Festive Challenge: weekend edition

I started this post with Sunday to feature a casual dress inspired by Outfit 3, Cozy Cardi Layers. (#1-4) My dress is an ash grey long sleeved EF shift dress under a long Halogen black cardigan, I used the black/cream/grey scarf, charcoal Blondo booties and cream KS crossbody bag with pearl earrings. This outfit felt like just the right amount of seasonal festivity. For a topper I used the black leather trench you have seen before.
The second outfit (5-7) was worn Saturday for Immaculate Conception early morning services and out to dinner. It is mostly metallic silver. I wore pewter Lucky booties and a silvery light grey puffer jacket for outdoors. Most wore blue to honor Mary so I later changed out the silver top layers for a navy cashmere sweater under a silvery puffer vest. I liked this outfit better. Sorry, I did not get a photo but will probably wear it again.
Third, on Friday night to a light parade (9-11) a warm festive olive and burgundy with caramel booties and bag and a scarf that pulled all together. Snowflake sparkly earrings. I bundled up with long black old puffer, burgundy and green handmade mittens, knit hat in olive and aqua and an outer striped scarf.
Thank you for looking. All three outfits need improving. I appreciate your comments, preferences, and suggestions,

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Festive wear 12-4,5,6. Fair Isle?

(1-3): Continuing the festive challenge, today’s outfit may not qualify but I wanted to try my old Fair Isle-esque sweater. Does it qualify as a Fair Isle? It is Shetland wool and made in the British Isles. Shown with Paige Hoxton jeans which will be tucked into burgundy booties when going out in the snow, several necklaces incuding a big green and silver glass pendant and I may add a floral Christmas scarf for hectic pattern mixing. Your thoughts and suggestions are welcomed.
12-5: (4-6): dark green merino sweater with matching scarf, burgundy leather skirt, burgundy cardigan and twinkly star earrings, worn to teach. Burgundy ankle boots and leather shoulder bag. Suggestions welcomed.
12-4: Mistook tweedy consignment jacket with metallic silver threads and creamy lace lining over black BR tee and white Kut Catherine boyfriend jeans. I used silver accessories to pick up silver in the jacket. Worn out for a casual meal and to babysit. Suggestions and comments welcomed. Except for the last outfit, these felt appropriately festive for early December.

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Festive Challenge: WIW 12-2: a column of festive black in leather and lace

Second day of the Festive December challenge. For church and a later lessons and carols Advent program I wore a black merino top with a black lace tube skirt, black leather tall boots, black fleece-lined tights and black leather trench coat. For relief from all the black, a silk black, white and grey scarf and sparkly snowflake earrings from yesterday were added. You can’t see all the textures very well, so I took a photo of part of the lace skirt, tights and boots. Lots of black with pearls or sparkly beads at church today although several went deep purple for Advent. I welcome your comments and suggestions.
On the closet edit, I discovered a wool dress that I feel is too short even with leggings and a black velvet top that seems too tight. Both are history. The lace skirt I am wearing needs to earn its place. It does not get much wear in my mostly casual life, but has its moments like dressing up a sweater and tights and boots on a very cold day to be part of a warm comfortable outfit. You will probably see it again this month.

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WIW: pleated skirt pattern mix. ETA ? About Boatnecks

Still in the last week of November I was using my fall colors and still doing the November closet edit, I was trying out some closet orphans, so this is a pleated skirt outfit but also a question about whether or not to keep the skirt and orange jacket and striped top. It is all thrifted when I went a little nuts with orange. I would love your thoughts on these outfits and pieces.
ETA: the orange striped top has a boat neckline. They always turn into cowels when I add a jacket. This shirt did that but I tried to straighten it out for the photo, but you can still see it a bit I. #2&3. Does this happen to anyone else? I have purged other boat necks from my closet, but I like the stripes colors in this shirt. What would you do?

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Today's Pattern Mixing: 2 Plaids and a floral plus striped socks ( ETA photos of today’s mix)

After reading Angie's blog on pattern mixing, I could hardly wait to see what my cold weather clothes could offer. No picture yet of the outfit but the items from Finds: plaid jeans, plaid flannel shirt used as a jacket, floral top...all in reds and blues. My socks are wool navy and tweedy cream striped. It is pretty hectic as the Reds and blues are not a great match. The blue in the jeans looks a bit more teal than I'd like...not good with the plaid shirt's blue but pretty good with the background blue of the blouse.
What do you think? I wore this mostly for a casual day of cleaning, cooking and dog walking. Do I dare wear it out for a casual meal ?
Scroll down for today’s pattern mix.. casual black and white checks.

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Styling Lab for OTK boots and sweater dress toppers

Still doing Angie’s October wardrobe edit and need help. Please look at these OTK suede boots in photos 1-7. They are flat, comfortable with tights, and can be worn several ways. 1/2 OTK.
3/4 tops folded down. 5/6 one scrunched, one folded down inside. 7: both folded down inside. Please overlook bruised knee from a fall. The skin is healed but still looks discolored.
The other photos are of some possible toppers for the sweater dress and dress alone. What looks best? Should I even be wearing the dress? Boots in these photos are shown folded down inside.
I am eager to read your thoughts.

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Thank you, SarahD8!

Sarah sent me this gorgeous silk dragon top. It was warm enough Sunday to wear it. Here it is styled 3 ways from my closet. I wore it with the cropped wide pants and it was much admired, even by strangers.
I think photos 1&5 are with the cropped pants, 2/3 are pattern mixing with a plaid skirt, and 4 is with a black pants suit. I have on the wrong jacket with the suit pants. But it is similar. Thank you, Sarah.

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September Tracking Musings ( long)

Thank you, Jenn, for the September wardrobe tracking challenge and your suggestions as we went along. I did not make a capsule as I knew the weather would be a factor and wanted my whole wardrobe at my disposal. This turned out to be a good idea.
Musings:
1. I found that I like to mix things up..old stuff with new; maximal one day or two, minimal the next; wild colors and brights followed by neutral, soothing outfits; casual followed by dressy or a mix of the two.
2. I tried on and wore some older items and identified several pieces that will be donated...low rise jeans, a pair of utility pants that refuse to stay snapped, an uncomfortable pair of shoes.
3. Although I have more clothes than I can wear during a summer season, I really felt a need to update for fall..
4. No buying polyester for summer. It just feels too hot. It is ok for cooler weather.
5. Some items I planned to get rid of came in handy to use on days that could be rough on my clothes or accessories. An old metallic silver bag that had been replaced with a better one will stay around a while longer. It is a tote that. An be loaded with books and be set on the floor without worry of ruining it. Same with some old clothes. They are still needed for messy days. Maybe I will even try to wear a Hard Rock Cafe' Maui sweatshirt with a skirt, as Angie suggested.
6. I found that I really don't have any major wardrobe holes at present except maybe too much neutral and lack of pattern for fall/winter. Next year I will probably need to do some major replacing.
I plan to continue tracking in October. I stopped recording jewelry. socks and scarves as it was just too hard to keep those records. Maybe I will try again, especially noting if I want more color and pattern. A few things have been added.
Numbers:
Tops: Total worn for September was 28. Of those 7 were worn twice, 3X3, 1X4. That was a summer hot weather Joie silk sleeveless top in an Art Deco design in black, cream and greys with a bit of tan. I wore it with a tube skirt, black jeans, black silk pants, and cream jeans.
Toppers: I wore 30 including 2coats. The rest were cardigans of different lengths, light jackets, and a poncho and a long duster vest. Most worn was and old thrifted cotton olive EF jacket. It is an old piece that fits in well with my fall things. I wore it with a mustard floral blouse, a dirty mustard linen knit tank and a deep plum silk top.
Pants (including jeans): 21. Of those, 3 were worn three times and 4 were worn twice. MVPs were new EF russet pants, old Paige jeans, and EF black silk pants.
Shoes: 27. 5X2, 2X3, 1X4 and 2X5 ( Coach blue sequined flats and gold metallic loafers. If I counted the times I wore a silver shoe, it would be 9. I am definitely on team sparkly feet. Some sort of gold metallic shoe was worn 7 times.
Bags: 16 total. Of those 8 were used multiple times. A silver metallic bag came in on top with 13 wears.
Dresses: 5 with EF sleeveless sapphire blue and an orange EF long sleeved coming in with multiple wears.

Skirts: 2 with one wear each. An EF grey linen and EF black tube in a ponte knit.

I feel like I have enough dresses and skirts for my lifestyle and try to wear at least 2 a week. I can change the look of most with toppers and accessories. I have at least one topper for every summer dress.

I do not anticipate adding more summer or even hot fall clothes next year. There were several pieces that went unworn or under used because hot weather here is not as hot or as many weeks as in Kansas. I do not wear shorts or sandals and do not need them. What I do need are more pairs of sun glasses and sun hats.

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Light blue and brown and K/R questions

After reading Angie’s blog post today and wanting feedback on some new items, I came up with today’s outfit which combines some light blue and brown ( although it looks black in photos)
The floral top and brown EF pants and rather grey/ brown loafers are new with tags and I’d love your feedback on these items and possible styling ideas. Does this outfit even work?
The light blue EF linen cardi is an old piece which works well in cool weather that warms up during the day. (Does it look dated?) The pants? Do they look ok? The floral top I picked up to wear with olive and blush. ( photo 3 is a close up of the print) Is it too much on me? It is Calvin Klein and polyester, but I liked the structure of the welted bottom, although it does not show. It can be tucked in and possibly semi-tucked.
I would also like your thoughts on the grayish loafers in the last photos. They are Ugg driving Mocs but no fleece. They stay on and even have a good arch support in the correct position for my feet... a rare thing. I bought them thinking of house shoes/slippers but most end up becoming outdoor shoes eventually. (Photos 4&5).
I welcome your thoughts and styling ideas if I keep.

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Finds Generator Outfit from my wardrobe. ETA photos

I wanted to use the " Post about This" function, so this is what I plan to wear tomorrow for DH's birthday and some appointments and errands.
I would not have put the green and dark peachy orange together on my own. I will try to add a photo or two of this outfit in action tomorrow.
ETA: Photos added in comments below.

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