great variety here....and you look equally amazing in all of them.

  • Jaime replied 7 years ago

    Oh I had the same reaction as Angie and Manny to #5 - I jumped right down here before reading and examining in detail. Who are you channeling? It will come to me. 
    My second favorite is the all red one. Going up for another look!

    ETA - I notice in the outfit collage, your beautiful smile is most apparent in #5. I love the tonal blues on you in the first one, and the flowery blouse in #4. I wonder if it is the different proportions in #5 or the beret that makes you look so Italian movie star. 

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous outfits and such variety. 5 is amazing and fun, but I have to give a shout out for the white out in 3.

  • Cococat replied 7 years ago

    I always look forward to your WIWs Aida. You look so fab!

    The red jacket over longer sweater look with your hair back is my favourite, but I like all of your other looks too.

  • replied 7 years ago

    So many awesome looks! Where to begin?

     I always have a soft spot for the coat in #2 as I remember you buying it when I came to Seattle. The black and white looks great over the pastel blue tones.

    #3 is sooo fab! It love the 'tux' vibe of the long blazer and the moto is a scrummy colour. It almost looks like your necklace is part of the sweater neckline as it follows the shape so well.

    What lovely colour and pattern mixing in #4!

    #5...I may just have to eat you up..such a fab adorable look...chomp, chomp!

    #6 is so vibrant and rich. Your attention to detail with lippy and sunnies is great and you've got lovely proportions with the layering of jacket and knit. I bet you made people smile as you brightened up a winters day :)

  • olga replied 7 years ago

    great outfits, i mostly lake the last two, great looks!

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Sweet sister, you are rockin' that outfit in #5! All of these outfits are fabulous of course (I wouldn't expect any less from you), but #5 is quite possibly my favorite outfit of yours EVER. 

  • UmmLila replied 7 years ago

    All are great, but I especially love the tonal red, white and animal booties!

  • carter replied 7 years ago

    Just stunning! I love #1 and #5. I don't know how you manage such total fabness week after week after week!

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    #5 and #6 WOW Aida - those are incredible outfits on you!!!

  • Roxanna replied 7 years ago

    Chiming in to say I also love your hair and hat - I might try that with my curls! Also I love the unconventional watermelon/rust combo, and also the long top with the short jacket - I wouldn't have thought of it but it works great. Love your WIWs!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Well, Aida. Today is SOOOO rainy. You can do your ridiculously cute hat trick again! 

    The shorts outfit is my next Killer fave. Our H&M blouse will look fun with the shorts too. LOVE THE PLAID JACKET. You are so utterly adorable, I could eat you up. 

    *chomp, chomp, chomp*

  • Laurie replied 7 years ago

    Ada, jumping on the #5 bandwagon, especially with the coat.  I'm not a pattern mixer so I like it better toned down a little with the coat on.  but oh my gosh - so great!

    Beautiful blouse in #4.

  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago

    Love them all Aida, so much fabness here, including hat &hair in nr.5. Love your wide assortment of  chelsea boots-they really do many many favors to your outfits!

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    OMG you look amazing in #5!  I love everything - the pattern mixing, the hair, the hat, the clutch...

    I also love #4.  I think of the shorts over tights as one of your signature looks and you always do it so well.  It's really great with the new orange coat too.

  • El Cee replied 7 years ago

    Such great outfits -- all of them. You look especially stunning in #5!

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    I don't even know where to start.  The shorts outfit is so wonderful - why didn't I buy that floral shirt?!  I love the red turtleneck and jacket.  How do you look so non-bulky in this kind of layering?  All of these just hit it out of the ball park.

    Questions on the jeans and silver boots - would you consider the jeans a cropped or an ankle length?  This is the length that cropped flares and straights are hitting on me, and I think we're about the same inseam. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Una, those are ankle length jeans on Aida - not quite cropped like we are speaking about in today's blog post. I have the same jeans - see below - which are at least 2 inches shorter on me. I suspect that at 5ft-ish, you will need to hack straight crops to get the desired length. 

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Angie, that's what I suspected... I think hacking will be in order.  Now I need to find a hack-worthy pair!  Thanks for the clarification. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Any time, Una. Always happy to help. 

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Thanks so much, ladies! I appreciate all of the comments. Fun to hear lots of love for #5, it hit all the right notes for me too.

    Jaime, who am I channeling? I felt like I was channeling you and Angie actually! I'll take Italian movie star too, how fun is that :D

    Diane, thank you extra for the insightful and detailed comment. The creamy tux blazer was a HEWI, though I am still a bit off jackets for now. There's nothing quite like wearing something bright on a dreary winter day, too!

    Roxanna, I bet you could do the cute hat quite well. *looks around and whispers* It's actually the curls from the back pretending to be "bangs", pushed up over my actual "bangs" ^^

    Angie, YES the rust will be fun with the shorts. I'll try that next week sometime, probably with hair up as I'm liking it best up with that blouse. Hat trick on again today, though I couldn't manage to make it quite as girly cute -- It's a little more boyish today.

    Diana, hee shorts are probably my favorite type of bottoms to wear, no matter the season. I really should look into getting another winter weight pair!

    Una, I was surprised you didn't get the floral shirt way back when ;) As for the layering, the trick to not being bulky is that the pieces themselves are quite streamlined: the sweater is sleeveless and about as fine as a chunky knit can be, and the jacket is very light (it's actually the red H&M from that same LA trip, you have/had the citron). Angie's right on the jeans length; these are ankle length on me and need to be taken up 2-3" for correct cropped flare length. I haven't had a chance to get them hemmed yet so I'm just wearing as ankle length until I do. Your inseam is an inch longer than mine so you may need a little less hemming but still necessary unless it's a really good petite length. I'd guess about 2" is what you'd need.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    You look totally fantastic Aida.  I love the hat, the shorts, the colours & your hair :)

  • Brooklyn replied 7 years ago

    I really love no 5! The mix of the graphic prints, bag and super cute hat. The shorts outfit is a close second :)

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Thank you Caro and Brooklyn :D

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Well that's good to know - it probably means they won't work as ankle pants on me though!  I forgot the sweater was sleeveless.  Makes more sense now.  You look so sleek!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Una, some might work as ankle length for you actually. This particular pair of jeans needs to go up 2", but I've got another pair awaiting hemming which needs to go up 3" and one petite pair that's perfect as-is. Just depends on what you find. I've been wearing ankle pants at this length for a few years already, but I'm fond of the awkward/nerdy vibe so the shortening doesn't bother me... though the more conventionally correct ankle length would be a bit shorter than these. With your longer inseam that might work to your advantage!

  • replied 7 years ago

    Such a visual treat - your photo layouts.  I like everything I see here, and have yet to see you dress unflatteringly (is that a word?) despite mixing up prints and layering things the way you do.  It takes a good eye, and you sure have it.

    The shorts outfit  is fantastic, because I am obsessed with those cognac boots. I wouldn't wear any of those pieces, but I can still be obsessed with them, can't I?  And my favourite is the tonal red /BR cowl outfit.  Again, I am equally obsessed with those boots.  You're the bomb.

    p.s. I'd have a heart attack looking at your closet with all of the different looks, lengths, colours, prints , textures etc.  I don't know how you do it. Again with the bomb thing :)

  • replied 7 years ago

    Hello Aida,
    My favorite is the red/pink combo! Yikes, its just crazy vibrant, I love it.

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Thank you Lisa! I feel you on being really into pieces, even if it's something I wouldn't necessarily wear. Part of what's fun about the forum: I can happily live vicariously through others' styles that aren't part of my own. Hah about the closet -- some days it gives me a little bit of apoplexy too ;) I didn't always have quite as much hem/length variation, so recently I reorganized my closet by hem length (previously by color) which has been a big help. Still there are certainly days where I go through several iterations before settling on something good.

    Thanks Smittie, I can always get behind "crazy vibrant" ^^

  • Sal replied 7 years ago

    Lovely looks indeed.

    I peeked on my phone yesterday but didn't have a chance to look properly until now.

    More love for days 2,4 and 5 in particular...white out is fabulous, I love the vest and hat, and the last one took my breath away.  So vibrant and happy - I can see why you felt tremendous.

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    OMG I am hyperventilating here! Love them all, and no. 4 is my super fave! And I love that you show us your outerwear! So fun!!! LOVE!!!

  • Janet replied 7 years ago

    I adore that sweater vest (if I had a different body, I would have gotten it myself!), and you rock that whole look. Well, you rock all of these. ;-) I know what Lisa is saying -- I couldn't pull off what you do, but somehow, on you, the vibrant color mixing and complex layering just looks so right. Your hair is getting long too -- looks good!

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Thank you Sally, Mary, and Janet! :D

    Mary, gotta show the outerwear -- most people outside my family see just that part!

    Janet, it is interesting isn't it! There are so many great looks and pieces (some of yours included!) that I would certainly feel off wearing, even though I admire them on the wearer. And of course some pieces seem to work on many bodies, even if they have a different feel depending on who's wearing.

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Aida, you are killing me with THAT HAT! You look both pretty and cool in it.
    I also admired your outerwear collection (I want that cream trench and burgundy mixed media coat!)
    As for feeling different about the first 2 outfits - maybe going very light and tonal does not pack enough punch for a grey Seattle winter? In any case the jeans in #1 are summer jeans to me (unlike the white jeans I wear year round these light blue ones are packed away until the spring - I think this is the thin jeans fabric which makes them summer item to me).

  • Sara L. replied 7 years ago

    Another great collection of outfits!  I love the white-out one - I just can't do white-out (I always feel contrived and uncomfortable) so I'll enjoy it vicariously on you.  I also love the hat outfit. 

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    Thank you Sveta and Sara!

    Sveta, thanks for sharing your thoughts on those first outfits. I can definitely see why the GAP jeans are spring/summer jeans for you; your winters are waaaay colder than mine! After a lot of pondering, I think the issue with the first outfit is twofold: the sweater is just tooooo oversized -- at least two sizes too large -- and the straight hem adding even more blockiness. I am debating getting it altered to a diagonal hem, which is the way I enjoy wearing it most (I usually tape up one corner), and seeing if I can also get the sides taken in a bit. The issue with the second outfit was the jeans: they are at least a size too large, but as they are my only white jeans right now I cannot give them up until I replace them. Nearly all of any issues with outfits these days are those of tailoring: I want more of it, but the bulk of my wardrobe is currently very oversized or simply too large. I've started working towards updating, primarily essentials so far. It will be slow to solve due to a tighter than ever budget, but I am going to try and be strict with myself about doing it!

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