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.
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.
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.