I’ve always loved menswear, but there are two menswear accessories that I have yet to master – the tie and the pocket square. For some reason, whenever I try wearing a tie I look like a waitress/server, and as for the pocket square, I’ve yet to figure out how to fold/tuck it so it looks natural. Maybe the handkerchiefs I’ve been using are too big, I don’t know. Anyway, here’s my latest attempt. The fold/tuck is OK, but I’m not happy with the color. I wanted to break away from the sea of brown that is my fall/winter wardrobe, but this color combo just doesn’t work (at least it matches my jeans?) Oh well. Back to the drawing board…
I used to wear the occasional pencil skirt back in LA, but ever since I moved home and started to bike to work, I’d given all of them away. I’ve never been crazy about them anyway – they always come off too “business corporate” for my taste. However, when I saw this skirt in one of my favorite vintage/secondhand online sellers, I was drawn to the kick pleats and the row of buttons (and of course, the brown plaid), so I decided to give pencil skirts another try. It took some getting used to on the bike, but the pleats help a lot in making it easier to move in. It’s too bad that I got it so late and the weather is getting a bit too warm now, but I’m looking forward to wearing it more next fall/winter.
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Huie’s “Counting Lesson”, I knew I’d want to wear something with polka dots, but I haven’t worn polka dots in so long – it’s all about stripes and plaid for me now; polka dots just seem too twee for some reason – that I don’t quite know what I would wear. Luckily, I remember these polka dot socks that I bought earlier this year and never got around to wearing yet.
For the rest of the outfit, I wanted to mimic the colors and textures in the painting – the wall and the curtain behind the girl, and the chair she’s sitting in – so I went with this blazer and sweater. The bow of my trousers’ belt is a nod to the bow on the girl’s dress, and I also added a lace collar to mimic her Peter Pan collar, and topped it off with a red brooch to mimic her red bow. Overall, I’m happy with the outfit because it feels more “me” while still reflecting the inspiration, rather than being a direct copy of the inspiration without reflecting my style.
If you’ve been following my blog since the early days, you may remember that back then, I used to accessorize with suspenders. I forgot about them when my style became more minimalist, but I’ve recently discovered them again, albeit in more subdued colors. They’re great to add a menswear, Dark Academia touch to my outfit, so expect to see them more often on the blog.
As I lean more into the vintage, Miss Marple-inspired style, I realize that I tend to go for two extremes – either a “schoolgirl” look (like my Audrey Horne cosplay last week) or a “grandpa” look like this, nothing in between. I don’t know what that says about my personal style… I guess that means I don’t go for traditionally feminine vintage style?
So how is everybody’s first week of 2021 going? I got a sinus infection, which is awesome. If this is how the first week of 2021 is, I don’t want to know what the rest of the year is going to be.
Anyway, on to the outfit: I bought this skirt from an online vintage boutique, and it turns out to be a little shorter than I expected, so it looks a bit like a school uniform skirt (note to self: all my skirts now should be at least 25″ long. This one, for the record, is 20″). My decision to pair it with saddle shoes doesn’t help, but I thought, I might as well lean into the schoolgirl look. It’s too bad that I didn’t find this sooner, because it would’ve made the perfect Audrey Horne cosplay. The jacket and brooch were added for a bit of warmth and color, and to, well, make it less of an Audrey Horne cosplay.