Very late to the party

I am very late to the dressy party but was away from home and had nothing appropriate with me. Here are a couple of dressy-for-me outfits. The first could be another version of the LBD, now dressed up more with a beaded jacket and black beaded bag. The shoes are the closest I still have to heels. About everything is old. The second outfit features and old taupe silk EF dress with the beautiful bone silk coat from Fabber tulle.
I am using old wedge shoes and should have painted my toe nails. Pretend they are silver to match the shoes and bag. I am wearing long pearls and pearl drop earrings. The coat is perfect with my bone EF items but I got lazy and ran out of time to play with the bone.

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Black Dress Challenge: summer dress up: ETA photo

Back to the black dress challenge.  The first are thee versions with a black lace topper over the black dress.  These could also be ok for a funeral since some of the arm is covered by the topper.
The last photo shows the dress with a silk jacket.  This was worn for an anniversary dinner. 

What would you change? Too much black?
ETA:  today’s dress styling for a luncheon. (#9)

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A column of coral for summer

Thinking of color vs neutrals, I like wearing both but recently have made a small summer capsule or coral via consignment.  I have on coral .  pants, a coral Madewell tee and a coral, pink and brown poncho type topper.  My accessories are white ( loafers and bag and hair scrunching and mostly gold meal accents including tropical leaf dangly earrings, for a summery touch.  What do you think?  Too much color, to much volume?  Are the earrings too big for me?  Yes, I am wearing a med alert bracelet on my ankle.  It is huge on me and I need a couple of inches of chain removed to wear it on my wrist.  Does anyone have a source of attractive medical alert jewelry?  I would like to find something that uses gold tone metal.

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Sally’s Black Dress Challenge. Edited to add more black outfits

I decided to participate in Sally’s black dress challenge be in August as that is when I am most likely to wear summer black.  I will mostly feature a black sleeveless Talbots dress from the Good Will store.  As it was popular during my battle of black dresses challenge but sometimes will wear a shorter more fitted version.  

I started with what is mostly the basic dress but also wore a long older Halogen black linen cardi when I needed warmth.  (#1/2).  Shoes are old EF black wide ankle strap flats.  Very comfortable.  Hair is COVID long and pulled back with a big black silk bow. This could be worn to a summer funeral.  Some silver and shell jewelry was added. I used a small black fringed suede leather bag and a big black straw bag to add more texture.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Edited to add today’s outfit ( #3-5). Same black dress with black and tan top and scarf, Taryn Rose bronze flats.

ETA: today’s black dress outfit.  I needed red for courage to
say goodbye our dear doggie, Maggie.  The basic dress is topped by a colorful poncho topper that is like a scar.  The print has black and brown in its animal print.  Red shoulder bag.
More  black dress outfits.  #8 is the basic dress with pearls and shells and my white espadrilles for a hot day.  #9-11 are the same dress with different jackets in cotton or linen.  #12/13 is the dress with a white linen EF poncho.

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White-out: 3 recents

I wear a lot of white but trying for whiteout is a challenge. The first outfit is my white linen dress, EF with an EF top worn open as a topper, pearls and pointy toe white flats, a white bag and a glimpse of Maggie photo bombing. The dress has it’s own removable liner of white cotton. I wore long dangly white earrings and white-framed sunglasses.
The second outfit is crops (Multiples, consignment, an EF sleeveless nubby cotton tee and a white jean jacket (4\5, #6 is the shirt without the jacket.
The third outfit is also casual with a Talbots silk tank and a sheer white woven tee with cream embroidery for more texture. Footwear is EF bone espadrille mules with a white crossbody bag. Long shorts are Chico’s. Earrings are tiny origami white paper cranes.
Forgive the long Covid hair pulled back and lack of makeup.

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Musings on the June Challenge and last outfits

I finished Sal’s challenge of 3 (ways) x 10 pieces ( Bottoms) I. 30 days.  

Probably better for me would be 7 pieces for more variety. That is sort of what I did as I combined the EF Ponte black pants with the Citron silk clamdiggers and  dark EF jeans with navy EF jersey pants. This was done because the weather changed and the first ones got too warm to wear.  The added 2 were the newest of my consignment purchases and difficult because they are colorful, cobalt and coral.  This complicated things.  Also the weather.  I had saved the coolest bottoms to wear when I thought it would be hottest…the end of June.  Instead we had unseasonably hot weather followed  by cool rain and hail for several days.  Warmer pants would have been appreciated.
This was a valuable challenge because most of my bottoms were new to me since last summer, so I needed to find what worked.  My mistake was including only one skirt and should have included 2 or 3 as I try to wear a frock at least twice a week.  
Thank you, Sal, for starting this challenge.  I learned to appreciate my large closet and may try something similar for fall or with dresses and skirts.   I did have some laundry bottle necks with so much repeating.  I did learn that I can manage some sort of topper for every outfit and have at least two pair of shoes that can be worn with each.  I see that I need to add more color and more bottoms for cold weather.  That is where I need to focus most of my clothing budget.  
Here are some of the most recent outfits that are part of this challenge.
the first is another styling of the Citron black silk clam diggers.(First 3 photos) Over it is a Talbots black linen straight shirt dress worn open as a duster.  It is worn over an animal print lined silky sleeveless top,  new espadrille slip ons from Target that are tan/white with black toe caps and a sun hat and black daisy necklace and earrings. My hair is put up in a bun under the hat.  I was going for a safari look.  The outfit was fine for my day, A Sunday outfit with lots of time outside with grandchildren. The sun was out much of the day and the hat and sunnies were needed, as was the warmth of the dress/ duster.  
I was less happy with pairing EF.navy pants with hot pink, a silk woven tee (4/5)and with a coral tee and matching scarf (14/15) And a Ted Baker tee with black clamdiggers (#6/7)
.  Another piece that needed wearing was the Chico’s white utility pants or my shorts.  This time they were worn with an EF thrifted striped linen top ( white and navy stripe), an EF old navy knit zip front jacket, a  black and tan small bag, and navy and black bead necklace and pearls and black and navy athletic slip on sneakers.  This was sort of a fail because the striped to was too short but a white tank under it saved the day. (#8/9).  I also needed to wear a late entry, the Chico’s coral pants a couple of times.  This could be filed under brights and made me happy.  The whole outfit is from consignment stores except the EF espadrilles from last year. (#10/11).   Later I added a second coral necklace much like the first but fuller.   The last outfit is the coral pants with peach and red also with nude EF espadrilles.  The peach did not blend as well with coral as I’d hoped.  A gifted button-down peach sleeveless top was worn open over a lighter peach knit top. (#12/13)

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WIW: Summer Brights. ETA: Orange Dress & More Boho

Inspired by Angie’s blog post, some bright coral Chico’s pants came home with me here paired with a Johnny Was top and citron cardi for more brights.  Every thing I am wearing is consignment or thrifted.
Orange consignment dotted dress for Fathers Day (5-7) with EF bone white long silk sleeveless duster, floral scarf and red-orange loafers and bag. Does the scarf look ok? The EF topper? Thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.

22/6/2021:   Consignment BOHO blouse with coal tassels and purplish  blue cardi and tank.  Purple flats from YLF member San. Coral-red Kate Spade bag, turquoise jewelry, coral consignment Chico’s utility pants with lovely deep pockets. It feels right on a chilly morning of what is predicted to be a hot day. (#8-10).

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Sal’s Challenge #6: the Dark bottoms

I have been using some dark bottoms…black silk Citron of Santa Monica clam diggers subs in for EF black Ponte pants that are now too warm, topped consignment pants that are black cotton with tiny white dots, and a black EF tube skirt.
The first outfit is the Citron ps to with a woven silk tee, cobalt with tiny black dots, a silk bead necklace, black and grey Bagalinni bag, and blue/grey Born Mary Janes. (#1-3).
Outfit 2 (#5/6 shows pants and under layer of an old thrifted Sweet Pea mesh top). (#7-10) shows the outer layer of silk dragon jacket worn open and closed. (#4 is a close up of medallion print with dragons).
The third outfit is the black Citron silk clamdidders worn another way, with an animal print woven silk tee skirt and a long black linen cardi and old DV ankle strap shoes., gold jewelry (11-13).
The next outfit uses the EF black tube skirt and an EF black silk tank with black sequins at the neckline. The topper is an old EF bone white gillet. Silver jewelry and AGL sneakers and a German leather bag finish the outfit.
#(19-22 i features the third wearing of the EF black tube skirt. #22 shows the top under layer of an aqua EF tank, aqua large bag and sparkly loafers with cobalt, red, black and brown. ( #19-21) the silk Citron of Santa Monica jacket, a floral on a black background. #19 also shows the little turquoise silk bag from consignment last year.. is the tank too long? Too clingy? I never took the jacket off. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.
Are these outfits too dark?

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Rip Skirt style lab

Adding the rip skirt to Sal’s Challenge seemed like too much. It deserved its own styling lab. So here are the results. Some of the colors do not look true on my screen.
First up the shoulder pad top. (1 2) Imagine a variety of black tops with this skirt, Including a black swim suit top (longer, not bikini but tankini).
Next, a red- orange top/or jacket (3/4)’which picks up one of the colors in the skirt. (5/6): skirt with apple green cardi and olive tank.
Then, 7/8, peach top, 9/10, peach top with olive jacket, 11/12, olive sweater.
I don’t think 13/14 work. The top is a striped print. #15 is an aqua shirt worn out. Again it is close to a color in the skirt.
What do you like, if anything? Suggestions are welcome.

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Sal’s June Challenge #4

Most of these will be a white bottom worn 3 ways. The first outfit is my EF heavy linen crops with a Japanese airline cobalt blue cotton jacket, white Vionic flats and pearls
The second outfit is the same linen pants with a black linen shirtover a white EF silk shell, silver EF espadrilles from last year.
The third version is the same pants with a Target white cotton tank under an EF small white linen poncho. My 3-year old granddaughter called me a white ninja. I used Coach silver loafers and silver bags, pearls and silver jewelry.

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