A Tale Of Two Cities

It’s been a while since I utilized socks to add colors and patterns to my outfit, mostly because I’ve been relying on other things for those (patterned sweaters and vests, for one thing) and I haven’t found any new socks that really excite me. But when I bought this sweater (another graphic one), I immediately remembered these “cityscape” socks I’ve had for a while but haven’t got a chance to show off on the blog yet, and happily, they go together! I kept the rest of the outfit simple, but I couldn’t help adding another whimsical touch – a brooch featuring these fabric owls. If they had been pigeons or crows, it would’ve fit my “city” theme better, but owls would have to do.


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…


The Professor Part 2

I’ve talked about my obsession with waistcoats before, but not so much the sweater vest. I’ve always thought of sweater vests as rather dumpy/dorky, and the fact that they’re on trend makes me even less inclined to wear them. However, I’ve been following some menswear blogs and was finally convinced of the value of a nice Fair Isle sweater vest, especially worn with a tweed jacket or blazer, like here. It’s a classic/professorial look that is much more “me” than the current trend, and yes, it’s still a bit dorky, but then again, I’m a dork too, so it doesn’t matter.


Forever Autumn

This is one of those outfits that require no thoughts from me – it just came together, down to the boots and the brooch. Does it look more like a fall outfit than a winter outfit? Yes, but when your closet is filled with brown hues like mine, everyday is autumn, and I’m going to enjoy the cold weather as long as it lasts. However, with the Lunar New Year only two weeks away, it looks like the cold is not going to last long. I don’t know what it is about the lunar calendar, but the weather always corresponds to it much better than it does to the solar calendar. It may only be mid-January, but already it is getting more humid and the trees are putting out new leaves. Ah well. The cold weather has had a good run.