WIW 11.10-14 [a full week of dry weather]

Hi all! Sorry I've been MIA, life has gotten super busy as it always does from Oct-Dec for me. I have been diligently taking my daily outfit photos, but not sure when/if I'll have time to post them all. At the very least, I wanted to pop in and share this week's outfits since it was magically dry and sunny the entire week, although it's been very windy (and still several more days of sun ahead; those of you in the PNW will appreciate how rare that is for this time of year). Of course that meant I had to take the opportunity to don things I typically have to save for dry days: floor sweeping hems (#2,3,5), velvet boots (#4), and leather-soled shoes (#6).

#2 - In honor of Angie's post that morning I thought it'd be fun to wear full-on fluid (jacket) and oversized (sequin tee, pants) fits. Structure comes from pointy shoes, the rigid denim of the jacket, exposed forearms/neck and my hair being up (with extra big pomp!). I think the lower contrast helps a little, too. Finished with a high contrast purse, aqua studs for additional slight color variation, and my trusty autumny plum gloss. This is a variation of an older favorite combo, swapping a faded turquoise tee and cream booties. And also probably the last day in a good long while where I won't need to wear a big coat outside *sigh*
  Newer: pumps
  Older: tee, jacket, pants, earrings, clutch

#3 - Loosely based on Angie's recent outfit and the Urban Equestrian ensemble... but subbing in big ol' 70s flares. I chose a long shirt because I liked how it highlighted the hi-low integrity of the jacket. Mixing some black (shoes) and brown (jacket) along with hair up to keep from looking too earthy, slightly-at-odds accessorizing with simple hoops (sporty) along with a pile of rings (glam?), and plum gloss to keep with the moodier color scheme. It doesn't show too well in the photo, but this jacket has blocky, square shaped shoulder pads which makes for a fun extra-pronounced shoulder line.
  Newer: jeans, coat
  Older: shirt, jacket, pumps, earrings, clutch   
#4 - For my anniversary, I decided to go with a simpler dress look since that's what hubby likes. He doesn't like the pomp-pony, but hey I was running late for work and that's what I had time for ;) Quite pleased with the gradient effect (one of my favorite things to do), and having the hair up highlights it further so that worked out nicely. Accessorized with pearl earrings that hubby bought me in Maui as an anniversary gift years ago along with a swipe of plum gloss. It got significantly colder this day so I piled on an extra chunky knit scarf on top of the coat knowing I'd be outside running some errands, and chose my leo clutch to keep with the black and white thing; very fond of the hectic print mixing happening with full-on outerwear here! We cooked up a delicious multi-course dinner (cheese and honey with toasted french bread, caprese salad, spicy tuna ceviche, roasted winter root veggies, and slow-cooked apple beef) and then cuddled in front of a space heater to watch some tv because our furnace went out earlier that day. Hubby also surprised me with a math book from the 1930s that I've been eying ^^
  Newer: jacket, scarf, coat, clutch
  Older: dress, boots, earrings
#5 - Still quite cold, especially with the furnace out (happily fixed later that day), so I felt that piles of clothing were in order. Wide leg hems aren't often the warmest option so I popped a pair of tights under the jeans. Paired with one of my warmest jackets and a big cozy scarf. On the surface a linen-blend sweater may seem like an odd choice, but I knew I'd be keeping the jacket on all day and didn't want to roast toooo much; since this dark brown jacket is faux leather (and fully lined) I knew I'd also need the extra breathability. Hair down for additional warmth, small nut earrings/triple-skull ring for bits of shine, and cherry-pink gloss for a little girly touch.
  Newer: sweater, jeans, jacket, sweater, scarf, coat
  Older: booties, earrings, clutch

#6 - Double moto action! Also a favorite blend of neutrals (white, cream, tan, gray, and black) with a pop of cranberry for both inner- and outer-wear. While these boots are primarily summer shoes in my climate because of the leather soles, I'm sure they are just as happy as I am with the sunny, dry (albeit cold) weather which makes it possible for me to wear them right now. I particularly enjoyed pairing them with white for a low contrast but not fully tonal look over summer, so adapted a more wintery version today with turtleneck and faux leather vest. Big gold hoops, fluffy curls, and pink lipstick to offset the slightly boyish feel, and spiked white purse to complete the full metal mix. As an aside, I really need to get the belt loops on this coat lowered a couple inches!
  Newer: boots, clutch
  Older: sweater, vest, belt, jeans, coat, earrings

#7 - Put all the earring/lippie/ring detail photos together so they'd take less room.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

Hope you gals are all doing well! I'm expecting my schedule to calm down a bit shortly, so I should get at least a wee bit of time to pop in soon. Fingers crossed. *hugs!*

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  • jackiec replied 8 years ago

    Hi Aida - so great to see you!!! Hope you've been good-busy :)

    Your outfits are amazing as usual. How smart of you to break out the flares & long hems while the weather is dry. Happy Anniversary to you guys - how sweet that your DH got you a 1930's math book! Sounds like an amazing meal. My fav is #4. I love the hectic pattern mix, plus your hair down all curly & adding to the mix. But, oh, then I see that amazing burgundy mixed media jacket over your white/cream pieces - and that is scene-stealing! That plaid coat is looking super super versatile in your wardrobe. It really adds a special something on top of your already fab outfits. Thanks for sharing all of the little details. I really do study & store those. Good to see you back :)

  • kellygirl replied 8 years ago

    You have some fab style going on,
    Aida! I'm drooling over my phone! The flares are awesome Nd I love the edgy black moto with the plaid scarf. So fun. The moto plus moto with the white is stunning. You look radiant in that shade of purple! I really can't pick a fave--you look so fab in everything! Happy anniversary!

  • frannieb replied 8 years ago

    love all the outfits - you have the best collection of outwear jackets. 
    Love love love the topper in outfit 3.
    You look great in flares.

  • rabbit replied 8 years ago

    Great looks!  You make me want to pull out my bootcut/flares and drapey trousers again, I've been meaning to wear them forever but haven't got around to it, and like you say, we have to seize the dry sidewalks while we can. :D

    I'm enamored of the last three outfits in particular. LOVE the gradient black/white look, especially without the topper coat (although that works well with it too), because of the top to bottom transition.  

    With the second look, the big plaid scarf balances the flares well, and it's particularly fab to my eye with the pattern mixing of the checked coat.  Also the big over wide leg silhouette works perfectly there, with the clutch, pointy toes, and narrower thigh cut reining it in just enough, and the cut of the coat and size of the scarf looking particularly volume abundant in a good way.

    The cranberry and white outfit looks so polished and perfectly fitted, although I like that the tiger belt, spiked bag and black leather sleeves keep a touch of rock n roll in there still.  Did you cut off the sleeves on the biker jacket?  It's cool how both the inner layer, and the outer coat have contrasting sleeve action.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    The minute you reported "sun" I know you'd be wearing the flares! Smart woman. I have been wondering how you're doing, and from the fashion evidence, I would say terrific! 

    What rabbit said about that last outfit -- so cohesive!  The cranberry is stunning on you! 

    And same is true for your anniversary dress outfit. 

    It's amazing how different you look hair up vs. hair down! It's one of your best accessories. Although it's a tough contest with all those fabulous shoes, boots, and bags! 

  • Kristin L replied 8 years ago

    Great looks Aida! I love your plaid and cranberry coats. 

  • Gracie replied 8 years ago

    A visual treat as usual, glad you popped by. I love your dress and the cranberry moto coat. I think lowering the belt loops on the coat is the right move. All fab dry weather choices.

  • Neel replied 8 years ago

    Hey there gorgeous ^_^ Nice to see you! 6 is absolutely beautiful! Everything is nice really :). But the colors in 6 steal my heart! Beautiful!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 8 years ago

    What a beautiful week! Of outfits, that is. Each one became my "favorite" as I studied these looks. Thanks for sharing them and describing how you put them together. I do keep coming back to the riding jacket outfit--I really like the long shirt tails over the flared jeans and the way the fitted jacket looks over all of it.
    Glad your furnace got fixed--of course it would go out on the coldest week we've had since last winter, right?  Aack. This cold snap is about to end for us this weekend, thank goodness.

  • Laurie replied 8 years ago

    Hi Aida - nice to see you!  
    Love that anniversary outfit.
    You show us your styles so beautifully.  Need a lesson (and how to do it well, but quickly!).

  • UmmLila replied 8 years ago

    You're doing a good job rocking the the flares. My favorite outfit here is the cranberry and white.

  • Karie replied 8 years ago

    Another great set of outfits. My fav is #6, but I also love how you style your flared leg pants. And that J. Crew scarf is one of my favs.

  • Meredith replied 8 years ago

    Always fun to see your thoughtful ensambles! You have some killer coats and toppers!!!

  • CocoLion replied 8 years ago

    Super week!  Love the dress outfit, one of your best!

  • catgirl replied 8 years ago

    You are killing me.  I love these outfits and we are having cold dry weather too.  *busily takes notes* 

    I love how you lighten up styles that could be oppressively dark with your amazing skillz.

  • Caro in Oz replied 8 years ago

    Great outfits too hard to pick a favourite  - I love your coats :) 

  • Gigi replied 8 years ago

    Great outfits! I was just lamenting our early winter weather today...I had taken out a pair of bootcuts to wear this morning when I remembered that I would need to wear knee-high boots due to the fact that there is snow everywhere! Tucking bootcuts into boots isn't the most pleasant thing... :)

    I adore your outfit with the cranberry coat. It is stunning! And I love the plaid scarves with the moto. First-rate!

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Good to see you! I love the ombre dress effect, the plaid coat with everything, and the flares. The first pair actually look a bit big on you but they seem very drapey and probably work great in motion. Love how you mixed it up with the denim flares - first with a tonal look then with a patterns and textures. Post more please (when you can).

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments, ladies! While it was certainly fun to wear all my long pants for a week, I was totally craving silhouette changeups halfway through ;)

    Rabbit, thank you for the especially detailed feedback. Did you end up pulling out any of your flares? We've got rain slated to return in the next day or two, hopefully you enjoyed the dry weather ^^

    Suz, right it's a huge difference between hair up and down! May as well use it to my advantage, yes? I do find that I like my hair down more in the summer and up in the winter; the soft plays with my more boho summer side, and the up keeps my collars and turtlenecks from getting annoying/heavy.

    Laura, did you mean a lesson in how to showcase an outfit in photos? If so, the easiest way to do it well (and quickly) is to try a few poses with different angles in the mirror to see what highlights the outfit best. Truly. Although I've gotten away from doing lots of different poses these days, to save even more time I generally include at least: 1 head-on photo, 1 fully side-ways photo, and 1 angled photo.

    Gigi, sounds like you need a pair of skinnies to tuck into those tall boots! It is definitely a pain to wrap and tuck bootcuts into them.

    Jaime, the first pair of trousers are indeed too large; they are a truly oversized item. Not everyone's cuppa, and not even always my own cuppa, but they do have a very unique drape and look to them which I enjoy.

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    My first overall impression was: Aida's taking a turn for blues! But I see you have a cranberry alter ego :)

    What's the story behind these colours? :)

  • Aida replied 8 years ago

    Rachy, good question! I don't think I wear blues all that much, usually. Blue denim, in particular; I used to have only one pair of blue jeans (bootcuts), but my blue denims have since grown to include these flares, dark wide-legs (currently in time-out), faded skinnies, and two pairs of blue BF jeans. Too much blue! I think my blue denim gets work primarily on the weekends, with maybe one other blue denim day during the week. Wearing the flares twice during the week (which can rarely happen) AND the blue denim jacket really made for a lot of blue, didn't it!  I'm definitely happiest in reds, oranges, and whites.

  • ElleH replied 8 years ago

    Fab 70s style. 5 & 6 are my faves.

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