Since I’m already on an unofficial black-and-white theme this week, it’s appropriate that I end the week with another black-and-white (and gray) outfit. This sweatshirt is perfect for the early fall – it looks like two layers, but without the bulk and the sloppiness I would be sure to get if I tried this with an actual button-up and sweatshirt. Besides, the collar is just the right size and shape for my brooches.
It is probably still too warm to wear it, but I just got it and I was so excited to wear it that as soon as the temperature dipped below 90 degrees, I had to try it right away. In my defense, it’s been raining a lot and the mornings are quite chilly, so it’s not too bad.
Today is the first day that feels like… I wouldn’t say fall is here, but summer is definitely on its way out. There is a hint of crispness in the air, a touch of mist among the trees (though it could be smog), and even though the sunlight is still hot, it no longer scorches but falls more gently. Of course, it will be at least another month or two before it can truly feel like fall around here, but I’ll take what I can.
And to celebrate that, I’m wearing the new top I bought from my trip. I don’t usually buy anything full prize, but when I saw this in the store, I had to get it. I love anything with a ginkgo motif (I already have a brooch), and the fact that it’s made of rayon just sealed the deal. It’s the perfect transitional piece – the fabric is light enough for summer, while the print is appropriate for fall.
My SIA outfit for this week is pretty simple and self-explanatory: a pink, floral-printed shirt, gray pants, and black flats to mimic the colors in the animation. The piece has a lot of green in it too, but with my background, I think I don’t need any more green in my outfit. And since the flower seller is riding her bike, of course I had to get a picture of myself riding my bike as well – even if it took a long time to get this shot! I take my outfit photos with a timer, so it was very difficult riding my bike around our driveway while hitting the timer at the right moment. Everything for SIA, right?
On a housekeeping note, I forgot that it’s the Fourth of July tomorrow, so if any of my US readers didn’t have time to send me their submissions due to the celebration, don’t worry. I’m going to extend the deadline until Wednesday (July 5th) and I’ll post the round-up on Thursday, so you guys can have more time.
Speaking of which, posting will be sporadic in the foreseeable future. This summer I’m mostly working from home, so I won’t have a lot of outfit posts, but I don’t want to put the blog on hiatus either, so I’ll just try to post when I can.
Last time I wore these pants, they made me feel French, and this time, my outfit feels vaguely Japanese. It’s probably because it was inspired by this blog of a Japanese stylist, or because of the minimalist styling. I did put on a necklace but I took it off before taking pictures. The outfit doesn’t need it. It’s just right the way it is – simple and to the point. Just like this post 🙂
Top: Earth Music & Ecology, Pants: local shop, Flats: Vagabond
Just a quick post to let you guys know my week in Singapore is going well. It’s been raining almost every day, so it’s a lot cooler than I expected. I could’ve worn jeans if I wanted to! Still, I didn’t regret my packing strategy – I have plenty of choices for mix-and-match. The above outfit is a good sampler of what I wear most days (often I would have to add my blazer as well, because like I said, Singaporeans like their AC set to “arctic”.) I actually left a pair of sandals at home – three pairs of shoes are plenty – and I didn’t miss them at all.
I’m pretty busy with my students in classes and on excursions so I won’t be able to post much in the next two weeks, but there will be SIA posts on Monday as usual. See you guys!
As you can see, this isn’t your typical #ootd. It’s a áo dài (literally “long shirt”), the Vietnamese national costume, something people wear mostly for special occasions. At our school, for example, people would wear it for things like graduation ceremonies and Teacher Day’s celebration. It’s not mandatory, but you’re encouraged to. I’ve gotten away with wearing dresses or skirts on most of those occasions, but I’ve been wanting a set of my own – it’s like a Vietnamese version of the LBD, something you should have in your closet – so I bought this over the Lunar New Year (it was warm enough for me to actually wear this to the Lunar New Year party at our school this past Friday.)
The áo dài has been through many incarnations, but at its most basic, it’s a long tunic worn over pants. In recent years, the trend is tight-fitting, shorter tunics worn over straight-leg or skinny cropped pants, but I prefer a more loose-fitting silhouette, similar to the style of the 1930’s-1940’s (though of course, the traditional style would have a high collar instead of a round one like mine.) And the best part? The pants can be worn separately. Often áo dài’s pants are made of white silk and not meant to be worn with other tops, but these are made just like culottes, so I’m totally going to wear them in the summer.
Áo dài & Culottes: local boutique, Flats: Vagabond