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
Is it me, or is March the longest month ever? I have been ready for it to be over for two weeks now. Maybe it’s because I’m always extra-busy in March. So much so that I’ve missed yet another blog anniversary – that’s right, the blog is 5 years old now! Hooray!
And also, because I’ve been extra-busy, I’m keeping things simple. This outfit is nothing special, but I’ve been wearing versions of it on days when I can’t be bother to think about clothes. It’s comfy, relatively put-together, and, dare I say it, a bit chic too, so it’s a winner.
Top: Old Navy, Jeans: Sneak Peak, Flats: Vagabond, Coat: Mango
Even though this top is a lot more wearable now that it’s no longer a dress, I’m still having a hard time wearing it with anything else other than pants. I tried pairing it with the navy skirt in yesterday’s post, and while it doesn’t look bad, it doesn’t look “me” either. My style tends to be more… not severe exactly, but more streamlined and simple than that. A lacy top with huge Peter Pan collar paired with a skirt just looks too twee and sweet. So I ended up picking my trusty boyfriend jeans to balance some of that out. Yeah, it’s basically the same as the Tuesday outfit (just with different pants and pin), but it’s Friday. Cut me some slack, please.
Top: vintage, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21
As usual, a round-up of my looks this week:
Dear style blogs, could you guys please stop saying how excited you are for fall? I know it’s tempting, when the temperature takes the slightest dip and stores begins to put out their fall clothes, but it’s not fall yet, OK? For us, it won’t be fall for at least another month. In fact, we’re having another heat wave. I love fall, as all bloggers do, so it’s really hard seeing scarves and layers on other blogs while I’m still here sweating in sleeveless shirts.
Top: vintage, Pants: Calvin Klein, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21