WIW: sparkle dressed down & 5 silhouettes

Alaskagirl's 5 silhouette challenge has been the BEST thing so far this winter for my fashion life! Thank you, Una!! 

My own personal weeks 1 and 2 are here and here

This week I really enjoyed myself; it helps that I am feeling better overall, I guess. Plus I had a few new items to play with, thanks to the Black Friday Zara sale. ;) 

Day 1: Slouchy skinnies (Gap Original Fit selvedge, taken from DD's donate pile), fluid pullover. Easy peasy for work-at-home. 

Day 2: Appointment at school. Wide legs (Theory Emory), cropped sweater (it is navy, BTW, not black), and gingham tux shirt. I liked the proportions here! Score! Also wore my new Danier coat, already a workhorse. 

Day 3: The new Zara skirt, which cost me all of $13. Vince Camuto quality it is not...this is a real tube cut totally straight -- no WAY I am wearing it without a long top, especially considering what a month of enforced bed rest has done to my tummy. I am starting to have apple tendencies!! But the colours are fun, fun, fun, and I'm going to love having this in the closet. DH and stepdaughter loved it. 

Day 4: BF jeans and plaid shirt. Claire, I confess -- I'm a lemming!! My pockets are arguably far more problematic than the ones on Claire's shirt, but being so flat chested it doesn't really bother me to draw attention to that spot; it feels like a bit of whimsy, actually. And the soft white is super flattering. Wearing this with a fitted cashmere hoodie for another silhouette switcheroo. 

Day 5: Sparkly sweater dressed down -- for an at home date night with Mr. Suz, finishing season 3 of Borgen, best TV show ever! 

Thanks for looking and suggestions welcome. 

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  • Dimity replied 6 years ago

    Those are terrific outfits!

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    What a great week you've had! That Zara skirt is fantastic, and I see no evidence of any apple tendencies. The plaid lemming shirt is also a winner, and so is the sparkly sweater (I love the angle and length of it!).

    Last week you said you reverted to some FBOs - did you do that this week? I thought last week was a success, but it seems this week is more so. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Karie, I did wear my FFB (slouchy skinnies with semi-tuck) but only one day. BF with a semi-tucked shirt is another FFB, and very similar to the first, but it felt different enough this week partly because I spaced them out and partly because the jeans were different wash, etc. and the tops were very different. 

    The skirt was new and while it is a regular silhouette, the colours were unusual for me and the length a bit different, too. And the asymmetrical sweater (which I seldom wear) was a treat. 

  • Windchime replied 6 years ago

    The asymmetrical sweater is a treat for us to see, too! And what fun earrings you are wearing with it.

    Great new Zara skirt! Yes, it will be fun to have in your closet, with all those deep, rich colors to work with.

  • SarahTheWhite replied 6 years ago

    I don't even know how to pick a favorite. They are all winners in my book! I always love your outfits.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 6 years ago

    Suz, I think your version of the cropped sweater over a shirt is the best one I've seen.  I love the proportions and know from all my tries just how hard this is to achieve.

    Your plaid shirt outfits are fab too.  The day 3 skirt and top are great too.  I think the proportions are perfect or as near to it as one can get.

    Great week.

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  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Wow - complete love for your outfits here!  Especially #2 - convinces me that I still need a dark cropped sweater to wear like this.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Wonderful outfits all round. My favorites are 2 and 5. Details please on the sparkly sweater.

  • Debbie replied 6 years ago

    What a great week! I love that sweater in 5.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, all! I was pretty happy with that cropped sweater look -- I have tried and tried and didn't feel perfectly satisfied until this version. I think for me the wide legs help. 

    Joy, the sparkly sweater is from the Bay (Canadian dept. store) but I think it's actually I.N.C. brand -- I'll have to look it up. It is last year's item. But I have a feeling Macy's might have carried it. 

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Suz, I am so happy you're enjoying this challenge!  I need to get back into the swing of it next week.  I am feeling inspired by YOU!  Which BFs are those?  How fab is that sparkly sweater?  You are really taking this to heart and making it all yours...  Love it.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    These are all fantastic outfits, Suz. The silhouette challenge seems to be providing great inspiration for you! You are wearing THE sparkly sweater I need in that last outfit. That's it! I need to find one like that.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Just chiming back in to say no matter how many were FBOs, they're so fab I would now make them ALL FBOs! And it is great to see that you're continuing the challenge - I think it's enabling you to see the versatility in your silhouettes, and in your wardrobe. 

    And thank you for giving me a kick-in-the-you-know-what to do this challenge. I came up with my silhouettes but that's as far as I got. On to the next step for me!

  • frannieb replied 6 years ago

    you look fab in every outfit. I love the Danier coat so much.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Karie. This challenge is really great. I think without it, I would probably just have let the harder to style new pieces flounder. It's also getting me to wear my flares and wide legs when I can. When it gets really snowy I might have more trouble coming up with 5 silhouettes, but for now I can enjoy them. I have always admired Aida's ability to do that. Sveta's, too. I can't wait to see you do this, Karie! 

    Sharan, thank you. I wonder if this sweater is still available. It was a very inexpensive item that I purchased on sale, and it is a lot less scratchy than some metallic sweaters. 

    Una, the BF jeans are my True Religion Camerons. (I don't have them in Finds...off to look that up.) 

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    WOW! what a fab week. really like them all, but i love day 1 and day 5!

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Love love love ALL your looks! Oh my goodness I just love #9 - fab photo - makes me smile. You are over the top cute.

    Chiming in on the love for the sparkly sweater. I need that too. I'd bet it's not around the Bay this year.... And if I didn't already have the similar ON plaid shirt, I'd be snapping up this Zara one as well. It seems much better and more symmetrical.

    What a great deal on the Zara skirt - super fun! Where was my head on Black Friday? I never even looked at Zara online.

    So glad you're feeling better, Suz. Your WIWs are outstanding as usual. Fun stuff :)

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    In true lemming style, and without much to do on this day of sleet and freezing rain (except clean and who wants to do that, lol), I went searching on Macy's website for that gorgeous I.N.C. sweater. I didn't see it but I did find these:

    I like the (what looks to be) champagne color of yours better, Suz, at least for us blond gals.

  • Runcarla replied 6 years ago

    Great week, Suz. #3 is killing it for me! Luv-luv-luv.

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Really liking all of these, especially #1. I am a sucker for that navy-white combo and I had no idea Gap did selvedge denim. Is it raw or pre washed? And what do you think of the fit?

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    LOL, Suz, I raised my left eyebrow(read"?") when saw you in nr 7--- but quickly  lowered it with  a big enabling smile when saw nr 9:-). Love the shirt, pockets indeed quirky, but if somebody can wear them without stranger's dreaded eyebrow lifts, then it is surely you, as a big advantage to all gamines.-).

    Then, I so love your outfit worn to school. Perfect proportions for that really tricky siloutte, you nailde it perfect.

    Your new tube skirt is beautfiful! Love it with all  the dark reds. So great, you have those booties for further leg elongating:-) 

    Sparkle sweater is very eyecatching and feminine. Love the assimetric hem.

    So all beautifull, and appropiate. Great challenge, it keeps you motivated! You did so great on first 2 weeks, too! Now curious of the week nr 4:-).

  • chouette22 replied 6 years ago

    What a great set of outfits! I saw it just before heading to the library and promptly checked if the Borgen series was there. Most DVDs were checked out but I got #1 of season 1. I am excited to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation. 

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    First of all, I'm thrilled you're feeling better Suz, and that your eyes are on the mend. We take our health for granted when we're hardly ever sick, don't we? I know I do unfortunatley. 

    I missed the details of Una's challenge while I was in South Africa, but it sounds fab, and I'm glad you had fun. 

    All your outfits are fabulous, but #7 and #10 are killer to my eye. You just can't beat the simple, elegant and modern beauty of #10. Those earrings are a match made in heaven with that top. LOVE.

    Also super fun to see you in a skirt with burgundy tights and booties. Nice change. A chunky burgundy jumper would look fab with that skirt too. xo

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    OK, I just love #10 so much I can't see the others. I now have sparkly sweater envy! 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Janet, if I can inspire envy in someone with your amazing closet, I am in awe! :)

    Angie, thank you -- and it's so true. Health is the foundation.

    Do catch up on Una's challenge if you can. The idea is simple. We try to wear at least 5 different silhouettes per week. People have chosen specific silhouettes, or not, as they wish. And are doing it for one week or more. I have decided to continue as long as I can, because I've learned that for me, switching up silhouette gives me a greater sense of variety than changing colour or pattern.

    Don't get me wrong -- I do like to have some variety in colour and pattern, as well. And I can't do an endless variety of silhouettes -- particularly as the weather changes. It will soon become hard for me to wear my wide legs and flares/ bootcuts, for example. And even BF jeans are less easy to wear once real winter sets in. 

    I am enjoying skirts/ dresses again --- as long as they are stretchy I can wear them to work at home. This one works with at least five or six pullovers, cardigans, and toppers, so I am set. The burgundy tights weren't quite right with the magenta shirt, but I called it "tonal" and gave myself a pass.  :) 

    Chouette, Borgen is the best! Several really strong female characters and some amazing acting. 

    Lyn, thank you! I felt as if it did come together with that cropped sweater (at last). 

    Aproprio, thank you. The Gap selvedge were from last year or even two years back; I am not sure they sell them anymore. I rescued from my daughter's donate bag. They are lovely and soft now (after many washes) and the fit is true to size. They're sort of partway between a true BF jean and a slouchy skinny. I find them very comfortable. But they are SHORT. They only barely work for length on 5'4" me. ;) 

    Karie, those are great INC alternatives you found! I looked for this sweater online and could not find it anymore, either. 

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I'm very impressed, you've got this.  There is indeed variety to all of your looks.  The Zara skirt looks fantastic on you.  LOL at having to actually work out to maintain flat abs… and I thought it was all in the genes.  My abs are definitely apple-y now, I've blamed it on my age and weight.  But you're suggesting there's something I can do about this?!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Ha, Denise, only in a limited way, in my experience, although IK is evidence to the contrary. Mind you, she is about a decade younger. ;)

    The Zara skirt looks great as long as you do not see the top portion or the side view. But that's okay. A skirt I can wear to work at home is okay to wear with a long top.  I actually debated ordering this for a while (it was never expensive) but when it went down to $13, I figured what could I lose? And before I had it out of the box I already thought of 4 possible outfits (all with enough coverage.) So I guess it was meant to be. 

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    YES. Silhouette variety will give you a greater sense of outfit variety than different patterns and colours in the same silhouettes, Suz. Ride the crest of the wave as long as your weather permits. xo

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    Love the variation you have going on here, Suz! You look great, as always. My favourite is day 5 - I love the clear lines, the sparkle and the earrings.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    That Zara sale really killed me Suz, and I would have surely ordered up a storm if I could have returned it all (ok most of it) easily. 
    Anyway, you look fab in your variations. I love what you did with the wider jeans, you made burgundy tights look sophisticated, and the plaid top outfit is outstanding. Thanks for sharing!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Holy Cow!  I thought you must have reached an apex of style during the summer months, and I was amazed at the cohesion in your warm weather wardrobe.  Now I see you developed new combinations and trying new silhouettes, and you are simply raising the bar even higher!

    Love 'em all, but even more, I love the way you manage to dress both with great variety and also consistency. 

    (Thanks for sharing the date night at home outfit -- dressing up at home to be together is always fab).

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