The Shadow King

Now this is a much better styling of these gray plaid pants than what I posted on Wednesday. I think I look better in these types of clean, minimalist, but I don’t always get them right because my vintage-loving mind still tells me I need some colors or patterns or accessories. I have to remind myself that what I like and what looks good on me are two different things.

I can’t take full credit for this outfit though. It’s actually inspired by one of Aubrey Plaza’s costumes in “Legion” (if you’ve seen the show, then you’ll understand the post title). I remembered watching this episode and thinking, “I have to put together an outfit like that.” I have most of the pieces, but what I really want are those kick-ass checkered socks. My plaid pants are meant to mimic them, but they’re really not the same.


Monday Casual

Usually I don’t put a close-up first in a post, but is this the perfect Monday shirt or what? (I’m posting it on Wednesday, but I wore this on Monday.) The only downside is that I can only wear it Monday. And maybe late Sunday. Any other day and it would be like wearing a Christmas sweater in January.

Full disclosure: I actually got this shirt from the kid’s section of H&M while shopping for my niece. But it was on sale, it fits, and besides, the graphic is more suitable for an adult, right? Kids have no concept of Monday blues, do they? Or maybe they do now, I don’t know. They have pretty stressful lives these days, compared to when I was a kid.


These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago – with the semester winding down and the crazy weather, I haven’t been taking outfit photos as frequently as I like do. Plus, I’ve been feeling a distinct lack of motivation to come up with an interesting outfit. The other day, I spent about an hour before bed trying to decide what to wear and ended up thinking, What the hell, I’m just going to spend the entire day grading papers anyway, so I just threw on a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. Functional, but not exactly blog-worthy.

I’m sure I’ll get over this rut sooner or later, but it’s a bit frustrating in the meantime. My fellow style bloggers – what do you guys do when you’re in a style rut?

Scroll-down Fug

This outfit, in the words of the Fug Girls, is a total scroll-down fug – it’s OK on top, but you scroll down to the shoes and it’s a needle scratch. I was going for a 1930’s menswear-inspired look, as I always do with these pants, but I’ve picked the wrong shoes. These oxfords are too clunky. My oxford heels would be much better, but I’ve worn them with these pants before and didn’t want to repeat myself. Well, lesson learned: when something works, it’s worth repeating.

P/S: This is the second of the two brooches I bought from my recent trip to Singapore. I’ve been looking for a simple bow brooch like this for ages, and this fits the bill perfectly.

T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Pants: Esprit, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage

Easy And Familiar

My outfits always suffer a bit after I got back from a trip. After three weeks living out of a suitcase, I had to familiarize myself with the rest of my closet again, which means I’m going to reach for my staple pieces, the easiest things to wear, the things I know will always work without me having to put much thought into it. And that means stripes, jeans, oxford shoes, a leather jacket, and a scarf and a brooch (one of the two I got in Singapore, “L” is for my family name) to add some interest. Sure, it looks familiar – when I was uploading the photos I had to look through my archives to make sure I haven’t worn the same thing before – but it looks good, and that’s what matters.

Sweatshirt: Earth Music & Ecology, Jacket: Zara, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Scarf:, Brooch: vintage

Big Bargain

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In the post about my leather jacket, I said I couldn’t pass it up because it was such a bargain, even though a leather jacket doesn’t fit my style. It was the same reason that I bought this sweatshirt (in that same shopping trip on my last day in Amsterdam, actually), except I was hesitating because it’s too big on me. But I love the color (what do you call it? Pinkish brown? Dusky pink?) and the appliques, it was the last one on sale, and for 7 euros, it had to come home with me. I figure I can always layer another shirt underneath it or wear a coat on top to make it look less baggy.

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Sweatshirt: Esprit, Jeans & Necklace: local shop, Oxfords: Vagabond

Menswear? Check! Baseball? Not So Much…

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This week’s SIA, inspired by a vintage Chicago Cubs scorecard, is a bit tricky for me. I know I wouldn’t be able to mimic the colors of the scorecard itself. I could use baseball as an inspiration, but I don’t have my baseball T-shirt anymore. It mentions menswear on the scorecard (as a sort of advertisement/sponsor, I’m guessing), which I could use as a jumping off point, but I wouldn’t be able to mimic the nattily-dressed man in the ad either (a boater hat in this weather? No.)

In the end, I decided on an extremely loose interpretation with a menswear-inspired outfit. My blazer, button-up shirt, boyfriend jeans, oxfords, and lapel pin are all classic menswear pieces, and I managed to add a nod to the inspiration with my striped scarf – to mimic the man’s striped socks. Good thing I remembered it at the last minute, but it also means that the scarf was super wrinkled. Sorry!

So yeah, a loose interpretation, but I quite like it. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow to see how others interpret this. Remember to stop by Erin’s blog to check it out!

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Blazer: Warehouse, Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Shirt: local shop, Scarf: hand-me-down, Pin: Forever21, Oxfords: Vagabond