WIW: more summer--2 outfits

Summer returned, and it's fun to come up with warm-weather outfits that are looking forward to fall.
Today I wore my Eileen Fisher knock-off skirt and left the inner ties undone, rather than drawing up the hem. (I debuted it here, with a couple of the ties done up.) I paired it with a top in some of my favorite moody colors that has 2/3-length sleeves--both the colors and sleeves are my nod to fall.
Yesterday I wore bootcut jeans in a dark wash, fully expecting to change into jeans cutoffs later in the day, but I ended up leaving on the full-length jeans all day. It was a dry day, perfect for bootcuts!

The outfits:
1-3 (worn to work, Sunday): Eileen Fisher knock-off flax linen 8-panel tie-up skirt (made by me); taupe, gray, and eggplant floral rayon knit ballet-neck, 2/3-sleeved tee (made by me); metallic cutout peep-toe booties (Paul Green, Tacey); silver pave disk earrings (Lucky); pewter leather band crystal-studded disk bracelet; taupe hobo bag (Aunts & Uncles).

4-6 (worn for a day off, Saturday): dark blue bootcut jeans (Lucky, Sweet Jean); navy and cream destroyed-stripe boxy tee (made by me); cream belt; cream platform sandals (Naot); stone hemp hooded zip jacket (Layers Squared); hammered silver layered hoop earrings; navy and tan satchel (Dooney & Bourke).

Any suggestions and thoughts are welcome! Thanks for looking.

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  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    I love your first outfit! How did you make the tee with that print? The second outfit is lovely too but the first really blows me away.

  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    Both outfits are stunning, how nice that the weather is warm!  The top in #1 is so pretty, and I am always impressed with the items you made yourself.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Una, thank you. The fabric was printed like that. I placed it strategically when I cut it out. And a little story about the tee: until yesterday, it was a peasant tunic that was too snug in the hips for the look I wanted. I wasn't wearing it, though I adore the fabric. So I remade it into the tee.

    Tanya, thank you!

  • doubleh replied 5 years ago

    I LOVE that top you made!  Do you design as well?  I'm trying to discern how you did it...:)

  • JamC replied 5 years ago

    I love both outfits because of the made by me items.  It must be so satisfying to make something unique that others admire!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    WOW. #1 is just absolutely stunningly gorgeous on you!! 

    Fuchsia crash helmet needed now!!! 

    There's Angie's "soft edge" in the flesh. I LOVE the tee on you. Just fantastic with that skirt, which I already raved about in another post. 

    What I really admire about this outfit is the way that it feels both completely harmonious (with your colouring, I guess? and all your features, somehow) -- and yet it also has edge. Brilliant. 

  • Kristin L replied 5 years ago

    You did a great job on your tee!!!! I think both outfits look great. My only suggestion is more of an idea. Have you tried the top in #2 with a red bottom? For some reason, I think that would look great. 

  • replied 5 years ago

    I'll have one of each tee in a small please . Cheque and return address attached.

  • Joyce B replied 5 years ago

    Great outfits! I love that skirt and top one, it's fabulous!

  • replied 5 years ago

    I love seeing you in this dark navy - it's such a great contrast to your hair - and with the cream/navy t ....it doesn't get much better than this. And , for a non EF lover, I have to admit I love this skirt. I am sorry to gush, but make this look so easy :)

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    YLF & I love that you morphed a  peasant tunic into this fab tee.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! I should have noted above that the first outfit has a very high happiness factor--I really like all of the elements and was glad they went together--and the other one was also fun to wear for a day off.

    doubleH: I did not design the fabrics; in both tees, they came the way you see them--printed in #1 and with the shredded stripe pattern in #2. I just made simply-lined tees out of the fabrics. I do design in the sense of changing some elements of the sewing patterns I work with, figuring out what to make out of a certain fabric, placing the prints (as in #1) in a certain way on the garment.

     JamC, thank you. I do love to create things that I want to wear. It doesn't always turn out that way. But the creating is the fun part.

    Suz, thank you! I wouldn't have thought of outfit 1 as soft edge, but I don't think I completely understand the term. Though I'm flattered to have my style called "soft edge" anyway! I guess the edge is the booties? I tried the outfit with some ballet flats and metallic sling-back Mary Janes, and I just had to wear the booties. (Kind of like I just had to have them when I tried them on in the store; they are just what I want my style to be.)

    KL, I like your idea of red pants. I think it would look fab, too, especially in something like a tomato color. The only red pants I have are wine skinny corduroys, which might not work that well. Maybe, though.

    lisap, you are funny and so kind. Thanks for gushing.

    Caro, thanks! I'm glad I could rescue the fabric from its peasant incarnation. He he.

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    I love the top in #4.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Well, I might be totally wrong about the term, too, LOL. But I think the booties, and the photo print, and the slight avant garde vibe of the skirt create "edge" combined with your slightly rugged bag...I don't know. I just know I love that look on you.  :)

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Two of my favorites among all your terrific outfits! The MBM tops are both fantastic.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Wow. #1 and #4 are simply sensational. xo

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Anna, shevia, and Angie, thank you!
    Suz, thanks for your thoughts on the "soft edge" term. Soon we'll be getting the hang of it, I'm sure, as it becomes a fixture in YLF's unique language.

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