WIW -- Swap Goodies & Angie's "Mostly Black" formula

Picture 1 -- For a business meeting, going for a suit look. The jade necklace is from Rae, I am layering it with a heart pendant. The necklaces and fringe bag soften the suit look, no?

Picture 2 -- For a women's service group meeting. Wearing a Toile de Jouy silk blouse from ClearlyClaire!

Picture 3 -- Red & Black. Do you prefer tucked or untucked for this contrasty, leg shortening look?

Picture 4 -- Angie's "Mostly Black" formula (which I am getting lots of mileage from).

I am wearing my new Matisse booties in pictures 2-3 and 4. They are super comfortable for a high heel. They are taller than most of my booties which are more like shoeties. I'm experimenting with tucking the pants into the booties but still think I prefer a leg line as in picture 1.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

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  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Denise, so cool to see your swap meet finds!!

    And the jacket you're wearing is the one Ariadne bought, I think. I tried it on in this colour and didn't think it worked on me (for reasons unknown, as I had imagined it would/ should) but it looks great on you!! Love that look.

    I adore you in Claire's silk blouse, too. That is a such a fun and unexpected combo.

    In look 3 I actually prefer the sweater untucked even with the potential for leg shortening. Somehow it just works to my eye.

    I also love #4. The curve of the jacket echoes the top. I always wonder how to wear jackets with tops that bell out that way; now I see how it's done. Of course a person needs the right jacket to do it!

  • Mo replied 7 years ago

    I am so loving the tonal looks of #1 and 4! Perfect 10's!! I also admire the page set up work you're doing for your WIW's - looks great.

  • catgirl replied 7 years ago

    OMG, jacket on jacket = brilliant! I say tuck in #3. The pattern mix in #2 is fantastic, and the burgundy looks great.

    *happy sigh* I love your outfit posts!

  • Gaylene replied 7 years ago

    Fabulous outfit posts! It's nice to see the outfit "in action" in #1. But my favorite is #4. I love that combination--cool, edgy, sophisticated, modern--I keep wanting to throw in more adjectives, but I'll stop with a BRILLIANT!

  • Carole replied 7 years ago

    Wow, love each of these (you have such a unique and wonderful style).Great use of jackets and toppers! Love that shawl/poncho, I want one! Clever how you combined two jackets, love that, too. I think i prefer the 3rd outfit 1/2 tucked, but untucked looks equally great.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Your outfits and outfit presentation are such a delight :)

    #1 and #2 are my absolute best - in fact, they are KILLER to the power of KILLER - which means the very best on YLF. Not easy to achieve and you got two citations in one post. I think that's a record.

    Now excuse me while I faint from your fabness.


  • annagybe replied 7 years ago

    I'm with Angie, #1 and #2 are my favorites.

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    Oh! And I prefer #3 untucked.

  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago

    I prefer untucked for 3 (more you) and I totally LOVE 2! Can't imagine why Claire swapped that gorgeous toile but so glad it found a great home.

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    You are queen of skinny jeans and you look awesome as usual! I love them all. Chic and uber cool, Denise! I love your style.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    Thank you ladies! I've added a close up of the Rae necklace. It's the jade one.

    JJsloane -- Claire knew I really wanted the blouse, she's that kind of girl!

    Angie -- 1000 thanks for the Killer ratings! I wasn't sure if the pattern mixing outfit really worked, it's good to know I'm not completely off base.

  • Aida replied 7 years ago

    All so so good Denise! I just love your outfits. #1 blows me away; the fringe hand-held bag is just brilliant, and the faux-suit in burgundy? Amazing. The print mix in #2 looks really fun, any way we could get a detail shot of the two prints together? #3 is a great high-contrast look, I'm always a huge fan of red+black. I MUCH prefer the tucked option there. And the layering in #4 looks awesome! Like a gradient from the back. Did you layer a more rigid jacket over a softer jacket? Man, I need to get some charcoal jeans pronto. I can't seem to find my perfect pair....

    (I am also very much enjoying your photo presentation recently, btw.)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Oh the toile blouse is FAB on you Denise! Absolutely love it. And burgundy is stunning colour on as per pic #1. I also prefer the blouse untucked with the red skinnies.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Oh Denise, you have just the cool-factor to pull off that blouse; it's just the thing with your tuxedo striped trousers. I never felt quite right in it. I'll have you know it cost me a whole dollar, too! I'm thrilled that you like it.

    I love your burgundy trend and I like the black sweater either way. Your new photo format is fabulous and artistic. Love it! (And I'm glad you're finally getting some cooler weather. Blow some my way!) :)

  • JR replied 7 years ago

    Oooo, I love the tone-on-tone looks. And that Italian shawl is just gorgeous.

    FWIW, I think #3 looks great both ways.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Love them all & untucked for #3 imo.

  • ElleH replied 7 years ago

    I love all the outfits. 1 & 4 are my favorite. Untucked in 3. I prefer 2 without the jacket. Too much pattern mixing for my eye. I'm not as fashionable as you though so take it with a grain of salt:)

  • MsLuna replied 7 years ago

    Denise, thanks for posting these! I've been trying to see how booties can be worn with skinnies/denim leggings and you provided such great examples on this WiW! Thanks so much and you look amazing!

    Love all your outfits! #4 is my fave!

  • Kirti replied 7 years ago

    Fab as always Denise :-) and I really like #3 untucked!

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    I like #3 untucked, but I'm not a tucker myself anyway. And I adore that cape (?) in #2. It is so fun and perfect for fall.

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    These are all great, but I am especially crazy for the mix going on in 2. I love that jacket and those pants. In 3 I like untucked. I think the mostly black of 4 is working well.

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