My summer fit-n-flares

I love fit-n-flare dresses but they tend to make my legs look too skinny. Ones with narrow skirts look best...sort of a sheath with waist definition.
Here are some I wear in summer. All are knee length on me. In finds I also included my mules that go with everything and a silver bag, although I have a better matched bag now that needs a Find. I wore the white dress this week with white D'Orsay flats and a long white vest. Items are shown in finds.

29 comments

BB Dakota assymetrical jacket: thoughts?

My order of the Angie pick B.B. Dakota faux leather assymetrical jacket arrived.
I ordered my larger size of small regular over XS and was glad I did. The sleeves are very narrow, fine for me and adds structure, but I have long skinny arms. Zipped up it just fit on my non curvy bust but I think it would stretch some to accommodate a more average bust. (ETA; Angie has this jacket in her top picks and says it is fab on a full bust and works on an apple figure). I doubt that the tight sleeves leave any room for layering anything but very thin fabric sleeves.
The jacket seems well made, looks like leather but does not have an odor. I got the taupey color because I love that color for a neutral. I am wearing it just over what I had on, sleeveless EF silk shell and Joie silk joggers and would probably never wear it zipped up. I have some compliments in my wardrobe for the color: SE Putty booties, a taupe EF flat shoe with wide ankle strap, and some suede OTK boots and the bag shown.
Your thoughts? K/R? Should I try for a bigger size? Is the color ok on me from what you can see? It brings out the taupe in my hair. Styling suggestions?

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

21 comments

Art Challenge: The Balcony 2 and Arearea (Gauguin)

1-3, 7/ 8: I took my inspiration from the colors and sea in The Balcony and used deep blues and silver jewelry evoking the images in the painting.
5-7: inspiration here was both colors and theme. I used a shirt with a native woman in dreamy surroundings that reminded me of the painting.

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

12 comments

Art Challenge: Halftime-Oranges and Cass

Sal’s Art Challenge started today and I am wearing Halftime: oranges. (1-3). The colors, shapes, and, to a small extent, texture influenced my choice of and orange polka dot dress (color and round shapes). In the picture, the orange sections are surrounded by the white of the bowl. I tried to surround my orange dress with white of the jacket. A longer coat would have done this better. I repeated the round shape and white with a long pearl necklace and pearl earrings. My flats are also white but chosen because I did not have any green footwear ( green grass in the picture) to try and they have a texture a bit like grass. The larger perforations look like tiny leaves.
(4-6): I also tried a version of Cass, inspired mostly by the colors. I saw grey and light tan with the barn red building, so went with light grey pants, tan linen duster, and barn red top. The swirly white clouds could be my hair and necklace

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

25 comments

WIW: Column of White

Inspired by Angie’s column of white blog topic, I offer these 3 outfits worn in the last few days. They are not strictly her examples, but I still plan a summer version of white and oatmeal.
1/2: Gap wide crops, a white tank, EF Soft white blouse over that, gifted white lace scarf, cream Cole Haan athletic flats.
3-5: I have no white dresses so this is as close as I got. EF 2-piece striped dress worn casually with AGL cream sneakers and tassel earrings. I may try again with a white denim skirt but black accessories will not bookend my hair.
6/7: AT cropped white pants, EF long bone vest over thrifted cream sheer tee over white tank. consignment casual faux pearl necklace on cognac leather, perforated leather ballet flats
.

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

28 comments

Column of black 4 ways

Loving black in summer, I want to thank Angie for 4 black summer outfit ideas. After playing in my closet, here is what I came up with:
1: tunic, crops, metallic: EFblack silk pants, rolled; black EF assymetrical tunic, metallic shoes and bag
Photo1
2: Black Lite: Black pleated top and dark blue denim pencil skirt, white loafers. Photo 2.
3: Casual dress and white flats and bag.
EF shift dress with KS shoulder bag and AGL sneakers. Photos 3/4
4: Shorts, Silk, Straw: I don’t wear shorts so used these Citron of Santa Monica black silk crops, old black silk shirt, Pikolinos old leather straw-like peep-toes and vintage straw bag. Photo 5-7. I’d appreciate your comments and suggestions. Do I dare wear any of these outfits?

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

40 comments

Ask Angie, K/R: Vince leather jacket

A friend talked me into getting a buttery lambs’ leather dove grey jacket at the Rack. It was pricy even discounted. Now I am having second thoughts. Is it fabulous enough to keep? I love the color and soft leather but ... I would like your opinion.
1-4 the jacket.
5-6: the sleeves
I welcome your thoughts. I want a nice jacket in this color, but is this THE ONE?
Help!

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

36 comments

Dress version of the modern twinset

Inspired by Angie’s posts on modern twin sets and dresses, this is what I wore to a luncheon on a chilly day. I accidentally found an EF sleeved dress and thrifted scarf the same color. My happiness factor was high even though DH said I looked like a Buddist monk. The bright color warmed me on a rainy day with lots of hail.

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

36 comments

High volume duster outfit

Today I tried a duster outfit with 3 high volume pieces...wide crops, peasant style top untucked and denim duster. Accessories are a vintage summer bag, Merrell athletic flats in a blue and white stripe, blue stone beads on a leather strap necklace, red and blue bead dangly earrings, and purple leather bracelet. What do you think? Suggestions for improvement?
Sorry about the poor quality photos.

1

Go to the full post to see all of the pictures →

25 comments

Everything Closet vs Seasonal: pros and cons

I moved from a house with a small non-walkin closet to a house with a medium walk in closet. I intend and have tried to keep all my clothes in the new closet at once, not knowing how I would feel about that.
After nearly 2 years, I find pros and cons. Pros: I mix clothing more and cross seasons, There is less temptation to repeat buy as I see it all, all the time. There is less confusion and work at changing out seasons. Less stuffed closet.
Cons: I miss the excitement of bringing back old favorites for a new season. I think I may be tiring of my clothes faster since I see them all the time. I use clothing out of the season I bought it for, so tire of it early.
Anyone else had experience with this? What do you prefer? Packing away or one big closet?

51 comments