I haven’t had a weekend break for 3 weeks now. Two weeks ago I was accompanying the Singaporean student to Mai Chau, and after that, we had to prepare for a group of officials coming to examine our school. Sort of like audits, but they were examining every aspect of the school. The good thing is that we’re a liberal arts school, so a lot of questions could be answered with “That’s how we do things around here”, but still, it was understandably stressful and my co-workers and I had to come in over the past weekends to make sure our paperwork was in order. Thank the gods that it was over by Wednesday, so I can finally catch up on my errands and freelance work.
Anyway, given the crazy schedule, this is what I managed to put together – I’m sorry that I’ve been using the “busy” excuse so much, but that’s because it’s true.
Top: Forever21, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: H&M, Loafers: Footglove, Brooch: vintage
I wore this last Friday, when I had a full day of teaching and went to the theater at night – my co-workers got free tickets to a theater festival in Hanoi, so I thought it would be fun to check it out. I wanted to dress up a bit for the theater, but not too much, because I knew I would have to be in the clothes for 10+ hours. In the end I decided on something simple, comfy, but put-together enough that you could wear on a night out.
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: gift (an interesting story behind this brooch – it was made from a piece of rubble from an old museum in Greifswald and sold as souvenir after the building was renovated. My sister just went there for a business trip and bought it for me.)
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know I have this thing about blacks and whites that don’t match, i.e. they drive me insane. I’m not sure if it’s something I picked up from reading Tom & Lorenzo, or if it’s just the way my brain works, or if it’s because I have a lot of black clothes but none of them match. So I was really excited when I found that my black blazer and my black pants are close enough that I could wear them together.
… Well, they kinda match. If you tilt your monitor at a certain angle.
Maybe I should just buy a suit and be done with it.
Shirt: tailor, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage
I have a long torso and short legs. That’s a fact. I alone am keeping our local tailor in business (probably) with all the jeans and trousers alterations I’ve done over the years. These jeans are one of the few pairs I haven’t had to hem. I’ve made fun of my stumpy legs many times on the blog before, but now, with these jeans, I finally have proof. They look like normal skinny jeans, right? WRONG. When I tried them on, I was like, “Hooray! Finally found jeans that don’t puddle around my ankles!” Then I checked the tag. They’re actually slim-fitted cropped boyfriend jeans. Only on my Shetland pony legs can a pair of cropped boyfriend jeans look like normal skinny jeans :((
But hey, they’re one of the most comfortable pairs of jeans I’ve ever worn, so who cares.
T-shirt: Asos, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: H&M, Heels & Brooch: local shops
I don’t know why, but I feel like a librarian in this outfit. Is it the combination of blazer and loafers? Maybe I was subconsciously influenced by my librarian blog friends. Or maybe it was this new blog I just discovered, Librarian Wardrobe. It’s like a street style blog, but with librarians! You can submit your outfits to the site (if you are a librarian, of course), and they also have weekly themes, like “Socks” or “Halloween”. It’s really fun. You should check it out whether you’re a librarian or not.
Top & Jeans: Mango, Blazer: Warehouse, Loafers: Footglove, Necklace: local shop
We’re currently having what I call “polyester weather”. It’s when the weather starts warming up enough to wear fewer layers, but it’s still cool enough so you can wear less breathable fabric like polyester (actually, the fall/winter transition time is better, winter/spring is way too humid for polyester.)
Truth be told, I don’t buy polyester, all of my polyester shirts are hand-me-downs from my sister, and they’re not comfortable in our humid climate, so I don’t wear them much. Like this shirt. The fit is great and I love the print, but I know I won’t wear it more than once, maybe twice at the most, per year. So it’s a good thing that we have this “polyester weather” so I can bring them out.
Shirt: Zara, Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage