I think the main reason I tend to wear mostly monochromatic looks during the warmer months is that it’s so much easier to have sensory overload when it’s hot out. Your brain and your body are already boiling, so there is no need to assault your eyes (or other people’s eyes) with bright colors as well.
We’ve just entered our first real heat wave of the summer, and while it’s still pretty tame compared to last year (the temperature hasn’t reached 100 yet, and the heat index is still only around 100 to 110), I’m already disinclined to wear anything other than neutrals, and even my accessories are more streamlined. Not that I’ve been wearing much of anything else lately, but I do apologize if it gets a little boring around here in the next month or so.
Top: Mango, Pants & Necklace: local shops, Oxfords: Vagabond
This is one of those outfits that definitely looked better in my head. I like the idea of pairing sneakers with a midi skirt, but the hem of this skirt hits me at a really unflattering place when I’m wearing flats, so it just makes my legs look extra-stumpy. I’ve been reluctant to hem it (it used to be my mom’s) because I like the length, but now I think it needs at least a couple of inches off the hem, so that it falls just below my knees. That way I can wear it with heels if I want to, but I can wear it with flats too.
Top: Forever21, Skirt: hand-me-down, Sneakers: Johan Cruyff, Necklace: local shop
This week’s SIA inspiration, courtesy of Jen, is another classic painting, “A Young Girl Reading” by the Rococo painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard:
Jen picked this not just because of the subject matter (which I’m sure a lot of us can relate to) but also because of the soft colors (yellow/mustard, dusky pink/lavender, white, and even a greenish tinge on the wall) and the textures (make sure to click on the link and check out the full resolution picture of the painting – the brush strokes are insane.)
This is going to be an interesting one for me, because I don’t know where I can find that many bright/soft colors in my closet, but I’m sure going to try. If you want to participate, just send your outfit to Jen (email@example.com) by next Monday, May 16th!
I wore this to see Captain America: Civil War last weekend (yes, we got it a week earlier than the US, neener-neener) and as you can see from my red, white, and blue outfit, I’m firmly on #teamcap. As for the movie, I certainly enjoyed it more than the mess that is Age of Ultron, but it definitely suffers from the “too many superheroes” problem. I could have done without Vision, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and War Machine (Falcon is awesome, and Ant-Man and the new Spider-Man are funny, so I’ll let them slide, even though I am so fed up with yet another Spidey, and Black Panther is pretty important to the plot so he can stay too.) On the other hand, I could have done with more Black Widow, who is criminally underused here. But then again, everything could have done with more Black Widow.
Top & Pants: Mango, Sandals: Aldo, Brooch: vintage
In a previous post I’ve talked about how one of my skirts is awkward to style, since it’s only appropriate in a very specific kind of weather. Well, this pair of pants is kinda like that too. They fit me really well (one of the few pairs of pants/jeans I haven’t had to hem) and I like the polka dots that make them more fun than your average pair of black pants, but I don’t wear them as much as I want. For one, I can’t seem to pair them with anything else other than white (and the occasional chambray.) And there’s also the weather problem. The fabric is thin enough that they wouldn’t work for the colder months, but it’s also elastic and not very breathable, plus it’s black, so they don’t work in the summer either. So again, I could only wear them in these in-between months (actually, it’s been getting quite warm already, so I think I wouldn’t be able to wear them for very long.)
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Pants: Old Navy (they’re the Pixie pants, hence the cheesy title), Flats: Footglove, Brooch: local shop
It’s another week of SIA, and we’re celebrating the coming summer (is it too soon for you guys in more moderate climates? It’s certainly not to soon for us tropical-dwellers) with John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”. Let’s hit it!
First up we have Mike, who went with a simple black-and-white outfit, and used his house plants to recreate the foliage in the painting – now that’s dedication!
Our co-host Jen chose more saturated versions of the colors in the painting, and I love that she also wore a striped top to subtly call back to the paper lanterns:
Next up is Stephanie’s double-floral look – it’s actually triple-floral if you count the background as well:
Our other co-host, Erin, had a pretty straightforward outfit. The feminine silhouette, colors and accessories certainly fit the simple prettiness of the painting:
Kezzie always looks super cute, and this time she doesn’t disappoint either:
Noelle of The Classy Junk is lovely in her ethereal floral maxi dress. I would argue that it’s more fitting for a Pre-Raphaelite painting, but it’s great nonetheless:
And finally, here’s me:
And that wraps up another successful SIA! Thank you for participating, and come back next week for a new challenge!
It was almost too easy, putting together an outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose“. I knew I would wear this skirt because the print is too perfect (even though it doesn’t have carnations or roses.) For the top, I chose my lace t-shirt to mimic the girls’ dresses and the texture of the paper lanterns. I guess I could’ve worn black shoes to mimic their black stockings too, but I think my beige sandals are a better choice, style-wise.
There’s still time to send me your outfit if you want to participate, and don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the full round-up!
Top: Banana Republic, Skirt: vintage, Sandals: Clarks