Sal’s July Challenge: What I learned

I joined Sal’s July challenge and wanted to do a follow up. Basically my version was to wear all my summer bottoms, styled with tops, topper and accessories. I wanted to see what I could get rid of and what I needed.
I learned that I have a lot of summer clothes and do not need anything as I am pretty content with what I have even after passing on lots of pants, skirts and jeans.
I learned that theme weeks like all color or white bottoms drove me crazy. I can wear color for a couple of days, then crave a minimal neutral outfit.
I learned that I have a good supply of summer toppers and need them for the cool mornings, evenings, and air conditioning, but could use more accessories in summer colors, especially bracelets in orange, yellow, olive, and white.
I have enough though, that I can wear a metal and metallic shoes.
I see that some tops do not fit like they used to and need to have a big try on session with tops and dresses.
I would like to add more wide legged pants and maybe tunics but need to explore volume over volume
Toward the end of the month, I did not do well getting photos, but will add a few to this post from my phone. Thank you to Sal and all who journeyed with me on this challenge.
ETA: photos 1-4are with an old denim pencil skirt, white tee, and EF navy cardigan. Photos 5/6 and 10/11 are olive cropped pants and rust tank with a pattern mix of silk blouse and silk scarf with silver bag and jewelry. Photos 7-9 are EF navy pants with a striped rash guard top and white linen man’s shirt used as a topper. Navy bag and canvas ballet flats with a bit of a wedge ( Clark’s Cloudsteppers).

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July Challenge: 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th White bottoms week

Continuing the July Challenge to wear my summer bottoms with a summer top, a topper and accessories, this week featured my white or nearly white bottoms.
Yesterday was the first day. I wore EF bone jersey pants rolled to crop, a sleeveless silk top in cream and with a pattern in black, tan and pale lavender. I wore tan peep toe flats and a long black cardi. Unfortunately I don’t have Angie’s supper power and disaster struck when frozen blueberries rolled down the front, leaving a trail of stains before I was able to take photos. Maybe after a soak in Oxyclean and wash, I will be able to recreate the outfit.
Today’s white bottoms are AT capries worn with a navy and white striped tie front Max Studio ktee, striped Munroe flats, navy bag and an old museum silk scarf (6) bracelets (5) and a Target denim jacket.( in 3/4). I welcome your thoughts and suggestions. The white bottoms are a bit tight in the waist and may go the end of the season or before. I like the striped top for fun with pattern mixing and the diagonal sleeves.

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July Challenge: Color Week July 8,9,10,11,12,13,14

This week, continuing to try all my summer bottoms, add a bag and topper and other accessory, I am going to try to feature my colored bottoms.
First up are deep blush Mossimo high rise skinny jeans rolled up. My top is a peplum floral from last summer, flats are old ecru perforated Aldo brand (#1), bag is a blush shoulder/crossbody tote (#2/3) that is more pink than I realized in the dark store. I used a long pink summer weight Halogen duster cardigan (#4) that is from consignment late last summer. The loose knit snags so this is probably its last season. I wore an assortment of bracelets (#5). One of them plus earrings and pendant necklace (#6) is recent from JJill for credit on a returned gift.
July 9: mint/light aqua jeans, rolled. Same color tank under a second hand Chico’s poncho, pink wedge shoes and pink/blush bag. Accessory is a pile of pearls for Angie’s birthday plus pearl earrings. Sadly I am lacking pearl bracelets. Something to look for.
July 10th: #10-12. Scroll down for more and description.
July 11th: these photos were taken at the very end of a hot busy day with a four year old at the aquarium. Scroll down for more description.
July 12th: yellow wide crops (you knew that was coming) with gold metallic loafers and KS bag and consignment sleeveless yellow top. My topper is a consignment apple green open cardi. Accessories are necklace, earrings and a bead bracelet that was my mother’s.
July 13: Baby blue jeans and watercolor print blouse with lime green topper, more below.
I will add outfits to this thread this week.
July 14 and last outfit for this week. A navy 2-piece dress with floral pattern. Scroll down for details and more photos.

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July 4/5/6/7 July Challenge

I was planning to wear the Statue of Liberty tee and white jeans with the red cotton jacket but, with Trump spending Bably needed National Park money on a military I was more in a mourning mood and changed to the black jacket.
Accessory for the challenge is a clear pale grey lucite necklace, bottoms under consideration are a relatively new pair of white Madewells. I will be interested in how you feel these look.
I welcome you input on everything and styling, shoes are silver loafers slides from last summer. Bag is an old silver Hobo. Earrings were sparkly stars. What do you think?
Scroll down for July 5&6 &7.

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Sal’s July Challenge: we begin (scroll down for Day 2 &3)

Sal is wearing all her seasonal clothes in July plus an accessory and planning to post the results. I joined the challenge but picked summer bottoms, a different one each day ( if I have enough), with an accessory or more than one and a topper. Today’s outfit is based around some Universal Standard embroidered jeans bought last summer. I used a gold colored EF linen tank to pick up the gold color in the embroidery, metallic gold espadrilles ( Mark Fisher), a Kate Spade metallic gold bag, and gold jewelry. My topper is a thrifted dark red linen Talbot’s jacket. Accessories are gold bracelets ( #4!) and gold hoop earrings and a silk floral scarf bought at the Metrapolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and a thrifted dark red leather belt with gold hardwear. The red jacket is not making me happy but is a useful unlined linen jacket in a red that is not my best red but works well with several tops. The jeans are mid rise on me and this may be the last season for them. What do you think?
I will plan to add my outfits for a week to this thread. I am looking for help in what to keep and what to pass on. The shoes are the newest item in this lot.
The silk floral scarf (#5) may work with the black and white zebra top for some pattern mixing.

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Dress challenge: Zebra edition

Inspired by Angie’s dress challenge and her zebra fabness post, this is what I wore to church today: an old zebra summer top, tucked into an EF black tube skirt, black zipper necklace from an art show, black and white-ish pointy flats, an old black and white bag. EF long black jacket ( it is cool and raining).
I tried without the jacket (#1) and breathed a sigh of relief when I put the jacket on (#2-4). Less pattern visibility.
#5 is a zebra scarf I own. I also have a zebra print belt but no photo.
What do you think? Styling suggestions?

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ROG skirt outfit for the challenge. WIPTW Tomorrow

Tomorrow we plan to take two little preschool grandchildren to the Butterfly Pavilion. Prehaps this tee will fool the butterflies into thinking the flowers are real and some will land. I plan to wear this outfit tomorrow, although I will sub white flats or sneakers for the kitten heels and a larger white bag for the little crossbody as I will need to carry snacks and such. I really need a white backpack.

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WIWX3: Dress Challenge assisted by ROG

I am late to the dress challenge. The first outfit was suggested by ROG EF striped knit skirt, AT black silk shell under a Citron of Santa Monica silk kimono jacket, snake print Franco Sarto loafers and old grey with silver studs cross- body/ shoulder bag/clutch. I would never have put these together on my own. I plan to add bracelets.
Photo 2 is an old denim dress worn duster style over white tee and white jeans with silver bag, loafers and jewelry. I was not happy with this outfit.
3/4: what I wore Sunday, orange. 4 is a string of irregular pearls strung by me. Interesting orange jewelry is hard too find. Not crazy about the cardigan but needed warmth.
What do you think of these casual dress and skirt outfits? I welcome your ideas and comments.

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Update. Need help with wide crops length

I bought these yellow wide crops at Nordstrom Rack as I have been wanting yellow jeans. I think they need shortening but am not sure after reading KM’s thoughts about the wide pants in Japan.
Photo#1 is full length on me. Photos 2&3 show a couple of lengths turned up. Should they be shortened? If so how much? Raw edge or hemmed?
Or should I return them and look for something else? They are BP brand
and between mid rise and high waisted on me. Please give me your thoughts on this.
Photos 4-6 are the yellow pants shortened. It is hard to see the actual length but it is st least 4” above my ankle bone. Does the length look ok? Wmorn with my old white flats and no belt. Bag is thrifted.

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Navy version of Angie’s Black Dress Outfit Ideas

Yesterday for church I wore my LND ( Little Navy Dress and a navy open cardi for a topper. It is sort of versions of Angie’s #1 (metallic flats but dress is not tiered) and #4 ( it is a shift dress. Sort of a sack dress but hem is not assymetrical.). The dress is not quite sleeveless. It has small cap grown-on sleeves. Dress and cardi are EF from about 4 years ago. Gold espedrilles are Marc Fisher last year. I chose a bag with gold chain shoulder strap and gold hoop earrings and gold bracelets. I will try to add Finds later from desk top or iPad.

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