SIA Inspiration: 1880s Fashion Plate

This week, Jen is our SIA host, and her pick is right up my alley:

This is a 1886 fashion plate from the Scandinavian fashion magazine Freja. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know that the 1880s is one of my favorite eras in fashion (I don’t know why, because the silhouette is so exaggerated that it can look awkward. I actually find the bustle quite graceful.) In fact, I’ve been toying with the idea of using a fashion plate as inspiration for SIA, but they tend to be quite difficult to be translated into a modern look. This one, though, has some nicely neutral colors and classic patterns (plaid, lace, even floral too if you count the flowers on the hats), which should be fun to interpret.

Remember to send your outfit to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, November 20th. Have fun!

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What Kind Of Print Are You?

That post title sounds like a BuzzFeed quiz (I’m pretty sure it actually existed somewhere), but actually I was thinking of this post by Jen, in which she said Daenel once complimented her by saying that her personality is like polka dots, “fun, flirty, and classic”. That got me thinking, if I was a print or a pattern, what would I be? And I decided that I would be more of a stripe or plaid – utilitarian, versatile, and yes, classic. Which is why I think this outfit is so “me” – clean lines, neutral colors, and a pop of interest with the brooch. I would gladly dress like this every day.


Oops, I Did It Again

“It” here means repeating an outfit, that is. I always find that it is one of the difficulties of running a personal style blog. In theory, you don’t have to worry about repeating outfits because your blog provides you with an archive of all your outfits, but in practice, you rarely think to check if you’ve worn the same outfit before, and usually don’t realize it’s a repeat until it’s up on the blog.

To be fair, it’s not an exact copy in this case – the shirt is different – but otherwise, it’s just like this outfit, even down to the belt. What can I say? These culottes work well with a white shirt and black sandals, and in my defence, I wore the other outfit over a year ago, so who can remember it, right?


Glassed Up

I don’t know if that post title makes sense or not. I’m just trying to find a play on the word “glass”, since this outfit is inspired by the blown glass flasks picked by Daenel, and I already titled a post “Glassy” (terrible, terrible pun totally intended), so this is the best I could do.

Anyway, on to the outfit. I used the main colors of the flasks as the jumping-off point, hence the green pants and brown oxfords. There is yellow too, but that shade of greenish yellow would look horrible on me, so I opted for my tan sweater instead. The sweater also has a texture that mimics the pattern of the flasks, so win-win. And finally, I topped it off with my glass brooch, and voilĂ ! All done. I’m pretty happy with this outfit, as it is a good interpretation of the inspiration (if I do say so myself) but still works well on its own.

Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see the other outfits inspired by these cool flasks!


Cool As A Cucumber

After an overenthusiastic cold snap earlier in the month, the weather has turned warm, so my straggler outfits (yes, I’m still posting them) suddenly make sense again. Thankfully, now “warm” really means “warm” and not “scorching hot”, and with an outfit like this – linen pants and shirt – you may actually be a bit cold in the morning and at night. But I’m committed to posting all of these leftover outfits (I’m nearly caught up now), so here we are.

P/S: I’m rubbish at thinking up post titles, and given how I’m talking about cold weather and wearing green pants in this post, this is the only phrase I could come up with. Maybe I should just give up thinking of snappy post titles and just go with something simple and to the point, like “White button-up shirt & green linen pants”.


SIA Inspiration: Blown Glass Flasks

For this week’s SIA challenge, Daenel picks an unusual inspiration:

These are 19th-century pocket flasks, which Daenel chose for their colors (which are very seasonal appropriate) and intriguing patterns (which can be easily mimicked in an outfit). It’s a really fun inspiration, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Just remember to send your oufits to Daenel (livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com) by next Tuesday, November 6th!


A Perfect Match

This is another “duh” outfit, one that seems like a no-brainer but I didn’t think of for the longest time. I mean, the navy stripe on this top matches the navy of my culottes perfectly – it’s not often that two of my items are a perfect match like that – so naturally, I had to pair them together. Then, when it came to accessories, I know I wear this brooch with this top a lot, and these shoes with these culottes a lot too, but again, they go so well together, so why change it, right?