June Challenge: Week 1 (Patterned Tops)

Week One - Patterned Tops:

(Thanks Anchie for the Challenge; I may add more as the week goes on but this is what I’ve worn so far)

I tend to prefer solid clothes and add contrast and pattern in small amounts with shoes, accessories and bags, but I want to try some of my patterned tops to see how I could be comfortable wearing them. I often feel like it’s too much and want to put something solid over them which doesn’t work well in hot weather  

1&2 - blue and white floral cotton top with interesting sleeves.  This is not the best shape for me, but it’s cropped enough that it works.  I may see if I can get the side seams curved a little to show some waist definition. I like it best with the white jeans, but for practical reasons wore it with blue jeans at home.

3&4 - WHBM reversible silky shell with jeans and light gray duster, platform Sorel sandals. I feel really comfortable i this and like the watercolor feel of the top. 

5&6 - another silky shell in pale lavender with ruched gray mermaid tail hem skirt. I think there is too much going on here for me and would prefer the top with plain bottoms.  In the end I switched to a plain solid smartwool hiking tee and light bag and shoes. 

7&8 - sheer black, white and gray blouse with silver waxed jeans, snakeskin sandals and magenta bag, bracelet and lips.  I think I could use almost any color bag with this outfit. Silver orchid earrings and necklace.

Conclusion:  I need to stick with tops that skim my waist and show some curve, I prefer misty watercolor patterns or more subtle florals, only one pattered or textured item per outfit with everything else fairly simple is my comfort zone. I much prefer the soft patterns in the two shells than the more precise ones in 1&2 & 7&8.

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Summer Style Goals and a Sleeveless Top

Summer is a difficult time style-wise for me because I am picky about patterns, and I can’t always rely on that third piece or accessories to get my contrast levels when it gets hot. I’m being brave an posting a pic without anything covering my arms just to get used to the idea. 

I like the watercolor neutral floral fabric of this top mixed with jeans and taupe cage sandals with white soles to connect with my hair. The silky shell and duster front of this “Origami Wrap” add some glamour.  Jeans and cage platforms add the Grit. 

My summer goals include getting more comfortable with sleeveless tops, wearing more dresses and skirts, and finding some light and breezy third pieces, I want to swim 3 days a week which I hope might help with feeling more comfortable about my arms. 

(Edited to add Finds)

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Looking for a breezy summer cardigan

I’m looking for a lightweight breezy cardigan or wrap to cover my arms in the summer, but still cool enough I’m not roasting in the 90 to 100 degree F heat. I would like to wear more tanks this summer and throw something on when I need it. 

I love this full length Ralph Lauren cardigan duster, but it’s beyond what I’m willing to spend, so I’m looking at this XCVI shorter version. What do you recommend for someone who likes to cover their arms, and have you seen anything in the stores recently that fits the bill? Do you wear cardigans, a light wrap, a scarf or something else in the summer?

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Show me your Light Purple Pants Outfits?

I’m looking for inspiration on how to wear some lilac jeans I have which are slim cut. I haven’t worn them much and am considering replacing them with a wider cut because these can be hot in the summer. Here’s a couple of examples that I am not that happy with, but it may be the shoes. Please show me how you wear light purple on your bottom half?

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White Layers

White layers with white wide leg cropped jeans, off white top, white lace undershirt, bone platforms and woven bag. I like how the tan platform color works with the tan handle and inner pouch of this bag, so will wear these shoes and bag together a lot this summer.

I like this outfit but I’m still not sure about all white for me. It feels like something is missing, maybe I’ve just gotten used to having value contrast? Maybe I look like Mr. Clean!. I will wear it today and see if I can adjust to it.

I’m also have having an issue with these jeans which I wore on repeat all last summer — they are puckering in a few places near the zipper. Does this look like the spandex has worn out? I will be looking for a replacement so any suggestions on jeans this style are welcome. It’s funny to me that when I first put these on last spring, they seemed so wide and now they feel normal.

Please excuse spots on antique mirror!

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Spring Capsule Review

Here are some of the outfits I wore from my Spring capsule. After putting together this capsule at the end of March, I added several other items to it, but kept to my color palette of navy, denim, white and various tints of magenta, pink and lilac. 

(Edited to add individual photos)

New purchases (in Finds) included a berry color moto jacket, a lilac moto jacket, navy tulle skirt, a multicolor paisley dress and two pairs of platform sandals I love and will wear into the summer. Other items such as hiking pants, plaid pants, blue off shoulder top, light blue jacket came from my closet. 


Coming up with a color palette for the season seems to work well for me, because it helps me see gaps and focus on purchases that work well with other items, but I do need more variety than I originally planned for. 

My most worn items according to Stylebook were my white hobo bag, straight leg faded and frayed ankle jeans, pearlized light taupe high tops and a pair of multicolor statement earrings. One thing I learned from this capsule is the way I prefer to wear color is generally one color plus neutrals. 

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Planning a 3 month road trip (Part Two)

Thanks to your stellar ideas, I am well on my way with planning my travel capsule. I’ve incorporated many of them as you can see.  I’ve ordered the white crochet open weave sweater, a pale lilac waterproof windbreaker, a hat and swimsuit. 

I love the planning — it’s like playing with paper dolls!
Here is my capsule so far but I’m sure there will be adjustments made along the way and I’ll need to try on most everything to see if it works in real life. I want to get the majority of this done because my 86 year old Mom is moving here in June so I know I’ll be busy with getting her moved and settled.

The only thing I’m questioning is the leather jacket, and whether I should replace the white long sleeve tee with another color (maybe green or teal) to add some variety. All my bottoms are neutral, so it would work either way. I have the white crochet sweater listed that seems different enough than the white tee to keep both of them, but another color would be fun. 


I have 5 pairs of shoes not including house shoes, LOL, but they all serve their purpose: waterproof sandals for beach and camp showers, platform sandals for nice dinners, hiking boots, comfy hightops for hiking and city walking, nice but comfy boots for cold weather city excursions.

Just doing the math with 10 tops, 3 bottoms and 3 dresses — that’s 33 outfits, and that doesn’t even include third pieces. I’ve planned 12 outfits for each of 4 subcategories: warm weather city and beach, cold weather city, warm weather driving/camping/hiking, and cold weather driving/camping/hiking, so that’s 48 outfits all together and I don’t think I’ve exhausted then possibilities. Whew! This should be plenty to get me through any weather for at least two weeks before doing laundry.  

Any other suggestions are welcome. 

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Planning a 3 month road trip (Part One)

We (DH, Sadie dog and I) are planning a 3 month long trip starting in August, heading up the east coast from North Carolina, across Canada, down the west coast and across the south.   Stops include Boston to visit older daughter, Los Angeles to visit younger daughter, and see various friends along the way. We will be traveling and living in a Class B camper van, so have limited storage. We tend to spend time hiking and exploring, checking out art museums in cities, with the occasional lunch or dinner out. 


After looking at weather history, looks like it will be pleasant Spring/cool Summer weather, with temps dropping cooler in the evening, but there could be a possibility of cold temperatures in some areas, especially the northern national and state parks. 

As far as clothes, I’m thinking comfortable clothes that are easy to drive in and are versatile for multiple activities, layers including wool or cashmere, a couple of hoodies, a leather jacket, a packable down jacket, a dress, hiking pants, jeans, and a backpack style bag. I would like to plan on washing clothes every couple of weeks. (Will hand wash a few things in between). My biggest problem is always shoes because I want to bring more than is usually practical. And then of course bags to complement!

I’ve started working on a capsule but these are my ideas so far. If you’ve done a trip like this, I would love to hear any advice you have, what worked and what didn’t, and any favorite items you brought with you. 

Edited to add ever changing collection for this trip:
https://youlookfab.com/finds/c.....tion=11351

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Tulle skirt

I’ve joined team tulle skirt and I’m so glad I ordered a size up for this one because it barely fits. Tried it today with a navy knit off shoulder top and lilac bag and shoes. I would like to figure out ways to wear it this summer, so will play with that a bit. Very happy with how the longer side of the hem covers my leg with lymphedema, so that’s an added bonus. I think Janet and Suz have this skirt?

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Dress Determination

I’m determined to wear more dresses this summer since it’s so hot and humid here. I wasn’t sure about how voluminous this ASOS dress was so I ordered a small and extra small and ended up going with the extra small. I am usually a medium.


I wore this dress to a garden bridal lunch yesterday with these soft white platforms I found thanks to Janet. They do a nice job of bookending my hair, will go well with a woven bag I wear in the summer and are supportive and comfortable. I’m tempted to get the gray version as well. 

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