WIW: a tale of 2 tanks, and inspired by Alana

Yesterday and today, I wore a formula involving a tank, cardi, and bottoms, and bare legs.

The first outfit was a close-fitting tank layered under a cardi, worn with a skirt, and my comfiest, not exactly fashion-forward shoes.

The second outfit was a fluid tank layered under a card, worn with my harem pants and a pair of booties.

Wearing yesterday's close-fitting tank made me want to replace it--and my whole drawer full of similar tanks--with fluid fitting ones. Like the one I wore today! Of course, I come to this realization just as tank season is coming to an end. I have very few such tanks, and most of them are statement-y rather than layering support-act kinds of pieces.

The second outfit, with the booties, is inspired by Alana's post in which she wore a pencil skirt, summer top, and cardi with booties. I thought it was a fresh look for a transitional outfit, so I put on my booties with my summer top (tank), flowy cardigan and harem pants (subbed for the pencil skirt). I might otherwise have worn the shoes I had worn in outfit 1. Or my summer metallic peep-toe booties. I felt like the black booties just added a nice nod to fall for a change. What say you?

The outfits (both worn to work):
1-3: black with red circles knit skirt with black mesh trim (made by me); black tank (Semantiks); wine red 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen); black sling-back Mary Janes (Think! Aida); black satchel (Elliott Lucca, Olvera); piano wire necklace and bracelet; silver disk earrings with raised circlular design.

4-5: black knit harem pants (Eileen Fisher); stone linen knit high-low tank (made by me); black and gray print mesh knit cardigan (made by me); black booties (Munro, Grace); black satchel (Elliott Lucca, Olvera); black leather cuff with silver studs; brushed silver dangle hoops.

Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome!

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  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    I LOVE #4  - #6 so modern & easy. I like the booties but the metallic ones would look great too :)

  • Alana in Canada replied 6 years ago

    I adore #1-3! The colours are so striking on you.

    The second outfit is terrific, too, for an outfit with harem pants. (You can tell, not my favourite pant.) But I am so glad you wore the booties with them and this arty drapy cardigan (which is a knockout with your hair!)--there's no mistaking how fashion forward you are! An adventurous look carried off with panache.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, Caro! I tried on the metallic booties and liked them, too! I hadn't worn the black ones with a bare-legged look before, though. It was a fun change.

    Alana, thanks for your comments, and for the inspiration!

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I love both these outfits and again am in awe of your Made by Me pieces. They have different vibes but both feel very you...your more modern classic side and arty side, perhaps.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    The harem pants outfit is edgy chic! Love how you wore booties with the outfit. It really does make the outfit. Fantastic choice!

    #1 is more ladylike and the color combo is perfect for fall with a bit of bare skin.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    The first outfit is great, and the second outfit - WOW! Edgy, arty, cool and super stylish. A fantastic outfit inspired by Alana's post.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Well the berry color is fantastic on you and the second outfit is fabulous - I like it with the cardigan open!

  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    Both are great looks! It's interesting how different they are, despite being based on the same formula.

    I want the skirt in #1.

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    You've created two more great fall outfits, Firecracker! The deep red looks deliciously rich on you; I love the red circles in your skirt fabric. Curious about the piano wire jewelry--handmade, I presume?

    And the second outfit--wow! Way to rock the harem pants while putting your own spin on the outfit with your femenine, classic jacket and pants. Is this outfit what Angie calls soft edge?

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    You've  blown me away with the 4-6! Is a realy fashion forward, artsy and super cool and creative(as tank and mesh cardi are DIY???-can't believeit) look! Wow!

  • bj1111 replied 6 years ago

    4-6 is spectacular.

    Why not sub the black snug tank into the second outfit? Maybe pairing with different less "traditional" items would make it fun again.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    You have the fun ability to look classic one day, and far out fashion forward the next. Quite the modern juxtaposition in itself - and very much your look. Your Arty Glam sensibility ties it all together. xo

  • Angie_T replied 6 years ago

    You look so chic in the second outfit. I like the first one, but I LOVE the second one.  Admiration from over here.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!

    Windchime, the piano wire jewelry is from a boutique, and I don't know the maker. It's really neat, though. I'll try to get a closeup later. And I think both of these outfits may be "soft edge," which I think is just at the other end of the spectrum from hard edge, so not necessarily involving "edge" at all. Or they might be somewhere on the continuum, but closer to soft than to hard edge.

    Angie, thank you. It's good to hear the two looks appear as part of a congruent style.

  • Quietgirl replied 6 years ago

    Love you in the cranberry! Fantastic with your coloring!

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Gah! I just love #2 to pieces!!! So cool. I like #1 as well - the colour looks lovely on you. Very classic. I'm wondering if one of your edgy booties would work with #1 as well? Maybe too heavy? Your shoes are nice as is, and very classic, but just thinking out loud here....

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    The second outfit sings to me, but the colors of the first are gorgeous beyond belief.  WOW.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Jackie, good thought on the shoes in 1. I thought about trying my metallic high-top sneakers--they actually have some of the dark red in them, on the tongue and just a little bit of the top edge. But I got in kind of a hurry. I fall back on the Think! shoes a lot for work, because they have the best arch support of any shoes I own. I'll have to keep in mind the idea of edgier shoes with classic outfits, though. Interestingly, I have usually gone the other way--used my classic shoes to tone down an outfit with more arty or avant-garde elements.

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