The Big Blue

The weather has been absolutely insane. One day it was boiling, scorching hot, and the next it was chilly and rainy. But, I suppose it’s to be expected during the spring/summer transition. It makes getting dressed a bit annoying though, so I mostly stick to simple silhouettes and layers, and to keep things from boring, I went with an extremely monochromatic look – everything, or almost everything, in blue. Of course, it’s the easiest thing in the world for me to wear all blue (the blog should’ve been named “14 Shades of Blue”), but I think

Of course, it’s the easiest thing in the world for me to wear all blue (the blog should’ve been named “14 Shades of Blue”), but it’s strange that I rarely wear all black or all gray, the other two colors I have most in my closet. I think it’s because I find all black too emo (plus it’s a nightmare to keep clean, what with my dogs and cats) and all gray too anemic. So, I’ll stick to my blues.

Shirt & Belt: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Max Dorian, Coat: Loft (thrifted)


Something Fishy

A couple of weeks ago, while cleaning out my mom’s closet, I commandeered a bunch of her old blouses – my mom used to be quite the fashionista back in the day, but now she’s retired, so she doesn’t wear them anymore. A lot of her things are out of style (though you never know when they may be back in style again), but some are classic enough or basic enough that I could still wear today.

This blouse, however, isn’t one of those cases (I can’t imagine when a fish-printed blouse would be called “classic” or “basic”). Still, it’s made of silk, and the print looks fun, so I thought I’d give it a try. I expected it to be difficult to style because of the print and the pyjama-ish silhouette, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple, but it turned out quite well, didn’t it? Plus, it’s so nice and comfy. I’m hoping to wear it a lot more this summer.

Top: hand-me-down, Jeans: H&M, Sandals: Clarks


Patchwork

I thought I would struggle a bit with this week’s SIA, inspired by the Korean jogabok wrapping cloth, because it’s so colorful and I don’t have anything like that in my closet. But then I noticed there are white and blue squares in the cloth, and I have just the right piece for it. Then I added some pink and red accents with my belt and shoes, and my bow brooch as the last touch, to mimic the bow in the middle of the cloth – and I’m done. It was way easier than I expected.

Top: Mango, Pants & Heels: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for other looks inspired by this piece!


Sandal Time

We’re having our first heat wave of the year, and normally I would grumble about how hot it is, but this year, I’m actually excited as the weather warms up because it means I could bring out my warm-weather clothes. Winter wasn’t particularly long or even particularly cold this year, but for some reason, I was getting tired of my winter wardrobe a lot earlier than usual.

Of course, it helps that I got a new pair of sandals. They fit the “black sandals” hole in my closet; they have wedge heels so they can be dressed up while still being comfy, and they go with everything. I say that’s a winner. Also, they kept my outfit simple and monochromatic – between the lace texture of the tee and the print on the skirt, the outfit is busy enough.

T-shirt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Mango, Sandals: Aldo


Just Right

Last time I wore these pants, they made me feel French, and this time, my outfit feels vaguely Japanese. It’s probably because it was inspired by this blog of a Japanese stylist, or because of the minimalist styling. I did put on a necklace but I took it off before taking pictures. The outfit doesn’t need it. It’s just right the way it is – simple and to the point. Just like this post 🙂

Top: Earth Music & Ecology, Pants: local shop, Flats: Vagabond


Never Again

I thought I’d learned my lesson with ordering things online (especially on sale) with this skirt a while ago. But no, apparently I didn’t, because when I saw this shirt for sale on Zalora, I ordered it. It’s a bit different from my normal silhouette, but the website says it’s cotton, so I thought it would be a nice addition to my summer wardrobe. Then I got it and was sorely disappointed. It definitely isn’t cotton (it’s some sort of cotton-polyester blend) and it’s way shorter than I expected – it doesn’t help that I have a long torso. You can see how I slumped a bit in the photos, because if I stood up straight, it would be a crop top on me. And of course, it was on sale so I couldn’t return or exchange it. I don’t have anything high-waist, so I’m going to try it with a skirt next time to see if it can be improved; if not, maybe it can fit my mom. I just hope this is going to be the last time I made this mistake.

Top: Zalora, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Topshop


SIA Inspiration: Jogakbo

No, “jogakbo” is not the name of a new, up-and-coming artist. Rather, it’s the name for this type of Korean patchwork cloth, which Jen chose for our SIA inspiration this week:

Like the Japanese furoshiki, the Koreans also have a type of cloth used specifically for wrapping clothes, food, gifts and other things called “bojagi“, and “jogakbo” (or “chogakbo”) refers to the type of patchwork bojagi made from scrap fabrics (“jogakbo” can also mean the patchwork technique itself).

Now, this one has a lot of fun colors to choose from, so I’m thinking some color blocking is in order. The great thing is that you don’t have to include them all; you can simply pick any combination of colors that you like. Just remember to send your outfit to Jen (librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com) by next Monday, April 24th!