Although I’m on an unofficial Low Buy/No Buy season, I don’t want to restrict myself too much, because that would just be an excuse for me to binge-shop later. So when I see something I like and fill some sort of hole in my closet, I’ll get it. It helps that my closet is reasonably well stocked now and there are few things I still want, especially in terms of winter clothes. Take this short-sleeve sweater, for example – I’m always on the lookout for more 1940s tops, but I only bought it because of the collar and the cutout design around the shoulders. Brooches, of course, remain my one weakness, and when I saw this chain brooch, I had to snap it up immediately. The only problem is that I can’t untangle the chain and it’s driving me crazy!

Still Life

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by “Still Life with Nuts, Candy, and Flowers” by Flemish artist Clara Peeters. I went with a looser interpretation than usual – my outfit was meant to evoke the overall classical feel of the painting and the richness of it, rather than the precise details. Still, I couldn’t ignore them altogether. My shirt is to reflect the confectionery, and at first, I was going to wear my other floral waistcoat, but in the end, I chose my William Morris waistcoat as both a nod to the flowers and the elaborate engraving/embossing on the cups and pots. Plus, it’s the perfect match to my skirt. I was debating between this skirt or my olive culottes, which matched the painting’s background better, and decided I liked the look of this skirt more, even though it wasn’t perfect for the painting.

Don’t forget to check Terri’s blog on Wednesday to see what everybody wore!

Subliminal Dressing, Part II

I’m continuing my theme of “if I dress like fall, it will come”. It’s difficult to see, but there are Japanese maple leaves printed on my scarf, and the long skirt is also fall-ish (it’s linen, but still too long and heavy to be worn in the height of the summer.) It wasn’t until later that day when I tried taking the scarf off that I realized I totally messed up the knot. I should’ve remembered how to tie right knot thanks to all those years wearing the red scarf of the Young Pioneers, but in my defense, it’s been over 20 years since I last wore it.

Beige Is My Color

At the risk of sounding like the most basic ever, beige really is my color. Or, more exactly, it’s my light neutral color. Pure white is too harsh on my skin, and while cream/ivory works too, there’s something about beige that really balances out my yellow undertone and makes me look not so sallow or pale anymore – and this top is a prime example of that (yes, it’s an entire beige outfit, but I’m talking about things close to my face.) However, as I tend to reach for darker colors,  plus pure white are always the go-to light neutral in most shops, I don’t have a lot of beige tops in my closet. I need to remember this the next time I reach for yet another white broderie anglaise top.

End-Of-Summer Syndrome

I’ve been sitting here staring at the blank post for fifteen minutes trying to come up with something to say about the outfit, and I got nothing. It’s usually the case at the end of a season when I’m so sick of wearing the same clothes and just want to bring out my next season wardrobe already, but I can’t because it’s still too warm, so I end up putting random things together and call it a day. Usually it only happens in the summer though, because I feel the opposite at the end of fall/winter – I don’t want to stop wearing these cozy clothes!