New Skirt

Last season, I bought a bunch of spring/summer skirts but haven’t gotten around to wearing them until now. Usually, I don’t wear skirts much in the summer, because between the waistbands and the bike shorts, it gets too hot, but this year the summer has been milder than usual, so here we are. I mean, they all have pockets, so I’m going to wear them more often.

This skirt is pretty basic, so the outfit didn’t require a lot of thinking. Mostly it was just a case of “Oh it’s raining, I’d better wear my water-proof shoes”, and “Hey, I haven’t worn this doggy button-up in a while, I bet it’ll go with the skirt.” It’s good that almost everything in my closet goes together now, so I can pretty much just throw things on.


The Black Queen

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.


Between Flowers And Insects

Ever since I discovered a local Facebook sellers that specializes in secondhand costume jewelry, I’ve accumulated a lot of brooches… and I mean a lot. So, in an attempt to wear more of them, I’m doing just that – wearing more than just one brooch in an outfit, I mean. I’m still quite new to the art of brooch clustering (is that a thing? I’d say it’s a thing), and so far I’ve only clustered them according to theme – like all fruits together, or here, all insects (and one reptile) together. I’m going to play around and see if I can come up with more combinations – perhaps with similar/complementary colors and textures, or all sparkly? – because it is really fun.

The rest of the outfit I kept simple, but I couldn’t resist adding to the natural theme from my green jacket and the insect brooches with these floral socks (a gift from a co-worker, who knows I love fun socks.)


Black & White Galaxy

If my spring/summer wardrobe this year has been all about embroideries and botanical theme, then another theme is emerging for my fall/winter clothes – celestial. I guess it’s just an extension of my “nature” aesthetics, and in the fall/winter, when flowers and plants are withering, stars and moons just make more sense to me. I’ve found a couple of galaxy-themed sweaters at the thrift stores, but while it’s still too warm to bring them out, I’m experimenting with my accessories first – like this Big Dipper brooch or these star socks. Gods, when is sweater weather going to get here?!


Dressing For The Weather

Have you ever had to scrap your planned outfit because of a sudden change in the weather? As I was changing for work this morning, there was a massive storm cloud on the horizon, so I had to put together an entirely new outfit. First I had to change into these jeans instead of wide-leg pants (so I could put rain pants over them), and these shoes instead of loafers because they’re patent leather and therefore waterproof, and because I’d changed my pants and my shoes, I had to change my top too, and by that time I was running late, so I threw on a T-shirt and blazer and a brooch, for some interest (it’s another of my souvenirs from Russia) and called it a day.

Sometimes, when I just throw things together like that, it works, but this was one of the times when I wasn’t entirely happy with the end result. But hey, with a storm on the way, it was the best I could do.