In the summer, I’m constantly searching for new ways to accessorize my outfits. Brooches don’t always work with my summer tops – not just because they may destroy the thinner fabric, but also because my summer tops tend to be printed and a brooch can’t stand out enough, while layering is mostly out of the question (I make do with my waistcoat and suspenders, but can’t rely on them all the time.) So here I am, trying a new look – the headscarf. I actually wear a headscarf like this whenever I bike in the summer, to prevent sweat from falling into my eyes, but it’s the first time I feature it on the blog. For some reason, the headscarf worn like this seems vaguely 1970s to me, so I kept the rest of the outfit 70s-inspired with my jean culottes and clogs.

Come Into The Garden

As I prepared these photos for the blog, I realized that I wore very similar things the same time last year – something about July that makes my outfits take on a decidedly floral look. I guess it’s because the summer flowers in our garden are starting to bloom, so I can’t help but draw some inspirations from them, which means bringing out my floral shirts, green bottoms, and brown shoes. They may not be the most imaginative “flower-inspired” looks, but they’re serviceable and easy to throw on, and in the summer, that’s all I’m asking for.

And on that note, here are some more of our flowers – it’s been a while since I shared these, so enjoy!

Trumpet vine

Rangoon creeper and crepe myrtle

More crepe myrtle

Cape periwinkle and a squash blossom

SIA Inspiration: Robert Henri

It’s Daenel’s turn to host SIA, and here’s her pick:

This is “Girl in Rose and Gray (Miss Carmel White)” by American painter Robert Henri. The neutral colors (the title says “Rose and Gray”, but I actually saw beige and brown…?) and the soft drapes of the dress can be interpreted in a lot of ways, so I’m looking forward to seeing how everybody does! Remember to send your outfits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, July 27th. Have fun!

Light Academia

Dark Academia has been my newest style discovery this past year (I hate using the word “aesthetics”, because I’m strictly just in it for the fashion), but with a focus on layering, heavy fabrics, and dark colors, it’s not an easy one to translate to the summer of my tropical climate. So I’m experimenting with Light Academia instead. I use similar silhouettes and patterns to Dark Academia, but in lighter colors and fabric. I also added a pair of suspenders and use my brooch like a tie pin to highlight the academia/vintage/classic elements of the outfit. I think the outfit is a success, and it’s definitely given me some more ideas to try with my summer style!

SIA: Cravat Jumper

Welcome to another SIA challenge! This week, our inspiration is this cravat jumper by legendary designer Elsa Schiaparelli. It’s a bit of a tricky piece, but everybody did a great job translating it into summer-appropriate outfits, so let’s get to it!

First up is Shelbee, who sent in two photos – one of herself in a dark gray dress with a scarf and bracelets to mimic the cravat and the cuffs of the jumper, and one of her son Ralphie in his actual cravat jumper. How cute are they?!

Up next is my co-host, Terri, in a simple black-and-white look with a bow:

Reni cleverly layered a black slip dress (with a bow!) on top of a white T-shirt to achieve the monochromatic look of the sweater:

Kezzie sent in two outfits, plus a sweater that would have been perfect had this challenge taken place during the winter (but that’s why I chose it, to make it more difficult and interesting.) Her two outfits are perfect too, don’t you think?

My other co-host, Daenel, struggled with this too because it’s too minimal for her style. Her outfit is spot-on though (also featuring her adorable dog!):

Suzy also had her doubts about her outfit, but I think the combination of the dress and the cardigan is great:

And finally, here’s me:

A big “thank you” to all our participants, and don’t forget to check back next week for the new challenge inspiration, picked by Daenel!