Summer outfits

A few WIWs -- some you've seen, some you haven't. Comments and critiques welcome but not required. :)

These date from May and June. Wearing my Boden dresses all the time. I wear Phoebe, Emory, and Eleanor once per week each -- at least. 

11-14 are from a conference in Toronto in mid-June. I stayed at an Airbnb that was owned by a therapist in training. Loved her little puppets. 

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Art Challenge: The Balcony 2

I confess, this one was really easy for me. I'm letting our dresser and floor stand in for the reddish-brown tones here....I like the way the delicate silver sandals and the geometric blue and white pattern echo the whites and blues and also the bridge and balcony. 

Conveniently, this happened to be the only thing I could have made myself wear today. It is very hot -- 33C or something today but felt like 43C with the humidity. Mind you, I am NOT complaining. This winter was so hard on me, and I am glorying in the summer heat, even with no AC. Mind you, I do have some new blisters. No shoes are safe in this weather if you're a dedicated walker. Sigh...

Anyway, this dress is by Comrags, a wonderful Canadian designer. I bought it last year. Very lightweight cotton like a seersucker -- doesn't show the wrinkles and is very cool because it is loose on the body. Sandals are on their third season. Earrings by Nickel and Suede. Artisan bracelet, ring from Iceland. 

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WIW: to play with a new puppy

A friend of mine has just adopted a new bulldog puppy and I'm going to meet her this morning. The wide crops and flats outfit sounded perfect so I'm giving it a try. 

My outfit is kind of a cross between version 1 and version 3 from the blog. 

Technically, these jeans are cropped flares, I guess, since they are snug on the thigh. But they're more casual (and pup proof) than my darker Rayners. They have a medium high rise (comes to my navel). I tucked an oversized shirt. (J. Crew -- years old and still going strong in my closet -- I have 3 of these Thomas Masson tux shirts and I'll probably never let them go because I adore the feel of the fabric on my skin and the collars work so well for me). Added my sneakers and white denim jacket plus a structured bag. 

Not sure if the result is JFE but worth a try! These items, as in Angie's version, are all "oldies but goodies" and like her, I only wear my wide leg crops in the spring/ summer/ early fall seasons. 

By the way, these jeans occasioned much controversy on the forum when I bought them. They seem to be an acquired taste. :) 

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WIW to a Not-Funeral (plus new pixie)

An older friend's husband died suddenly last week. He had several chronic conditions, but nevertheless, this was a shock. He did not want a funeral or a conventional memorial but my friend held an open house today. I was not at all sure what to wear so I chose my RL shift dress and a kimono. And new red Franco Sarto sandals (which I took off at the door, ha!) It turned out to be the perfect outfit. 

The sandals just barely work on my medium-to-low volume foot. I have to do the strap up to its tightest hole and the foot straps are a bit loose -- they are fine in width (across the foot) but a bit generous for me in "depth" if that makes sense, so they are a little loose on me. A half size down probably would have been better but this will allow for a bit of swelling in humidity. The suede is extremely soft and comfortable and the heel is stable, despite being a bit higher than I prefer. Comfort level is high for those who can tolerate a heel. I'd recommend them for medium-high volume feet. 

I switched up my hair. Back to a texturized pixie with a bit more softness on the sides. The longer, thicker asymmetrical fringe that I was wearing is harder to manage in summer's humidity, and I was ready for a change. This is truly wash 'n wear. And I always feel most "myself" in a style like this. First 2 closeup photos with a flash and one without. 

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Topshop dress

Super warm and sunny in Vancouver and so I get to wear bare legs and a dress! Imagine that. Love this Topshop Angie pick. 

Bonus pics from May 3 and 6 in Toronto for the conference I was co-facilitating. A bunch of us gave a reading in a bookstore to kick things off. It was crazy warm that first night, too, but also raining so I had a raincoat. Wore my red jacket 5 times on the trip -- now it is too warm for it here. 

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Red jacket

On my way and challenged myself to bring and wear the red jacket. Desperate to replace these sandals that I pulled from donate pile due to forecast for high temps later today. Not sure about photo quality.

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Black and light blue

I liked this so much I had to try it. The light is awful and the outfit would look better with scrunched sleeves and these photos illustrate exactly why cropped flares are a NFE look on me (at least these ones) but oh well. I do love the colour combo! 

Don't have the Find for the scarf but it is the same pattern as the blouse. 

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WIW: Red!

Today's outfit, just by coincidence. :) 

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Another coincidence

I just happened to be wearing my own version of this today. Travel day, so lighting and locations not the best -- sorry! 

First the daytime outfit. My jacket is ink blue and I wore neutral booties and red scarf (Sandwich, no Find) -- but otherwise, I fit the formula exactly -- entirely by coincidence -- and what a great FFB outfit!! Honestly, before leaving this morning I was in one of those desperate -- what do I wear???? moods, trying on this, trying on that, pushing it all into the corner and feeling rushed and horrible. I put the jacket on and bingo! Instantly, I felt like a million bucks. Thank you, Reiss, and thank you, Angie and Vivian, and Greenjeans and Janet and Diana and Sveta, and Karie and Jjsloane and Isabel all the rest of you who urged me to spend more on this item of clothing than I'd ever spent on an item of clothing in my life -- it was totally, totally worth it. 

So, what did I do? Packed 2 more jackets for 3 days away, ha! :) 

Evening (another bathroom pic) in new blue jacquard J. Crew top. And Trouvé tux jacket and jeans again with different booties for a casual supper. Fun Sicilian restaurant -- Sicily pics in the background. 

Mr. Suz loves this J. Crew top on me. It's hard to see the pattern in the pic but it's a great "under a jacket" dressy top and will work nicely with the right skirt also. It's quite cut away in the shoulders so I will need one of those bra pinchers or a racer back bra to keep my straps better behaved in summer. 

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WIW (and outfit lab): Vince dress!

So, we had warmer than usual weather today and I decided to wear the Vince dress to work. I teach, and walk about 2 miles to get to the site, and then walk back. . 

Guess what? It was very comfortable and pleasant to wear this way with tights or skinnies, a cashmere cardigan, and scarf. (And a puffer for outside, obviously!) Who knew? 

But comfort is one thing. Flattery's another. I did not feel flattered. I'm not even sure it was JFE. 

For whatever reason I do not feel that tunics look good on me. At all. I keep trying and trying them and then dismiss. Is it because my legs and especially my calves are relatively short? Because my rise is long? Because my legs overall are relatively muscular in comparison to my overall frame? I don't know. All I know is that ordinary tunics never, ever feel flattering. The only kind of tunics I can wear are asymmetrical -- and those, magically and mysteriously, do seem to work, proportionately. Oh-- and sometimes -- a trapeze style sleeveless with a short skirt and flats can work in summer. If proportions are right. 

A short dress is a slightly better look on me, I think, than a tunic -- but only slightly.  This AM I wore the Vince dress with merino tights and flat boots and it felt awfully short -- shorter than it feels with no tights! But I wasn't indecent, and the tights were super comfy and cozy.

This afternoon, I tried it with skinnies. Normally, I don't like wearing pants under dresses due to the bunching at the waist, but this was surprisingly okay. I also have side zip ponte pants that I could wear with it. 

I could also try kick crops. But it has to be a bit warmer for me to wear those. 

Anyway, I still think the proportions are a bit "off". I tried it with booties that have a small heel as well. Not that I could have worn those today, given the slush and ice I was combatting. Mid-calf or moto style boots might be better. But I don't happen to have any right now. 

So...I don't know. I am wondering if I should alter the dress. Make is shorter, or asymmetrical. I'm unlikely to wear it as dress but did enjoy the feel of it as a blouse/ top. And anybody who understands my aversion to regular tunics, help me understand....

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