Breaking Out : Trying Cocoon Cardigan on the Cheap

I am rediscovering cardigans, preferring the structure of jackets. This cardigan with its cocoon style and near match for the BR cream jeans that many of us bought last year, jumped into my cart at Target. Is it overwhelming? This is a medium. The fabric is cotton and acrylic, so may pill in time, but it is cosy and machine washable for under $17 this week. There were also a rich burgundy and a mid grey at my store ( on line it is called black)
The tassel necklace is also trying a trend on the cheap. This from the Rack. Please excuse the slippers. I am awaiting a fashion rut..SE Petty booties, this time in "bone". I have them in "putty" and "snake", so a rut but a comfortable one.

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One More Seasons and Nature Outfit or the Big Bird Outfit

Another outfit that is to warm to wear yet but I couldn't resist showing you this vest recently passed on to me by a niece. The faux fur reminded me of feathers. All the other pieces are old. I wish the photos were better, but hope you can see the inspiration of the bird.

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Seasons and Nature Challenge: Take 4

Before leaving on a trip, I put a quick outfit together inspired by Diane's nature photo with the lovely autumn colors. This outfit is too warm to wear now, but includes some new pieces that I could get to and seemed to be the right colors. I would not wear the scarf as seen but wanted to show the dappled pattern and colors and mimic the throw draped over the chair.
The booties are a K/R. Do they look like keepers ? I wanted some this color but had a hard time finding narrow tops. These are SE.
The jeans are also new. I was attracted by the color, an oxblood or warmer version of burgundy. These are coated so have some sheen to add texture.

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Seasons and Nature Challenge Day 3

Probably not a flattering outfit but here I was inspired to use the colors, shapes and textures in the photo. It doesn't show well but the cardigan of linen and silk has a nubby texture. The shoes were also chosen for texture as well as color. The hat remixed me a little of the pod's shape. It was too hot for the cardigan. What do you think?

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Seasons and Nature Challenge 2

This interpretation was better in my mind than it worked out. The black/grey on top sides and white snow at the bottom with a center vertical line caught my attention. I tried to replicate with white denim bottoms and stone-colored top under a linen kimono jacket that reminded me a little of the trees at the sides. I forgot a belt but went with a grey/pewter one. I am off with proportions and too much white at the bottom.
It is still warm and even this unlined linen jacket was too warm, but I am trying to do the challenge with summer weight clothing. How did I do?
Do the new Joe's jeans look ok? I needed to replace my several seasons old AT white denim clam diggers.

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August Challenge 4: make some hot fall capsules

This last week of August I find that I desperately need to build some capsules for the hot Autumn days of September and even October. Yesterday I carved out an olive and orange capsule to which I can add white or other neutrals. There are other pieces I can add, such as my orange blazer and white denim jacket and white and olive jeans, when it gets cooler.
These combinations seem to work in my head but may not hold up when actually worn.
Comments and suggestions are welcomed. What else do I need to add? What doesn't belong?

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SYC July: matchup denim, low contrast & lite

Yesterday I did a summer version of double denim with black. Several wanted to see a lighter version, so here are 2. I could also do matchy white denim. I'm not confident about the ivory Express top worn here. It has a banded waist.
1/2: Same Aeropostale jeans and Hinge vest as yesterday. Express top, Coach pointy flat loafers. Calvin Klein belt.
3/4: same but with Old Navy white vest.
What do you like and what changes would you make?

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ROG Inspired and Outfit Lab

Last weekend I turned to ROG for inspiration for an outfit with a skirt. ROG kept showing me ideas with a wool caramel skirt and a leopard tube skirt. As it is hot and all wool is packed away, I went leopard. ROG also liked the cream and black pointy flats and cream KS clutch/crossbody bag.
I played with various tops but the same skirt and shoes. Here are some results and I'd like feedback as to what you like and what doesn't work. What tweeks would you suggest trying? The only toppers are vests and a silk shirt because it was so hot.
1: with black EF assymetrical linen sleeveless top.
2: with black V-neck EF silk sleeveless top
3: with silk sunflower tee ( black background with large flowers and leaves in shades of yellow and green.). Pattern mixing with leopard skirt.
4: another black silk EF sleeveless top, here shown alone. It is also part of 5-8.
5: more pattern mixing with Citron silk monkey shirt over black tank.
6: EF long stone assymetrical sleeveless shell over black top.
7: same as 6 with added EF long stone vest.
8: same as 4 with added black vest
9: shiny silk beige top

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Chocolate Capri Pant Styling: Take 2

Today I played in the closet and tried on mostly sleeveless tops with the new brown capri pants, trying to use suggestions from the first post.
1-3: citron or gold
4-6: bright pink or orange. 6. is an old VC cold shoulder top that has some brown stripes.
7 is white
8-9: black EF tops in linen and silk
10-12: blue. 10 is EF linen. 11 is Martin+Osa linen. 12 was plucked from the ironing pile. It is my chambray shirt (BR) that now seems too fitted.
I'm sorry that I've yet to make custom finds for most of these.
I would love to know what you like and what you don't.

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June Challenge: The old maxi

Yesterday on the thread asking what is the oldest item in your closet that you still wear, I had to admit to still having this 80's Carol Little set of long wrap skirt and she'll that I have worn ( very seldom now) as a 2- piece dress. It mostly lives in the holding zone while I consider having it shortened, but am not sure it's worth it.
1: top tucked
2: top untucked ( kind of like this proportion better)
3: tucked and belted
The fabric is a wash and hang dry rayon. The pattern is reminiscent of an animal print, black and coppery brown dotted areas.
What do you think? Toss? Shorten? Wear as is? I need some help on this.

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