WIW: Midi and flat booties

Like Angie, I am wearing flat footwear almost all the time now. I just find it so much more comfortable for all-day wear. And one of my go-to pieces for work this fall is a ponte-knit midi skirt with a slim shape. I've been wearing it with flat booties. I've considered wearing it with chunky loafers or more refined oxfords, but so far, different pairs of booties have won out each time. Later in the season I'll probably wear it with tall boots.

Here's how I wore it today:
Slate gray ponte midi skirt (OSKA, skirt Omali, in space); light gray cotton t-shirt (OSKA, shirt Siral, in stellar); gray and white marled wool sweater vest (OSKA, Pilvi pullover); black studded booties (Halogen, Hailey); navy trench coat (London Fog); faux-croc leather satchel (Brahmin, Nadia); black newsboy cap (New Era).

Sorry the photos came out so dim, but hopefully you get the idea. Thanks for looking! I welcome any thoughts you wish to share.

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WIW: new sunglasses

I splurged on some new sunglasses. In the past, I've taken old eyeglass frames and had sunglass lenses put into them. This time I specifically bought sunglass frames and lenses. They are expensive, since they are prescription, and I wear progressive lenses. I'm hoping I won't tire of them too quickly.

I wore them to work yesterday. Photo 1 shows my whole outfit, and photo 2 is a selfie taken at the bus stop. Note: The lines across the glasses in selfie closeup are some kind of reflection, not bifocal lines!

The outfit: Long-sleeved, short swing dress in dark teal (OSKA, Varali), navy sneakers (Paul Green); layered necklaces (Madewell); gray leather backpack (Rebecca Minkoff); new sunglasses (Fendi).

Thanks for looking! I welcome any thoughts you wish to share.

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WIW: A summer outfit

As I commented on Angie's post today, I feel much more stylish in fall and winter clothes than in summer clothes.

However, when hot days finally arrive, I do want to wear those few warm-weather dresses I own. Here's an example of one that I wore today for a very hot 91-degree F day in the midst of our annual heat wave in Seattle. I even brought out my wide-brimmed hat, which I think of as portable shade.

The outfit: t-shirt dress with fashion print in black and white (made by me); taupe and white sandals (P. Monjo); taupe cross-body bag (Brahmin), and cream and black woven hat with black band (Walleroo, Josie).

Thanks for looking! I welcome any thoughts.

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WIW: pastel pants & light neutrals

When Angie posted about how to incorporate pastels into your outfits, I was thinking of my work "uniform" this season. Working at OSKA Seattle, I wear items from the current season. This season, I have a pair of pants that are a pastel green and white pincord cotton fabric, and a coordinating sheer ramie blouse in a muted green and slate tropical-floral print, among other items in similar tones.

The outfit below is the combination I put together today, with a stone colored knit jacket and my new spring shoes. I think wearing the pastel pants with the print blouse that has a little more contrast in it works well for me; I like the outfit less well with a lighter top, making for a paler look overall.

The components: Trousers Brisa Wash in aloe; Blouse Bria in denim; and Jacket Bony in pearl (all OSKA); and Nell slip-on sneaker (Ron White). I will create some finds later this evening!

I took the photo before I semi-tucked the blouse, which I liked better. This photo also shows my new haircut. I had layers cut a few days ago, and I'm really liking it.

Thanks for looking! I appreciate any thoughts you wish to share.

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WIW: upcycled shirt

At the annual Sewing Expo last month, I bought a pattern, or more accurately, instructions, for making a blouse out of men's shirts. It's the Sandy Blouse by Paganoonoo. I've already made my second one, and I'm wearing it today, for a day off and meeting two sewing friends for lunch.

The outfit: upcycled chambray and olive, red, and cream plaid blouse (made by me) layered over a cream long-sleeved t-shirt (Caslon); dark skinny jeans (Mother, the Looker high rise, in Coffee, Tea or Me wash); brown lace-up boots (Jo Ghost).

Another outfit I will wear later is the one pictured with the cream jeans (Levi's) and new cream and metallic slip-on sneakers (Ron White). I went with the darker outfit today, because I wanted to carry a bag that goes better with that outfit.

And the last photo is the "before" shot of the two shirts I combined for this blouse.

I appreciate any feedback or thoughts you wish to share!

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WIW: a version of black, cinnamon and red

When I saw Angie's ensemble suggestion of black, cinnamon and red today, I thought it was pretty but not something I would wear. Cinnamon tones are not really in my palette. But then I realized one of my favorite sweaters is black, cinnamon, and toffee, and I could wear it with some of my burgundy booties.

Here's the result, worn for an afternoon off and a trip to the bike shop to buy more biking goodies!
Black skinny frayed-hem jeans (Mother, the Looker, in Blackbird); black tee (Caslon); black and browns animal print cardigan (Free People, Out of Africa); wine lace-up booties (Joseph Seibel); olive puffer (Lauren Ralph Lauren); olive bag (AllSaints); brown stone and hammered silver necklace, hammered silver earrings.

Thanks for the inspiration, Angie! Thanks all, for looking. I appreciate any thoughts you wish to share.

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WIW: festive purple velvet

When Angie posted her holiday outfit, I was thinking of what I would wear for festive occasions this season. I wanted to make a velvet knit dress, and I managed to get it done in time to wear for my anniversary dinner this weekend.

The outfit: purple velvet knit dress with front pleat and placket neckline (made by me); black tights and black suede tall boots (Donald J. Pliner), silver chain shoulder bag (Michael Kors), not pictured: burgundy wool tweed coat (made by me).

I'm planning to wear the dress for Christmas dinner, too. I might wear more sleek looking boots (again, Donald Pliner), and pearls.

I welcome your thoughts!

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WIW: Utility pretty

When Angie posted this Utility Pretty ensemble, I though immediately of an outfit I could wear like it, and today is finally the right day for it.

The outfit (worn for a day off): Olive utility pants (Madewell, cropped by me); olive, blush, and purple floral floaty silk top (made by me); blush 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen); blush clutch (J.Crew); and nude ankle strap pumps (ALG) OR pewter d'Orsay flats (Walk, Frankie).

I'm going to wear the flats today, because they feel less fussy, but I really like the pumps with the outfit. What do you think?

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WIW: cobalt genie pants

I was undecided about what to wear until I saw Angie's post today on the "Genie in a Bottle" ensemble. I had a pair of voluminous pants that I made several years ago, which were in the discard pile for the last few years. I made them, trying out a pattern, and only wore them a couple of times. They were very wide-legged, and looked like a long skirt until you moved in a way that showed the distinct legs. I decided to try tapering the legs to make them look more like pants, and I ended up wearing them today. They are still not a color I want to keep around, so I will be donating them. But I think I will make the pattern again, using the tapered leg modification. What do you think? Worth another go in a color that is better for me?

I would like to have tried a better top with them, but this was what I could come up with that had the same shade of blue. It's a mauve and multi-colored floral t-shirt, which I wore semi-tucked.

The outfit (worn for a day off, shopping and lunch with a friend): Cobalt blue knit genie pants (made by me); mauve and multi-colored floral cap-sleeve t-shirt (made by me); stone denim jacket (French Dressing Jeans); taupe lace-up low block-heeled sandals (P. Monjo); cream and taupe hobo bag (Fossil).

I look forward to any thoughts or suggestions you'd like to share.

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WIW: summer top and jeans

Today I'm wearing a summer top and the step-hem jeans I got at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. The top is a sleeveless shell that I made with a tie at the neck, made out of a soft rayon woven fabric with orange diamonds printed on a soft blue-gray background. I knew the fabric would go with my bright coral-orange cardigan and platform sandals, though this morning it was a little chilly for the sandals, so I wore gray closed-toe shoes instead.

Here's the outfit, worn for a day off: gray and orange diamond-print sleeveless tie-neck top (made by me); blue step-hem cropped flare jeans (Mother, Insider crop step-hem); bright coral 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen); light gray Mary Janes (Think!) or orange platform sandals (Kork Ease, Austin); medium-gray cross-body bag (Olbrish). Also included a close-up of the fabric for you!

Thanks for looking! I appreciate any thoughts you wish to share.

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