No repeat challenge Week 1

You've seen a few of these already. I had fun with this for exactly the reason SarahDB said she had fun -- I liked anticipating my next day's outfit. 

I definitely repeated my red velvet crops..This is their season so I am milking it. In another month or so I won't want to wear them as often. 

Monday features Fair Isle socks and loafers! Waving at SarahDB again (and thanks for the inspiration, Sarah.) It's a good challenge to beat winter doldrums.  

All outfits include a mix of old and new items. On Monday I decided to add that to the challenge -- no repeated outfits (repeated items ok), and all outfits need to mix old and newer items. 

I didn't show outerwear for every outfit but I've added other coats worn, in Finds. 

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  • AJ replied 6 months ago

    A fabulous week of outfits! Enjoying all the red pant combinations!

    The excellent fit of #3 makes that simple combo look sophisticated. Are the pants listed in finds?

  • Inge replied 6 months ago

    These are all so good, Suz! The socks in outfit 1 made me smile, such a fun way to pattern mix. And the blue and red in outfit 2 is such a rich colour combo, beautiful!

  • Star replied 6 months ago

    No. 1 is my favourite although all are so good.  Loving your longer fringe btw.

  • Bijou replied 6 months ago

    What a treat to see your outfits. I love them all and whilst there is a definite Suz signature, there is lots of variation too. Blue and red are spectacular colours on you!

    I was tempted to join the challenge but on really hot days, I have a few summer dresses that are the only thing I want to wear and knew that I would be only sticking to the rules for a week or less!

  • kkards replied 6 months ago

    Great week! Love the simple outfit formulas but the wide range of outfits   

    If I had to pick a fav it would be #3, just because it’s slightly different from what I’m used to seeing you in.  I love how modern, current and now it feels .  

  • lyn67 replied 6 months ago

    All really great, my fave is the first one  as an indoors maximal then nr 3 as the indoors minimal. Then all the red pants, and the the lillac coat -wow! You really did master your formulas of dressing--and it really shows! YLF Suz indoors and outdoors, too!

  • ChristelJ replied 6 months ago

    I am not surprised that you look great every day. I really admire your pattern mixing skills, your color choices, and your chic haircut, not to mention all the other factors at play like excellent proportions and fit. Fun idea to mix old and new every day.

  • Angie replied 6 months ago

    KILLER Wonderful, all round! 

    Love it all! You wear lilac with red with the best of them, Suz. I hereby crown you Queen Lilac + Red.

    How fun to throw in the patterned socks! On trend, super cute, playful, and SarahD8 is proud :) 

    Excellent pattern mixing in #1! 

    LOVE the proportions of #2 and #6!

    Super elegant in #3. Very long legs!

    You are killing it in 2024!

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Thanks, all. This is a great challenge to start the year and I am enjoying it. 

    I am happy to wear the crown of Queen Lilac & Red, Angie. I also like lilac and burgundy so expect to see some of that, soon! 

    Thank you, Christel.  You know, I never really pattern mixed at all until. YLF and as soon as I read a few of Angie's blog posts on it and saw some images, it all just fell into place intuitively. Now I love it and have literally no idea how I got dressed without this option! 

    kkards, thank you! Yes, it's a bit different to see me in a column of (almost) solid neutral, especially not blue. This is charcoal. 

    Bijou, it makes total sense this challenge would not work so well in high summer! I'd feel much the same. 

    Star, thank you. And it makes sense with your love of grey! High five to my grey-loving fab sister!

    Inge, thank you. I think it works because they both have a similar level of saturation/ brightness. 

    AJ, thanks! The pants are in the Finds -- Wit & Wisdom. On me, of course, they are more or less full length, not cropped like on the model. Inexpensive and SUPER fab. They were one of Angie's top sale picks from the NAS. 

  • Dee replied 6 months ago

    Man those red velvet crops really offer a lot of versatility to a wardrobe and once again you’ve nailed all the pattern mixing too. Another fun round of colour combos.

  • SarahD8 replied 6 months ago

    Oh wow, this is great! Even though you didn't repeat any outfits your looks are so cohesive. I love that we are in sync! And I love your old + new twist on the challenge. Seems related to your recent style refresh perhaps...solidifying the through line and also the new direction. 

    I totally support you wearing the heck out of those red velvet crops as long as they feel seasonally appropriate! Those are Anthro Colette pants, no? I'm curious if you've had any thoughts about duplicating the style, apropos of our recent conversations on the forum.

    I cannot pick a favorite outfit, but for some reason that column of charcoal in #3 is really wowing me at the moment!!

  • Jaime replied 6 months ago

    Wow! You have really nailed it down - it being Suz Style I guess. I love how you do different silhouettes but still maintain a certain through line with your choice of colors and a touch of pizazz.

  • sabimct replied 6 months ago

    You put these outfits together beautifully and the look is stunning!

    You've given me lots of inspiration as I head up to my own closet - thanks!

  • Staysfit replied 6 months ago

    Happy New Year Suz, these are great outfits!  I love all of them, especially the colorful mix of red and lavender from Angie’s recent post.

  • Cardiff girl replied 6 months ago

    What a treat!I love seeing your outfit combinations.The proportions and the colours are just lovely.

  • Mary replied 6 months ago

    I love your style! You have aced this challenge for sure.
    I think we live in the same little city!
    The shopping choices here are limited aren’t they? I am a consignment store fiend and have five within a couple of miles of me. 

  • Joy replied 6 months ago

    Wow these are all beautiful outfits. This is one outfit, a matching old EF black pant suit. I will wear mostly black during January. I am running out of black faster than I realized I would. Much is late summer black for hot weather. Today I had a meeting so I wore a black wool dress with black moto jacket and black tights and tall boots. On top was a black lined trench. By layering jackets I was warm enough.

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Joy, you look great! It is funny you picked black for January and then realized you had less than you imagined. 

    Mary, imagine that! There are a couple of us on the Island, I think. And yes, shopping options here are limited, alas. I would love to know which consignment shops you like best! One of my goals this year is to get to know those better. 

    Thanks, all! 

  • Mary replied 6 months ago

    I love our city but the shopping is lacking these days.
    I visit all the consignment stores on a regular basis as I can walk to almost all of them.
    they all have their positives and negatives. Sadly the one that has gone downhill is Turnabouts on Oak Bay Ave. Their consignment requirements are strange and hard to figure out. Their quality is very hit or miss. Lots of pilled sweaters etc. really nice people work there and their prices are ok. I do find things there but lately the store has been sparse. I don’t bother consigning there any more.
    the nicest women run House of Savoy also on Oak Bay Avenue.they have reinvigorated an old store and all for the better. They are very community minded which I love. A real mix of things from high end to mid level. No appointment needed to bring stuff in which is great.
    A la Mode just off the Ave in OB is good too. She prices here designer things rather high imho and her mid level a bit low! Well laid out, clean store.
    the other good one is Twice as Nice in Estevan Village.
    Mona Consignment on Fort skewers to a bit of a younger audience. My one criticism of them is that they pack their clothes in way too tight on the racks. Makes looking hard.
     I just visited Vend Collection across the street from Mona on Fort. Emphasis on slow fashion. Don’t really have an opinion on it but it’s worth checking out. 

    We are really lucky to have so many choices. I take clothes to all these place except Turnabout. Sometimes I take cash at the end of the consignment period and sometimes I use credit!
    would love to hear your experiences if you visit them. You can hit most of them in a couple of hours!

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Thank you, Mary! When I lived in Vancouver I loved Turnabout and bought my Dries van Noten trousers at the Granville location this summer. Over the years, I had a great peacoat from Judith & Charles, a Paul Smith and a Pink Tartan jacket, various other items from them. (Examples below; some still very much in rotation!) 

    I have popped in the Oak Bay store once but did not see anything that appealed. Thank you for the run down on the others. I have tried to visit House of Savoy but was there at the wrong hours. I will give it a go in the next few months and will certainly let you know! 

  • Helena replied 6 months ago

    YLF Suz!

    Tell me about the black pants in #3 (they aren't the darker plaid in Finds, right?) They look amazing!

  • Suz replied 6 months ago

    Helena, they're not black -- charcoal plaid, in Finds -- Wit and Wisdom. They were a top pick by Angie and with good reason!! They are super fab. Wearing them now! Of course on me they are more or less full length, not ankle length, as on the model. :) 

  • Kyle replied 6 months ago

    I’m still smitten with the lavender and red. It’s SO PRETTY.  I don’t have the pieces to recreate it myself, so I will admire on you from afar. On the other hand, red is my color for 2024…

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