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.
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.)
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.