To Belt Or Not To Belt

After my failed attempt to pair these tall boots with my wide-leg jeans, I moved on to a different pairing – with this skirt. This outfit looks much better, in my opinion, even though (or precisely because) I looked like an extra in Annie Hall. The only quibble I have is that I’m not sure which way looks better – belting the blazer or belting the skirt. Belting the skirt is more comfortable (I didn’t have to constantly adjust the bulk of the blazer around my waist), but belting the blazer is a trendier look. Which one do you prefer?

Trying New Things

I’m still on Lunar New Year break, so this week and next week, I’m going to post a bunch of backlogged work outfits. This one consists of old pieces, but it actually features several new things for me – a new silhouette, a new way to layer (I’ve only ever layered turtlenecks under blazers, not sweaters), and a new way to wear these tall boots (there’s also another attempt at the half-tuck, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve seen outfits with tall boots worn under wide-leg cropped pants and always wanted to try it. It looks OK, if I do say so myself; the only thing is that I don’t wear heels that often anymore, so these boots were absolutely killing me, but flat boots look weird with these pants. I guess I’m going to have to experiment a little bit more.

Dressing Up

I know last week I promised to try and post all the backlogged outfits if I could, but I don’t think that’s happening. Between preparations for the Lunar New Year and the upcoming trip and catching up on work so I can have a guilt-free vacation, I just don’t have the time for them. Plus I wanted to save those outfits for a rainy day, both literally and figuratively, when I don’t have anything to post. So, other than the usual SIA posts, the blog is going on vacation as well.

For the last outfit post of the Year of the Rooster, here is what I wore to the end-of-the-year party at work. Sure, it’s a bit Wednesday Addams-ish, but my style this winter has been very casual so far, so it’s great to have a chance to dress up.

P/S: Only after I scheduled this post that I realized, today is Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? Well, considering that I find Valentine’s Day a gross commercialization, it’s fitting that I’m posting a Wednesday Addams-inspired outfit today.

Where Did Time Go?

Oops, sorry for the tardy post. I kept reminding myself to write up the post when I had time and scheduled it, but I never had time, and before I knew it, it was already Wednesday and past the time my posts usually go live. Usually I would write all the posts  during the weekend and just schedule them for the week, but as I said, work has been so busy lately that my weekends were spent catching up on other works and errands I didn’t do during the week, and blogging is never very high on my to-do list.

Oh well. Next week I’m going wrap up all the end-of-semester work and head into the new semester, so things should calm down by then. In the meantime, here’s something a bit different because I don’t want it to look like I wear that brown tweed blazer all the time. I occasionally wear my other tweed blazer too.


Black Sparkles

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Happy Year of the Monkey! As I’m typing this, I’ve just had a huge meal and am currently on the couch snacking on all kinds of delicious preserved fruits and candies, which is as it should be. Like I’ve always said, the best thing about the Lunar New Year is the food 😀

Also, it means that I’m not actually wearing this outfit featured in today’s post. I did wear the sweatshirt earlier in the day, but with stretchy jeans, because you know, food. I am planning to wear it for the office party next week though (in Vietnam we usually have the office party after the holiday. Before the holiday there is just too much to do and everybody is in a rush to get home to their families so it’s no fun.)

I had this sweatshirt in mind when I picked the inspiration for this week’s SIA, “Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket” by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. For the rest of the outfit, I was debating whether to include more gold or grayish green to mimic the painting, but in the end, I decided the embellishments are enough (there is a bit of green in them) and kept the rest of the outfit simple.

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Sweatshirt: Zalora, Skirt: thrifted, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down)

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see how others interpreted this painting! I’m going back to my snacks now…

Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Dark Blue Tights

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That’s a Father Ted reference in the title, in case you’re wondering (my third favorite sitcom, after The IT Crowd and Black Books.) I chose that because my tights are actually not black but very, very, very dark blue. Not that anyone can tell, since my dress is long enough and the boots high enough that the tights are barely visible. Usually I hate it when the colors in my outfit are close in shade but do not match – blacks that don’t match are one of my biggest sartorial pet peeves – but these are fleece-lined, and with the recent drop in the temperature, I wouldn’t wear anything else.

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Dress: tailor, Scarf: Forever 21, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: Bijou Brigitte

Weekly Capsule 50.3: Backwards

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I wore this for the opening ceremony of the film festival – so yeah, the posts this week are actually backwards (the post on Monday was actually my Friday outfit.) The opening is not as formal as the award ceremony, so I went with something a little more dressed up but not too much.

At the risk of sounding like a total fashion victim, when putting this together I was actually thinking of the last outfit in The Devil Wears Prada (that last scene is my favorite in the movie, and one of my favorite endings) but my neck got cold so I had to add the chambray shirt underneath. Speaking of which, some of the outfits in that movie look pretty dated now, don’t they? Like this ridiculous getup.

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Shirt: thrifted, Sweater: Atmosphere, Jacket: tailor, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: local shop