WIW 11.09-11 [blues]

Three work outfits which prominently feature blue for a short break in between fall storms. First two weren't intentionally both blue; today I figured I'd finish the theme before switching to more hectically bright/colorful/patterned outfits for the upcoming rain. In the meantime, quite happy with these three, very different, outfits!

#2 11.09 - Monday was extra crisp and dry so I figured suede boots were in order. Love how cognac looks with light blue, going with cognac mid-calf boots and a column of light blue (periwinkle, aqua) fully tucked for a crisper feel, plus a vintage cognac belt; after mostly low contrast belting the last couple years this was a nice change. Finished with red droplet earrings and cherry lip gloss for a little extra color depth, then orangey outdoor accessories to play with, but not match, the cognac boots in the peachy sunnies and tan/neon orange clutch. I am lukewarm on how the coat looks here but currently lack something more suitable for brown footwear in an outfit that doesn't feature black.
  Newer: jeans, boots
  Older: blouse, belt, earrings, coat, clutch, sunnies

#3 11.10 - Yesterday I wanted to wear this ink fringed sweater again so I could snap some outdoor photos with it while it's dry ;) Originally tried the sweater with my olive joggers but wasn't feeling it so swapped in tuxedo stripe knit pants (i.e. fancy sweats) for a cozier overall feel. Paired with black patent pumps for a little more "luxe", and cherry gloss + cream/black striped hoops to add a little brightness for my face. No blush here AND you can't see the ink with it, but still inspired by Angie's ensemble to wear my burgundy coat with this. Also popped this outfit back on, subbing in black patent loafers and my nighttime high bun, at 4:30am to drive my sis to the airport. No photos of that but it was extra cozy for three hours in the car!
  Newer: pants, sweater
  Older: pumps, earrings, coat, clutch, sunnies

#4 11.11 - Today (after the loooong car ride followed by a nice warm shower) I wanted to try the denim shorts+tights thing, which I haven't worn in a few years. Fully opaque black tights felt too heavy so I opted instead for a semi-sheer black pair instead. Paired with a cobalt tunic sweater because, blue, and then little boho touches (boots, earrings, peachy nude lip gloss) to soften the look. For outerwear chose predominantly black with lots of patterns (plaid coat, taupe bird print scarf, creamy leo clutch). Also enjoyed the vaguely mod vibe with the legs ^^ Bonus: my husband actually liked this so I'll be wearing again this weekend for a short anniversary trip.
  Newer: sweater, sunnies
  Older: shorts, tights, boots, earrings, coat, clutch

#5 - earring/lippie details

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24 Comments

  • Carole replied 3 years ago

    You are right, Aida! Light blue and cognac is just beautiful together and your outfit is proof. You look fantastic in blue btw. I think 1 is my favorite, but 3 with that amazing coat is right up there..love the mix of textures pattern and color...you are a master at that! 3 X fantastic!!!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    I"m liking your Blue Period, Aida. The first one especially appeals to me; I agree, cognac and light blue are terrific together. The tucked shirt gives a nice ladylike touch. #2 is classic Aida and a very charming sporty luxe look, and #3 is so playful with those rolled cutoffs! Great shade of blue on you.

  • bonnie replied 3 years ago

    I'm loving the blue outfits and you have a great coat collection. 

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    These are all great, but I'm loving #3. That coat is gorgeous! Too bad it isn't new, I'd be running to the store to purchase it!

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    You are the princess of proportion Aida. I am looking at these three outfits side by side and the tops and bottoms all have different lengths, different shapes and yet you look fab in all three. I do love the combination of light blue and cognac in the first one, but I also love you in the second sweater (as previously mentioned) and your shorts outfit is magically fun and sophisticated at the same time. Keep posting please!

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    I love the coats! The one in outfit #2 is especially fab. I want to copy your shorts and tights outfit but I don't think I have any shorts with the right silhouette.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    You had me at "blue." Waving to my blouse twin. And jean twin, too. I had never thought to pair those. For some reason I felt the blues might clash but in these photos it seems to work well, maybe because of the warm cognacs pulling it all together -- or maybe your hair adds the right weight and accent -- my one hair wouldn't have that effect. Quite interesting. Maybe I'll do an experiment and show the forum! Could be a good learning opportunity. Thanks for the inspiration!

    LOVE
    your coats -- they are so dramatic yet so natural on you. You're getting lots of wear from the plaid one it seems. 

  • replied 3 years ago

    Three wonderful looks again, Aida! I do love to see pale blue and cognac. The coat in the second outfit is lovely! I don't recall seeing that before. I'm loving the tux stripe down your pants too. It adds a little something extra to the look. Loving the shorts tights look! It's something I wish I had tried when I was the right side of 50...well ok..30 :D

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    Some great outfits here, Aida, esp. love to see your outer layer choice for the outfit (sporty de luxe sweatpants) in nr 3---and it was perfect!!!! Wow!!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    LOVED seeing you in ink blue at the gathering, Aida. You wear it well. I'm stealing that fringed jumper with my attack dog Sam. (Leave tea, cake and treats in the kitchen, please). 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for the lovely comments ladies! Fun to hear lots of love for the light blue+cognac pairing ^^ And extra thanks for the compliments on my coats; I find them tough to shop for but do love what I have.

    Sharan, Blue Period is a bit odd for me since I actually don't wear much blue! I think I'm more of a Rose Period dresser, though artistically I like the Blue stuff ;)

    Jaime, I noticed that too in the side-by-side image. What can I say, proportional play is my favorite way to have fun with fashion ^^ And hey I'll take "fun and sophisticated at the same time" for an outfit featuring denim shorts+tights anytime!

    Sara and Diane, I could see you both doing the shorts. I think any baggier pair should work fine. These are my baggy summer short shorts.

    Suz, I had the same thought about these two blues as well. They both skew slightly cool so I think that helps; the cognac is a very contrasting element against them. On you the outfit would be a little less dramatic perhaps? More low contrast against your coloring. My hunch is it will have a more serene feel on you. I'd love to see you try it!

    Angie, hah! I've got some Fortnum and Mason's breakfast blend in the pantry, I'll leave that out with some St. Louis gooey cake and a rawhide snack :) I was quite happy in this shade of ink versus my usual difficulty with navy. Good to know.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    (HAH. Thank you for your hospitality. Do you think I will like goey cake, Aida? I feel you know me well enough to have an opinion about my sweet tooth). 

    And more ink blue is in your future, sweet lady. Perhaps with a bit of sparkle. 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    (Of course ^^ Yes I think you would like it -- It's a very dense yellow cake lower layer with a gooey cream cheese upper layer, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Especially good with hot tea or coffee! One of the few baking things I do :D )

    I'm liking the sound of sparkly ink! That's some dark blue I can get behind.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Wooohooo! Goey cake and sparkle. That's the festive spirit. Can you send me the recipe? 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    I like this one because it's easy and quick to make since it uses boxed yellow cake mix:
    http://tidymom.net/2011/st-lou.....ake-recipe

    Of course if you've got a killer yellow cake recipe of your own that would work in its place :)

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Printed. Thank you. 

    And look what I found. 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    OH now that's lovely! Ordered and crossing my fingers that THIS wrapped top will finally work for me. Thank youuuu :D

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Excellent. Keep us posted - have not seen the wrap blouse in person. 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Will do! And let me know what you think of the gooey cake if you make it. I liked it best after a day or two once it hardened up but David liked it best fresh out of the oven.

  • dashielle (Ann) replied 3 years ago

    Come on over to the blue side, Aida...it's nice and cool here ;-) And now you've got me thinking it may be time to make a Texas sheet cake...perhaps a YLF bake sale?

  • Sterling replied 3 years ago

    I love the collages you create. They are so well done. I always look forward to your WIWs.

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Hah Ann, yessss bluuuuue. I actually don't wear it all that often? But I do like it. Googling Texas Sheet Cake produced very delicious looking results. Perhaps we need another YLF cocktail party so we can share our tasty treats!

    Thank you Sterling! It's always nice to hear that the time I spend on my presentation is appreciated.

  • dashielle (Ann) replied 3 years ago

    Cocktail party but with sweets instead of savory snacks! I'm in!

  • CocoLion replied 3 years ago

    Freshly made cream puffs (Windtbeutel) with Champagne.  Throw in some strawberries or other seasonal fruit.  Or, get wired on Irish Breakfast tea along with the Windtbeutel.

    But back to fashion...
    I'm crazy about the light blue with cognac color scheme, so I like looking at that one and want to copy it.  I think the coat works with it, as the light tones in the pattern go with the light blues.  But I can see how a coat with some caramel in it might become a "need."

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