WIW: my signature avant garde layers

I was inspired by Angie's post yesterday to pull out an old favorite outfit that I haven't worn as often recently. I'd love to add a loose-knit tunic to this like she showed from Eileen Fisher.

Photos 1-3: Equipment silk tunic/dress, R13 waxed skinnies, thrifted Theory sweater, Theyskens jacket. New-to-me thrifted Born flats - are these as good for me as my old FS/NY flats that I need to replace? I can return them if not.

Photo 4: One bad shot from my trip to NYC last weekend, bundled up against the polar vortex. I love cold - I decided to walk to the theater (via some shoe stores...) instead of taking the subway, so I'd get more cold weather. Wool J Crew minnie pants, Tsubo boots, Aqua sweater that you can't see, lovely thrifted Club Monaco coat that is too warm for San Francisco.

Photo 5: a repost from a few months ago, another version of the tunic look with a longer sheer Vince silk tunic and the J Crew pants.

Photo 6: a repost with the old FS/NY flats for comparison to the new Born ones.

Looking through all these, it's obvious that my go-to look is silk sleeveless button down (of varying lengths) and skinny pants!


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WIW backlog: lilac and black

Angie's blog post reminded me that I never posted this outfit that fits her lilac and black theme for today! The cotton sweater is a lighter shade of dusty purple than it appears in this photo. It's a consignment find and it has really nifty shaping in the way it's knit.
Jil Sander sweater, R13 jeans, Rachel Comey boots.

Two others from my backlog:
Casual work clothes. BR silk top, R13 skinny jeans, Theory sweater, and my great new Madewell lightweight wool scarf.

In-laws casual post-Christmas dinner in Peoria. Hat inspired by Una! White j crew shirt, metallic silk sweater, AG boyfriend jeans, Fluevog oxfords.

(Everything was second-hand/consignment except the R13 skinnies and all the shoes and scarf.)


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Time to hem these jeans - how long?

These straight-leg jeans are not the most stylish thing in my closet, but I really like them. They're old paper-denim-cloth brand jeans, 100% cotton. I never hemmed them - they're really long. In this photo I have them cuffed to wear with my combat boots. (That's actually 4 layers in the cuff - I make one big cuff, then fold it up again. Less bulky than rolling.)

How long should these be for PPL? I wear them with flat boots, Converse, or my chunky sandals with a thick classic Dr Martens sole. I think they look good cuffed, but there's too much fabric now, so I should shorten them at least a bit. Should I go for floor-length in boots, then have the option of cuffing them shorter? Or leave them longer than that and always cuff them?

Bonus photo: the sandals, which I listed as one of my best new things of 2013, shown on me here with omg-so-90s scrunched wool socks and pegged jeans! Fashion tragedy or comedy?


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