Jewel Tones

Other than the fact that pastel colors look horrible on me, but I’ve always had a hard time figuring out what colors actually look good on me. I know what colors I like, but they may not always be flattering. According to the “seasonal color analysis”, I’m an autumn, but I can’t remember all the colors that supposedly look good on an autumn – I can’t carry about a bunch of color swats whenever I go shopping, can I? All I can remember that earth tones work for me. But lately, I’ve figured out that jewel tones work too. I’ve worn a lot of deep red (purplish red, brownish red, maroon, burgundy, whatever you want to call them) and emerald green, though usually not close to my face, so here’s an all-jewel tone outfit, to remind myself to wear them more often.


Pocket Square

I’ve always loved menswear, but there are two menswear accessories that I have yet to master – the tie and the pocket square. For some reason, whenever I try wearing a tie I look like a waitress/server, and as for the pocket square, I’ve yet to figure out how to fold/tuck it so it looks natural. Maybe the handkerchiefs I’ve been using are too big, I don’t know. Anyway, here’s my latest attempt. The fold/tuck is OK, but I’m not happy with the color. I wanted to break away from the sea of brown that is my fall/winter wardrobe, but this color combo just doesn’t work (at least it matches my jeans?) Oh well. Back to the drawing board…


Fall In Spring

(I was going to give this post a more pun-y title of “Fall into Spring” but decided that was too cheesy.)

In my post on Wednesday, I tried to add some colors and floral to the outfit to make it more “springy”. The weather still couldn’t make up its mind though, so in the end I just said, fuck it, I’m just going to dress like it was still fall/winter. I’m much more of an autumn person than a spring person anyway. Besides, I really wanted to wear this new owl brooch and these pair of wool pants (a hand-me-down from my mom), and neither of them really screams “spring”.


A Parliament Of Owls

This week’s SIA outfit, inspired by one of the “soundsuits” by artist and sculptor Nick Cave, took me some thinking. The crocheted granny squares on the suit could be a jumping-off point, but I have nothing similar in my closet. In the end, I just pulled out the most colorful and outrageous piece I have – this top – and relied on the accessories to bring in some of the colors and textures of the inspiration piece.

I noticed that there are a lot of figurines of birds, especially owls, on the suit, so I brought out all the owl brooches I own. I have a couple more “bird” brooches, but I wanted to maintain some sense of cohesion in the outfit, so I’m sticking with owls. And for that same reason, I kept the rest of the outfit simple. I guess I could try some pattern-mixing or something more “wild”, but I think it’s more important to keep the outfit wearable than to make it as close to the inspiration as possible.


Golden Bee

I wore this to our school’s film festival, way back before the Lunar New Year break (yep, I’m still working my way through backlogged outfits.) It’s called the Golden Bee Festival, hence my bee brooch. For the rest of the outfit, I wanted to keep it simple while still dressy enough for a special event. It was freezing that day though, so this is the best I could do. It was also my attempt to modernize this skirt a bit – here it looks like it’s from the 1970s, not the 1870s, so at least that’s a success?