WIW: Boiled wool hoody

I haven't been on the forum much lately, though I've been trying to keep up with Angie's blog posts. I thought I'd share today's outfit and show you a new hoody I made from boiled wool. It's easy to sew; like fleece, its cut edges don't fray, so you can leave raw edges, as I did here.

The outfit (worn for a day off):
Gray and ivory variegated boiled wool short-sleeved pullover hoody (made by me), worn over black, red, gray, and ivory mottled print tee (made by me); black cords (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); wine booties (Joseph Seibel).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

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WIW: 2 holiday outfits--faux fur and wine-out

To go out to dinner this week for our anniversary celebration, I tried a version of Angie's Easy Faux Fur Vest ensemble. Then I made a subdued attempt at a festive yet warm outfit--a wine-out look!--for a holiday piano recital and shopping party. Here are the outfits. . .

Photo 1 (worn for the anniversary dinner): burgundy cozy knit cowl-neck dress (Bobeau), espresso sweater tights (Smartwool); faux fur vest (made by me); sparkly layered necklace (Lucky); espresso moto boots (Miu Miu). Not pictured: navy trench (London Fog); black cross body bag (Rebecca Minkoff); black newsboy cap.

Photo 2 (worn for piano recital and holiday shopping party): Wine corduroy skinnies (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); wine silk blouse, wool pullover sweater, and scarf (Eileen Fisher); wine patent oxfords (AGL). Not pictured: taupe trench (Calvin Klein); black crossbody bag (Rebecca MInkoff).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts.

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WIW: day after Thanksgiving

I didn't get a photo of what I wore on Thanksgiving, but here is my outfit for the day after, which involved a family brunch. I hope everyone who celebrates the holiday had a nice one!

The outfit:
Olive skinny corduroys (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); mauve, olive, and deep indigo impressionistic tulip-print silk long-sleeved blouse (made by me); olive long open-weave knit vest (Caslon); brown and black studded belt (Suzi Roher); long key pendant; brass double-disk dangle earrings (Lucky); brown high-top shoes (Jo Ghost); not pictured: navy trench coat (London Fog) and espresso and black satchel (Joy Gryson).

Thanks for looking! As always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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WIW: cropped flares and a little waist definition

Today I got to see Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the Seattle Art Museum. It was fascinating, and such a treat to go with two of my sewing friends!

Here's what I wore:
Black cropped flare pants (Halogen); silk reptile print long-sleeved t-shirt in shades of blue, ivory, and black (made by me); aqua blue knit vest with shawl collar (OSKA, waistcoat Pit); olive leopard print wrap-style hooded raincoat (made by me); black high-shaft pointy-toe booties (Steve Madden); black cross-body bag (Rebecca Minkoff).

The vest is new, from the store where I work (OSKA Seattle), and three of these items are from Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year (pants, boots, and bag). I felt quite current, wearing a few of the "must-haves" from Angie's list for fall 2016: cropped pants and higher-shaft booties, plus a little waist definition!

If you're in the Seattle area, I highly recommend the YSL exhibition. I may go again, before it is over!

Thanks for looking, and I welcome any comments or suggestions.

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WIW: to Portland YLF meetup

Today I got to meet up with several wonderful YLF members in Portland. The local crew in Portland--Cerinda, Rabbit, Muffin, and Ambergreen--welcomed several of us from out of town, including Kari, her mother, and me, from Seattle, and Theodora and Viva from across the country!--and we had a great time. The only photo I have for you is what I wore, taken after I got back home. We did take the requisite bag and shoe shots, though, and there should be one from our scrumptious brunch, organized by Muffin. We browsed through Nordies, Banana Republic, and a few very cool local shops downtown and had a terrific time visiting!
Thanks to the "PDX" crew for organizing and getting us together!

My outfit:
Dark skinny jeans (Mother, the Looker highrise, in Coffee Tea or Me); angled-hem sweater tunic with an abstract running-paint kind of print in blues and greens on gray (made by me); olive leather moto jacket (AllSaints, Hawks); dark brown high-top lace-up boots (Born, Troye); espresso and black satchel (Joy Gryson, Natalie).

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WIW: plaid and pearls

Here's my outfit inspired by Angie's plaid shirt ensemble post. I am not a big wearer of plaid or of button-up shirts. But I do have a couple of plaid t-shirts (four, if you count blurry-plaid patterns), so I chose my red plaid tee. My animal-print cardi is a nod to the faux-fur topper in Angie's ensemble and to the leopard print toppers that are popping up all over this season. And I put my hair up and wore red lipstick, a la my style icon, Linda Rodin (photo 3).

I'm not sure I will even venture out of the house in this outfit (stormy weather!), but I can at least show it to you all here.

The outfit:
Black skinny frayed hem jeans (Mother, the Looker, Blackbird wash); red, black, and gray plaid tee (made by me); gray fuzzy animal print cardigan (Free People, Out of Africa); studded belt (Suzi Roher); faux pearl collar necklace (Cristabelle); marcasite disc earrings (Lucky); black waterproof moto boots (Blondo).

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New work clothes: a 6-item capsule

I posted here about my new job as a part-time sales associate at OSKA in Seattle. The company provides a "uniform" of a few outfits, so that we can wear clothes from the current collection to work. I got to choose my outfits from the styles available at the store.

Here's the capsule of six items that I chose, and photos of a bunch of outfits that I can create using them.
The pieces:
"Renzi" trousers, a lantern shaped style, in a black and white striped wool
"Nang" trousers, a cropped wide-leg, in navy viscose-elastin blend
"Rommy wash" trousers, a harem style, in black washed wool knit with raw edges
"Pilvi" pullover, a knit vest with short funnel neck, in a marled gray wool and cotton blend
"Raima" blouse, a cotton shirt with a small stand collar, in a very pale gray poplin
"Raissa" blouse, a short swing jacket with small stand collar, in a charcoal lightweight crinkled wool blend

I have already added a crew-neck long-sleeved knit top in the light gray color and a scarf, to extend the possibilities even further. I didn't picture them here, because I wanted to explore and show just how far the initial capsule could go on its own.

The job is a lot of fun, and I'm really enjoying how easy it is to get dressed for work. This required uniform gives me the chance to play with a minimal wardrobe, without giving up the variety I love in my non-work wardrobe.

Thanks for looking! I welcome any comments and suggestions!

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WIW: cropped pants, pullover, and bling

This ensemble was an easy one for me to find in my closet, and it's the perfect weather to bring it out: blustery, rainy, very fall-like weather.

Worn for a day off:

Black cropped flare pants (Halogen); black and white lace-print sweatshirt with black sleeves and trim (made by me); black pointy-toe block-heeled booties (Steve Madden); silver and marcasite long pendant (Lucky).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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WIW: 2 skirt outfits

I've often mentioned here that I have trouble wearing skirts. It has been harder for me to get the proportions the way I like them in a skirt outfit than in a pants outfit. Yesterday and today, I wore skirt outfits that I quite like. Maybe I'm getting the hang of it.

I've also been trying to channel style icons that you all have suggested for me. My top pick is Linda Rodin--I find her looks very inspiring. When it comes down to finding a look I want to sort of copy or work from, I've been challenged by circumstances such as not being able to wear jeans (work days) or not having quite the right pieces for summer weather. Still, I kind of thought about Linda Rodin's style when I put these outfits together. Both of them incorporate mesh knit (LR wears a lot of mesh tops and lace layers), both have a central feminine streak (a key component of LR's looks), and both incorporate flat shoes (which LR favors). I didn't try putting my hair up, which I think would go a long way toward capturing her regal air. I love that she still also has a very relaxed, casual feel to her looks. I think of her style or look as everyday royal, or maybe Royal Quotidienne?

1-2 (worn to work): navy and white mesh knit giraffe print skirt (made by me), navy drape-front top (Halogen), blue jeans jacket (AG), navy sneakers (Paul Green), gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff).

3-5 (worn to work): sand linen skirt (made by me); ivory layering tee (Tees by Tina); tan, pink, and burgundy print mesh knit shrug (made by me); pewter flats (Walk); nude tote.
 
6 (tried out but didn't wear): same as 3-5, but with nude pumps (AGL) and clutch (J.Crew).

Finds to come later. I'll also post some Linda Rodin inspiration photos later (done--I've added a couple photos of her in skirt outfits).

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome, as always.

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WIW: my take on kimono and denim

Since Angie posted this "Statement Kimono & Denim" ensemble, I've wanted to wear it. My kimono is cropped. I've had trouble wearing it, for lack of under-layers that look good with it. This season I found a tank that is the right shade of taupe to layer with it, so I'm set. I can now pair it with jeans, as Angie suggested, or with pants for work. Today I did both.

The outfits:
1-2: white, gray, taupe, and espresso blurry plaid silk cropped kimono (made by me); taupe tank (A'Nue Ligne); dark cropped flare jeans (Mother, Insider crop); light pewter d'Orsay flats (Walk).
3-4: same tops with stone tencel harem pants (Stella Carakasi); dark pewter lace-up Mary Janes (Trippen); gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff, quilted Julian).

Thanks for looking! I welcome suggestions and other thoughts.

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