Almost Perfect

I told you there would be more green things on the blog, didn’t I? When I first saw this dress at the thrift store, I hesitated because it has a polyester lining (why would you do that? Make a dress in cotton and line it with polyester, thus negating all the benefits of the cotton?), but then I saw that the lining can be removed quite easily, and well, you bet that I snapped it up right away. It’s pretty much the perfect dress for me – the length, the style, the color are all right up my alley. The only demerit is that it doesn’t have pockets, but well, you can’t have everything.


Green Legs

If there is one color I’m navigating toward this summer, it’s green. Maybe because it’s so hot that I can only deal with cool colors, or maybe it’s just because I didn’t have a lot of it in my closet, but thanks to thrift stores, I’ve been stocking up. These pants are just one of the green things I bought recently (trust me, you’ll see more.)

The outfit is simple, but I decided to have some fun with the accessories and add my ladybird pin to the embroideries on my top. The ladybirds do love the coriander flowers in our garden.


Patchwork Girl

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Anne Ryan’s “Number 453” (it looks like patchwork, hence my post title), I knew I’d wear something blue and something plaid, both of which I have plenty of in my closet. However, I didn’t want to wear my blue jean culottes again, and my plaid shirt doesn’t quite match the colors of the piece.

Then, by a stroke of luck, I came across this plaid dress at an online thrift store, so I snatched it up. The problem is, I didn’t realize it was an empire-waist dress (that’s the thing with thrifting online; the photos can look deceiving) and the top is too short on me. Luckily, the waist is elasticated, so I could just unbutton the top, tuck it into the waistband, and voila, I have a skirt! I paired it with my blue linen shirt, brown oxfords, and navy belt, and it’s a perfectly acceptable outfit for SIA. I thought about chopping off the top of the dress to turn it into a skirt permanently, but in the end, I decided to keep it as a dress. That way, I can wear it both as a skirt and a dress.

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


SIA Inspiration: Anne Ryan

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here is her pick for the inspiration:

This mixed-media piece is called “Number 453” by abstract expressionist Anne Ryan. Daenel picked it because she thinks we all need something soothing after the last few challenging weeks (true that). I think the fabric pieces at the center can be easily translated into an outfit, and I’m going to have to try hard not to bring out my blue jean culottes again. We’ll see…

Remember to send your outfits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, June 30th. Have fun!


Thanks, It Has Pockets!

Does anything make a girl more excited than a dress/skirt with pockets? Whenever a girl receives a compliment on her pocketed dress/skirt, she always replies with “Thanks, it has pockets!” and makes a show of putting her hands in them, right? I know I do (I recently saw this meme about it, which makes me laugh out loud.). The appeal of the pockets is so great that when I saw this skirt on sale, I was ready to pass it up per my resolution not to buy anything new, but then I saw that it has pockets, and, well, my fate was sealed.

Also, as pretentious as it sounds, I feel a bit like Carolina Herrera in this outfit. It’s the combination of white button-up shirt and midi skirt, I guess.