Belting Fun for Valentines and more

Other than go out to eat and to church, I did not dress up much, but wanted to share a few recent looks with Valentine's Day in mind and the belted blazer.
The red jacket is a thrift store find and does not fit well, although it is boxy enough to fit over a sweater. It is on its way out. I don't think my footwear choices were good either, but I was tired of boots and booties and we have no snow. How did I do with the belting? Too high? Too much volume?
The heart necklace is pretty but not really my taste. It was a gift from DH, so I'm wearing it.
7 and 8 were for casual. 8 is a new EF jacket and slim pants I think would be great for travel. I am trying to replace a very old EF jacket and pants. Should I keep these? Is the jacket too long?

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  • replied 6 years ago

    Joy, I love all these looks. I think the belts are at the right place.
    I think I prefer the footwear in 1 (with the bow) over the ones in 5.
    7 is great.

    I love the look in 9. I think that's my favourite. The belt is fabulous and the blazer is the perfect length (not too long, at least to me).

  • replied 6 years ago

    Joy -- I think you look wonderful.  I have this weird love of patterned bottoms.  When I saw your pants in number 8, I fell instantly in love.  

  • replied 6 years ago

    I love your outfits!

  • crazyone replied 6 years ago

    I love both the belted looks! Do you have the same issue I did of the belt getting in the way of the buttons?

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Crazyone, I did not have it with these jackets.  The jacket with the skirt has only one button and the belt is very narrow.  The jacket with the pants has no buttons, so that one is easy.

  • El Cee replied 6 years ago

    You did a great job with both belted looks and I especially love #9 (so chic and elegant). I like the belts you've selected for each outfit… good choices. And I love your heart necklace. That it was something that your DH gave you makes it extra special. I also like both of your casual outfits. The plaid pants are fabulous.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    You NAILED it in #1, you super cute gorgeous creature. Killer rendition. I love #9 too. 

  • Brooklyn replied 6 years ago

    The belted looks are fantastic. You look smashing. I am loving no 7 too. The combo of red and grey is so vibrant.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I forgot to thank Smittie, Sterling, and Bettycrocker .  your comments really help sort things out. Sterling, the cardigan in 7 and jacket in 8 are in your challenge category.  The jacket will most probably go but I am still thinking about the cardigan.  I like it for pattern mixing with black and white stripes or polkadots.  It may get another day's trial.

    El Cee, a big thank you hug for your lovely words.

  • MsMaven replied 6 years ago

    I especially like #9. I'm not big on heart pendants or jewelry myself, but I do like yours--it's great. I love a black jacket with a patterned skirt, and the belt makes it extra special.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Angie and Brooklyn, we must have cross posted. Angie, I'm so glad that you approve of the belted frock outfit in #1 and the new pieces in #9.
    Brooklyn, thank you for commenting on #7. I am trying to decide whether or not to keep that cardigan.
    MsMaven, your comments are very helpful to me. The patterned skirt is a favorite find, my only DVF piece.

  • Jaime replied 6 years ago

    I am in serious awe of #1. I think it is perfect. 

  • Nebraskim replied 6 years ago

    I love the long skinny belt in look 1. I've not looked for belts like that but I'm tempted now. I literally gasped at look 9. Super flattering. And I  liked the floral sweater in look 7. A fresh fun take for a winter day. 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Shevia, it means a lot that such a stylish lady likes #1. Thank you.
    Nebraskim, you are very kind. Thank you for your encouraging and helpful comments. I will keep the pieces in #9 and probably the sweater in #7 too. I really like the unusual print .

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Hearted this thread. Love what you've done with the belted look!

  • Sally replied 6 years ago

    I love number 7. Those pants are gorgeous and I like the cardigan and how you've put it all together.
    Also like the first belted skirt outfit. You look fabulous.

  • replied 6 years ago

    #1 is my fave, but really all are fab!

  • shaz replied 6 years ago

    You look beautiful in all your outfits. I have a pair of jeans of very similar color and cut to the pants you are wearing in number 7 but never figured out what to wear with then color wise but have found inspiration from how you put your outfit together

  • Jjsloane replied 6 years ago

    I like 8 best (Plaid of course) but they all look nice. I just read an Instyle article on belting blazers so you are ahead of the trend and lucky to be able to sport it so flatteringly. 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Rachylou, Diane and JJ, since I have no defined waist, I'm surprised that this belting can work for a rectangle shape. I find that it does detract from the apple tendencies. Your kind comments encourage me to continue belting.
    Sally and Shaz, I love the coated Rich and Skinny grey jeans in #7 for cold days as the coating cuts the winter winds. They also seem to stay pristine looking all day. This photo was taken late in the day.

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    #1 is perfect! You nailed the belted blazer and I love the red quilted purse. You do red white and black so well. Love that color combo especially with your gorgeous hair.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Thank you, Natalie. The bag is Kate Spade and I love the color and size.

  • Mirjana replied 6 years ago

    Divine, love #1 and #9 especially .

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Joy, it's so interesting that you can do this as a rectangle. I am so jealous! Do you have a long torso? I'm wondering if that is the difference. I am a short-waisted rectangle which is a double whammy against this look. There is just no way. I'm loving it on you, however. Simply gorgeous!

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Viva, I am a short waisted rectangle.  Before 2 C-sections I had a very small waist but that is completely gone now.  I actually like belting high under an open topper so that just part of the belt shows, giving the allusion of a smaller waist.

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