Capsule Outfit #12

white button-up black skirt brown booties by 14 shades of grey

I’m really happy that for this week’s SIA, I could stick to my capsule wardrobe. The inspiration painting, “Two Women at a Window” by Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, has mostly neutral colors, so I just had to add a pop of red to mimic the bow at the young woman’s bust, and I’m good. And of course, I had to mimic the two women’s expressions in my photos too :)

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Big thanks for Jen for picking this lovely piece. Don’t forget to drop by her blog to see other interpretations of this painting!

white button-up black skirt brown booties by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: local shop, Skirt: hand-me-down, Scarf: self-made, Belt: borrow from my mom, Boots: Topshop


Capsule Outfit #11

white button-up green plaid pants black heels by 14 shades of grey

Man that’s a blurry picture. I have no idea what went wrong there. Usually after the first blurry picture I would put my camera on auto-focus and it corrected itself, but here it’s like my legs are slowly retreating into the distance. I’m sorry.

Anyway, these pants might be in danger of getting replaced. Not that I don’t like them – they have a certain vintage look about them which appeals to me – but they can be a bit tricky to style. This is literally the only way I could think of, because anything else can easily take this from retro 1950s  to frumpy 1980s. Any suggestion?

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Shirt & Pants: local shop, Heels: Esprit (hand-me-down), Watch: gift


Capsule Outfit #10

black striped top black jeans black booties by 14 shades of grey

This isn’t what it looks like. OK, that’s not true, this is exactly what it looks like – I’ve replaced another piece in my capsule wardrobe with this new top. But I can explain! After trying on my striped top from the other day, I realize it doesn’t fit me the way I like – it’s pretty form-fitting, and I like something a bit looser. Then I saw this on sale and I couldn’t help myself.

But that’s the thing about capsule wardrobes: they’re not going to be perfect right away. My goal in doing these seasonal capsules is to figure out a complete closet with pieces that work well together, a closet with no “orphans” or “holes”, a closet that I only need to replace if something wears out, instead of buying new things every season. So, as I slowly figure it out, there are going to be changes. As long as I don’t end up buying an entirely new wardrobe by the end of the season, I’ll count that as a success.

P/S: There are three different patterns in this outfit, but it’s not noticeable, is it?

P/P/S: Yes, I’ve worn these jeans for three days in a row on. What of it?

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Top: Forever21, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: Target, Boots: Betts


Capsule Outfit #9

leather-trimmed t-shirt plaid scarf black jeans black heels by 14 shades of grey

You know, I thought my closet was pretty complete. When I put together the capsule wardrobe, I couldn’t think of any “closet hole”. If I buy new things, it will just be to replace pieces that are worn out or no longer fit. But now I’ve found at least one thing missing –  a big plaid scarf. This one I have is a bit small for my liking, plus it’s silk so it’s not practical for everyday wear. I’m looking for something over-sized and soft, like those Zara blanket scarves you see everywhere last year (it was last year, wasn’t it?) Do I need it? No. But I want it. So I guess I’ll keep an eye out.

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T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Hermes, Scarf: gift, Heels: hand-me-down


Capsule Outfit #8

navy striped top black jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey

I was debating whether to post this outfit on its own or combine it into one big post with other outfits, because it’s really simple. But then I figure if I don’t give an outfit its own post just because it’s simple, then I would probably not post at all for three months and just have a big round-up post once I’m done with this capsule. Plus I wanted to participate in Bri’s Third Thursday Thread link-up, whose theme is pink (for Breast Cancer Awareness), and I figured my anemone brooch qualifies, even though it’s kind of more magenta than pink.

P/S: The top + brooch combination almost looks like those Comme des Garcons striped shirts, doesn’t it?

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navy striped top black jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey

Top: Zara, Jeans: Hermes, Flats: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage


SIA Inspiration: Bartolomé Murillo

This week’s SIA inspiration, courtesy of Jen, is the painting “Two Women at a Window” by Spanish Baroque artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo:

Lovely autumnal palette, and such beguiling expressions on the women’s faces, right? Even though according to some sources, the subjects may be less innocent than we thought at first glance, I find that mystery only adds to the overall appeal of the painting. To participate, just send your sartorial interpretation of this painting to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday (October 20th). Enjoy!


Capsule Outfit #7

navy plaid dress navy linen blazer brown booties by 14 shades of grey

I’ve noticed that I’ve worn nothing but blue, black, white, and the occasional brown for over two months now, so I decided to add a touch of color to this outfit with a brooch. I haven’t worn brooches much lately either, but that’s because I’m a bit bored with them, to be honest, and there is no vintage shop or flea market around here where I can find a new one, and shopping on Etsy is such a hassle now (stupid international shipping…) Well, maybe I can rediscover them once it gets even cooler and I wear more sweaters and blazers.

This is inspired by this look, by the way (I don’t look half as sharp as Jessica Biel does, obviously.)

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Dress: Sonoma (thrifted), Blazer: Atmosphere, Boots: Topshop, Brooch: vintage