Oldies: the twin sets ETA a third

Another group of oldies, over 6 years in my closet...some twin sets. This one surprised me, but they are handy for fickle temperatures and help me feel pulled together, although I usually do not wear the twins together. Mine are a sleeveless shell and a long sleeved cardigan. None contain wool. The ones pictured are silk and a blend of rayon and nylon. Are these too dated to keep?
1/2: stylized leopard print in grey, black and blue on white. Good with black, white, grey or denim bottoms. A nice weight and can be used for pattern mixing with striped. Shown with oldie black Chico pants. Ignore flats. I was using them as slippers.
2-5: lavender silk knit set with some sparkles on the cardigan. Shown with Kut white jeans that are getting old. Shown with the front done up ( small hidden hooks and eyes) and open. Handy for a casual Easter get together with white jeans or white jean skirt. A pastel shade that also gets worn with light wash jeans. Would be ok with black or grey trousers.
ETA 6/7: tomato red set. Hardly ever worn together. Kept because the color is my best red. Worn often with blue ( navy or turquoise)
I welcome your thoughts. Keep it donate?

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Oldie LBD

For Katerina’s oldie challenge, I pulled out an old favorite Calvin Klein LBD probably over 6 years in my closet. It is a sheath that has survived the edits because it has a side zipper rather than a back one, allowing me to get in and out of the dress more easily. I like the length and that it is an easy slim column of black. I wore it to church today with a floral bomber jacket, black sheer stockings and black ankle strap flats. Not shown, I also wore my JCrew blush stadium coat and dark blush scarf over everything. The dress now fits a bit tighter than it used to. Shall I retire it? Note: seeing the photos I did not like the bomber with it or the jewelry or black stockings with this outfit. The jacket photo shows the belt askew, which I did not notice at the time. Comments and suggestions welcome.

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Oldies X4

For the Oldies challenge I am trying to pull older pieces that made the cut when moving. Today’s outfit uses 4, probably a big mistake. I feel now that I should have paired each with more modern pieces. All are at least 6 years old.
1. 1-2 show an old grey: black snake print Sweet-Pea-esque knit top. I like it because it is perfect and has been worn for Thanksgiving. The fabric is quite washable; the 3/4 sleeves can be pushed up even more and stay up when cooking or washing dishes; and I can layer under it with a black silk underwear or even a sweater and layer over it with a cardigan or jacket. The ruffles on the front add volume to my bust line and look great in motion. The neckline can be buttoned high as in #1 or worn open to be s slash neckline that is not wide.
2. The pants in this outfit are also oldies... a heavy black Ponte jean style from Chico’s. They wash and dry in the machine and have pockets. The length is good for flats. Spills wash out. I can play on the floor with the kids. They are not baggy.
3. The silver ballet flats are also oldies, the newest of 4 pair of the exact same shoe from Dr. Scholl’s. So easy to wear and comfortable. I have liked how the round toe and buckle visually shorten my over-sized feet. They are padded with great support and have a grippy slip-proof sole.
4. Oldie #4 is shown in 4-5, my old cotton black moto jacket. Great for transitional weather or as an indoor topper in cold weather. It is lined, so is too warm for high summer. The length seems to be ok with pants and skirts. I had this jacket for months before I was brave enough to wear it. Now I think nothing of it.
I welcome your feedback and styling ideas for any you think I should keep a little longer. Also, replacement and ways to modernize ideas. They each have a place in my present wardrobe, but I could let any and all go if that is best.

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Scarf Challenge

Bijou invited those interested to join her in a 5-day scarf challenge. Here are my results. I wanted to play with my spring scarves to see what I had and find new ways to wear them.
1/2: it was a cold day. The scarf is a floral for spring, but a big wool square, worn with a red pullover and dark olive jeans.
3/4: chose to wear tonal olive. The scarf is a small cotton square, folded with corners inside, knotted in the middle and ends tied in back...a favorite way to wear a scarf so it will not be in the way
5-11: a pastel outfit with lilac blazer. 5-7 uses a heavy silk long rectangle with a watercolor design. Looped loosely to show the scarf.
8-10: long narrow silk floral scarf, tied in an overhand knot and allowed to hang.
11: striped infinity scarf, wrapped once.
12/13: Prana thrifted hoody in peach worn with black ponte pants and small silk floral scarf in a different floral pattern, just rolled opposite corners inside and tied in a square knot in front. Do these patterns clash?
14-16: more pattern mixing with plaid sweatshirt over checked shirt, Japanese cotton fabric of sheep as scarf, black jeans. The sheep fabric was folded into a rectangle and tied in a knot in front, ends tucked inside the knot.
17-19: a polyester long rectangle of black, cream and grey rectangles on a Mistook (consignment) tweed jacket, EF ponte black slim pants. Scarf is in a contrived messy knot and drape.
I learned a lot about making scarves work and enjoyed wearing all these although none had much wear before. It was good to help them find outfits.
Your thoughts and suggestions are much appreciated. Do you have any favorites? Any that bother you?

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WIW: Black and Light Blue

These are not fab like Angie’s examples and I have very little light blue but took a stab at this ensemble.
1/2: What I am wearing today with a few inches of new snow. The light blue for spring plus black KUT jeans with black boots kept things real. The plaid shirt has blues, black and white and is my “print” for this exercise. I added the scarf with lighter blues for some maximalism.
3-5: The denim duster outfit is old and something worn last week over a column of black with white floral brooch added to a chain as a nod to spring.
What do you think? I welcome your suggestions and comments. I felt more quirky than fab in these outfits.

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WIW: Dark and silver

I had to try a quick version of Angie’s ensemble so here are the results. I wore this with my pink/blush JCrew wool stadium coat because my brighter coats are light weight trenches, not warm enough for ice and snow on the ground and 17 F. Please overlook the undone hair and makeup.
Sweater: black merino wool assymetrical EF pullover.
Jeans: old medium wash joggers
Silver watch, jewelry, hobo bag and ECCO sneakers. Grey and black striped wool socks.

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White Jean Pencil and Sweatshirt

Most of my skirts are pencils but I have very few sweat shirts and they are not traditional. I did pair a white denim pencil with a soft Joie sweatshirt, wanting to try this outfit. It was easy to wear, so much so that I may look for another sweatshirt. Most of the day was too cold for the skirt, so the sweatshirt was worn with white jeans, keeping everything else the same.
The skirt / sweatshirt pairing appeals to my dressy style with a casual life.
I will add a photo from my phone soon.

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WIW X 3: Texture Challenge (also no jeans) ETA another sweater dress outfit

Inspired by MsMary's outfits, I noticed that a couple recent outfits are fairly texture rich.
1-4: bone and taupey tan. Texture of faux fur, knit, sheer scarf with embroidered flowers, silk draping, fishnet stockings and suede booties, and pearls. Photos 4/5 show some texture details. I added more texture with a metallic bag.
5/6: today's outfit without the brown suede knee high boots I wore out and snake textured tote bag. Sweater dress, smooth legging pants, draped cowel neckline, giraffe print silk scarf and flats, lace, metal chain and earrings, bead and metal bracelet. I welcome your comments and suggestions. Am I too old to wear a sweater dress and pants as leggings? Please be honest.

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Challenge Musings (long) 30x30 Day 29,30

Day 29 of the 30x30 challenge. I went with the olive in the capsule for Angie's Olive on Olive ensemble, using gold metallic shoes, belt and bag.
1-3: capsule items in use with taupe bag with gold hardware.
4-6: someone asked if the olive sweater was the same color as the olive jacket. This shows me wearing them together. Close, but not the same. Both EF. Also featuring the sweater tucked in so it did not hang below the jacket and the other scarf with lots of olive. I welcome your thoughts.

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Week 4: 30x30 ETA: Day22,23,24,25,26,27

Well this is Day 1 of Week 4 and my plans are probably dashed. Today is Sunday and I would be at mass now and a trip later into Denver for a concert. We woke up to 4.5 inches of snow over ice and snow still coming down. DH ventured out to get the newspapers from the driveway and said that it is very slick. I am in lounge clothes sitting in front of the fireplace with my iPad and a hot cup of coffee.
I was planning to wear pieces from my capsule so far...burgundy leather skirt, black assemetrical EF merino sweater over black heatech tee, black riding boots and black fleece-lined tights. A scarf and black long puffer coat, gloves, maybe black felt beret for outdoors.

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