For this week’s SIA, inspired by the Grassi family crest made by Renaissance sculptor Properzia de Rossi, I had decided that I would wear this top – the color, the texture, and the lace are perfect echoes of the silver filigree, and the brown boots and brooch would mimic the carved peach and plum stones.
However, I was a bit stumped when trying to figure out what to pair the top with. My gray pencil skirt and gray tights seem to be a natural choice, but when I tried that on, it didn’t feel very “me” at all. One of my sartorial goal this year is to have more realistic outfits for SIA, i.e. outfits I would actually wear and not just something I put together especially for SIA. That is why, after some consideration, I decided to go with these jeans instead. The outfit may not be perfect for SIA, but it’s perfect for me, and that’s what counts.
Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog for more interpretations of this amazing sculpture!
Top: Vero Moda, Jeans: H&M, Boots: hand-me-down, Cardigan: Forever21, Brooch: vintage
P/S: My top, jeans, and boots are all hand-me-down from my sister. Thanks sis!
Apparently yesterday marked my 1000th post on the blog! Which makes this post #1001.That’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself. When I started this blog, I saw it as nothing else but a hobby. It still is, but I honestly didn’t expect I would keep doing it for so long.
But I’ll save all that retrospect for the blog’s anniversary. For now, here’s the last outfit of this week’s capsule, a simple winter white look. While I was uploading the photos, I thought that the white pants + black boots combo looked kinda familiar. Then I realize: take away the scarf, and this outfit is just a bowler hat and a pair of suspenders away from being a A Clockwork Orange costume. Oh and a codpiece too, but I’m not sure I can rock that.
Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Scarf: hand-made, Boots: Din Sko
Anyway, here are this week’s looks. I think keeping the pieces in a neutral color scheme with just one or two pops of color is definitely working out for me:
Another piece that didn’t get worn much last week is this sweatshirt, so here it is. This is my third attempt to style it (not ready to let it go yet!), and I may have figured out a way to get around its boxy cut: layering. It feels a bit weird to layer a blazer on top of a sweatshirt, but this one is thin enough that it works. The proportions are still a bit off, I think, but at least it’s not a closet orphan anymore. Now if I could just figure out how to wear it with skirts… Last week Meghan suggested that I tried it with a pencil skirt, which could totally work, but alas, I haven’t mastered the “bike riding in a pencil skirt” lesson yet.
Sweatshirt: Zalora, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: hand-me-down, Necklace: Icing
I’m wearing these white jeans again because last week they only got wore once, and I don’t want to leave them on the hanger gathering dust for too long. As for the boots, they’re probably a bit too clunky for this look (a pair of simple heels would look better), but my sister just handed them down to me and I was excited to try them out. I know, I already have a pair of brown ankle boots, but… but… it’s not like they’re exactly the same, right?
Normally I would add some pattern to this look with a printed scarf, but this week’s Work My Closet challenge with Putting Me Together is wear a bright color, so I brought out my yellow scarf, which is probably the brightest thing I own.
Jeans: Calvin Klein, Shirt: thrifted, Blazer: Atmosphere, Scarf: Target, Boots: hand-me-down
I have been looking for more subdued colored jeans to add to my closet, after I decided I needed more varieties in my jeans and pants collection. Finally I settled on this pair – I know they look purple in the photos, but they’re actually more of a reddish color in real life. Call it maroon or oxblood or even Marsala, if you must (I’m already sick of that word). I think they’re a good addition to my closet, but after I got them, somehow I wasn’t as excited as I thought I’d be. I guess I’d expected everything to go with them just like a pair of neutral jeans, so when I struggle a bit to find a sweater and boots to pair with them, I got frustrated (and I’m not entirely happy with the Chelsea boots, it’s just that I’ve worn my black suede boots for two weeks in a row, and I want them to have a break.)
But I tend to feel like that with every new piece I buy – it takes a while to incorporate it into my closet and get it to mesh with my existing clothes, so I’m sure these will soon prove to be a lot more versatile.
Shirt: thrifted, Sweater: local shop, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Boots: Din Sko, Necklace: Lia Sophia
Gorgeous, right? And can you guess what is set in the silver? Carved peach and plum stones! That’s right. Not precious gems, but stones of fruits. How awesome is that?
This should be a very interesting SIA challenge. If you want to participate, just send your outfit, inspired by this amazing piece of jewelry, to Jen (email@example.com) by next Monday, January 26th. Have fun!