Dream Bag

I don’t often include bags with my outfits, because I don’t consider them an essential part of the outfit, and as a result, I only have two bags – a backpack for my laptop and a tote for everything else (occasionally, when I travel – which is never these days – I would also use a cross-body bag for my phone, passport, and wallet.) However, I’ve been looking for a way to streamline my backpack and tote into one everyday bag. A laptop bag is too utilitarian, and more importantly, it doesn’t fit my overall style. After some searching, I set my eyes on a satchel/messenger bag, and after even a longer time scouring secondhand/vintage store, I finally found this. It’s pretty much the perfect bag for me – it fits my laptop and all my odds and ends, and it also hits my style sweet spot (vintage, Dark Academia, menswear-inspired) – so of course I had to give it its own post. The outfit is just an afterthought, really (it’s my take on this outfit worn by the fabulous Farrah Fawcett.)

1870 Meets 1970

This outfit is actually inspired by one of Timothee Chalamet’s outfits in Little Women (2019), namely this velvet waistcoat (I may not like the film’s costume design from a historical accuracy standpoint, but I do like the clothes for myself.) I tried pairing my waistcoat with gray pants like in the photo, but it made me look like a waiter/valet, so I switched to this louder pair instead. I also had another go at a faux “watch chain”, and I think like this one better than my previous attempt. The big collar of my shirt, though, gives the outfit a 1970s vibe, hence the post title.

You Can Never Wear Too Many Textures

Yes, there is pattern mixing here, but mostly I wanted to play around with the textures – the different wool textures of the pants, the vest, and the jacket. The eyelets on my shirt collar can count as another texture as well. I kept the colors roughly in the same family, brown and green (even the brown body and green eyes of my owl brooch match the browns of my shoes and pants, and the greens of the vest and jacket) to keep the outfit from being too busy.

Looking at it now, I realize this outfit would be perfect for this week’s SIA too. I guess I was just feeling green and brown this week…