The Casual Age Of Innocence

I love period costumes, but I don’t always get to translate that love into my everyday clothes. However, with this outfit together, I may have been subconsciously influenced by a dress in The Age of Innocence. It’s not my favorite period drama (the story is just a tad overwrought for my taste), but I adore its costumes (gorgeous, accurate, and still manage to reflect the characters – unlike today’s costumes, where accuracy is often sacrificed for the sake of uniqueness and/or character.) And out of all of those costumes, my favorite is this archery dress worn by Winona Ryder’s character, May Welland. You can see its influence on my outfit – the white-on-white embroideries of my shirt and the white and green color scheme. So of course, I had to complete the outfit with my arrow pin, to mimic the arrow brooch May won in the archery contest. I may not be able to wear a 1870s dress, but this is much more practical 🙂

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Star Catcher

So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Remedios Varo’s “Star Catcher“. It’s not as… exuberant as the painting, but I did try to evoke some exuberance with my wide-leg, high-waist pants. The star of the outfit (pun totally intended), though, is this blouse. It’s printed with stars, so of course I had to build the entire outfit around it. I may not have anything in a checkerboard pattern, but this blouse is so perfect for SIA that I’m not complaining.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this amazing painting!


Off-Duty Land Girl

It’s the middle of the week, I’m recovering from a nasty case of the flu, and the weather still can’t make up its mind if it wants to be spring or summer, so I’m going for something easy and comfortable, with a layer that can be taken off if it gets warmer. The silhouette and the brooch make me think of the 1940s, hence the title (and also because “Casual 1940s” sounds too boring. Sometimes when the outfit is nothing to write home about, I have to come up with a really interesting post title just to make up for it.)


Silver And Gold

Earlier this week we had some rain, and it finally felt like summer has ended. Note that I said “summer has ended”, not “fall has begun”. It’s still quite warm, but the heat is no longer muggy or oppressive, and in the morning and at night, there is a certain crispness in the air, which prompts me to bring this top out again. I don’t know why I associate it with fall so much – it’s certainly a summer-weight top, but the color and the print always make me think “fall” rather than summer.

I’m being a little cheeky with my jewelry in this outfit too. See if you can find my brooch!


Casual Take

It’s not until I put up these photos that I realized this outfit was essentially a more casual take on another outfit I wore last month. The colors are the same – I just swapped the blouse for a T-shirt and the pumps for a pair of flats. I actually much prefer this outfit. The T-shirt is more fitted so it balances out the relaxed silhouette of the pants, and the flats look more proportionate with these pants than the pumps too. And this was just something I literally threw on for running errands, as opposed to an outfit that I agonize over. It just goes to show, when it comes to style, sometimes instinct works better.


Sweater Set

Do you guys have an outfit or a silhouette that you always try to wear but can never get quite right? For me it’s this oddly specific combination of plaid pants & embroidered cardigans/sweaters. I think I was influenced by Mad Men (Betty from season 1, to be precise), but it beats me why this combination looks good  or why I’m so determined to get it right. It’s not particularly flattering to me, and I’m never happy with any of my versions of it either. I tried it once before but it didn’t quite work, and this time, it’s slightly better but not by much. I just haven’t found the right cardigan or the right pair of pants yet (none of my pants have a high enough waist). Guess I’ll just keep trying…


Two In One

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.