For this week’s SIA, inspired by Albert Huie’s “Counting Lesson”, I knew I’d want to wear something with polka dots, but I haven’t worn polka dots in so long – it’s all about stripes and plaid for me now; polka dots just seem too twee for some reason – that I don’t quite know what I would wear. Luckily, I remember these polka dot socks that I bought earlier this year and never got around to wearing yet.
For the rest of the outfit, I wanted to mimic the colors and textures in the painting – the wall and the curtain behind the girl, and the chair she’s sitting in – so I went with this blazer and sweater. The bow of my trousers’ belt is a nod to the bow on the girl’s dress, and I also added a lace collar to mimic her Peter Pan collar, and topped it off with a red brooch to mimic her red bow. Overall, I’m happy with the outfit because it feels more “me” while still reflecting the inspiration, rather than being a direct copy of the inspiration without reflecting my style.
Last week I mentioned that navy + pink is one of the color combos I reach for very often, and here is another one that is quickly becoming a favorite – gray & yellow (preferably golden, mustardy yellow. I look terrible in any other shade.) This is still one of my leftover work-from-home outfits, hence its simplicity, but the golden dots of my sweatshirt match my pants so perfectly that I think it adds enough interest to the outfit.
It’s April Fools, but I think the time we’re living in is a massive joke already so there’s no need to dwell on that, right? Anyway, this was my last proper “work outfit” before I started working from home. It’s simple, so I added some interest with my ladybird pin.
And because there is nothing else in the outfit to talk about: I finally got around to watching Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women (I was reminded of it because, of course, Lady Bird is also a Greta Gerwig movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chamalet.) Maybe I’m partial to the 1994 version with Winona Ryder and Christian Bale (even the 1949 version with June Allyson and Peter Lawford isn’t bad), but I found this version kind of… boring. I appreciate the attempt to make Laurie + Amy make sense, but I’m still not entirely convinced (I’m a steadfast Laurie + Jo shipper), and I think the non-linear structure robs the story of its emotional impact. Plus I absolutely hate the costume design (just because the Marches are poor doesn’t mean they have to be dressed like a bunch of ragamuffins and running around with their hair down and their pants showing.)
This white blazer is the last one I got from raiding my mom’s closet. At first, I was going to save it for the spring, as it is linen and fairly lightweight, but then the weather warmed up unexpectedly, so I decided to bring it out.
On a different note, remember how I always lament that I can’t get the tuck right with my sweaters? While I don’t think I can ever master it, there’s something else that I excel at – the sleeve-roll. Just look at the roll/cuff on my sleeves here. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s the perfect amount of disheveled, right? I only wish I could tuck my sweaters into my trousers/jeans as naturally as I roll my sleeves. But I guess the roll comes naturally to me because I always push my sleeves up anyway, while I tend to wear my tops untucked so I can’t figure out how to tuck them in.