Linen For Fall

This is another “summer but make it fall” outfit – summer clothes and fabric, in fall colors. This top may be linen, but it’s pretty thick and stiff, so I’m reserving it for these awkward, in-between days, and when I noticed that the embroidery perfectly matches this skirt, it really was a no-brainer of an outfit.

On the other hand, it took way too long for me to achieve this (both while taking photos and while assembling the GIF). But hey, when you have a swishy skirt on, you have to swish it around, right?


Maroon 3

This is another skirt I bought last year but didn’t get to wearing until now. It’s not because of the fabric (it’s a nice heavy cotton and can be worn any time), but rather because of the color. I bought it off of a live stream sale on Facebook, and on my monitor, it looked deep red – not as deep as it is now, but certainly not the bright, tomato red it turned out to be. (Incidentally, it was also my first and last time buying things off of a live stream sale – everything goes so quickly and you get so caught up in the high of “scoring” something cheap that you forget to check things carefully, so in the end, the cheap prices are not really worth it.)

So the skirt languished in my closet for nearly a year, as I couldn’t figure out a way to style it without looking like a walking hazard lights switch. Then I came across this article on over-dyeing, and by a stroke of luck, I still had some navy dye lying around, so I decided to try it. To my happy surprise, the skirt came out in this rich maroon shade that fits right in with my closet. It matches the cuffs of this blouse exactly, so of course I had to pair them together, along with my maroon shoes as well (hence the post title.)


Jazz Stories

What’s this? What’s this? (I know the song is more appropriate for Christmas, but it fits here too.) Am I wearing a… blazer? Yes! We just had some rain over the weekend and the temperature has dropped enough for me to actually wear some layers. If it wasn’t for that, I would probably have to wear my reliable red printed dress again for this week’s SIA, inspired by Faith Ringgold’s “Jazz Stories”. However, thanks to the temperature drop, I decided to reflect the colors and patterns in the piece with my red blazer (check out the pattern of the lining), yellow skirt, and navy loafers. A brooch shaped by a musical instrument would’ve been perfect, but I don’t have any – I can’t play any musical instrument and figure it would be presumptuous for me to wear one. So I wore this lady-shaped brooch instead – it kind of looks like the lady in the painting anyway, so it’s not that far off.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this!


Fall, But Make It Spring

I bought this dress last year but didn’t get around to wearing it until now. It’s linen, but it’s pretty thick, so it’s impossible to wear during summer. I was saving it for the spring, but one thing led to another and I complete forgot about it. To my dismay, I discovered that it’s a bit tight on me compared to last year (hello pandemic weight gain!) so as much as I love it (especially the pockets), I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it in the hope that I may lose this weight or if I’m going to pass it down to my niece. The thing is, she’s a total tomboy and probably wouldn’t want to wear a dress anyway, so maybe it’s best if I just keep it.

P/S: A funny thing happened while I was looking up ideas to style a green linen dress. I came across this photo which features the exact same dress! Too bad reverse image search doesn’t yield any further information.


Summer, But Make It Fall

It’s still pretty warm over here, but there has been the tiniest hint of fall in the air – the sunlight is less scorching, and at night, it starts to get a bit chilly. So although I’m still wearing summery clothes (T-shirt, linen skirt, and flats), I had to add a nod to the fall with the brown T-shirt (if this was during the summer, I would’ve worn a white top) and the little scarf. Brown and blue is not a combo I wear very often, but it doesn’t look too bad, does it?