WIW 10.03 [transitional Suz copycat]

Yesterday Suz posted a fab transitional outfit in two incarnations and I was immediately inspired to wear some version of the second, more heavily layered, iteration.

I decided to go more literal with my version, sporting a periwinkle pencil skirt in place of the cool quilted denim pencil skirt. Kept the white top although mine is a lightweight sweater. And instead of the navy topper/booties I chose charcoal, and went with a moto instead of a cardigan because that's more me. For my scarf I stuck with the idea of animal print but a very different kind -- fish! I couldn't get it to stay with the method that Suz used, so I made up my own which I'm calling a Split Muffler (I can post about how to do that later if anyone's interested). Cherry pink lipgloss to add a little sweetness, and giant crystal studs for an extra dose of glam. The striped clutch felt fun with all the other stripes and lines in the outfit (sweater, skirt, jacket). Lastly, hair up in honor of Suz's impish pixie ^^
   Newer: jacket, sweater, scarf (S/S), earrings
   Older: skirt, booties, clutch

Didn't feel too happy with the outfit sans topper, although I did include a photo of that because it was quite warm at work and I had to spend part of the day without the jacket. Not sure if it was me feeling uncomfortable with dark footwear on bare legs, or if it just felt a little too hard (though it was perfectly find with the jacket on), or something else entirely. The colors here make me very happy though. One of the tends I've been into this year is pairing pastels when wearing black. Today the dark was charcoal, which makes for a softer overall look anyway, but I quite like how the more typically springy mint and periwinkle look with the fall-weighted dark charcoals.

Thanks for the great inspiration, Suz! :D Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

UPDATE: Split Muffler how-to can be found here!

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  • shedev replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic interpretation.

  • replied 5 years ago

    To my eye, this is absolutely perfect. I remember a comment you made on a post of mine several weeks ago about pastels with dark neutrals and it's stuck in my mind since. It really is fresh and unexpected - sorry, so cliche=ish - and works really well with your hair. I think the only thing "off" with the outfit sans jacket is it leaves the boots out their on their own without anything to anchor them (or top them, as it were). Maybe if your hair was down and more visible, the effect would be different. Otherwise, it looks really beautiful!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I'm so honoured! To think that a YLF style icon like you would be inspired by an outfit of mine! Blushing all the way to the beach (if I could find one). Thank you!

    And what an outfit! It's terrific. Love the pastels. It's fun because they're like washed out versions of the usual autumn tones. And the darks ground them here. I agree with you that the version with the jacket feels better somehow. I think it's a visual weight thing. Always tricky.

    Now I'm going to have to copy you by wearing my moto with my pencil skirt! :)

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Thanks Shedev, Lisa, and Suz! I think you gals are onto something about the visual weight. Hair down and no scarf, and I think I'd feel perfectly fine. Maybe add a big necklace in that case.

    Suz, so glad you were able to catch this, you really are a great inspiration and, you know, you're a style icon in your own right! I'm looking forward to your next version :D I like the idea of thinking of the pastels as washed out versions of their usual fall equivalents, I'm going to have to keep that in mind for future outfits.

  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    You look gorgeous in these soft colors idea.  Great pairing them with black, a bit unexpected but it really works, especially with your dark hair.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Like Tanya, I think the dark booties bookended by your dark hair works pretty well even without the jacket. I love the colors and proportions and the fish scarf is an extra dose of fun. The way you arranged it looks a bit like a fishtail.

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Yes, I would LOVE the how-to for the split muffler scarf look! I'm starting to feel my scarves again this fall so let's try something new!

    You look great! Love the pastels paired with black, plus the clutch. Perfect transitional outfit. Suz is so inspirational :) (as are you!)

  • MsLuna replied 5 years ago

    Aida, I love this outfit on you! I can totally see the Suz-piration but you put your spin on it (the moto jacket is indeed very you)!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic outfit, Aida! I really like those little heeled booties with the outfit, with and without the jacket. I don't mind the dark charcoal color against your legs, and I think it bookends beautifully with your hair. I wonder if what you were feeling was the body-con look without the jacket. It's not a silhouette I've seen you in, at least recently. It looks lovely on you, but looks and feel are two different things, aren't they?

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Just awesome.  As always, it's your care with the details that make your outfits so perfectly you.  I love how you add little touches for specific reasons, not just because they were the easiest thing to do!

  • replied 5 years ago

    What a fab spin on Suz's outfit! like Una, I love the thought you put in to all the details.

  • frannieb replied 5 years ago

    Great outfit - I think it looks fab with or without the jacket. Small thread kidnap this post makes me visually see why the moto jackets I have been trying don't work. 

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Terrific outfit!  I like it with/without the jacket, but better with. I agree with the others, with your hair down it would bookend the footwear, or you could leave your hair up and wear a chunky dark necklace. I also like how you've been pairing pastels with black. Will you continue to do that into fall/winter, or switch to a different color trend?

  • bj1111 replied 5 years ago

    Aida, great interpretation of Suz's outfit. I see what you mean with the outfit sans jacket? Maybe another dark leather element somewhere. Or maybe if you wear your hair down, providing more of a bookend?

  • christy replied 5 years ago

    Love this - I'm always so impressed at how you think through the details and approach everything so deliberately. I just throw things on and hope they work! ;)

    I think Lisa and Suz are spot on about the visual weight sans topper. Interesting idea about leaving your hair down to provide more dark up top to anchor the booties. Love those booties BTW. And that fab jacket!

  • Suzanne (ambergreen) replied 5 years ago

    Love that gorgeous skirt, Aida! I agree that the boots work either way (although yes, extra fab with your great jacket)--I think so many of us have the same feeling about the dark, high-vamp footwear look on ourselves but love it on others. I know I'm still getting used to it on myself (but of course I don't have your bookending advantage!). (I also really like you in the updo, and it might just be that the darker background of the photos here doesn't showcase its bookending as much as a lighter one could.)

  • Vicki replied 5 years ago

    Great copycat version, Aida-style, and I really like the pairing of light and dark and soft and edgy in your transitional wear.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Beautiful as expected! I understand what you are saying about preferring it with the jacket, but the split muffler on the light top is especially pretty. And yes, of course we want a split muffler tutorial - I am even enjoying typing "split muffler" over and over!

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Thanks so much ladies! I'll get a Split Muffler tutorial up later this week, I enjoyed the look of it.

    Joy, hah you're right it does rather look like a fishtail, I hadn't realized that. Extra fun ^^

    Sharan, interesting thought re the look being more bodycon (which, you're right, I rarely wear). I'm not sure if that was it, but I think I do prefer having my hair down with body con looks (so the whole thing feels less "sleek", I guess).

    Karie, yes I do plan to continue with the black+pastels this f/w! I didn't see as much in the SS15 shows, so I'm going to enjoy it now while it feels fresh.

    AG, good thought on the dark background, it certainly does diminish some things visually. If the color contrast was better inside I might take more of my photos there since it looks like a white box but then my white out looks wouldn't look as dramatic ;) I used to feel quite comfortable with the high contrast footwear, but after wearing light shoes for so long I think my eye has unadjusted to the look on me.

  • Lynne replied 5 years ago

    The charcoal with mint combination is fabulous, Aida, and that jacket is divine on you.

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