Quarantine Morning #1

I actually had two outfits for this week’s SIA, inspired by Edward Hopper’s “Carolina Morning” – one inspired by the colors of the entire painting, and another inspired just by the woman in the painting. This, of course, is the one inspired by the entire painting. I picked out the blue and sandy beige of the painting and added a pop of red with my sneakers – simple. It’s the perfect work-from-home outfit too, comfy but still put-together enough.

The other outfit will be posted on Wednesday, so stay tuned. And don’t forget to check Kim’s blog for other interpretations of this painting!


Channeling Steve Jobs… Or Not

Hello outfit post! It seems like forever since I posted one of these, doesn’t it? Between the Lunar New Year and the traveling, I haven’t taken any outfit photos for a while, so here’s a backlogged one all the way from January. I was trying to recreate this outfit, but I think I need a more loose-fitting button-up and trench coat (and my coat needs a good press. I steamed it before leaving the house, but it didn’t seem to do much good.)

Also, do you realize how easily a black turtleneck and faded blue jeans can conjure up the image of Steve Jobs? Before I put on the button-up, I was wandering around the house in just the turtleneck and jeans, and when I caught my reflection in the mirror, I thought the outfit looked really familiar. It wasn’t until later that I realized it was Steve Jobs’s signature look :))


Wide Leg Cropped Jeans, Take 2

Last week I shared an outfit featuring these wide-leg cropped jeans with tall boots, but the boots aren’t comfortable, so this time, I tried pairing them with these Chelsea boots instead. When I first tried these boots on, I dismissed them because the gap between the hem of the pants and the top of the boots chops my (already short) legs up and makes my legs really cold, but then I had the idea of layering a pair of tights underneath, and bam! Both problems solved. This is how I’m going to wear my wide-leg pants all through winter now.


Keep On Skirting

As I mentioned last week, this is optimal weather for wearing skirts (for me anyway) – cool in the morning and sunny during the day – so I’m bringing out another favorite skirt that I don’t wear often enough. Yes, it’s another midi, button-front skirt, but it seems that’s all I’m reaching for these days. I used to wear knee-length or just below-the-knee skirts, but now I tend to go for longer ones. I’m not sure if it’s just the weather (longer skirts = warmer) or it’s my changing style.

In other news, these boots are on their last legs (pun unintended) so I’m trying to wear them as much as I can this season before tossing them. They’ve had a good run (over 5 years!), but I still feel a little sad to see them falling apart. I have plenty of brown ankle boots, but none goes with skirts and dresses as well as these.


Tapestry

I have to admit that this week’s SIA inspiration, “Tapestry” by Sam Gilliam, really stumped me. It features a lot of colors, and I don’t have anything that colorful in my closet. My attempts at combining different colors just looked random. Then I suddenly remembered my socks – they’re certainly colorful, but are they enough? Finally, I decided to pick the loudest pair of socks I have as an accent and base the rest of the outfit on textures instead – the artwork itself is smooth, but I like how the different panels and colors seem to give it a sense of texture, so I chose my wool sweater and this new pair of corduroy pants to reflect that. Plus, the cream of the sweater and the mustard yellow of the pants can also be found in the piece, and if you look closely, there are flecks of different colors on my sweater as well.

And that’s why I love SIA – it allows you to think differently and creatively about your outfit. Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog later in the week to see other outfits inspired by this artwork!


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.


Overeager

Despite the rain you see in the photos, it was actually a bit too warm for this sweater, but I’ve been waiting to wear it since I got it, so excuse me for being a little overeager. What I really like about it is the neckline – it’s not a turtleneck (which should be fitted around the neck), and it’s not a boatneck, but more like a combination of the two. It’s a small detail but it adds a lot of interest, I think. I can’t wait to wear it more when it gets properly cold.