K/R: EF Espadrilles

I found these perforated EF espadrilles at The Rack a while back and thought they would make a good addition to my summer footwear...cool in the heat yet not open. They are a half size up but very flat, so there is room for a cushy insert or to allow for foot swelling. It has been too cold and snowy to wear them and they can still be returned. What do you think? I'm not even sure if they qualify as espadrilles. K/R? Are they modern enough to update my outfits?

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K/R: Statement chunky blush pullover

In my quest to amp up my casual style with some color, I fell for this chunky blush pink pullover. It is a cozy non-itchy blend of acrylic and wool which is a good weight, not too hot, not slushy. The photos don't show it, but it is slightly longer in back. The color is probably most accurate in photo 2.
I love the color but need your opinion about fit. Is this too overwhelming or nicely slouchy? It was very inexpensive so I'm looking for a one or two season life, not an investment piece. Be blunt. Keep or keep looking?

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Buy or not? Long black blazer

Same consignment shop as the EF coat in the other post. I 'd been wanting a year round weight longer black blazer to update an old one but wear them casually. This is a light wool Anne Klein. Is it too tight in the midriff? I don't think I'd ever wear it open though, but am unsure of length and fit. The black is hard to see. Does this deserve a place in my wardrobe or should I keep looking? Does it look modern enough? Please be completely blunt. I'm wondering if I even want a black blazer and need advice.

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Ask Angie: and all: K/R white vests

I need some guidance. I am contemplating 3 three sizes of the EF bone vest plus a white Frenchi version. I'm not sure if any of these work very well. Here they are with a simple black sleeveless dress.
1/2: the EF vest in PP ( smallest possible size)
3/4: same vest in size PS
5/6: same vest in regular XS
7/8: Frenchi vest. If I keep this one I will have the pockets that show through removed.
9: white denim vest that I own with a similar dress for comparison.
Do you need to see these styled differently?
I like the bone color and it could be worn as part of a tonal outfit, but I'm not sure that this expensive, even on sale, piece is a 10 and versatile enough.
Do you like one size better than the others?
It may be that this is coming at the end of the summer season and not as exciting as it would be in the spring. I need some convincing to keep. Even the petite versions are lots longer on me than the black version that I own and love. Does that look ok? Can I fit it into a casual lifestyle?
Thank you for any comments and suggestions you have.

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K/R: Cobalt Jacket

This Alberto Makali jacket was bought when the weather was too cold to wear it. Now I'm wondering if I should return it because it gives me big shoulders. ( I have IT tendencies.) I'd love your honest opinions. Should I keep it or wait for something better. It is a wild card piece.
Pro:
It is a good spring/summer/early fall weight
Good sale price
Nice drape
Good color for me but I have little of it
Wear with both light and dark neutrals and some colors
Con:
Fit???
Doesn't match anything
Thank you for your thoughts.

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K/R: Am I Wearing Sale Blinders?

I'm showing you some things that followed me home from The Rack but really want your honest opinion on these for me.
First up is a black lace topper that opens in back. My thoughts were to wear it over my black tank and sheath dresses when I need a little shoulder coverage but not warmth. The lace is matte, not shiny; not exquisite but not too shabby either. I'm showing it with a dress and with a black tank and jeans. It's hard to show the movement and back interest. (1-3).
Next up is a look I love on others but can overwhelm me. The blush shell is voluminous under more soft silky volume of a kimono-esque open topper. It's a great weight for summer and I have a sugar eye for these Citron brand prints. This one has blush, grey and soft black and goes with much I have. If I wear structured pieces underneath, can I pull this off or should I forget about it? (4-7)

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Ask Angie: should I Keep this EF pullover?

I asked about this sweater when shopping and got mixed reviews.
http://youlookfab.com/welookfab/topic/buy-or-not-5
It came home with me; I've done some playing, but am still undecided about keeping it. Below are some tries.
1/2: in the store with black jeans and top.
3: with white jeans and tank.
4/5: with camel skirt and black cowel-neck sweater
6: with black tube skirt and cowel sweater
I also tried it over a black sleeveless shift dress and thought it worked ok.
Pros: I love the design and fabric.
It could be worn almost year round
Sale priced.
Could work with lots of things I already have.
Seems fluid with structure in the fitted sleeves and moves nicely.
Cons: While half price, is still expensive, so must be a 10.
With a tank underneath, the neck is more open than ideal and calls
for a scarf, fill-in necklace, or topper to bring something closer to my
neck.
The bottom edge in front hits at my widest part ( back is slightly longer).
I'm unsure about the proportions on my body. This is a regular XS. It is available on the EF site in a Petite S, but is more expensive and my best size in many EF pieces is a PP, which is not available.
What do you think after seeing it with more stylings? I need your collective wisdom.

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K/R: which size BR ivory jeans?

The BR ivory jeans and sweater finally all arrived and I'm not sure which size to keep, so need your eye.
Photos 1-3 show the smaller size at full length. 4 is the same size tucked to shorten.
Photos 5-7 show views of the larger size; 8-9 that size shortened.
Neither pair is tight or uncomfortable. For those who have these, do they "grow" on wearing? At first I liked the smaller size. Now I'm leaning toward the larger ones. Would the smaller size be best with a longer sweater?
What do you think of the sweater?

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K/R: Eileen Fisher Cowl Neck Dress and Cardi

This dress is one of Angie's finds
http://youlookfab.com/store/20...../#comments
I have been stalking it for awhile and when the Eileen Fisher site had a big % off sale over Labor Day, I pounced. I also ordered a matching colored (firefly) cardigan. They came late yesterday and I'd like your opinion. This is a want, not a need.
1-3: this is the basic dress. I like the color on me, the fabric (same as lantern dress), the length and high neckline. I wonder if it is too fancy for my life. Can I wear it to church?
4-7: The cardi I ordered, which was also on sale but still pricey. It is a different texture from the dress. Dillard's has a longer sleeved cardi this color I may try if you think this one is not flattering. It is more expensive. What do you think? It comes with a big pewter pin but I couldn't remove it without damage to the tag. Think #7 with a pin.
8-9: a cardi already in my closet. The color is an excellent match but is it too long or can it be worn to make the dress more casual?
A friend I sometimes shop with saw me in this dress and has also seen me in the lantern dress. She really wants me to get this dress and also the same one in pine needle (at Nordstroms )

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Ask Angie: K/R: Tory Burch navy leather jacket

I found this jacket at the Rack and need your wisdom as to whether or not to keep it. I can get very sidetracked by the 85% off price.
I took some quick photos with various other things. The color shown is pretty accurate. It is a dark navy but has some contrast with black. I can think of lots of things that I could wear with it and the butter soft leather could be worn almost year round as an indoor jacket.
However, even at it's much reduced price ($119 from $800), it is pricey for me. As for need, I was hoping to replace a wool navy blazer this year and I think this piece could fill that spot.
The fit feels good but my eye is not good at knowing. I could not layer anything bulky under it. Can this be worn with pants, dresses and skirts? How is the fit? Is the length good? It is collarless but my shoulders are pretty broad and neck is average length. I don't want to keep this if it is not a 10. I want it to be but am easily swayed by a bargain.

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