It’s rare these days that I’d wear an outfit without a brooch or a pin, but I kinda liked the minimalism of this outfit and didn’t want to spoil it with any other accessory. It’s inspired by the costumes of The Queen’s Gambit – another show from last year (other than Normal People) that I watched purely for the fashion. I mean, I know nothing about chess, and just like with Normal People, I find the main character’s tendency to self-destruct irritating and unbelievable, rather than sympathetic. But, like I said, the costumes are fabulous. Beth Harmon never wears anything exactly like this in the series, but the houndstooth skirt is kind of similar to her many chess-themed costumes, so I thought this would be a nice nod.
This outfit is a little too summery for this time of year, but the dress material is actually heavier than it looks, which is why I’ve been saving it until now. I tried to make the outfit more autumnal by pairing the dress with brown accessories, but because of the blue of the dress, I felt I had to have a nautical touch in there somehow, so I added this whale brooch – it’s nautical, and it’s made out of wood, so the color is still within the blue-brown scheme. Hey, I’m nothing if I don’t overthink every single detail of my outfit, right?
What’s this? Am I wearing… boots? That’s right. Although the rest of my outfit is still summery, the footwear is distinctly fall-like. The weather has cooled down enough now that oxfords and boots are replacing sandals and flats, and I’ve been itching to wear this pair ever since I’ve thrifted them, so as soon as it’s socially acceptable, I brought them out. I’ve wanted a pair of lace-up boots for a while, and these fit the bill perfectly. And apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought they were awesome – as I stopped at a red light, a lady pulled up next to me on her motorbikes and said “I love your shoes!” The light turned green and she roared off before I could say “Thank you, kind stranger,” but it definitely made my day.
Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini’s installation “Ciclotrama“. I went with the black-and-white theme of the installation, and added this gold brooch, which has both the gold touch of the frame and the root-like shape of the ropes. I thought about wearing my black t-strap heels to further mimic the ropes, but they look too heavy, so I went with these simple black pumps instead. However, I’m still kicking myself for not remembering my braided black belt – it would’ve been the perfect finishing touch! But well, not everything can be perfect, can it?
If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this amazing installation!