After the freezing cold of the past week, I’m ready for some spring colors, so I pulled out this coat even though it’s still a bit too chilly for it. It’s not until I looked at these photos that I realized nothing in this outfit really go together. Well, maybe the coat and the striped sweater do. I should’ve worn my darker trouser jeans, but these are warmer, and this scarf has a permanent home on my neck now, so I didn’t feel like taking it off. I guess my winter outfits are just a constant battle between being comfortable and being put-together… and comfort usually wins.
P/S: Anybody caught the SpongeBob reference in the title? Because the coat is, you know, coral-ish… no? I’m just a dork then? OK.
Sweater: Forever21, Jeans: hand-me-down, Coat: H&M (hand-me-down and dyed), Scarf: self-made, Brooch: vintage, Heels: Payless
ETA: Since I’m linking up to Mix-It Monday, here are a few ways I’ve worn this sweater before.
I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, just like I don’t celebrate any made-up holiday that has little base in tradition and seems solely designed to make people buy stuff. I did go to a book fair today though, so I put on my thickest sweater, old jeans and old boots. It’s not the most blog-worthy outfit, but it’s warm and comfy, and that’s all that matters right now. The boots turned out to be a great decision too – the book fair was insanely crowded, and with these I could stomp around without worrying about anybody stepping on my toes. Seriously, it was like a feeding frenzy around each booth. Man, how I miss those quiet library book sales my friends and I used to go to back in LA.
But hey, come to think of it, a book fair is the perfect place for me to spend Valentine’s Day, so maybe I did celebrate it after all.
Sweater: hand-me-down, Jeans: Forever21, Scarf: self-made, Boots: Payless, Socks: Target
As I was putting this together, I kept thinking that I needed a “pop of color” somewhere. So I tried some colored tights, different brooches and scarves, but nothing looked right, and in the end, I went back to my original idea. I realized that when there are already varied shades of black and white and grey in the outfit, any other color would just mess it up. I don’t know if this means my style is moving toward a simpler, more neutral direction, or I know how to edit my own style now. Maybe a bit of both.
Sweater: New Look, Skirt: thrifted, Scarf: self-made, Leggings: Charlotte Russe, Boots: Journee, Brooch: Getty Center gift shop
This exact same time last year I wore an outfit very similar to this, which ended up on my “Worst Outfits” list. So this time I had the idea of trying to see if I can improve it, with taller boots, a longer sweater, and simpler accessories, to make it more streamlined. The result is… well, I don’t think it’s going to be on my “Favorite” list next year, but at least it’s slightly better. These printed pants are tricky to style, but I wanted to bring some colors and patterns to my dull winter wardrobe.
Oh and, remember how I said this week work was going to slow down? Guess what, it’s not happening. So here’s to another ten days of 14 hours on the computer every day and looking like this at the end. And yeah, that’s the second time I referenced SpongeBob this week. I guess my brain just turns to SpongeBob when I’m tired (makes sense, since apparently watching SpongeBob makes you dumber or something.)
Sweater: J.Crew (hand-me-down), Pants: Karen Kane, Scarf: self-made (leftover fabric from my mom’s sweatshirt, it’s super soft and warm), Boots: Vietnamese shop
I’m typing this with six fingers (insert your own Princess Bride reference here) because I have quite stupidly scalded all but the thumb on my left hand. It’s not serious, but it also means there’s a bowl of water right next to the computer for me to dunk my hand in every few minutes. Given my clumsiness, that’s probably not a good place to put the water… so if there’s no new post on Monday, you’ll know why
Anyway, I gotta go catch up on Elementary. Have a good weekend!
Top & Belt: Vietnamese shops, Skirt: hand-me-down, Flats: LA Fashion District, Bracelet: self-made (from a Michael’s charm)