WIW: black Friday & Thanksgiving

What did I wear to work on Black Friday? All black! Appropriate, yes? I don't usually wear head-to-toe black, but no one asked me who died, so I guess it doesn't look as odd as I thought it might.
Also showing here my casual Thanksgiving outfit; we spent the day at home and had some family over for breakfast. And my outfit for the day before that, also a day at home.

The outfits:
1-3 (worn to work): black midi dress (made by me); black flocked jean jacket with faux fur collar (Luii); black patterned stockings; black tall boots (Pikolinos); black long coat (Gallery); black satchel (Elliott Lucca, Olvera). This is the dress I wore here, and I think I did a better job with it this time; I incorporated some of your suggestions. I felt more comfortable in this outfit and happier with it.

4-5 (worn at home, for Thanksgiving): teal skinny corduroys (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); black, gray, teal, and taupe abstract-bubble print knit tee (made by me); long charcoal cardigan (Halogen); pewter leather cutout belt (Fossil); pewter metallic suede hightops (Paul Green).

6-7 (worn for a day off & out to breakfast): dark boyfriend jeans (Kut from the Kloth, Catherine); mixed-print tee (made by me); olive quilted jacket with knit sleeves (Blue Willie); pewter leather cutout belt (Fossil); taupe nubuck booties (Paul Green, Jano); taupe shoulder bag (Aunts & Uncles).
8: switched to an old charcoal ruffled sweater (Beyond Threads) for hanging out at home. I was thinking of donating this sweater, as I don't wear it anymore. But it was comfy to wear for the afternoon at home. What do you think? Keep or pass on?

Thoughts and suggestions welcome!  Thanks for looking

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  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Sharan, I love your all black outfit. it's the elegance of the dress with tall boots combined with the modern jacket. Great silhouette, plus you have nice textural interest going with the faux fur collar and hosiery. And the metallic buttons on your denim jacket and your necklace add subtle bling that lighten things up. Fab.

    And you rocked the long cardigan look for Thanksgiving, fun! Love how the pewter belt picks up the metallic-y colours in your top, and the suede high-top sneakers are such a fun touch.

    Loving the colour combination, silhouette, and that beautiful quilted jacket in the last outfit too. You are on a roll, Sharan.
    Re: cardigan: if you're not wearing it anymore, then I vote donate:-)

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    That's three super nice outfits! The black ensemble with the metallic details is elegant and sleek, and the mix of colours and textures on the other two are very pulled together. Bravo!

    I vote you pass on the cardigan. From what I've seen of your style right now it's quite modern and sporting, so unless you see yourself getting into ruffles again any time soon, it's probably best taken out of the loop.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    As always, I love them all but the teal cord outfit is calling to me.  I find at initial look, your outfits have that effortlessly cool feel but then I look closer and can see the thought that went into mirroring details like shape or color to add cohesiveness to the look.  I am going to favorite this post so I can come back and analyse with a view to using the principles to create an outfit for myself.

    All fab Sharan.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    All your outfits are great, but my fav is #6 - #7. That quilted olive jacket looks really good on you. That Fossil belt is really versatile, isn't it? I wear mine much more than I thought I would - it seems to go with everything and adds a nice touch to outfits. 

    I would pass along the ruffled sweater. Even for at-home wear, it just doesn't seem like your style anymore and I like other "at-home wear" outfits you've posted much better.

  • MuseumGal replied 5 years ago

    Sorry you had to work on Black Friday, but - Great outfits.  I've been thinking lately I need some midskirts (or dresses) like  in your first photo.  I LURVE the ruffled cardi in the last photo - BUT it doesn't really seem like your style from what I've seen you post??  I'm not sure I've ever seen you in a ruffle before?  (It's definitely not something that I think Kate Hepburn would wear, and you do channel a modern, slightly boho Kate to me, as I've said before.)

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    Your black dress looks wonderful as you have it styled here! I wonder how the white scarf you showed with it a month ago would work here, instead of the necklace, for still another vibe? (Don't read that as any negative critique of that gorgeous necklace; I love it with your dress; just a suggestion for a remix.)

    I also like your Thanksgiving outfit with the long cardigan. Your belt and sneakers keep it fun and on trend.

    Hard to know about the cardigan. It sounds like it could be a warm, cozy piece of "gear" to wear around the house, even if it no longer fits your public style persona. :)

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    I really love #4, but #8 gives it a run for its money. I also like the long coat with boots. It appeals to my Princess Di side :)

  • shiny replied 5 years ago

    As always you look so elegant, even when dressing casually. 

    I just discovered Paul Green this past week - tried on some booties that were so incredibly comfortable, though they didn't have my size so now I'm stalking. I am on the hunt for black, but I love that truffle color with your jeans.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Inge, you have such an eye for detail. I appreciate your compliments,  along with your explanation of what you're seeing.

    Approprio, Karie, and Museumgal, you're right that I don't wear ruffles much anymore. I was trying out a different way of wearing the cardigan. In the past I wore it all fastened (it has hidden hooks up the front), over a cami or scoop-neck layer. Here, I tried a more casual boho effect, open over the tee. I think you are right that it still doesn't really look like my style.

    Museumgal, you've now put Katharine Hepburn in my mind as a style icon--thank you! Wait till you see the most recent pair of pants I made. They are very KH-esque. They will come out on a relatively dry day, though, as they have a wide, straight leg.

    Windchime, thanks for the idea of adding the scarf--good thought!

    Rachylou, I'm smiling at the Princess Di reference.

    Thanks, Shiny. My Paul Green shoes are some of my very favorites. They are so comfortable. Even though they are expensive, I feel like they are a great value, because they're so well made, too. So far I've taken the same size in each style that I've bought in the brand.

    Oh, and Dianthus, I'm so flattered! Thank you.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Great all around Sharan and when you open your shop I am ordering a bubble tee!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Glad you like it, Jaime!

  • Debbie replied 5 years ago

    You look great. I love how you put things together. You are an inspiration to me.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Aw, Debbie, thanks!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Sharan, you have such a good eye. Each of these look amazing. Your all black ensemble is a beauty to behold, but you knew I would love it right:)
    The Thanksgiving outfit is perfect. I love that lovely long cardigan.
    Hitting it totally out of the ballpark :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    I'm sure this comes as no surprise, but I love the all black outfit. You have enough visual interest and texture so that the outfit doesn't read as sombre or "heavy" if you know what I mean.

    And that long cardigan is just fantastic on you - I love how it's got drama with the length but the fabric looks fairly light and isn't bulky.

    Great outfits all around :)

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Deborah, glad you liked my version of all black--ha ha!

    Thanks, Shannon. Yes, the cardi is nice and light weight. It's not the highest quality, but to me it has a bit of Eileen Fisher feel about it, and for way less money.

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