Stripes & Leaf

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.

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Sunflowers

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 thanĀ The Dark World, I’d give it that.


Uniform

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.


Summer/Fall

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.


Self-Portrait

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Gerda Wegener‘s self-portrait, I knew I was going to wear a blue shirt and a black skirt because that’s what she’s wearing in the painting. So I decided to give this blouse another try – it is, if you recall, my ill-advised online purchase which turned out to be too short and isn’t even in the right fabric. It’s actually perfect for this SIA challenge – the color is right, and it even has a pearl button in the back to mimic the pearl necklace she’s wearing.

I thought that I could make the blouse work with a skirt, but I still had to hike the skirt’s waist up to be able to tuck it in. It might work with a pencil skirt, but that’s not really my silhouette. In the end, I figure it’s just not going to work and give it to my mom. She has a short torso, so it looks great on her, and at least I feel better about giving it up.

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog for other interpretations of this painting!


Rewired

Occasionally, after I’ve been in a sartorial slump like I have over the past few weeks, I would try to put a bit more thoughts into an outfit to get my “mojo” back, so to speak (actually I don’t use phrases like “get my mojo back”, which sounds so corny to me. Plus “mojo” only makes me think of Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls.) The result is often spotty – sometimes I would chance on something good and get inspired again; sometimes I would overthink it and end up with an awkward mess. This outfit falls somewhere in the middle. It isn’t an awkward mess, but it certainly didn’t look as good as I pictured it in my head. I guess I’m going back to my minimalist phase for a bit longer…

(P/S: I was going to title this post “Re-inspired”, but the outfit is not “inspired” exactly. Then I saw Kasabian playing on TV and just grabbed the song title. It’s close enough.)


Different Shoes

At first, I wore this outfit with my black wedge sandals, but then I realized I have been wearing them a lot – in all but one of my outfits this month so far – so I decided to switch to my nude sandals instead. In hindsight, I realized that the black wedges may have been a better choice because they help to balance out the dark-colored top and the light-colored bottom. Ah well, it’s too late now. And besides, I needed to break up the monotony. With a different kind of monotony.