The weather is warming up again (for the last time this season, I hope), so here are two simple looks. As the post title says, these are both inspired by Japanese street style – not any outfit in particular, but by several style blogs that I’ve been following. I used to be drawn to the classic silhouettes, bright colors, and all the patterns of vintage style (1940’s – 1950’s, to be exact), but now, while I still like looking at them, I don’t really want to wear them anymore. Instead, I prefer minimalism and more relaxed silhouettes, which is almost the exact opposite of vintage style. It’s funny how that changes, right?
I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Charles Demuth’s “Spring“, but at the last moment I decided against it, because while it may copy some of the colors of the painting, it doesn’t capture the many patterns of the fabric samples. So I chose to a more casual outfit with all of the patterns instead – there are three patterns here (stripes, polka dots, and leopard print) – four if you count the floral print on my owl pin – and I keep the colors minimal to avoid being a walking fabric store. I’m happy with this – it captures the spirit of the painting, if not the exact colors and patterns.
Don’t forget to stop by Erin’s blog by Wednesday (a day late, since she has a pre-scheduled post on Tuesday) to see other interpretations of this painting!
Tee: Forever21, Pants: Old Navy, Flats: LA Fashion District, Pin: vintage
I’m getting really frustrated seeing all these lovely fall outfits on the blogosphere while I’m still here sweating in my T-shirts. Admittedly, the heat is less muggy and it’s beginning to feel a little crisper in the morning and at night, but it’s hard to get into the spirit of the season when it’s still 90+ every day. So, just like a while ago when I dressed in blue and wore my watering can brooch because I was hoping for rain, here I am in all the fall colors and my tree (with fallen leaf) brooch, hoping for fall. Will it work…?
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Jeans: Cache, Flats: LA Fashion District, Brooch: vintage
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See, this is what I’m talking about when I said in yesterday’s post about not wanting to pair girly items together. I much prefer this outfit – sure, the jeans could be more high-waist, but they’re just the right touch to balance out the fussy details of the top. Speaking of which, I really need a new pair of boyfriend jeans. When your jeans are getting see-through, it’s time to replace them, right? (OK, maybe they’re not cheese cloth’s level of see-through, but I can see through them when I hold them up to the light. You aren’t supposed to be able to do that with jeans.)
The thing is, these didn’t start out as boyfriend jeans, believe it or not. They were skinny, but somehow got stretched to the perfect boyfriend fit, and now I’m afraid I can’t find that fit on actual boyfriend jeans. Well, better start looking, I guess.
Top: Mango, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: LA Fashion District, Necklace: local shop
And my outfits this week – I guess the theme is “eyelet top and one unrelated dress because of SIA”:
We got some rain over the weekend, so it’s been blessedly cool this week, meaning it’s in the lower 90’s instead of nearing 100. It also means that I can bring out my sleeveless tops – I know, sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s actually better to cover up when it’s sunny out. In Vietnam during the summer, pretty much the only people you see wearing shorts and sleeveless tops are tourists. The locals (especially the women) are all in these long-sleeved robes designed to block out the sun and the dust. I don’t wear it because my commute is only 15 minutes on the bike, but sometimes even I feel like I need one.
P/S: The outfit was a direct copy of this (the tumblr is lovely, I only wish the blogger would take more outfit photos, because her style is adorable). I should’ve won a necklace too; this pin is cute, but it’s tiny – I’m pretty sure it’s a tie pin – so you can barely see it.
Top: Mango, Pants: thrifted, Flats: LA Fashion District shop, Pin: Forever21