Mastering the art of transitional clothing (…well trying)

So it’s above freezing, but it’s not quite 50 degrees either. I’m really tired of the dark saturated tones of my winter clothing but it isn’t warm enough to wear many of my pastel light and airy spring tops by themselves. Finding just the right balance for the in-between is something I struggle with every time the seasons change.

Sure I have read all about layering but it’s not just about the warmth its about the colors and texture of the clothing (Well, at least it is for me). Many of my spring and summer tops have feminine details such as flutter sleeves, pin tucking, puffed sleeves, embroidery, pleating, etc. which only show to their full effect when I am not wearing a jacket or cardigan over them.

I came up with this solution for running errands today. I am really pleased because I can also wear it to work. The tunic top I’m wearing is slightly more opaque than lace. But it has the lovely details that I described above concentrated in the center of the blouse – so it will show through the open front of the cardigan. I also love the bejeweled trim on the cardigan. The spring feel of the colors are appropriate for the season and also favorites of mine. I am also really happy because this ensemble is completely me.

 BR outlet bejeweled cardigan

BR outlet lace tunic

GAP perfect khakis (long inseam)

Yellow Liz Claiborne tote

Miz Mooz tall boot

Those of you ladies in 4 season clients how do you deal with the in between? Do you have similar concerns?


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Chambray + full skirt

What a week this has been! I am just glad it's Friday and the weekend is here so that I can collect myself. I was inspired by this picture on Pinterest.

The happiness factor is very high with this outfit -- the skirt was swishy. Unfortunately the weather was rainy and cold.

I am more than happy to consider your styling suggestions. Happy weekend!


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Inspiration Challenge: Metropolis

Today's outfit came together easily. It's cold and rainy here but I did manage to pull out a top I have not worn in ages because it reminded me of the beams of light in this poster:
I was also inspired by the industrial feel and hard edges featured in the poster. I thought the Chanel-eque jacket was perfect because of the strong lines, subtle sparkle and sober tones. I added some heeled mary jane brogues and pinstripe trousers. 

As always tell me what you think. 

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Star Wars inspiration: Going for the gold

I was initially stumped at what to wear for this challenge. Like many other YLFers I thought cobalt and black with something sparkly or white -- but that would be too easy and simply reinforce all the things I wear already. So I thought about this sparkly bronze knit blouse I picked up from LOFT late last year and inspiration struck. I thought I would be the golden girl and see where my C3P0 inspiration would take me :-)

I am not sure it shows but I am wearing nude fishnet tights (thank you YLF) and Ralph Lauren pumps.

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Picture Perfect Challenge: Raiders of the Lost Ark

I was a little stumped by this inspiration picture from Ornella's post:
My style preferences (ladylike cosmoprep) generally do not include a "safari" look per se. There are, however, enough elements existing in my wardrobe to fake it. :-) What I like most about the poster is the lettering where gold fades to orange. Then there is a hint of blue in the back with the Arabian warrior. So that's where I got this. Tell me what you think!  

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Swishy skirt happiness

Well, I'd planned on wearing a lovely green pencil skirt with a cream and black polka dot blouse sort of like this:

but I was thwarted by water weight gain :(

Enter the swishy skirt and happy yellow sweater to make it all better. (Kinda rhymes too!) Temperatures are near 60 but started out below freezing so I over dressed a bit but that's OK (a blouse instead of a sweater would have been fine today as well).  

Pictures from Orlando Trip

Just a quick post on wiw while in Orlando FL. It was unseasonably chilly. I don't think it was more than 63 degrees. Have a great day YLF! 

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Letting the details take the lead

I liked this outfit today because it has simple clean lines. I didn't wear any jewelry and you can't see the belt that I'm wearing. These trousers are the new cropped style. I actually sized up because my size emphasized what little hips I have and I really wanted a boyish slouch on these. Normally I would have worn some pointy toed kitten heels but with a high of 39 degrees I did not want my ankles to freeze. So I veered off into "school-girl" territory with the super shiny 2 inch heel penny loafers. I wore my glasses all day today so I think that added to the school-girl vibe.

As an aside, I'm awed at how much I look like my mother in these photos. She wore a curly perm during the 80's and I look just like her. (Most of the time I look like my Dad).

Here's what I'm wearing:
Elie Tahari button down shirt 
BR copped trousers 
LE penny loafers 
(Hair by Day Vies ;-D) 

Thanks for looking! 

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