Embroidered Top, Take Two

Last time I wore this embroidered linen top, I wasn’t sure if I should tuck it in or not, and decided that the fault lies in the silhouette of the pants and not in the tucking. So this time, I just went with the loose-loose silhouette and didn’t bother with any tucking at all. And guess what? It looked better, and it was a lot more comfortable too. I may try pairing this top with a more fitted pair of pants when the weather is cooler, but for now, loose-loose is the way to go.


Graduation Ceremony

Happy belated Fourth of July to my US readers! Hope you guys had a great celebration.

Last week, I’ve shared what I wore to be on the thesis committee, and this week, here’s what I wore to my students’ graduation ceremony. It’s a semi-formal occassion, so of course, I brought out my traditional Vietnamese áo dài.  I was quite happy to realize that my shoes match the buttons and the stitching on the tunic almost exactly, and they added a nice pop of color. For a sentimental touch, I also added a brooch that my students gave me for Teacher’s Day last year.

The students, however, all decided to wear dresses instead, and I don’t blame them – áo dài can be uncomfortable/difficult to move around in (mine isn’t because it’s made of linen and has a looser fit.) My only problem with wearing áo dài, in fact, is that it’s a set, which means you can’t really mix and match it (I do wear the pants separately though). But it’s for special occassions only, so it’s fine.


Oops, I Did It Again

“It” here means repeating an outfit, that is. I always find that it is one of the difficulties of running a personal style blog. In theory, you don’t have to worry about repeating outfits because your blog provides you with an archive of all your outfits, but in practice, you rarely think to check if you’ve worn the same outfit before, and usually don’t realize it’s a repeat until it’s up on the blog.

To be fair, it’s not an exact copy in this case – the shirt is different – but otherwise, it’s just like this outfit, even down to the belt. What can I say? These culottes work well with a white shirt and black sandals, and in my defence, I wore the other outfit over a year ago, so who can remember it, right?


Casual Madame X

This week’s SIA inspiration, “Portrait of Madame X” by John Singer Sargent, should be an easy one to interpret, but because I don’t have an LBD, it took me a while to come up with an appropriate outfit. One of the highlights of the portrait is the contrast between the model’s pale skin and her black dress, so I decided to use that as the jumping-off point. Once I figured out a black-and-white theme, the outfit came together pretty quickly. I wore my sleeveless blouse again (I wore it for the last SIA) not just because we’re in the middle of another heat wave, but also because it echoes the strapped dress. I then included my pearl brooch to mimic the jeweled straps and my brown sandals for the brown details in the portrait. All in all, I’m happy with the outfit – it’s casual and comfy, but it still pays homage to the inspiration.

Don’t forget to stop by Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other looks inspired by this classic portrait!


Gauchos Or Culottes?

The outfit is simple, but I still want to post it to document how crazy the weather has been. It just warmed up unexpectedly last week, to the point it almost feels like summer. I’m not complaining though; it’s usually a sign that we’re in for a cold snap soon, so I just have to hang on for a little longer.

These pants are really comfortable, except they’re a pain to bike in, so I don’t wear them as often as I’d like. Besides, I don’t quite know what to call them. I guess they’re culottes, but I’ve been disinclined to use that ever since I found out it means underpants in French. They’re not quite gaucho pants either, which are usually knee-length. But who cares what they’re called, right? They’re cute, and that’s what matters.