WIW 02.05-08 (YLF challenges: 1 Scarf and 3 Dresses)

I enjoyed participating in both challenges this week, though certainly struggled with winter dresses. Thanks to Natalie, Sona, and Shannon for organizing! Here are all my outfits for the week, and the background I posted with each. Please feel free to skip right down to the photos :)

#1 - Scarf Challenge. I have been off my non-silk scarves this season for some reason, even for outerwear, so I wanted to come up with something that used one of my more wintery scarves specifically for indoor wear. This is one of my favorite scarves, cashmere with a b&w houndstooth plaid print; it is simply looped around my neck twice, with the ends sort of tucked into the jacket collar to keep it all in place. It was surprisingly warm today so I could skip an outerwear coat and just button up my denim jacket (which I rarely do). Though work has been cold today, so the denim and scarf have both stayed on all day. I am really happy with how it turned out, and will definitely sport this again with a lighter weight scarf and top in the spring.

#2 - Dress Challenge. I do not have any non-sweater winter dresses, really, so I struggled mightily to come up with even three outfits for this challenge >< Then I remembered that my sheath is fully lined which makes it actually work quite well in fall/winter as long as there are other layers involved. It has not yet been worn this season, so thanks for the nudge. This challenge did make me realize that I don't like to layer things _under_ my sheath, but toppers are a-ok; it is also a bit of a challenge for me to rocknroll this dress up for casual wear so it feels like me! Today I added lots of leather, which did the trick although I don't usually wear so much brown :)

#3 - Dress Challenge. This sleeveless dress was one of my favorite purchases last summer, made of thick jersey and lightly lined in the torso. Initially I wanted to layer a sweater over the top, but wasn't pleased with how any of them looked (too heavy, too long, weird neckline, etc.). I wanted to keep the fabrications similar in weight, so I thought I'd give this rather-stiff blouse a try over the top. The proportions are kind of odd but I feel like it works? I do quite like the little triangle of stripes from the split hemline. Black suede tall boots (and black ribbed sweater tights) to keep the look grounded as wintery, and a pop of neon because I didn't like how the neckline looked on its own :) I'm not sure I would wear this dress again in the winter, but I'm happy to realize that it could easily be brought out in early spring with some clever layering.

#4 - Dress Challenge. I recently bought this fun sleeveless dress for spring/summer; the top is jersey with a drapey neckline, and the bottom is a silver-washed pseudo-suede (not sure what to call it!!). It's a dropped waist on me, but I quite like it (and surprisingly so does hubby). Today I layered it over a lightweight tee with ruched sleeves, but am not super thrilled with the results; the jersey-on-jersey is preventing the top half of the dress from draping properly, so it bunches up. It's not quite as noticeable in person, when I am moving, but it was a nightmare to photograph! Oh well, lesson learned. Paired with gray sweater tights and black mid-calf boots to complete the monochrome look, and my usual winter cranberry lip color stands out much more than it usually does with this dark outfit :)

Some thoughts that resulted from these challenges:
- I am definitely not feeling my non-silk scarves this season, and probably into spring as well. Must keep this in mind while shopping so I don't buy scarves that I won't be wearing!
- I definitely prefer dresses to skirts, yet have easily twice as many skirts as dresses (AND I'm really on Team Pants/Shorts anyway). Something else to keep in mind as I get ready for spring shopping.
- That said, I need a winter dress that isn't a sweater dress! I have a few sweater dresses, but that kind of felt like cheating for this challenge ONLY because I already wear them plenty ;) Since I do enjoy wearing them especially as a silhouette alternative, a sleeved heavyweight woven dress is absolutely on my list for next fall/winter.
- While I don't like to layer under my sheath for wintery looks, I don't mind the look with bare legs. Not sure why that is. But I do plan to try some of my silky tops underneath my sheath once it warms up.
- I much prefer my winter dresses shorter (above the knee) and summer dresses longer (on or below the knee).

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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18 Comments

  • qfbrenda replied 6 years ago

    Great week! #2 is my favorite.

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Ooh - great outfits! My favs are #2 and #4.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Wow - the blue in #3 just jumped out at me! I still adore #2, though.

    Your thoughts on length are very intriguing. I think I might agree for myself, although a few days ago I wore a winter midi with tall boots. But in general I think I like them shorter if I am wearing tights, and longer if I am not.

  • Rosebuddy replied 6 years ago

    You and your outfits just blow me away! They are wonderful and I also love the coat, gloves and purses...beautifully done.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    My eyes are stuck on that killer, long coat! Methinks one has to nab a light-coloured, midi coat when it's in one's clutches. I also enjoyed reading your reflections on the season in relation to future shopping. I will enjoy seeing the silk tops layered under your dress.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    I'm sorry Aida - I've tried and tried, but I can't get past #2! Too gorgeous for words!

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    Thanks for the comments ladies! Glad to hear some of you found my reflections interesting, too. I had a hunch #2 would be the favorite :)

    Suz, it seems to depend on the "skirt". Sometimes a heavier skirt just needs that bit of sleek leg (covered in tights) peeking through to lighten the whole look up, especially as a shortie. All of these dresses are "summer length" to me; my sweater dresses are all shorter, for example, and specifically so that when I wear my tall boots the dresses don't look heavy. But there is something deliciously 70s about a longer skirt with tall boots, too! And we all know I am Queen 70s, and as Angie recently put it, the Urban 70s Glam Queen :)

    Rae, I repinned this lovely look from Jonesy a while back, and have been mulling the idea over. I really do like how it looks with exposed forearms and legs!

  • Debora replied 6 years ago

    Aida, these are all beautiful looks. The color combination in #1 is so pleasing to my eyes and I love how you tied the scarf. I know what you mean about wintery scarves - they just seem so right this time of year. Outfit # 2 is stunning and has me pondering how I can copy it. I have a purple dress and brown boots, just no brown jacket. :( You are stunning in cobalt in #3, and equally as stunning in monochromatic grey in #4. I like the dropped waist on you too.

    Your observation about preferring winter dresses shorter and summer dresses longer is interesting. i feel the same way. Perhaps it has to do with the heavier hose we wear in winter. Thanks for sharing! I always enjoy your posts.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    What a fabulous week! I can't decide between 2 and 3 when choosing a favorite. Which is your favorite?

  • Kiwichik replied 6 years ago

    As always great looks love number 2 & 3 - I have a thing for black & white and tramed with cobalt it hits my happy spot.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    All are stunning, Aida. Yes, the purple sheath is the most conventionally beautiful, but thanks for the reminder that brown and purple are marvelous together and work for brunettes. I'm brown challenged, and since I never found the perfect brown boots, I'm having to save this idea for another season.

    I LOVE the volume on volume look in #3 --- so difficult to do well, and you knock it out of the park. And the sci-fi look in #4 would represent my shadow persona --- that Helmut Lang-iness that I wish I could pull off --- so great on you.

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    Ooh, I can't wait to try my brown leather jacket with my cobalt sheath dress. I've been looking for ideas to winterize it!

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Love 1 and 4. Idea -- purse from 3/4 with outfit #1 -- to pick up the greens and soft tones.

    I didn't say anything in my Grey SL jeans thread, but I wanted to thank you for your suggestions. I think you nailed exactly why I was wondering about keeping them and your solution of how to counter their more conservative nature was insightful.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    2 and 4 are so wow! The dress is just beautiful. Aida, it's a more grown up ladylike look but you have given it your touch with the leather and you look stunning. 4 is, well I want it! What can I say. It's cool looking, and edgy and you hair stops it from looking harsh. Gorgeous.

  • Mona replied 6 years ago

    #1 has a such a pretty color combination. Great for spring season! if you are not into pastels. Purple sheath dress is delicious with brown and as always I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thought process behind each outfit.

  • Jules replied 6 years ago

    Nice - love #2. Where did you get the dress? I struggle with sheath dresses because they always seem cut so straight.

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I like all these. I love your boots in #1, the color combo in #2, the stripes and cobalt in #3, and the layering in #4. I think your reflections on seasonal hem length are spot on. I must keep this in mind when shopping.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    You cracked me up with this:

    "I definitely prefer dresses to skirts, yet have easily twice as many skirts as dresses (AND I'm really on Team Pants/Shorts anyway)"

    Aren't we always learning :). I have more dresses than skirts and I prefer skirts - and full skirts of which I only have four. In my defense I used to prefer frocks. And then went off them.

    You totally rocked the challenge Aida, and your insights are invaluable. If I had to pick a fave it would be #1 - and it's not a dress!!!

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