K/R: NAS Kut Stevie Straights

I got two pairs of jeans at Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is one of them: Kut from the Kloth Stevie straight leg. On me they are more like a skinny jean. My idea is to replace my Paige Skyline straight legs (also like a skinny jean on me), which I wore a lot--they were a real workhorse pair--but now are tighter than I want.

Now that I have the jeans home, I realize that they may be duplicating the Lucky Sweet Jean straight legs that were already in my closet. I bought the Luckys last fall a size up from my usual size--to serve as a slightly roomy but not quite boyfriend fit. They now fit me pretty similarly to the new Kut Stevie. When the Luckys had a more relaxed fit, they actually felt kind of frumpy; they weren't a favorite pair for that reason.

Photos 1-2: the new Kut Stevie straight legs. These are keep or return.

Photos 3-4: Lucky Sweet Jean straight legs, for comparison. (These are the ones that were already in my closet).

First thoughts: The Kuts felt amazing on, in the dressing room. Still do feel great. They were an immediate "yes" in the store. The fabric is thick and feels nice. I really like the wash, and the length and leg opening are great for all purposes (flats, heels, tucking into boots).

Second thoughts: a) I wonder about the back pocket design, though. Flattering or no? (Do they look like built-in panty lines??!)
b) I wonder if I'm being ridiculous to keep them, when the Luckys seem so similar. The Kuts somehow feel better, but in the photos I can't see why.

Third thoughts: I am willing to entertain keeping them even if they're duplicates.

What do you say, YLF wise ones?


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WIW: Light neutrals for hot days

It's hard to look put-together when it's hot. I sympathize for those who have a lot of the weather we've been having lately in Seattle. It seems we're in the middle of our annual heat wave, which is usually fairly short-lived.

The outfits:
1-2 (worn for work yesterday): Linen trousers in sand dollar (NYDJ, Wylie); metallic-coated linen asymmetrical top (made by me); pewter belt with rhinestones and studs (Calvin Klein); pewter and taupe sling-back Mary Janes (Fidji); silver marcasite earrings (Judith Jack); watch-style bracelet with crystal-crusted disk and pewter leather strap; taupe leather hobo bag (Aunts & Uncles).

3 (worn for a day off and piano lesson today): cotton bermuda shorts in stone (Lulu-B); floral mesh A-line tank top in sage green, brown, and cream (made by me) over cotton cami in sage green (BP); cream platform sandals with ring detail (Naot); aqua and brown bead necklace and earrings with antique gold metal (local boutique).

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome.


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WIW: sleeveless dress & drapey cardigan

I tried one of Angie's "don't do it but here's how" ideas with a sleeveless dress today. For work I wore a drapey short cardigan over a sleeveless flared dress. I like this dress a lot, but I feel it's a little bare to wear to work without something over or under it--partly out of modesty and partly out of concern for getting cold in the A/C.

The outfit: Sage knit empire waist sleeveless dress with high-low hem (Eileen Fisher); charcoal knit with silver overprint lace knit cap-sleeve shrug (made by me); silver necklace with scroll-design metal beads and silver 3/4-hoop earrings (Brighton); silver and black scarab-design bangle; black sling-back Mary Janes (Think!).

Thanks for looking! Suggestions and comments welcome.


WIW: casual summer dress

I went with Angie's casual dress ensemble for a hot day. The outfit had to take me to work in an air conditioned store and to a play afterward in a theater without A/C.

The outfit: gray with black brushstrokes dress with draped pockets (made by me); black cropped, 3/4-sleeved zipper jacket (Halogen); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think!); black satchel (Elliott Lucca); black cuff with silver studs; silver spiral disc earrings. I wore the jacket off and on as needed in the air conditioning. My super comfortable sling-back Mary Janes had to fill in for "on trend" footwear!

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!


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NAS report: back to basics

Here's a rundown on what I tried and what I bought today at my early access appointment for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I was trying to go for some basics and to steer clear of statement pieces, which I would rather sew for myself.

What I bought:
Straight leg jeans (Kut from the Kloth, Stevie). I am amazed at how nicely they fit. Had to have them. While they are called straight, they look more like skinnies on me, but not overly tight--just right. Yay. Got these in my current usual size.

Bootcut jeans (Hudson Beth Baby Boot). I bought these mainly because I have always admired that Hudson flap pocket and never had a pair--and these fit like a dream. I bought a size up from my current usual size. These are quite long; I'll probably take 3 inches off the hem.

Espresso zip pocket ponte knit pants (NYDJ, Ski). I was wanting a pair of dark brown skinny pants, and I also wanted something in the moto-inspired zip-pocket trend. These fit the bill (and my body) nicely. Got a size down from my usual current size (typical of NYDJ). These run quite long; I'll be taking a few inches off the hem.

Magenta high-low shirttail hem cashmere tunic sweater (Halogen). Looks fab with the espresso zip pocket ponte pants! Love the color. I wanted a cashmere sweater and was surprised to find I liked this tunic style. Took my usual size.

Bras and undies (Natori Hidden Glamour, Natori Jacquard, DKNY signature lace bikini). I already had these and love them, so I took advantage of the sale to replenish.

Camisoles (Shimera two-way seamless). These are a staple for me. I add a few each year.

Workout shorts (Zella, City). So cute and comfy! I have the longer version of this style, the Move pant by Zella, and love them. Took a size up from my usual, as is common with Zella.

Espresso leather tall boot (AGL, Italia). These are on their way to me. I tried them on in black and a half size up from what I need. I will see when they arrive whether I want to keep them. They have a slight moto vibe, and a toe that is more rounded than it appears in the photo. Not sure if I want to go rounded. But maybe! The leather is gorgeous.

What I tried that did not work or did not come home with me:

Skinny jeans (Rag & Bone Jean, zip detail). These are so skinny that the size that fit my hips did not pull all the way up, because my calves got in the way. And that's with the ankles unzipped. It was pretty comical!

Skinny jeans (Hudson, Colette). The denim felt heavenly, and they did actually fit, in a size up from my usual. They just didn't wow me as much as the Hudson bootcuts on my bod. Also run long, for you long-legged gals.

Lace trim sweater (Joie, Hilano C). Very pretty! Just wasn't in love with it enough for the price. I also kept thinking, Hm, couldn't I add some lace like that to a less expensive sweater?

Ombre v-neck sweater (Vince). I'm a sucker for ombre and dip-dye. But the main part of the sweater is very dark navy, and it just didn't do as much for me as the sleeves did. I think it's a gorgeous sweater for someone else!

Double-breasted trench coat (Mackage, Malka). Total impulse try-on. I have no need for a coat; in fact I bought a more standard style trench in a similar color last year. But this coat is so "me." I tried my usual size, and it fit beautifully in the shoulders. It was tight through the body and hips, though, so I didn't seek out a larger one to try. Just seemed the wrong shape for my body. But it looks way more awesome in real life than in the photo. The "gunmetal" color is a gorgeous indeterminate shade of taupe--right up my alley.

Brown faux-croc satchel (Brahmin, Camden). Of all the items I spied in the NAS catalog, this is the one I was sure I would buy. I want a bag that will go with both espresso and black, and I thought this was it--until I saw the color in real life. The brown in the center of the bag had a pinkish cast that just was not the hue I was looking for. I kept thinking maybe it was the light. But it did not go with the espresso short boots I specifically wanted to carry it with. (Sigh.)

Espresso leather tall boot (Aquatalia, Obsession). Whoa--these are for all you narrow-calf lasses! I did barely get them zipped, but I had some serious muffin top going on with these boots. Too bad, because they are gorgeous.

Faux leather and knit moto jacket (Vince Camuto). I like the idea of a moto-style jacket that isn't leather, and this was cute. But I really didn't want black. I found the metal zipper hard to work. Took my usual size.

Knit moto jacket (Halogen). Very, very narrow sleeves. I really don't need another black jacket. Really, I don't. Still, just had to try it. I liked the way it looked, fit and style-wise (other than those impossible sleeves, which I couldn't have layered anything under--and which might have been more comfortable if I even shaved my arms, they fit that closely).

Leather trim moto-inspired tweed cardigan (Classiques Entier). The tweed is pretty (teal and coral are among the flecks in it) and soft. It's a beautiful sweater-jacket. Ultimately I didn't love it for my style, but I would admire it on someone else.

Still thinking I might need to get some running shorts and tights. But otherwise, I'm pretty happy with my purchases!

What do you all think? Did I do okay?


WIW: same shorts, different story

Today's shorts (same as yesterday's), worn for a day off, a long walk to breakfast out, and shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access. . . . It was hot again, but I needed some coverage for the air conditioned store of course.

The outfit: Denim shorts (Kut from the Kloth); silver-coated dark gray linen tank (Eileen Fisher); black and gray print mesh knit cardigan (made by me); gray and silvery narrow belt (?); black elastic strap flats (Munro); black satchel (Elliott Lucca).

I got some great basic pieces at NAS, but they'll have to wait for another post.

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


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WIW: my hostess shorts

This shorts outfit is for a day off, cooking quiche, and then hosting a casual family gathering for dinner. It's a very warm day, we have no air conditioning, and comfort was key.

The outfit: denim shorts (Kut from the Kloth, a few years ago); mauve floral cap-sleeve tee (made by me); metallic floral belt (Fossil); tan cotton jacket (Caslon)--worn this morning to do some errands, while the air was still somewhat cool; navy and tan satchel (Dooney & Bourke); pink, blue, and green crystal earrings (Dabby Reid); taupe lace-up sandals (P. Monjo); changed to ivory platform sandals (Naot) in the afternoon/evening.

If you think the tee looks familiar, I have another one with 3/4 sleeves out of the same fabric. I had fabric left over and thought it would be fun to have a summer version!

What do you all think? Not exactly June Cleaver (no pearls and pumps!), though I did wear an apron while cooking.


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WIW: a few outfits & breaking my own rules

Here are outfits for the last few days, warm to hot weather for us here. . . .

1-3 (worn to work): linen trousers (NYDJ, Wylie, in sand dollar); ivory, blue and taupe tee (made by me); pewter belt (Fossil); pewter sling-back Mary Janes (Fidji); jean jacket (AG, Robyn). I took the photo after work, so the pants are quite wrinkled! Gotta make peace with the crease, right? I'm fine with it and love linen trousers, when I'm in the mood for them.

4 (worn to work): olive and ivory checked drop-waist dress (Caslon); olive 3/4-sleeved cardi (Halogen); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think! Aida).

5-6 (worn for a day off and piano lesson): blue and white pincord-striped shorts with white twill tape trim (Eddie Bauer); ribbed tank with blue and white tie-dye-like star design (Eddie Bauer); navy linen knit vest (made by me); silver dangled hoop earrings (Marjorie Bauer); silver and blue bracelets (Lucky & and gift); cream platform sandals (Naot); navy and tan satchel (Dooney & Bourke).

On the olive dress outfit: I broke my own unwritten rule; I did not wear anything that I made, even though I was dressing for work (I try to wear something I've made, since I work in a store, selling sewing machines). I bought this dress a few months ago and had not worn it yet. I was thinking of returning it, but I thought it's pretty late to do that, since it's on sale now and probably close to getting moved out to the Rack. So I pulled off the tag and wore the dress. My main reason for not wearing it is that typically I'd wear a dress to work rather than to hang around the house. And I couldn't figure out how to pair it with something I had made. So, I broke my little rule. It felt odd doing so. Still, I think I might need to break my rule once in a while, to get more wear out of some of my clothes. I guess that sounds pretty obvious, huh? Do you have any artificial stipulations that you put on yourself when dressing? If so, how rigid are you about them?

Thoughts and suggestions welcome!


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WIW: black shorts outfits

These shorts are the same style that I have in two other colors; I've shown the stone-colored ones recently. To me, black is a hard color to wear in shorts, because if it's warm enough for shorts I want to be wearing lighter colors. Yet I really like the shorts, so I persevered in styling them this week.

The outfits:
1-2 (worn for a day off and piano lesson): black shorts (Lulu-B); off-white tank (Semantiks); black and gray print mesh knit cardigan (made by me); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think!); black satchel (Elliott Lucca, Olvera).

3-5 (worn for a day off, breakfast out): same black shorts and bag; taupe slub-knit cotton tee (Caslon); taupe cowl-neck sweater (AllSaints, Elgar); taupe low-heeled lace-up sandals (P. Monjo).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.


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WIW: blue and white casual

Ultra casual, check. Blue and white, check. I wanted to wear cobalt today, and Angie's ensemble helped me figure out what to wear it with.

The outfit (worn for July 4, a mild summer day spent mostly at home): cobalt print tee with floral splash of blues to one side of front (Eddie Bauer); cobalt 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen); blue and white striped bermuda shorts with white twill tape trim and tie (Eddie Bauer); blue and white striped earrings; white flat slide sandals (Munro, photo 1); offwhite strappy platform sandals (Naot, photo 2).

I retrieved the white sandals in photo 1 from a donate bag. Not sure if I need to keep them for occasional wear like with this outfit. I may even prefer the cream sandals in photo 2 with this outfit, anyway. What do you think?

Thanks for looking!


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