WIW: Monotones Neutrals for cooler days

I've been repeating looks so much lately in the heat but it was cooler the last couple of days and I've reworked some things you have seen before.
1-3: Halogen pencil skirt (which doesn't bunch except for the way I must be standing), BCBGMAXAZRIA pullover, Elliot Lucca bag, old thrifted leather & knit moto jacket, old snake and linen flats, mom's necklace.
4-5: Chico's brown Ponte pants, old lace tee I usually wear under a sweater dress, thrifted Gap leather blazer, thrifted bag (Cristina made in Italy leather) and flats (Bandolino). I tried my new leopard booties with this outfit but the pattern seemed like too much with the lace, even for me.
The first was worn to church, the second today for casual errands. Your suggestions for improvements and styling are appreciated. Please let me know if any of this is looking frumpy.

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  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    I don't see any frump! I bet you are one of the most stylish ladies in your church :)
    I especially love the mix of textures.

  • Thistle replied 5 years ago

    Both are lovely, but I am really smitten with the first one. It is so elegent and pretty in a feminine yet modern way!

  • kellygirl replied 5 years ago

    LOVE the first one especially. Those cool neutrals are so glamorous on you. The brown tones look good too. I like the leather and lace combination. Very chic!

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    love them both! love how you matched the shoes with the bag in the 1st outfit!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Oh my, Joy -- that first outfit is sublime. What a gorgeous mix of textures and subtle detailing. You look wonderful and elegant!

  • Amy replied 5 years ago

    Good grief. You look sensational. #2 is drop-dead gorgeous.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I can't get past the first outfit. WOW. Killer. Silver and White Out to perfection. 

  • K. Period. replied 5 years ago

    Ditto what Angie said! I saw the first outfit and was swooning! Beautiful. The second is lovely as well. Frump? No way!  

  • replied 5 years ago

    No frump visible! You look lovely in both!

  • Mo replied 5 years ago

    Love the winter whites! 

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    I love them both. The textures & the colours of the first outfit look amazing with your hair.  

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Ditto! #1 is perfection. #2 is a successful change up (I think you know you rock the white and silver, so it is both a challenge and fun to go against the grain). Cool how you match up the tortoise sunniest to balance the darker colour. Though you wouldn't wear them indoors, you could push them up on top of your head a la hair band! Nice pop of red with the bag. That is my favourite shape of bag!

  • deb replied 5 years ago

    The off white is terrific!  

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I think I love #1 in part because of the gold! So interesting to me. The silvery white and cream just looks amazing an a bit unusual with the gold necklace. Not to mention the snakeskin. 

  • catherine replied 5 years ago

    Frumpy?  Hah!  Not hardly.  You look really put together and so stylish.

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    #1 is FABULOUS I am loving the accessories and the cream with gray. Gorgeousness. #2 is definitely fall I love the casual ease and rustic tailored elements (if rustic tailored makes any sense in the world outside my head).

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I felt great in the first outfit. The brown outfit feels like it needs work. It got too warm to leave the jacket on and I wished I'd tried tucking and belting. I think brown booties may have been better too, but even a small heel makes getting up and down from the floor harder at my age and it was a floor day for a class presentation this afternoon.
    Maybe brown patent oxfords?
    Day, I love the idea of calling this rustic tailored. Maybe I should try my multimedia, part faux fur vest for a touch of boho in the mix :)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    You look wonderful in both outfits and you have the magical ability to combine old and new and come out looking stylish without a trace of frump. I rather like the shoes in the second outfit!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Wowza! That first outfit is blowing me away. Thank you for the close-up shot so I could see how difference the different hues are in your yummy monochromatic look. I just ordered that clutch in a neutral coloblock. How do you like it? It looks large and soft and perfect for daytime, just what I'm looking for. I love how your Mom's necklace echoes the gold clasp on the clutch. 

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Claire, I love the clutch. It is large enough for everything I need without being huge or hard to hang on to. It can also be worn as a cross body or shoulder bag but I use it most as a clutch. I can't wait to see your color-blocked version.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I think you are the Queen of Neutral + Texture!  These two items, in combination, are a slam dunk for sophistication, particularly when they're in a modern, lighter color palette.  You look beautiful!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Marvelous montones!  Both outfits are lovely.  Easy on the eye and so elegant.

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Your first outfit is absolutely killer, Joy! Love your cooler days palette!

  • Mochi replied 5 years ago

    Joy, you look polished and unfussy and beautiful and exactly you. Well done. 

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