This tunic is what I call a “one-trick pony”, meaning I only have one way of styling it – with a pair of skinny pants or jeans. However, after looking at the lookbook from the boutique where I got the tunic, I saw a number of similar tunics paired with culottes, so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I quite like it – it has echoes of the traditional Vietnamese áo dài, which consists of a long tunic worn over a pair of wide-leg pants, but looks more modern. I guess I can call this tunic a two-trick pony now!
Confession time: I didn’t wear this outfit for SIA. I had a different outfit in mind for this week’s SIA, inspired by Van Gogh’s “Still Life with Blue Enamel Coffeepot, Earthenware and Fruit“, including this pair of mustard pants (another pair of wide-leg pants, I know, I know), my blue gingham shirt, and black heels. Alas, I didn’t get a chance to even wear the outfit, let alone to take photos of it, because I spent most of last week taking care of my dog, who got into a fight with a neighbor’s dog and was bitten pretty badly. Thankfully, the vet was able to stitch her up and she is stable and eating again, but it was quite a stressful couple of days.
So for this week’s SIA, I just looked through my existing outfit and picked the one that’s as close to the inspiration as I can get. I ended up choosing this one – just imagine my shoes are black and it’ll be perfect.
The post title is both a reference to the crab brooch on my shirt (very creative, I know) and the fact that I’m not entirely happy with the outfit. The shirt is a bit too loose-fitting, so when I tried tucking it into the paper-bag waist of these pants, it just created all this bulk around the waist. A more fitted shirt may work better. And the brooch feels like an afterthought too. I wanted a pop of color that was not shoes, and I just got this brooch, so I decided to wear it, but now I think I should’ve saved it for a more “nautical” look. Or would that be too costumy? I don’t know… I guess I’m just not feeling this outfit.
Another work outfit straggler here. This was taken a while ago, so I didn’t remember why I added a brooch to this outfit. Oh wait, I think it was the day we had some important meeting or something, but it was too hot to wear a more formal shirt, so I added a brooch to make my T-shirt look less casual. And because my shirt has green stripes, a leaf brooch seemed like a good choice.
Hot as it was back then, it was probably still blessedly cool compared to this past week. Yesterday the heat index was nearly 120F! Thankfully school was out so I no longer have to come into work. Even if I still had to work, I don’t think I could bike in this heat. I would be cooked alive.
I didn’t realize it until I uploaded the photos, but this outfit could have been an interpretation of Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers“, if we’d picked it for SIA (we tend to stay away from such well-known works though). I guess I was influenced by Loving Vincent, the oil-painted animation about Van Gogh’s death, which I saw a couple of weeks ago. The story is nothing to write home about, but the film itself is gorgeous. It’s literally Van Gogh’s paintings coming to life. Highly recommended if you’re an art lover.
In other movie news, I saw Thor: Ragnarok last week (I wanted to see Blade Runner 2049, of which I’ve heard a lot of good things, but Vietnamese theaters only keep movies on a 2-week rotation, so it’s no longer showing. I’m just going to have to wait for the DVD release.) Ragnarok is a lot of fun, but not much else. At least it was more entertaining than The Dark World, I’d give it that.
Whenever I’m hit with a case of “I have nothing to wear”, and that is quite often during the transitional time between seasons (like now), I would come back to my tried-and-true combination: top + midi skirt. If I could have a signature look, that would be it. A top, a midi A-line skirt, and sensible shoes (not that I have any other kind of shoes.) It also helps that most of my skirts are basic enough that they can be pared with pretty much any top. True, it can be less-than-exciting sometimes, but it does make my morning a little easier.
The weather has been absolutely crazy lately – pouring one minute, then blazing sun the next, then pouring again. I think it’s because this is the transition time between summer and fall. At least my transitional outfit is not crazy, if I do say so myself. The fit and the fabric are summery, but the colors are autumnal, so it’s perfect for this time. The wide-leg pants might not work so well in the rain, but since today looks dry at least, it’s OK.