Cyanotype

Here is my outfit for SIA, inspired by Anna Atkins‘ cyanotype photographs. Since the print of the dress mimics the cyanotypes so perfectly, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. And yes, this dress is made of the same fabric as my top from last Friday’s post. I like it so much that when I saw the top and the dress on sale, I had to get them both.

The dress is a little shorter than I like (I prefer midi-length, or at least below the knees), but for a summer dress, it’s great. Plus, pockets! My only problem is how to style it differently each time I wear it. The dress is so focus-pulling already that a change of shoes would not make much of a difference. I guess I’ll have to wait until the fall to try layering it.

Don’t forget to stop by Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by these amazing photographs!

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School’s In

So the new semester has started and I’m back to work. This semester I’m going to be pretty busy, with four classes to teach, but they’re all interesting (TV Writing and Adaptation, to name two), so I’m looking forward to it.

For the first day of school, I’m going with a simple outfit – first days are stressful enough without having to mess around with skirts and dresses. Of course, first days in college are different from first days in grade school, but I still wanted to wear something I could move around in. I just got these pants made at a tailor’s, and so far I’ve only paired them with white shirts, but I can see that they’re going to be quite versatile.


Black & White

I titled this post “Black & White” as a placeholder, thinking that surely I’ve had another post with that title and I was going to have to change it, but surprise, surprise, I haven’t. And that fascinating anecdote, friends, serves as a perfect metaphore for this outfit too – it’s basic and simple, but it’s also unexpected and… uh… I’m not sure what point I was trying to make here. But suffice to say, I like the outfit and I’m going to wear these pants more during the summer.


Rewired

Occasionally, after I’ve been in a sartorial slump like I have over the past few weeks, I would try to put a bit more thoughts into an outfit to get my “mojo” back, so to speak (actually I don’t use phrases like “get my mojo back”, which sounds so corny to me. Plus “mojo” only makes me think of Mojo Jojo from The Powerpuff Girls.) The result is often spotty – sometimes I would chance on something good and get inspired again; sometimes I would overthink it and end up with an awkward mess. This outfit falls somewhere in the middle. It isn’t an awkward mess, but it certainly didn’t look as good as I pictured it in my head. I guess I’m going back to my minimalist phase for a bit longer…

(P/S: I was going to title this post “Re-inspired”, but the outfit is not “inspired” exactly. Then I saw Kasabian playing on TV and just grabbed the song title. It’s close enough.)


Different Shoes

At first, I wore this outfit with my black wedge sandals, but then I realized I have been wearing them a lot – in all but one of my outfits this month so far – so I decided to switch to my nude sandals instead. In hindsight, I realized that the black wedges may have been a better choice because they help to balance out the dark-colored top and the light-colored bottom. Ah well, it’s too late now. And besides, I needed to break up the monotony. With a different kind of monotony.


The Big Blue

The weather has been absolutely insane. One day it was boiling, scorching hot, and the next it was chilly and rainy. But, I suppose it’s to be expected during the spring/summer transition. It makes getting dressed a bit annoying though, so I mostly stick to simple silhouettes and layers, and to keep things from boring, I went with an extremely monochromatic look – everything, or almost everything, in blue.

Of course, it’s the easiest thing in the world for me to wear all blue (the blog should’ve been named “14 Shades of Blue”), but it’s strange that I rarely wear all black or all gray, the other two colors I have most in my closet. I think it’s because I find all black too emo (plus it’s a nightmare to keep clean, what with my dogs and cats) and all gray too anemic. So, I’ll stick to my blues.

Shirt & Belt: local shops, Jeans: H&M, Oxfords: Max Dorian, Coat: Loft (thrifted)


Patchwork

I thought I would struggle a bit with this week’s SIA, inspired by the Korean jogabok wrapping cloth, because it’s so colorful and I don’t have anything like that in my closet. But then I noticed there are white and blue squares in the cloth, and I have just the right piece for it. Then I added some pink and red accents with my belt and shoes, and my bow brooch as the last touch, to mimic the bow in the middle of the cloth – and I’m done. It was way easier than I expected.

Top: Mango, Pants & Heels: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for other looks inspired by this piece!