To Belt Or Not To Belt

After my failed attempt to pair these tall boots with my wide-leg jeans, I moved on to a different pairing – with this skirt. This outfit looks much better, in my opinion, even though (or precisely because) I looked like an extra in Annie Hall. The only quibble I have is that I’m not sure which way looks better – belting the blazer or belting the skirt. Belting the skirt is more comfortable (I didn’t have to constantly adjust the bulk of the blazer around my waist), but belting the blazer is a trendier look. Which one do you prefer?

Skirting Season

I hope that my US readers all had a fun, food-filled Thanksgiving. Here’s a simple outfit to close out the week – I just realize that I’ve only worn this skirt once since I got it, which is a bit surprising because it looks like it should go with everything. The thing is, I don’t wear skirts much anymore. Because of our climate, skirts are not the easiest thing to wear – in the summer, it’s too hot to have the skirt around your waist and bike shorts (and sometimes a slip too) underneath, while in the winter, it’s too cold even with tights and boots. The two weeks of fall and spring are the only times I can wear skirts comfortably, so I’m making the best of them.

Reverse-Engineered SIA

When I pick the inspirations for SIA, I often have two approaches. Sometimes I’d see a work of art so cool that I have to feature it on SIA right away, regardless of whether I can recreate it in an outfit or not. Other times, though, I already have an outfit in mind and would find a painting to match. Reverse-engineering, so to speak.

This week’s SIA inspiration, the woodblock print “Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night” by Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu, is a bit of both. I’ve saved the print on my Pinterest for a while but didn’t feature it on the blog because I didn’t know what I would wear for it. Then I saw this skirt. The color is perfect, and the pleats even mimic the stripes on the woman’s kimono. Top it off with my black printed top to reflect the dark background of the print, and we have a perfect SIA outfit, even if I say so myself.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday for all the looks inspired by this lovely woodblock print!

The Painted Veil

I just watched The Painted Veil again over the weekend – the remake with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, though I am curious about the 1934 version with Greta Garbo too. Good movie, but most of all I just love the wardrobe of Kitty Fane (Naomi Watts’ character) – pretty cotton dresses in soft pastels (even if the hems are a little short by 1920’s standard), wingtips, and lovely hats. So this outfit is partially inspired by it.

The skirt is for the ABC’s of Style challenge, “P for Pleats.” I could say I picked the stripes to modernize the look, but the truth is that this striped shirt goes with everything and I was too lazy to find something more 1920’s 😛

Top: H&M; Skirt: Helmut Lang, thrifted
Oxfords: Miss Me, via Buffalo Exchange
Belt: thrifted; Golden Snitch necklace: self-made

Upstairs, Downstairs

Today’s 21 Day Challenge prompt is “Mix Fancy and Casual.” I was stumped at first, because almost everything in my closet is either casual or business-casual. But after looking through Kayla’s inspiration post, I remembered that I do have an item that maybe can pass the fancy test – my pleated skirt. Not that its price has anything to do with it (I thrifted it with the tag still attached, it was originally priced at $475 – preposterous! – and marked down to $49.99 – still preposterous.)

So it seems that my “upstairs” element – the fancy skirt – is actually downstairs, and my “downstairs” element – the casual chambray shirt – is upstairs. Confused yet? 😛

Huh. I kinda looked like my sister in that photo there. A lot of people say my sister and I look alike, but we never see it, so it’s weird seeing it… now.

Shirt: thrifted
Skirt: Helmut Lang thrifted, remixed
Flats: Payless, remixed
Belt: thrifted
Necklace: vintage


Birthday Suit

Today is my birthday. That’s right, I’m officially old enough to rent a car now (not that I would, I don’t know how to drive.) 25 years old… Man, when you say it like that… I don’t feel 25. At all. I still feel 15. See, this is what birthdays do to me. It makes me think about how we’re all kids once and how we’re all growing old (my family’s birthday card, which is a compilation of my baby photos, doesn’t help) and…

OK, before I sink too deep into my existentially nihilistic crisis, something about the outfit – it’s for the next Bloggers Do It Better challenge, “Arm Party”, or stacked bracelets. Since my arm is so busy I decided to keep the outfit simple. And I’m very proud of the fact that my bracelets are all self-made.

T-shirt: H&M, thrifted
Skirt: Helmut Lang (via Nordstrom), thrifted (it was originally $475, marked down to $49.99, and I got it for $5!!!)
Sandals: Easy Spirit thrifted, remixed
Necklace: Icing
Bracelets: self-made (tutorial for the wrap bracelet here)