Ingunn's Challenge: Final Week

I managed 4 of the challenge outfits this week. The layered buttondowns have proved tricky. I tried twice, but none of the pictures turned out. The outfits were not working well anyway. I'll have to keep on that one.
1: Coat belted: first outing of a $15 leather trench from consignment close out. It has a self belt that I switched out for the black one. I liked this look but the high contrast might be shortening. What do you think of this coat? Tell me if it is too dated.
2/3: Borrowing from the guys. This thrifted Brooks Brothers blazer has a masculine vibe, as do the brown oxfords. I was not completely at home in this look. I wanted to add more girly shoes.
4/ 5: Shirt layered under a turtleneck could also qualify as From the guys as the turtleneck was my son's. I also tried the collar tucked inside the turtle but buttondown is hard to see.
6:7 Dress as Skirt: photo 6 is the merino wool dress on its own. 7 is the dress with a pullover sweater on top. For the photos I forgot to put on my Nike exercise wear "leggings" and the dress looks way too short for me here.
Ingunn, thank you for this challenge. It was fun and especially expanded my ideas of how to layer.

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  • harmonica replied 3 years ago

    Great outfits, Joy! SO fun you joined the challenge. Hard to pic a favorite. I really like the belt in #1. It's simple, yet eye catching. I'm really loving the dress into skirt outfit, too. Graphic and playful.

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    How does the leather feel on that coat, Joy? For me, with leather, it is largely about the texture. Some older coats get stiff, or perhaps always were stiff. But I love this colour on you and the very simple style of it lends itself to all kinds of closet play. I don't see it as dated, though the front pockets might give me a bit of pause. 

    I can see why you felt not at home in #2; I think my feeling would be similar. 

    But 4/5 is killer gorgeous on you; you wear slim jeans so well!

    Dress with sweater also looks great, or would with the darker leggings. A great week overall! 

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Wow, that coat fits you really well.  I think it looks classic.  Great colour on you.  #2 doesn't seem quite you, for some reason, perhaps it was "too manly", as you alluded to.  I love the skinny plaid pants.  Not sure I could ever layer under a turtleneck - didn't you feel like you were choking?!.  And wow, you look amazing in that dress!  I honestly don't think it's too short - you have great legs, flaunt a few inches of them!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Good grief. Look at you in #4. YOU WERE MADE FOR THOSE PANTS. WOW. Killer look, Joy. 

    I can't accurately asses the fit of the coat in #1 with the belt, but it has potential. Nice and '70s.  

    You are super cute in #4. 

    Adding your snakeskin Pettys to #2 might have made you feel more you. Great challenge. xo

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Harmonica, Suz and Elizabeth, thank you for the kind comments. Suz, the leather of the coat is soft as butter and light weight. It is not lined. I thought of it as a leather version of a trench coat but admit that I was definitely wearing sales goggles. I will have to show it with the belt that it came with. It has a single button closure near the waist.
    Elizabeth, the shirt, turtleneck was comfortable, more so than when I tried to wear layered buttondowns. This turtleneck is not tight at the neck, but I have a scrawny chicken neck.

  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    I didn't even TRY the layered button down idea this week, I knew I'd feel like I was in a straight jacket :).  Sounds like we're on the same page with that one. 

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Lol. I couldn't get the shirts to stay put. It only seemed to work with a silky shirt underneath for sleeve bulk, but then they kept needing to be readjusted.

  • UmmLila replied 3 years ago

    I love those skinny patterned jeans!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Well, if the leather is soft as butter, I say keep. As Angie says, it has a distinct 70s vibe to it. Which is fun. Wear with flares!  

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you, Ummlila. These jeans are now really marked down at the Rack.
    Suz, what a great idea to wear the coat with flares!

  • Vildy replied 3 years ago

    I clicked on this exactly because of the coat! I love it and love the contrast with black. I'd pin that outfit if I were a pinner. Does it say what brand it is?

  • Mona replied 3 years ago

    I actually like #2. Like Angie suggested, if you try with python petty's, you would look and feel great in it. Buttondown layered under turtle neck is also fun. You have had a great week.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Vildy, thank you. The coat label says "sienastudio"
    Mona, I think you are right about the pyton petties being just what this outfit needs.

  • Vildy replied 3 years ago

    Thank you.  I think Sleek is my shadow style :D and you do it so beautifully.

  • fuzzylogic replied 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness, Joy! Every outfit is a winner. You have a timeless, elegant style and a wonderful way of putting outfits together.

    I like the contrast between belt and coat in #1- paired with the boots the outfit feels just a little bit mod!

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Amazing! Leather coat, plaid pants, short skirt - you can do them all!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    I like the leather coat, Joy. With this outfit, I think the black belt works--I like the way it echoes your boots and the underlayer. It looks like a timeless style, and I can see it worn open over flared pants. I really love the plaid jeans on you, and that whole outfit looks terrific. (I like it with the shirt collar showing.) Your dress-as-skirt is a super cool outfit, too. The blazer outfit is fun, even if it felt out of character. You are a good sport to give all of these a try!

  • CocoLion replied 3 years ago

    Dress is not too short for you.  You have good legs.  Not an age inappropriate look, nothing awkward or giving me pause.  I think women over 50 should be free to wear shorter hemlines if they suit.  With or without leggings.  Note the qualifier 'if they suit' -- so some good judgment is required.  If one cannot rely on one's own judgment, we're here to help.

    ETA - And I like the leather coat.  I was thinking it looked really 70s.

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Oh, you are all so kind! Vildy, I love that you think that I can look sleek.
    Fuzzylogic, you made my day. Thank you.
    Shevia, you have put a big smile on my face.
    Sharan, I am flattered that you think these outfits work. Thank you for taking time to comment on each one.
    Denise, I really hope that you will give me a reality check if I show questionable judgement. As a young woman I wore mini skirts. I'm way closer to 70 than 50, but don't feel that old. Still, I wondered if the dress, even with woven narrow pants, was pushing it.

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