Today’s outfit is super simple and doesn’t inspire any interesting writing, so I’m going to talk about something else. The other day, I just read on a style forum some comments criticizing a blogger for not having a pedicure. A pedicure, I tell you! To be fair, other commenters are quick to defend the blogger – the consensus is that the nails only need to be clean and healthy. But it got me thinking. Is that what you have to do to be presentable now? I’m not just talking about style bloggers; I mean everyday people too. Does every woman have to primp herself up from literal tips to toes before she can show herself lest the world recoils at her unpainted nails and bare face? Because I don’t. I’ve never even painted my nails. I don’t wear make-up, save for the occasional swipe of tinted lip balm. My hair takes less than thirty seconds to “style”. I’m not a slob, but I’m very much of the opinion that as long as your appearance is clean and tidy, you don’t need anything else.
This is not a dig at anyone who likes to put a lot of efforts into their appearances, you understand. I’m just kind of baffled that someone would expect such efforts from other people (or, more exactly, other women. Men don’t have to deal with that shit, do they?)
T-shirt: Zalora, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Necklace & Sneakers: local shops
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Jack Vettriano’s “The Singing Butler“, I put together something really simple. If it wasn’t the summer break, I would probably do something more office-appropriate, as something about the crisp color schemes of black, gray, and red just reminds me of office wear. But since I’m strictly working from home these days, tee, pants and sneakers it is. At least my sneakers are a perfect match to the ground in the painting. And thank God the weather is cooling down (monsoon season is finally here, hooray!) so I was able to add the red scarf as a pop of color.
Come to think of it, I should’ve added an umbrella too, but it wasn’t raining when I took these photos so I thought it would be pretentious.
Remember to check Jess’ blog for other interpretations of this painting.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Pants: thrifted, Scarf: Icing, Sneakers: local shop
This outfit is incongruous compared to the rest of the week, isn’t it? I’ve made some progress with reintroducing colors into my closet, and with this I seem to have taken a step back. But, in my defense, it was the end of the week, everything in this week’s capsule except for these jeans is in the wash, and I just got these new slip-ons, so I wanted to show them off right away. Besides, if you think this outfit is a step back into my neutral comfort zone, then wait until next week.
Shirt: Esprit, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Bracelet: self-made, Sneakers: local shop
Round-up of this week’s outfits:
It’s college entrance season here in Vietnam, which means I again have to be a proctor at my school’s entrance examination. Taking a lesson from last year’s stint, this year I wore something with a pattern and colors just so I could have something to stare at while I sat for three hours not allowed to do anything. Happily the shoes I wore earlier in the week matched the green leaves on my floral print, so I could amuse myself by playing around with the laces too… for about a minute or so.
The terrible thing is that I have to proctor two exams this year, which means I have to do it again next week. Fun times.
Shirt: local shop, Pants & Heels: thrifted, Necklace: gift
This outfit is a copy of last week’s “Blue Summer“; I just switched out the top and added a bracelet. I’m still very much in my Begin Again phase, so it’s still boxy tops, loose pants, and flats, but at least this shirt is different from what I have (i.e. it’s not blue, gray, black, or white).
That Begin Again reference actually works on more than one level – I really am beginning again and slowing adding more colors back into my closet, just like when I first started the blog. Back then, though, I used to add whatever color I could find without thinking how it fit into my style. This time I’ll try to be smarter about it.
Shirt & Cuff: local shops, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Sandals: gift
Apologies for the late SIA announcement, since Jess was sick (get well soon, Jess!) Anyway, here is her pick, “The Singing Butler” by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano:
I have never heard of the artist or even seen the painting before, but apparently it’s the best selling art print in the UK. Pretty impressive. I love the crisp colors and the slightly surreal feel of it too. Deadline is, as usual, next Monday, July 27th (send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org), so let’s get inspired!
I wore this last week to a party celebrating Bastille Day at the French embassy here in Hanoi (my dad works with them and I tagged along). It was fun, the food was amazing, and it was great seeing people all dressed up. Sure, my dress is a little day-time – my black floral dress may be more appropriate – but this one has pockets, so it saves me from having to carry a clutch. Not that I have a clutch to begin with.
Dress: Banana Republic, Heels: thrifted, Necklace: Lia Sophia
And here are some blurry phone photos of the evening. Next year, if I do go, I may suck it up and bring my camera with me, since there are a lot of pretty dresses to be photographed (I feel a bit like a creep sneaking photos on my phone; an actual camera feels more legit – and better photos too.)