The other day Megan left me a comment saying she can’t believe I’ve been doing the weekly capsule for almost a year now. I can’t either, but there it is – I’m almost three quarters done. The mere fact that I’ve stuck with it for so long proves that the weekly capsule is really working for me. I learn a lot about how to mix and match, about what I like and what works for my style, and most of all, it makes getting dressed so much easier.
But there are still days when I feel a little uninspired. It usually happens at the end of the week, when I don’t have to put too much thought into putting together an outfit and can simply throw together pieces that are still clean. And if the capsule is well thought-out, the outfit will work, it’s just not great. Like this one, for example. I don’t hate it. I’m just… not feeling it.
I’ll keep doing the weekly capsule for the rest of this year though. One, because I never do anything half-assed, and two, I want to see how it works in the fall/winter season. But mostly because I never do anything half-assed.
Shirt: local shop, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Loafers: Footglove, Necklace: self-made
And my looks this week:
Since my last complaint about the lack of rain, we’ve had a couple of thunderstorms, but they’re still not the kind of rain we should be getting at this time of the year. These storms pass by too quickly to bring down the temperature. I know, I know, if it rained more than one day, I’d complain about the nonstop rain too, but seriously, this weather is starting to worry me. I’m certainly not looking forward to a drought.
Anyway, this outfit may have been subconsciously influenced by my wish for rain. It would be great if the blue print on my shirt and the watering can brooch could work some sort of voodoo on the weather to cool it down.
Shirt: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Sandals: Clarks, Brooch: vintage
Sorry for the late announcement! Anyway, this week is Jess’ turn to curate SIA, and she picked “The Girl in the Wood” by paper artist Su Blackwell:
Usually I’m not fond of artwork made out of books, which should be saved for reading alone, in my opinion. But Su Blackwell’s sculptures are so incredible that I can’t hate. Submission to Jess (firstname.lastname@example.org) by next Monday (Labor Day), as usual. Enjoy!
It’s supposed to be monsoon season (see what I did with the title?) here in Hanoi but the rain has been few and far between. It just alternates between scorching sun and steamy mugginess, so the best outfit for days like these is a breathable shirt with comfy jeans and sandals. Actually, the best outfit is pajama bottom and an oversize T-shirt, but I have to teach so this would have to do.
Fall cannot come soon enough, I’m telling you. No, scratch that, I would take winter over this. Because fall for us is just a 10-day prelude to winter anyway.
Top: Mango, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: Clarks, Brooch: vintage
I totally stole this outfit from a co-worker who teaches in the Television department (our school is divided into Theater, Film, and Television departments; I’m in Film). It may not be an exact copy, but I remember seeing her wearing a white sleeveless top with a black midi skirt and flats and thinking “I could totally put together something like that”. One of the nice things, sartorially speaking, about working at a liberal art college is that there are always stylish people around for inspiration. Including the students. Though of course the students tend to be, shall we say, wilder in their style, so you have to be a bit more selective about what inspiration to pull from them.
Top: Mango, Skirt: thrifted, Flats: Footglove, Necklace: local shop
Even though this top is a lot more wearable now that it’s no longer a dress, I’m still having a hard time wearing it with anything else other than pants. I tried pairing it with the navy skirt in yesterday’s post, and while it doesn’t look bad, it doesn’t look “me” either. My style tends to be more… not severe exactly, but more streamlined and simple than that. A lacy top with huge Peter Pan collar paired with a skirt just looks too twee and sweet. So I ended up picking my trusty boyfriend jeans to balance some of that out. Yeah, it’s basically the same as the Tuesday outfit (just with different pants and pin), but it’s Friday. Cut me some slack, please.
Top: vintage, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: 5th Avenue, Pin: Forever21
As usual, a round-up of my looks this week: