WIW: recent dresses and skirts in the heat

These outfits are remixes of items you have seen me wear. I post them for your comments on heat works or not and suggestions for improvement.
1/2. Thrifted ( years ago) Talbots pull on sleeveless sheath dress. In 1 it is unbelted with an EF linen cardigan, thrifted wedges. In 2 the same dress with a Citron kimono type silk topper and black obi belt, Me Too shoes.
3. Halogen seamed pencil skirt with Halogen top.
4/5. Eileen Fisher rhubarb lantern dress two ways. 4 is with the linen EF cardi, stretchy belt. 5 is the same dress with chocolate brown accessories. The necklace was my mothers and is a chain of large tortoiseshell links. Too much brown?
6. Are some of the same accessories I wore with the same rhubarb dress only a different necklace of large gold links and a new clutch from the Rack that is the rhubarb color. I didn't get a photo of the outfit.
7/8. Taylor polkadot sheath dress. 8 shows the dress with blush Halogen jacket, MeToo shoes, cream cross body bag.
9/10. My denim pencil skirt with a thrifted chocolate, bead embellished top and thrifted brown sandals. The first photo if the top worn untucked. The second is a semi tuck with snake belt. Which is best? Or neither?
I welcome your thoughts.

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  • pil replied 5 years ago

    I just love the way you wear longer cardigans with your dresses! My only uneducated observations would be maybe a lighter color of shoe in #1? I love the color combination in #5 but am waffling as to whether the darkness of the sweater is a bit too heavy. Love your mom's necklace! 9/10 looks good both ways - just different from each other.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    They all look good. You always look wonderful in the EF dress and I love the contrast with the more neutral last oufit. You can carry them all off!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Pil, thank you for your comments. Those black sandals are going to the donation bag. The dark sweater you are referring to, is it the dark brown one?
    Shevia, thank you. The rhubarb dress has been a bit more of a challenge than the blue one.

  • pil replied 5 years ago

    Sorry, yes, I meant picture 5 - but maybe the weight of the sweater is lighter in real life than it reads on my ipad. Though I'm thinking in terms of summer - heading toward fall is terrific!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    The sweater looks darker in the photo than it really is. It's linen, so a warm weather cardigan that is worn more for coverage than warmth. You are right that it gives a nod to fall

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    What a fun clutch! Of course you had to snap that cutie up. It's super with the lantern dress and I love that whole outfit in #5. The others are great, too, and I see you doing your best to usher in autumn even if the heat is making that a challenge. I love the semi-tuck in the last outfit! 

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    You are so stunning!  All of these are terrific, but since you're asking for feedback, and I like to push myself onward and upward, too, I'd suggest trying #2 belted over the cardi.  Now, I'm love all the elements as you have them, but the cardi is a little long for the dress.  I'm not sure that it wouldn't seem bulky that way, but it might be worth a look-see.

    When the weather cools down, how does #3 look with the jacket in #8?

    I love the blue dress, and the denim skirt with the semi-tuck.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Suz, you are right. I'm trying to find ways of wearing summer things for our long warm autumns. Thank you for your help.
    Beth Ann, those are good ideas. I've not even had the skirt in 3 next to the jacket in 8. They may be too differently saturated color wise but worth a try.
    I'm thinking of having that kimono jacket shortened in order to make it easier to wear.

  • Carole replied 5 years ago

    I think these are all great. I prefer the shorter topper with the dress but I think the longer ones work, too. I love the accessory shot in 6, everything looks great together!

  • Debbie replied 5 years ago

    I love the lantern dress with the belt. I would have never thought of that.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Thank you Carole. I bought too many long cardigans when they were popular :)
    Debbie, thank you. I've liked a wider belt better than a narrow one with these dresses. The stretchy ones work especially well. In the right spot they provide some tummy camouflage.

  • Vildy replied 5 years ago

    What are you callin' "heat"? :D  I would never be able to wear a cardigan!
    I have the exact same brown top - love the firmness of it. I just took off all but the very top row of beads, though. Everytime I took it out I would think, "oh dear, not me."  That's because it was you!

    ETA: crazy about the navy polka dot dress. That, I could wear in the heat around here.

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    You always look so wonderful. That polka dot dress is fantastic on you, and I love the clutch! I like the version of the last outfit with the belt.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    There is no end to your loveliness, gorgeousness, and elegance. End of story, sweet and fabulous Joy. xo

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    LOL, Vildy, those toppers are only for AC. Too funny about the brown top. DSIL actually picked it out for me while we were thrifting. It was 99cents that day (75 cents with senior discount) so I bought it to please her. But it has turned out to be a great piece with just the right weight to not be clingy but not so thick as to be hot.
    Thank you ,Janet. Your preferences are very helpful to me.
    Angie, you give me such confidence in my choices. XO

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