Ask Angie, K/R: Vince leather jacket

A friend talked me into getting a buttery lambs’ leather dove grey jacket at the Rack. It was pricy even discounted. Now I am having second thoughts. Is it fabulous enough to keep? I love the color and soft leather but ... I would like your opinion.
1-4 the jacket.
5-6: the sleeves
I welcome your thoughts. I want a nice jacket in this color, but is this THE ONE?
Help!

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Dress version of the modern twinset

Inspired by Angie’s posts on modern twin sets and dresses, this is what I wore to a luncheon on a chilly day. I accidentally found an EF sleeved dress and thrifted scarf the same color. My happiness factor was high even though DH said I looked like a Buddist monk. The bright color warmed me on a rainy day with lots of hail.

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High volume duster outfit

Today I tried a duster outfit with 3 high volume pieces...wide crops, peasant style top untucked and denim duster. Accessories are a vintage summer bag, Merrell athletic flats in a blue and white stripe, blue stone beads on a leather strap necklace, red and blue bead dangly earrings, and purple leather bracelet. What do you think? Suggestions for improvement?
Sorry about the poor quality photos.

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Everything Closet vs Seasonal: pros and cons

I moved from a house with a small non-walkin closet to a house with a medium walk in closet. I intend and have tried to keep all my clothes in the new closet at once, not knowing how I would feel about that.
After nearly 2 years, I find pros and cons. Pros: I mix clothing more and cross seasons, There is less temptation to repeat buy as I see it all, all the time. There is less confusion and work at changing out seasons. Less stuffed closet.
Cons: I miss the excitement of bringing back old favorites for a new season. I think I may be tiring of my clothes faster since I see them all the time. I use clothing out of the season I bought it for, so tire of it early.
Anyone else had experience with this? What do you prefer? Packing away or one big closet?

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Kimono duster

Inspired by Angie’s blog post and nice weather, I decided to wear my real kimono as a duster. Usually I feel it has too much volume for me. What do you think? Other styling ideas?
Somewhere I have a self belt for it but that looks more bathrobe-like.
I hope tomorrow to try my denim duster, which you have seen before.

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Another oldie floral cardigan, white jeans

Lots of oldies here. Cardigan is the oldest. Originally thrifted. Kept because the lively rose print makes me happy, has blush in the print, fun for pattern mixing with black and white gingham or stripe tops. It has some metalc silver threads and silver rhinestone buttons.
Problems: not my best red, too bluish. I keep a bit of this darker red but am thinking of getting rid of it.
The Kut Diana Skinny jeans. Old but in great condition. Kept because I love white jeans and need several pairs to prevent laundry bottlenecks. Problem; is the rise too low? Tighter on me than they once were ( thanks insulin) so some muffin top.
Pointy silver flat loafers. Very comfortable and in great condition, but do they look dated?
Top is Target but I have the same color 3/4 sleeve EF cotton tee. Belt is Fossil and a favorite.
I welcome your thoughts and ideas.

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Another oldie: floral cardie with maximal mixing

Continuing Katerina’s oldie-but-goodie challenge, today’s outfit used an old silk floral cardie and bold stripe shirt. These pieces are at least 6 years old. I am trying to modernize with navy jeans, semi tuck, pattern mixing ( cardigan, scarf and shirt) and compliment of white bag and white loafers. I could have used a white belt too, but liked a navy one better. It is cold, so the jeans are not rolled.
#1/2: semi tuck
#3-5: shirt out
The cardigan is a favorite print for spring but a petite and feeling a little small. The shirt is a button-down that is not worn as much as it once was.
I welcome your thoughts and ideas.

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Oldies: jackets with Black trousers for Angie

Angie asked if I wear black pants. I think these photos show my only black trousers. They are not as old as many things and kept because the seamstress was able to eliminate baggy bottom. EF light, all season wool. They are not as skinny as the photos suggest. Is the fit ok?
The black knit top is old, a thrift store find cashmere tee. It works well under lots of things. Some off brand (red) but I value it highly for being an essential.
1/2: trousers and tee. Shoes are my silver metallic loafer mules.
3/4: yellow! Cropped plaid jacket. An oldie that works with my ancient Halogen yellow raisin pencil skirt for a cold spring Easter. Keep or toss?
5/6: old striped cotton jacket. Kept because two lovely friends talked me into it. It is very “me” .
7/8: another oldie jacket, silky burgundy plaid with grey and black. I wear it both as an outdoor and an indoor topper, depending on the weather.
I welcome your wisdom concerning these oldies and the trousers. I like them all but love is blind sometimes.
What do you think?

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Oldies: the twin sets ETA a third

Another group of oldies, over 6 years in my closet...some twin sets. This one surprised me, but they are handy for fickle temperatures and help me feel pulled together, although I usually do not wear the twins together. Mine are a sleeveless shell and a long sleeved cardigan. None contain wool. The ones pictured are silk and a blend of rayon and nylon. Are these too dated to keep?
1/2: stylized leopard print in grey, black and blue on white. Good with black, white, grey or denim bottoms. A nice weight and can be used for pattern mixing with striped. Shown with oldie black Chico pants. Ignore flats. I was using them as slippers.
2-5: lavender silk knit set with some sparkles on the cardigan. Shown with Kut white jeans that are getting old. Shown with the front done up ( small hidden hooks and eyes) and open. Handy for a casual Easter get together with white jeans or white jean skirt. A pastel shade that also gets worn with light wash jeans. Would be ok with black or grey trousers.
ETA 6/7: tomato red set. Hardly ever worn together. Kept because the color is my best red. Worn often with blue ( navy or turquoise)
I welcome your thoughts. Keep it donate?

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Oldie LBD

For Katerina’s oldie challenge, I pulled out an old favorite Calvin Klein LBD probably over 6 years in my closet. It is a sheath that has survived the edits because it has a side zipper rather than a back one, allowing me to get in and out of the dress more easily. I like the length and that it is an easy slim column of black. I wore it to church today with a floral bomber jacket, black sheer stockings and black ankle strap flats. Not shown, I also wore my JCrew blush stadium coat and dark blush scarf over everything. The dress now fits a bit tighter than it used to. Shall I retire it? Note: seeing the photos I did not like the bomber with it or the jewelry or black stockings with this outfit. The jacket photo shows the belt askew, which I did not notice at the time. Comments and suggestions welcome.

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