WIW: WritersFest Blue and Jacquard

This is the first year since I joined YLF that I've been simply a spectator at our local writers' festival rather than a reader or moderator. I must admit it was a lot of fun to be in the audience for a change! 

Here's what I wore. I repeated myself a lot because I am low on toppers at the moment! :-) But also because I am so firmly on Team Wear and I just love wearing my new things. 

I guess the theme was "blue." I wore blue every day except one. 


Day 1: Attending events: Fluid knit with trousers as per Angie's blog post. 
Sweater: DVF
Trousers: Theory Emery
Bag: Danier
Booties: SW


Day 2: Evening event followed by drinks in hospitality suite with other writers..
Jacket: Zara
Black sleeveless turtleneck: Winners
Belt: consignment
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Jeans: J Crew Toothpick sized up one for more ease.


Day 3: Daytime events (Saturday)
Shoes: Converse Hi-Ness
Skirt: Vince Camuto
Top: Winners
Jacket: The Bay


Evening speakeasy (fun event where writers read to accompaniment of live jazz)

Dress: Nicole Miller (oh, I love this dress)
Clutch: vintage from my mother
Shoes: RW & Co.
Jacket: The Bay


Day 4: Daytime events -- readings, a friend's book launch, lunch with friends, more readings. 

Jacket: Zara
Top: Club Monaco
Denim skirt: Old Navy
Booties: Report Marks


PM closing event

Shirt: Cassis, courtesy Celia
Jeans: J. Crew
Boots: DV Joust
Jacket: Zara

Thanks for looking! 

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  • replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you look stunning in all of these! I really love the blazer.

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous!  I love (and greatly admire) how your whole wardrobe works together so beautifully, Suz.

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    Goodness gracious, you are a vision in blue, Suz! All of these are so you and so perfectly paired. The fit and proportions are impeccable. It doesn't hurt that you are just so darn gorgeous! Fab across the board. A++++++

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    All such fun outfits. The DVF sweater is amazing. And you look so elegant in your blue sheath. Truly, these are great, fun, modern outfits, and you are accessorizing brilliantly. 

    I kind of want to see you pair the leopard belt with the DVF sweater. Precisely because it would be over-the-top. :) But you never know, it might work. 

  • Lyn D. replied 7 years ago

    I would never notice repeating here Suz!
    You created such a lovely 'Festival Capsule', and I am impressed with you Fab belt collection.

  • AJ replied 7 years ago

    Blue is FAB on you! I luv 2,3,5, and 7. YLF!

  • AviaMariah replied 7 years ago

    Every one is awesome.  I love those Theory Emerys on you!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    You certainly wowed them with your style, Suz. All outfits are killer. But I'm going with #1 and #2 as my faves. xo

  • amiable replied 7 years ago

    Wow!  Completely perfect!

  • Dottie replied 7 years ago

    I love them all too.  It goes to show that you pick your items well.  They really suit you and you style them very creatively.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Doesn't look like repetition imo; it looks like variations on a theme :)
    Love it all Suz - you are looking so good.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Caro, you're brilliant as always! That's what I shall call it, then! 

    Thanks, all. It was fun wearing all of these. I felt comfortable, appropriate, at ease, and even -- gasp! -- fashionable! 

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    Variations on a theme indeed! This is just such utter fabness from beginning to end and everything looks very comfortable and authentic. YLF! and it sounds like you enjoyed the event as well :)

    2,6, and 8 espacially help seeing the proportion play of the same jacket with pants and the skirt, with higher and lower contrast support pieces. And it works!

  • san replied 7 years ago

    Wow!  Everyday.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    San! So great to see you post. Thank you for stopping by. 

    Sarah, thanks. This jacket seems to work pretty well with both skirts and pants. It is quite tailored so shows a waist, which I guess is a help. I really love it -- it's very easy to wear. I'm having good luck at Zara these days. 

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    Your "almost" blue week was truly  great and truly yours.

    . I bet you felt very comfortable in all these outfits because they are true to your style, right?

    I LOVE that dress too - and of course DFV sweater has no competition. I am glad you did not leave it behind in Troy :-)

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    I love, love the brocade jacket and drapey brown blouse. Smart outfits every one.

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    Wow, Suz, you can do no wrong!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Amy, Rachylou, thank you. 

    Sveta, that DVF sweater is so lovely. I could never have left it behind! It was a winner from the word "go."  Angie knows her stuff.  :-) But it is also good to have a smart friend to give feedback on the spot!

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Suz, your legs look miles long in pic #1 - SPECTACULAR! You look fantastic in all of these outfits, in fact, I'll be copying #3 :)

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    Glad you enjoyed the WritersFest, you must have been the eye candy in those gorgeous outfits!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    Blue and taupe! Perfect! I really love the Zara jacket on you. Your closet is becoming a dream collection with endless possibilities

  • replied 7 years ago

    Here's to Team Wear and Team Repeat! I hope you had a wonderful relaxing time at the Writer's Fest Suz. It's an event that I look forward to hearing about each year. It seems like  the packing and dressing gets easier and easier for you. Even though you are short on tops at the moment, you certainly can't tell from these pictures! The blue is gorgeous, and it's wonderful to see you putting that fab jacquard blazer hard to work already. You must be getting a reputation for being a very stylish dresser with the other writers by now. You look stunning and radiant, as always. :)

  • merwoman replied 7 years ago

    Every 'look' a winner - sensational!!
    Really love the Cassis shirt - something about the colour (which is fab with your beautiful complexion) and the fluid drape.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Your style is stratospheric Suz! I love the dress, the new blue jacket and every way you have combined these outfits.

  • MuseumGal replied 7 years ago

    Wonderful capsule, and holy smokes you look amazing in blue!

  • Debbie replied 7 years ago

    Two and seven are my favorites but you look stunning in all of them!

  • Ariadne replied 7 years ago

    *faints*  No words, too stunned!

  • Lantana replied 7 years ago

    You can do no wrong. You are a knockout in each and every outfit.
    I especially love and covet the Cassis top. I have searched online for it before but to no avail. Is it still out there somewhere in the retail world? Penny.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks so much, everyone. 

    Penny, I would LOVE to find another of these tops. But alas, Cassis has gone the way of the Dodo. It was a terrific store for Canadian women with lovely, simple, higher quality clothes that nodded to trends without being overtaken by them -- sophisticated and elegant clothes with clean lines. This top was actually a gift from our own Celia who decided that that taupe colour didn't suit her so well. 

    I actually think this would be a super simple top to sew, however, and I have been wondering about Jayne's idea of buying fabric and taking it to a seamstress. There are no zippers or buttonholes except for the tab sleeves (which could easily be omitted as tabs). If you can sew, it would be the easiest thing in the world to make. I would actually like a couple of these in my key colours. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Suz - you have your style NAILED in every single one of these outfits. You look polished, fashionable and comfortable in each ensemble. You have chosen your recent purchases so incredibly well that I can see you mixing and matching these items without becoming bored with them.

    You look positively radiant in the blue dress BTW :)

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    I want your whole collection....I just love how you reuse peices, the outfits are still all so unique and you look polished and fab in all of them.  I really need to join team 'crisp and polished' because I see both you and Angie are there. Don't know how that suits my Emanuelle Alt side though.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Jayne, thanks! 
    I guess it all depends on which side of Emmanuelle appeals. Her minimalism or her rocker-chic persona! The minimalism (and white jeans) are definitely a part of my own style. The rocker chic not so much.  ;-) 

  • Asingh replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you look great in all the outfits!

    Really like #1 and the addition a a broad white belt adds interest to the whole attire.

    And the addition of a denim jacket to the lovely blue dress instantly transforms the outfit from ladylike to rocker-chic! :)

  • Elizabeth P replied 7 years ago

    Hey Suz, I've just been lurking these days, waaaaaay to busy to do much posting, esp as I tend to look in bed on my ipad and hate typing on that while lying down!  And I was at a conference myself for a week.  But I had to come out of lurkdom to say WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a totally awesome conference capsule.  All your outfits pull together beautifully.  I must get back into the swing of things here so I know what to look for for the winter!  Where did you get the animal print top, I love that.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Asingh and Elizabeth P. Elizabeth, the animal print sweater is from DVF. It is called the Tinkit. I got it during the NAS. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    Late to this thread, but I had to chime in and say how fantastic you look in all iterations from more casual day looks, through smart casual to dressy evening. I'm blown away by it all !

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    2, 6 and 8 are my favorites here, just because I adore that jacquard print blazer.  A great piece.  I also really like your striped skirt and sneakers outfit, casual and fun.  You did a great job dressing for many events.  A nice little capsule here.

  • Elly replied 7 years ago

    I particularly love the first outfit and the dress! Girl, that dress on you is divine!

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    So behind on posts!  I wanted to pop in and say that I smiled broadly when viewing your conference wear.  A wardrobe that fits, flatter, and works for your real life is quite an accomplishment.  Being able to dress so fabulously --- so consistently makes a big impact professionally, too.  You have a great ability to look amazing without appearing that you're trying to do so.  If I were looking for a successful writer/mentor in a room full of them, I'd single you out in a minute.

    Love the new jacquard jacket.  So yummy, and it's amps up everything you pair it with.

  • replied 7 years ago

    WOW! I'm certain you were the best dresses there.  All are FAB, my favs are 1 and 7. 

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    Catching up on WIW posts since returning from abroad, and felt compelled to comment on your beautiful conference capsule. Totally fab, as usual, but wanted to let you know that I found #7 particularly elegant/rich looking. It seems like a weird thing to say, but you rock taupe!

    Lovely, lovely set!

  • MsLuna replied 7 years ago

    You look amazing in all of them!

  • celia replied 7 years ago

    All these outfits are fabulous but #2 took my breath away. You have such great presence and style :)

  • jurocha replied 7 years ago

    My fav... oh Gosh, how hard it is too choose! OK, the striped skirt and the dress combos.

  • Day Vies replied 7 years ago

    #1 is so Angie-esque I can't stand it. #2 makes me realize that lengthening your torso is definitely the way to go. The red belt draws the eye lower and has the over all effect of making you look taller -- along with the heels that draw the eye down. #3 the wedge sneaks lengthen your leg and seem to extend the visual footprint of the skirt. The black top definitely lengthens your torso so the light blue contrast of the cropped jacket has no effect on shortening your torso especially since the striped skirt  is higher contrast and draws the eye down. #4 is simply fabulous. #6 is so chic, so polished, so visually compelling and hits the perfect chord.

  • Susie replied 7 years ago

    What Beth Ann said, exactly! You have completely nailed what works for you and every single outfit is flattering and stylish while not looking the least bit overdone or fussy. Simple perfection.

    And gosh you look gorgeous in blue!

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    Probably the last to chime in here, but I had to say you look fantastic in everyone of these pics.  You've incorporated patterns (stripes, animal, jacquard), shine, texture... and you've  mixed it all up so that nothing looks redundant or repetitive.  This is a capsule I could handle... in fact, I'm going to catalog your items and see if I can do something similar with my own closet.

    See, I can't be creative but I can copy you!

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