Hello From Singapore

singapore outfit by 14 shades of grey

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!


Traditional

ao dai black flats by 14 shades of grey

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.

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ao dai black flats by 14 shades of greyao dai by 14 shades of grey

Áo dài & Culottes: local boutique, Flats: Vagabond


Hospital Gown

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This is an outfit that definitely looked better in person than in photos. I’ve wanted an oversized shirt like this for a while, and this one gets extra points for being made of linen, but I didn’t realize that it would look so… hospital gown-y on me (shut up, “hospital gown-y” is totally a word.) I wore these exact same pair of jeans and these exact same pair of flats when I tried it on at the shop, and they looked good together, so I didn’t think twice about wearing them together again today because I was running late. Maybe next time I’ll belt it or wear it with heels, but for Friday, hospital gown-y is OK.

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Shirt: local shop, Jeans: Mango, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21


Spring Uniform

striped shirt blue jeans black flats trench coat by 14 shades of grey

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.

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Top: Old Navy, Jeans: Sneak Peak, Flats: Vagabond, Coat: Mango


Weekly Capsule 43.3: Layering

gingham shirt embroidered cardigan black pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

This is probably the most colors/patterns I’ve worn in a while. I guess there’s something about this cardigan that just brought out the maximalist in me, even though I still try to keep the colors limited by picking the least dominated shade in the embroideries (blue).

Also, these flats are hand-me-down from my sister. I agreed to rescue them because they’re too small for her, plus they’re falling apart a little bit and she doesn’t want them to languish in her closet. They may not last pass this season anyway, but I’ll try to give them a last hurrah. In fact, all of my shoes this week are falling apart, so expect to see them on the blog a lot in the next few weeks. I’m going to wear them out all together, so I can discard them with a clear conscience 🙂

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black pants black flats by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Cardigan: local shops, Pants: thrifted, Flats: Esprit


Weekly Capsule 34.4: Edgy Frills

yellow sleeveless top boyfriend jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey

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.

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boyfriend jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey

yellow sleeveless top feather pin by 14 shades of grey

Top: vintage, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21

As usual, a round-up of my looks this week:

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white shirt navy skirt brown loafers heels by 14 shades of greyyellow sleeveless top boyfriend jeans black flats by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 34.2: Not Fall

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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.

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Also, please forgive the boxes in the background. They’re for my mom’s herb garden

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Top: vintage, Pants: Calvin Klein, Flats: Vagabond, Pin: Forever21