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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Maximal Striped Top: 3 Ways

This is my most maximal striped top. I wore it today to the Peach Festival with the skinny dark peach jeans.
A wildcard, it has also sparked a change in direction for my summer wardrobe. But that will depend on what you think.
I am wearing it 3 ways for hot summer, all with a tank or cami.
1/2: with a slim tube skirt
3-6: with volume on the bottom (white Gap wide crops) so volume over volume. The black and white photo (5), included to show the stripes. Aqua blue tank under the top.
7/8: over dark peach skinny jeans for lower contrast.
I don’t think this voluminous top overwhelms me, but correct me if I am wrong. I am not sure the tan wide ankle strap shoes work with this but the festival required lots of walking, so comfortable flats. I welcome your comments and suggestions. Does this type of top work on me at all? Too wild and crazy? The top is Chico’s via a consignment shop.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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
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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
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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?

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