WIW 09.16 [seasons challenge: tall snowy trees]

For the third day of the challenge, I chose the tall snowy trees (#3).

[Challenge info and guidelines posted here.]

The black and white was an obvious choice here, but I actually found the shapes of this image most inspiring -- tall dark trees blanketed with snow, branches overlapping as they reach out.

To mimic the somewhat chaotic "pattern" the branches create I chose a mixed-plaid silky blouse which I buttoned to-the-top and left untucked for maximum vertical integrity. New-to-me waxed black skinnies (thanks Una!) to mimic the dark trunks, and white pumps for the heaps of white snow on the ground. I also added my long white blazer as a nod to the snow on the trees themselves, though I'm spending most of the day with it off. However I'm particularly glad to have it as I had an unexpected meeting today! Styled my hair more wavy as a nod to the stillness/life-on-hold the photo evokes (the fully bouncy curls didn't feel quite right for it, though I prefer that look to this). And accessorized with long gold earrings for a little extra vertical element and peachy-nude lipstick for its muted simplicity.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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  • Diana replied 4 years ago

    I don't know how waxed skinnies and black and white can be soft and serene but you've somehow managed to do just that. I love how you've managed to convey that quiet and absolute stillness of a snowy forest. Really impressive!

  • Colour Queen replied 4 years ago

    I love your interpretation of the tall snowy trees. The white jacket looks great over the top of the shirt and the waxed skinnies. Love the combination of pattern and texture and the high value contrast between the black and white which harmonises with your natural colouring. You look great. 

  • Word Lily replied 4 years ago

    Oh, so nice! I love it. 

  • Carole replied 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous combo, rich and cool! I love your jacket, too. Well done!

  • MsMary replied 4 years ago

    Love love love!!

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Killer to the Power of Killer

    SO GLORIOUSLY '80s. All you need is a brooch on your high neck shirt.

    *inserts more shoulder pads* 

  • MTBGirl replied 4 years ago

    This is fabulous! One of my favorite outfits of yours! Nicely done!

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    You rocked this challenge, girlfriend! I love those waxed skinnies. I'm also loving the longer length on your blazer.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Thanks very much for the comments, tickled this is going over well. I was just thinking this morning that this silhouette doesn't feel at all "new" (I know many people feel tired of skinnes+heels, but that'll always be a mainstay for my style) yet still feels current enough. Goes to show how updated denim and blazer styles can freshen up a standard silhouette!

    Diana, I too was really pleased with how soft the outfit turned out! I think the soft blouse (material and print), soft blazer, long lines, and hair down all help with that. Also these jeans are ridiculously soft and comfortable, which has been a major surprise!

    Angie, hah yes! I do loves me a shoulder pad (this blazer has 'em), though I know most other ITs don't ^^

    Karie, this is my only jacket at this long length; almost all my others are cropped or nearly-cropped. I am quite enjoying it, it feels very different!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Wow -- this is stunning on you! I really love the 80s feel of it. And those pants are fantastic on you. 

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love this! Wow that white blazer is smashing on you and the blouse is also fab. I also love how you can analyze each detail and produce such a beautiful result. 

  • Ankita replied 4 years ago

    That shirt and that clutch... PERFEEEEEECT!
    You nailed this one! Love it :)

  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    Loving this, so rock star!

  • replied 4 years ago

    I love all the elements of this look, and how they work together.
    Love the blazer. I need something like this :-)
    The low heel still looks pretty high but comfortable. Another thing to think about getting for summer next year :)

  • lyn67 replied 4 years ago

    Perfect interpretation, love your rock star outfits, Aida!

  • replied 4 years ago

    *PLONK* ...Wow! You look amazing! Love this from H to T. I also really enjoyed reading all about the elements of your outfit and how they relate to the photo. :)

  • Summer replied 4 years ago

    This is wonderful, Aida.  You always pay such amazing attention to detail with these challenges - even down to taming your lovely curls.

  • donnat replied 4 years ago

    Absolutly love your outfit, and you hair is perfect.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Nothing wrong with a bit of extra IT shoulder padding, Aida. We need them as Retro '80s gals. We compensate beautifully when we take them out as Retro '70s gals. 

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    Great look!  I love the pattern on your top.  I tried on a long white blazer last weekend but wasn't sure when I would wear it.  Now I'm thinking I should have bought it.  Maybe I should look at some of your other photos and see if I can make it work with my wardrobe. 

  • Nebraskim replied 4 years ago

    Game over. I think you won all the challenges with this one post. So gorgeously interpreted.

  • kerlyn replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, Aida! I allmost forgot to look at the inspiration photo!

  • Sal replied 4 years ago

    Wonderful look with the plaid pattern echoing the trees.
    I love the jeans and jacket combination - really fun.  

  • Jenn replied 4 years ago

    Skinnies and heels may not be fresh, but it looks SO GOOD. You look fierce. I love that top, too.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Goodness, thank you all for the lovely comments ladies! Blushing over here.

    Smittie, the heels are 2" and stable, so quite easy to walk in. Also buttery soft leather. I highly recommend them, and they come in all sorts of colors (check the link in the find below; I think Amazon also has several colors of them, too).

    Sara, I haven't had a chance to wear this blazer a lot yet (been too warm) but definitely plan to over fall and winter. It seems like it'll be a great option on cooler days because of the longer length.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Aida, I need buttery soft leather, and oh wow! only $90! That's a pretty great deal.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    This is probably the best outfit in the challenge. Your attention to details and the fact that it is so stylish makes it a winner. I am also impressed how you captured the mood of the inspiration photo. It deserves Angie's K2K rating.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Smittie, yes they're a great deal! I am thinking of ordering a backup pair in the white, I wear them tons.

    Joy, thank you very much!

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    Those jeans really are perfect on you! So glad you took them in payment for taxiing me around.

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Yay glad you caught this Una! Can't wait to play with these jeans some more, thank you again <3

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