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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  • Suz replied 10 years ago

    Those Rachel Corney boots are fantastic on you. Love the sweater, too! And you are looking more Tilda every day. Fab outfits, one and all!

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    Love ALL these looks. Wow. I'm going with #4 as my killer best though, just because it's brilliant and fun to see a little light grey come through. 

  • Joy replied 10 years ago

    You have a great sense of what looks fab on your body and can really rock the oxfords in a modern way. Now I'm motivated to look for purples at second hand shops.

  • replied 10 years ago

    Sigh, I adored looking at these.

  • Ariadne replied 10 years ago

    What Ceit said.

  • E replied 10 years ago

    OH. I want that sweater. It's exactly the shade of dusty mid purple I can never find! And the knitting looks wonderful. Serious case of coveting going on here. :) While I'm at it, I'll also take everything in photo 4 please. So perfect!

    The middle pic outfit is elegant and avant-garde as always, but I can't get over the two ends!

  • ironkurtin replied 10 years ago

    I think your wardrobe and my wardrobe are kissing cousins.

  • Greyscale replied 10 years ago

    Angie, I've been gravitating towards more light colors recently. I don't know if it's the YLF influence, or if it's that I'm trying not to look like my boyfriend's twin! He wears black from head to toe, and we're around the same build. We just started working in the same building and I find that I'm subconsciously shifting towards looks that are a little less solid black than his, especially on days when colleagues see us in meetings together.

  • Greyscale replied 10 years ago

    Indeed, I think you're right, IK. (And I've always thought that phrase was hilariously charming.)

  • annagybe replied 10 years ago

    Ooh I really like #4.

  • CocoLion replied 10 years ago

    Another vote for #4!  Great looks, all.

  • MuseumGal replied 10 years ago

    I did not realize you had such wonderful hair, that braid is amazing!
    Oh the outfits - they are pretty amazing too!

  • Jeanie replied 10 years ago

    Sighing with Ceit. What fun outfits.  I want to steal them all!  

  • Angie replied 10 years ago

    Hah. The romantic Black Brigade at work. Makes me chuckle. 

    Well, Greyscale. You can still hone your style with different shades of grey. Fun alternative. Options. Great complement to black. Why not. 

    Plus with hair as RED as yours and lots of it - you always wear colour with the grey and black.

    Also keep on meaning to say that I love your specs. That turquoise temple seals the deal. Are your eyes blue too? 

  • Janet replied 10 years ago

    Fantastic! I also especially love #4 -- it's a little more unexpected but still very you! I really enjoy your style.

  • kkards replied 10 years ago

    Another voice saying how much I like 4. And #1is a great take on Angie's lilac/grey/black theme.

  • Catnip replied 10 years ago

    Gorgeous!  I love all of these outfits.  I seriously want the purple sweater, the boots and the scarf.

  • gryffin replied 10 years ago

    Greyscale - your outfit awesomeness is just off the scale.  You have such a gift for proportion and balance in your outfits!!  Plus, you know exactly what works well on your figure so each piece is just perfect.  Favorites have to be #1 & 4, but they are all fab!!  Major, major kudos!!

  • Debra replied 10 years ago

    Every single outfit is awesome, especially love #4 :)

  • April replied 10 years ago

    The abundance of gray clothing in my wardrobe is *why* I often look like SO's twin.  :)  I love love love gray with cooler purples, and grayish purples.  Yay.

  • rachylou replied 10 years ago

    I like these outfits. They've a touch of the waif. I carry the torch for waif style :)

  • Raisin replied 10 years ago

    Great style! Love the muted colours and mixed textures.

  • Greyscale replied 10 years ago

    Thanks, everyone. And yeah, my hair is quite long in back. I guess the length isn't noticeable from the front except with the braid, because I have so many short layers around my face to bring out the curls (else the length weighs it down too much).

    Rachylou, I like the waif comment! I wouldn't have described myself as waif-like (in the street-kid sense, not about size) but I think it fits sometimes.

    Gryffin - I'm so flattered to hear that, because I used to feel like I struggled with combining things well. Now that I have a better sense for what works, I usually try on a lot of combinations before I find the right pieces for an outfit.

    Angie - my eyes are more like blue-green than really clear blue. Never thought about it, but the temples of my glasses do bring out the blueness. Unfortunately my lenses are high power and make my eyes look small, so they're not my most noticeable feature.

    And yes, I forget that my long hair doesn't always show up in photos from the front but it is mid-back length. I'm glad I found a hairstyle that keeps it long but makes it a little more 

  • pil replied 10 years ago

    I don't know where to start! Love the outfits. Even with the muted colors they are so full of energy. Maybe partly because of the fabulous hair, scarf, hat and glasses. How did your outfit "play in Peoria"?

  • Jaime replied 10 years ago

    Love them all! You have great pieces and you put them together wonderfully!

  • Diana replied 10 years ago

    All three of these are fabulous!  I really like that greyish purple tone too, wish I could find more of it in the stores.  

  • rae replied 10 years ago

    I somehow missed this - LOVE way you have done lilac. Taking notes. 

  • carambola replied 10 years ago

    Love all of these looks! I am drawn to the scarf in 2 and am amazed that you manage to make ballet flats look edgy.

  • Greyscale replied 10 years ago

    Pil, still chuckling over your question! It played ok in Peoria. In retrospect, ripped jeans for a family holiday gathering (even a casual one) might have come across as inconsiderate/sloppy rather than fashion-forward. My grandmother-in-law (a wonderful charming woman) patted my leg and said "Dear, your jeans are torn!" and just as I was starting to say something apologetic, she burst out laughing and said she knew they were meant to be like that and she was just pulling my leg.

    Carambola, thanks for saying the flats look edgy. That's one of those little details that I try to get right so I'm glad it worked. I love classic ballet flats on others, but they're a little too feminine for my own style. So, I looked around for a long time til I found flats that seemed a little more me, and I'm very happy with these. They're FS/NY sloop flats. They're just about dead, so I'm debating what to replace them with (something with more padding, probably, but the same effect).

  • Sarah A replied 10 years ago

    Love all of these Grayscale but my fav has to be the middle look. Probably b/c i find your look there the one i am currently trying to break down and understand better. I dig the ballet flats too, the fs ny are too narrow for me. :(

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