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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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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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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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.

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