Striped Embroideries

For this week’s SIA, inspired by an 18th-century embroidery sample, I immediately knew I’d wear this embroidered sweatshirt. The bottom, however, required a bit of thinking. I could pair it with my black or gray jeans and be done with it, but I wanted to do something a little different, so in the end, I decided to layer the sweatshirt on top of this striped dress to reflect the striped background of the sample. Finishing off is my trusted pair of embroidered boots, just in case there aren’t enough embroideries in this outfit.

Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog for more outfits inspired by this work!

Something Different

One thing I forgot to mention in my Style Personas post is that I’m also moving toward different silhouettes – you may notice that none of my “key pieces” includes skinny jeans. I’m not letting go of skinny jeans forever, of course – you will have to pry them from my cold, dead hands – but I’m beginning to feel that skinny jeans aren’t the most comfortable thing to wear anymore, and I’m at that age now when comfort trumps style. So I’m looking for looser fit and combinations I wouldn’t have thought of before.

Like this outfit, for example. A few months ago I wouldn’t think of pairing this leather jacket with these pants, but now I quite like it. Of course, it’s still a work in progress so some outfits may work better than others, but I’m having fun, and that’s all that matters.

Creative Colloquy

The first SIA inspiration of the year – the cover of the Pacific Northwest literary compilation Creative Colloquy, by tattoo artist Bismark Pinera – is a bit of a challenge for me. There are a lot of colors and graphic elements that I can’t faithfully recreate using what I have in my closet, so eventually, I just pulled out the most colorful pieces and put them together in a way that can represent the painting as best as I could. I’m not entirely happy with it – for one thing, my outfit is too dark compared to the painting – but I guess I’m just being a perfectionist.

Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog on Wednesday to see how everybody interprets this super cool painting!

Holiday Party Outfit

black sweatshirt pleated skirt black pumps by 14 shades of grey

Last week was the 36th foundation day anniversary of our university. This year we only had a small celebration (big celebration is usually saved for “round number” years such as 30, 35, 40, etc.) but it’s the closest we get to a Christmas office party, so I tried to dress up a little bit. I actually copied this outfit from Jen, though I don’t have any ankle-strap shoes to complete it. I guess I could’ve worn my red T-strap heels, but they’re a bit heavy visually, and the sweatshirt is focus-pulling enough that I don’t want the shoes to fight with it. Maybe this means I should get myself a nice pair of ankle-strap heels for the New Year 🙂

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Sweatshirt: Atmosphere, Skirt: thrifted, Heels: local shop

Weekly Capsule 51.1: Meh

black embroidered sweatshirt maroon jeans brown ankle boots by 14 shades of grey

I’ve talked about this a lot of times before, but it’s worth repeating: my favorite outfits are usually ones that I don’t spend a lot of time planning. It may sound weird, but it actually makes sense. I just grab things and throw them on because I know they work together. Most of my “planned” outfits, on the other hand, end up looking overwrought because I overthink them.

Like this one. Looks relatively simple, doesn’t it? And it started out simply enough. I just thought, Hey, I haven’t worn that embroidered sweatshirt in a while, and I haven’t paired it with those maroon jeans, maybe I should give it a go. But then on Monday morning, it turned out to be colder than I thought so I had to wear my thermal shirt underneath, which added bulk, and I had to figure out what scarf to wear with it so it doesn’t cover up the embroideries. It ended up… not terrible, but not exactly my favorite either.

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black embroidered sweatshirt by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: Atmosphere, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Scarf: Forever21, Boots: hand-me-down