SIA: The Flower Seller

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.


Just Right

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

Hello From Singapore

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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!


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