WIW: a few outfits with booties

The past few days I've felt pretty good in my outfits. I really enjoy wearing the three pairs of booties shown in these outfits. Good footwear goes such a long way to making me happy with what I'm wearing!
I've had trouble wearing the purple sweater in outfit 1, and I struck upon this solution of wearing it over a mesh-knit top. I haven't really enjoyed the mesh knit as a top layer over a tank or other body-con tee, but I did like wearing it this way, as an under-layer. Win-win, right?
I wish you could see the detail better on the black skirt in outfit 2. It's a pretty fun design, with ruching up the six seams that join the panels on the skirt.

The outfits:
1-3 (worn to work): dark brown ponte knit cargo pants (made by me); purple boxy zip-back sweater (Halogen) over ivory pin-dot mesh knit tee (made by me); brown metallic booties (Donald J. Pliner); taupe trench (Calvin Klein); black and brown snakeskin print cross-body bag (Aimee Kestenberg).

4-6 (worn to play in a piano concert): black corduroy ruched skirt (XCVI Wearables); black layering tee (Tees by Tina); red and black wool knit shawl front cardigan (made by me); black tights; blingy necklace (from BP at Nordstrom); black flat booties (Munro, Lexie); ombre plaid black, ivory, gray, and taupe coat (MICHAEL Michael Kors); cross-body bag as above.

7-10 (worn to work): black ruched knit pencil skirt (Vince Camuto); gray silk popover blouse (Vince); faux fur vest with tie front (made by me); black suede booties with gray turn-down cuff (Paul Green); long black coat (Gallery); purple hobo bag (Kate Spade). I've shown the booties with the cuffs turned down in photo 7, but the rest of the photos show the cuff turned up. Which do you like better with this outfit? (My DH liked the cuffs down, so I wore them that way.)

I'm always open to your suggestions! Thanks for looking and sharing whatever thoughts you have.

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  • Dimity replied 6 years ago

    I love all your outfits, but my favourite is the first one, because it's so simple and elegant. You're a talented seamstress! I've always been a bit nervous about sewing faux fur, but your vest looks great.

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Whoa, great outfits, as usual! I love the fur vest with the ruched skirt. So sassy and fun. I actually am slightly preferring the cuffs up but think they look excellent both ways. Gorgeous recital outfit too. You have the most interesting pieces--the fun skirt detaling, the zipper on the back of the sweater. The devil is in the details and you always get those just right!

  • K.M. replied 6 years ago

    I'm in awe of your talents! The clothes you make are wonderful. My favorite outfit is the first one. It is so chic, at once simple and full of interesting detail with the textures, volumes, and the shape of the sleeves and legs. The skirt is also great--I wish I could see it in more detail!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Ditto, Sharan. Good looking and COMFY footwear makes a huge difference to an outfit,  and increases its happiness factor. 

    The mesh top looks great under the pullover. Unexpected. Nicely done. 

    #4 is a such a fab Sharan-Skirt-Look. An arty midi rendition with lots of sass. Killer. 

    And you look ultra festive in the fur vest outfit. I love your shapely calves. Hmmmm. I like the booties worn both ways. The brown turn-back is more casual and interesting. The black booties are more sleek and dressy. Either way is a win. 

    The midi coat is a very on trend silhouette actually, so consider yourself ahead of the curve. 

    Thanks for the very gracious comment on my holiday outfit post. I'm blushing, and look forward to seeing you later. xo

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I absolutely love the last outfit, from top to toe. The booties look great both ways. Cuffs up seems more sleek and dressy, cuffs down is a little more funky and fun. That coat is also amazing on you. 

    And, waving at my Pliner bootie twin! :)

  • torontogirl replied 6 years ago

    Firecracker, I am loving your posts - great use of subtle colors and rich textures ... gorgeous.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!

    I appreciate your thoughts on the bootie cuff. I liked the sleekness of it up. The shaft fits closely to my leg but not tight, and I love the look. DH said he liked how the gray cuff went with the gray in the outfit.

    Angie, it's good to hear the long black coat is coming back in style. It's old, but indispensable for certain occasions that seem to demand long or black or both.

    Suz, I was surprised to see I could create a find, even though the booties were sold out long ago. I wonder if we are the only ones on the forum with those boots.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    7-10 is so cool! I see how the cuff up is very sleek and refined, and I probably prefer that since I'm always trying to get the longer legline myself, BUT I think the turned-down cuff is so fun. I'm wonderiing what other outfits you can do to make more use of that?
    The DP booties really amp up the trousers--wish I could do   for dress up my everyday  work trousers. You are one of my shoe icons though!

  • frannieb replied 6 years ago

    Great outfits - You are so talented - love look 7-10

  • E replied 6 years ago

    You wear volume with such panache! I especially love the skirt in the middle outfit, with its flounces, but all of these are artsy and elegant and seem just right on you.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Love the first one, love the second one, love the third one! 

  • Debbie replied 6 years ago

    I love the first outfit. I couldn't wait to see where you got the mesh dot tee. I should have known you made! You are so talented!
    That skirt is wonderful. You have a knack for putting things together.

  • Peri replied 6 years ago

    Fantastic all of them, my favorite being #1! Oh I just love that exclusive Made by Me line!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Ooh!  I have a Wearables skirt, too, although mine is a light cotton sheeting.  I appreciate the way you find so many winning silhouettes --- brava!  In these pics, I like the booties turned down!

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