WIW: shopping my closet for 2015 trends

This week was an experiment to see how I can dress for 2015 trends from my wardrobe. Honestly I cannot say that I was 100% happy with the results but this is what experiments are for, right?

pic #1 Fluid Fits
This one was easy as fluid fits make the bulk of my closet. Everything in this outfit is several years old  but I hope it still looks current. My soft edge!

pic #2 Tailored Silhouettes 
My attempt on a tailored silhouette using a fluid cashmere sweater. The sweater is pretty thin (actually it was called "tee" on JCrew website) so it was not too bulky for tucking in. It felt a bit strange to tuck the sweater in though - please let me know what you think.

pic #3 ’70s Inspiration
I have a memory from mid-seventies of my Mom wearing a long gilet over a turtleneck and flared trousers so this was my inspiration for this outfit. It is quite dark for spring so I added a bit of light with the pearl necklace, bag and booties.

pic #4 White
Another easy one as white is widely represented in my closet (Angie's influence of course). This outfit was also a feeble nod to her stunning sea foam outfit because it is also white and blue. I tried this cat print shirt with this pointelle white sweater last week and really liked it so this is what I decided to go with that day. Alas - only during the day I realized that the outfit I tried before was with the dark wash jeans so it was more flattering than this one (lower contrast on the bottom) Oh well, next time - hopefully this one was not a complete disaster!

pic #5 Wild Card
I got these pleated wide leg trousers at consignment store last fall. I was attracted by the camel color and the fluid fit - my wild card for this spring season. This is their first outing as our winters are not friendly for wide legs. I was debating if I should tuck in the turtleneck but decided to wear it untucked.
I was also debating if I should add a scarf or this camel vest and decided to go with the vest in the end. It does not match the color of the trousers perfectly but it is closer in color than looks in the picture.
These pins were my inspiration - something I wanted to try for a long time but was not able until I got the trousers:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/401313016764984301/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/401313016767656840/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/401313016767586974/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/401313016765111715/
It felt good during the day but looking at my pictures I am not really sure it looked that good. Also I think it was a mistake to wear this cape with these trousers - too much volume, right? I would appreciate your opinion here and suggestions.
Anyway, this is what I had this week. Thank you for looking, as usual all feedback and suggestions are very much appreciated.
Have a wonderful weekend!

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19 Comments

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Sveta, what a fun idea, to create an outfit for each of these 2015 trends! Yours are amazing, as usual!
    1 is totally you, and in a slightly different color combo than I've seen before. It looks so fresh.
    2 is really smashing--my favorite of the bunch! I love the lightweight sweater tucked into the skirt. I recall tucking sweaters in the 80s or early 90s. It felt odd to me at first, too, but then I came to really love the look. You have to have the right sweater, and yours works beautifully.
    3 is super cool. Yes! You've channeled the 70s here. Even your hair looks a bit early 70s mod.
    4 is just lovely! I don't see anything off here.
    5--great, even and especially with the cape. I think you are echoing your Pinterest pins really nicely. I sympathize with your thoughts, though, because I know these full, drapy trousers just do NOT photograph well in still life. They require movement. (I've about given up on my wider-legged trousers, too, because the photos look so abysmal. Maybe I should reconsider and just not photograph them. :) )

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Sveta, you are so clever to do this. I am going to try the same thing when I get home! I have a lilac sweater and a pointelle sweater...hmmm....

    I like these outfits much more than you seem to like them! #1 is perfect as is, and to my mind #2 is equally fab, although if you felt off, perhaps the sweater felt "bunchy" (even though it looks great?). In any case, as it warm up you can switch to a shirt here. I love #3 -- it's perfectly 70s glam! #4 is just stunning on you -- no problem wearing the light jeans to my eye. And, what Firecracker said about 5. I think it is very hard to photograph this kind of trouser. 

  • Mona replied 6 years ago

    I really like #1,2 and 3. All look very modern with a subtle soft edge. You are ahead of the fashion curve as always.

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Liking all of these. Your coat in #1 is TDF, as is the long sleeveless gilet in #3.

    I think #4 is my least favourite because it doesn't pack the punch I'm used to seeing in your outfits. More contrast would be good. Not a disaster by any means though. 

    I think the cape in #5 works quite well with the pants, but then I have no fear of a voluminous silhouette. The dramatic contrast and structure of the piece break up the line effectively and the proportions are good. That's a very cute vest.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    What a fabulous idea! I have been doing a huge closet purge, and seeing how what's left fits into the 2015 trends is a great idea. 

    Pic #1 - Current and soft edge. Gorgeous. I love the scarf with it.
    Pic#2 - The thin sweater looks fab tucked in. 
    Pic #3 - I have the same memory of my mom! My mother was an excellent seamstress and made most of her clothes. She made many versions of that same type of outfit and wore them all the time. Long live the '70's!
    Pic #4 - No disaster here! This outfit is my favorite, and a style I wear often. In fact, I might just use this for inspiration for today's outfit :)
    Pic #5 - My least favorite. I would like the top and vest better if the tops were more fluid, like in the first of your Pinterest outfits. I like it with the red jacket, but I think the jacket would look better if it were a bit shorter.

    Now I'd better get busy shopping my closet!

  • Karin L H replied 6 years ago

    I really like your outfits! You look great. Not too sure about the last one, but maybe it's like the others say that the pants don't photograph too well.

  • Olivegreen replied 6 years ago

    They are all good on you. My favorites are the pink and lavender next to your face, they give such soft ' pretty' vibe, and the mom outfit...that suits your figure perfectly, long and lean.

  • Ruth M replied 6 years ago

    What a great idea, Sveta - you are resourceful and inspiring. Plus you have such varies and versatile pieces in your wardrobe.

    #1 Gorgeous - looks so current that it's hard to believe all the individual pieces are several years old. Lovely soft colours.

    #2 The full tuck may have felt strange, but it looks great. I cover your (and Suz's) skirt.

    #3 How lovely to echo what you remember your mother wearing! Good plan to lighten up by adding the necklace.

    #4 Well, the outfit with the dark wash jeans was optimal, but this is fab too, especially for Spring. I love the diagonal stitching panels on your sweater.

    #5 I rather love this Wild Card outfit - I'm a sucker for wide legged drapey trousers, and you carry them off SO well. I love how the strong, simple shape of the square neckline and front edge of your waistcoast is outlined so clearly against your black turtleneck. I think if you had tucked the turtleneck, you would have lost the full "outlining" effect which, when untucked, continues along the bottom hemlines of waistcoat and turtleneck. (Not sure I'm making sense!).

    I like the red cape with the drapey trousers - you needed something to match the luxurious/glamorous vibe of the trousers, and I think your red cape fits the bill.

  • Ruth M replied 6 years ago

    Covet, not cover !

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Sveta, these are all great, but I can agree that 5 is my least favorite. Somehow the pants lack the polish of your other items (I may also be showing a bias against that color, which I personally find difficult to work with). I especially like 1 and 3. Your long gilet actually made me start to want one as well!

    I think you are doing a great job of making your current wardrobe work in a very 2015 way.

  • AM replied 6 years ago

    What Firecracker said but my favorites are 3 then 2. Very well done and what a smart experiment.

  • Susie replied 6 years ago

    Sveta, you embody Angie's motto of having fun with fashion; you are so creative and your outfits always show such flair.

    My favorite is 3- I just love your interpretation of a 70's look. I also really like the skirt outfit; the sweater tucked looks fab. I also love 1 as the colors are lovely.

    All in all, you had a fab week!

  • cheryl replied 6 years ago

    You always look lovely! 2 and 3 are my favorites from this group :)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    *applause*

    You gorgeous creature with another weeks worth of killer looks. But #3 takes the cake - Killer to the power of Killer. I LOVE THAT VEST WIH BOOTCUTS, Sveta. You were MADE to wear that Modern '70s look. Wildly elegant.

    I love #2 next. Big soft spot for swooshy skirts as you know - and although the silhouettes are '50s, the vibe is very '70s. Creative. 

  • E replied 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness I love all of these Sveta! I do agree that 5 is not quite up to the others, but it's still great. I can imagine the movement in real life, vs a still photo. :)

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful idea! All your looks are fab, but I am especially drawn to #1 with the soft midtones. I think that Firecracker makes an excellent point that wide pants need to be seen in motion. I hope to come back later as each great outfit deserves a comment.

  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    Glorious week Sveta:-), if I had to make a priority list of my faves, then it would look like so 3,2,4,1. These are all cover worthy! For nr 5(as you asked) the pants might not be heavy enough for the drape you want to achive on the ankes and in   your inspiration pins, outfits are rather a column of color. The black turtleneck (and the red cape) are both of big contrast and split up somehow the head to toe fluid drape I think you are after with these trousers.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    My fave is the red cape coat.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    Sharan - he-he, my hair looks like it desperately needs a haircut and a coloring :-) Thank you for the encouragement with #5, I will not give up yet.
    Suz, I would like to see the results of your experiment.
    Mona, Karin, Olivegreen, AM, Cheryl, Rachy, E, Joy - thank you!
    Approprio, compliments from you mean a lot as you have such cool and unique style I admire!
    Karie - your and my Mom both! 
    Ruth - thanks for the encouraging words about my wild card.
    Janet, you would rock a long gilet.
    Susie, this Angie's motto is my motto now too! :-)
    lyn67 - thank you for the analysis on #5, it is very helpful.
    Angie - thank you for your kind words. This gilet is my single best purchase of 2015. And again I wore the red cape for you :-)

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