Spring In October

I think from now on I would have to include a short line about the weather in each outfit post (temperature, condition, etc.) This is more for my reference. See, sometimes I have to travel to a different climate and want to pack the right clothes, but because the climate is Hanoi is so extreme, I would often forget how to pack for 50-degree weather, when it’s still 90 degrees here (like when I went to Germany in September) or vice versa (like when I went to Singapore in February.) And looking at my archives doesn’t always help, because I would find wildly unseasonable outfit like this one. It was actually from a couple of weeks ago, when it was supper muggy before a storm, so it didn’t feel much different from spring/summer.

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SIA Inspiration: Paul Klee

For this week’s SIA, Erin picked a painting by Paul Klee:

Titled “Angel Applicant“, this is described as a mix between “a bulldog and a Halloween mask” (?!), which Erin thinks would be perfect for the upcoming Halloween, plus the black and gray color scheme is a welcome change from the more colorful pieces we’ve been doing (I know it’s perfect for me.)

So just remember to send Erin (looplooks@gmail.com) your outfits by next Tuesday, October 24th to be included in the round-up on Wednesday the 25th. Enjoy!


Two In One

Since I’m already on an unofficial black-and-white theme this week, it’s appropriate that I end the week with another black-and-white (and gray) outfit. This sweatshirt is perfect for the early fall – it looks like two layers, but without the bulk and the sloppiness I would be sure to get if IĀ  tried this with an actual button-up and sweatshirt. Besides, the collar is just the right size and shape for my brooches.

It is probably still too warm to wear it, but I just got it and I was so excited to wear it that as soon as the temperature dipped below 90 degrees, I had to try it right away. In my defense, it’s been raining a lot and the mornings are quite chilly, so it’s not too bad.


The Cow Jumps Over The Stars

My outfits are still relatively jewelry-free, but during my trip to Germany, I picked up this really cute silver pendant on sale and decided to start wearing it every day. I like the idea of having a “signature” piece of jewelry that you always wear – my mom has this delicate gold horse-shoe pendant that she always wears as far back as I can remember, so when I see that shape I always think of her – but I’m terrible about wearing jewelry, so I’m hoping that this can help me get into the habit.

Of course, a cow may not be as classic as a horse-shoe, but it’s more “me” šŸ™‚


Black And White Galaxy

This week’s SIA is a tough one for me, because it has all these colors and movements that I had no idea to interpret with my closet of mostly neutral and structured pieces. Then it hit me – the title is “Galaxy”, and I have a star-printed tee that could work. It’s in black and white, but when does that ever stop me? So I put together a black and white outfit – my shirt has the stars for the “galaxy” part, and my skirt has all the brushstrokes and movements from the mural. It works out pretty well, does it, even though it doesn’t have all the colors of the original piece?


Summer/Fall

The weather has been absolutely crazy lately – pouring one minute, then blazing sun the next, then pouring again. I think it’s because this is the transition time between summer and fall. At least my transitional outfit is not crazy, if I do say so myself. The fit and the fabric are summery, but the colors are autumnal, so it’s perfect for this time. The wide-leg pants might not work so well in the rain, but since today looks dry at least, it’s OK.


Tricolor

When it comes to color combinations, red, white, and blue is pretty much a classic, isn’t it? As I was putting this outfit together (well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. “Putting this outfit together” mostly consists of me ironing the shirt), I was struck by how many countries have red, white, and blue flags. I know that the flag of France, for instance, was official adopted after the French Revolution, so the three colors stand for Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, but I have no idea about the other countries. And, even in the case the French flag, how did those colors come to symbolize these ideas? I did some Googling, but there is no definitive answer. The only thing I could glean is that there are so many tricolor flags because of colonization (for example, all the former British and Dutch colonies also have red, white, and blue flags).

You know what, I bet it’s just a case of some person looking at these colors and thinking, “Hey, they look nice together.” Like I did with this outfit šŸ™‚