Joker

It seems I’m unwittingly following a theme of “human-shaped brooch” this week. This outfit is built around this top though – I call it my “clown shirt” because the shape of the sleeves, so I thought I’d go with that clown theme and accessorize it with my Pierrot brooch (it is Pierrot, isn’t it? I’m not well-versed in commedia dell’arte characters, but I believe it is, with his ruffled collar, baggy clothes, and skull cap). Before the pandemic, I would hesitate to wear something like this just for working from home, but now, I didn’t even think twice about it (I’m still working from home. There have been various attempts to open schools again, but as we’re hit with waves after waves of new case, I told my students to just stick to online classes.) I mean, if I don’t wear this type of thing at home now, when or where would I ever wear it?


Puss In Boots

Because I’m wearing a pussy bow blouse and boots, get it? I know, terrible. Anyway, a pussy bow blouse is one of those typically “vintage” pieces that I tend to stay away from, because it always strikes me as overly fussy – I like vintage style, but even with vintage, I still prefer clean lines and straightforward designs, and fussy things like bows, ruffles, and lace trims always make me feel sloppy and overwhelmed. However, this blouse is fairly straightforward, even with the bow, so I’m willing to give it a try. By pairing it with simple and slightly masculine pieces like here, I think I can balance out the fussiness.


1870 Meets 1970

This outfit is actually inspired by one of Timothee Chalamet’s outfits in Little Women (2019), namely this velvet waistcoat (I may not like the film’s costume design from a historical accuracy standpoint, but I do like the clothes for myself.) I tried pairing my waistcoat with gray pants like in the photo, but it made me look like a waiter/valet, so I switched to this louder pair instead. I also had another go at a faux “watch chain”, and I think like this one better than my previous attempt. The big collar of my shirt, though, gives the outfit a 1970s vibe, hence the post title.


Song For Autumn

I hope my US readers are having a safe, fun-filled and food-filled Thanksgiving. For once, we’re actually having some Thanksgiving-appropriate weather as well. These past two years, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy abnormally long falls. Basically, there was no winter, it was just one long fall all the way to spring, with barely a few cold days in between. It’s basically the dream weather for me, and I’m dressing up to my heart’s content. I know it’s a cliche for a style blogger to love the fall, but at least 2/3 of my closet is dedicated to fall clothes. Take this outfit, for example – it’s pretty much just a few random things I threw together, but it still has all the fall colors and textures (including the brooch.) That goes to show how much “fall” dominates my wardrobe.

P/S: The post title is a poem by Mary Oliver.


Back To The Start

It’s funny how my style is coming back full circle to the vintage-inspired looks of the blog’s early days. Luckily, trends are coming back, too – it’s now all cottagecore and dark academia, which are just different versions of twee (not that my style was ever that twee.) I was looking at my archive and found this outfit, which I’d be happy to wear today (yes, including the big collar, which is trendy again). So here I recreated the outfit with what I have now, and added some current touches – blazer and suspenders. The suspenders are bit much, but the skirt is slightly large for me and the suspenders are the best way to hold it up, plus they added a dark academia/menswear touch to the outfit, so I’m not complaining.