I know I wear stripes a lot – I’ve lost count of how many striped tops I have – but I think I keep buying them because I’ve never found the right one. There’s always something wrong with it, either in the stripes, the neckline, or the fit. My black-and-white striped sweatshirt is the closest to the perfect striped top that I have, but even that one is a bit too short, plus it’s a sweatshirt so I can’t wear it year-round. This one is pretty close too, but it is also too short, and I prefer a wider neckline. All I want is a simple striped top, boat-necked, not too fitted, preferrably with black-and-white stripes, but I’ll also take blue-and-white, even red-and-white, or red-blue-and-white (like this one.) Is that too much to ask?
I wore this last Friday, when I had a full day of teaching and went to the theater at night – my co-workers got free tickets to a theater festival in Hanoi, so I thought it would be fun to check it out. I wanted to dress up a bit for the theater, but not too much, because I knew I would have to be in the clothes for 10+ hours. In the end I decided on something simple, comfy, but put-together enough that you could wear on a night out.
T-shirt: Banana Republic, Blazer: Warehouse, Pants: thrifted, Shoes: local shop, Brooch: gift (an interesting story behind this brooch – it was made from a piece of rubble from an old museum in Greifswald and sold as souvenir after the building was renovated. My sister just went there for a business trip and bought it for me.)
Considering how many black clothes I have and my penchant for monochromes, it’s a bit surprising I’ve rarely worn an all-black outfit. Maybe it’s my OCD tendency to get all twitchy if blacks or whites don’t match. Or maybe it’s because I’m not goth enough.
But I’ve had The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black” stuck in my head for the past week, after I heard the awesomely haunting instrumental version on Westworld, so today, when I was running short on time and didn’t know what to wear, I thought, What the heck, let’s wear all black. Next time, though, I would probably wear a plain T-shirt and accessorize with a necklace instead, to streamline the outfit more. The embellishment on my shirt kinda muddles the whole look a bit, don’t you agree?
Shirt: Target (thrifted), Pants: thrifted, Oxfords: Vagabond
At the risk of sounding like an old fart: I rarely use my phone to check the time. I still check the time on my watch. I’ve been wearing one since high school, and my wrist feels empty if I go out without it. So since my last watch died, I’ve been looking for a replacement. It hasn’t been easy, because I don’t like the overly feminine watch, but I don’t want something too heavy and masculine either. Luckily for me, my dad had this old watch lying around – it was a present from some college, but he doesn’t wear watches, so he gave it to me, and I love it. It’s definitely more streamlined than my last watch, but it goes better with my simpler style. The best part? It’s actually two watches in one (one showing the “Home” time and one showing the “World” time), so when I travel, I only have to change one of them!
Shirt: Zara, Pants: thrifted, Heels: local shop, Watch: hand-me-down
I’m not a trend follower by any mean. Most of the current trends (crop top, off-the-shoulder, etc.) don’t work on me, and I tend to go for the more classic look anyway. That being said, I just discovered that dress over pants is the latest trend (never mind that Vietnamese women have been wearing that combo as our traditional costume for nearly a century), I’m all over that. It’s comfy, it can be dressed up or down, and best of all it allows me to wear dresses that are too short or too frilly for work – like this one. I’m not brave enough to try a different kind of pants other than these cropped black ones, but I’m happy to experiment (maybe with skinny jeans next?)
Apparently dark floral print is a trend this fall too, so as far as I know this is the most on-trend outfit I’ve ever worn 😛
Dress: Forever21, Pants: thrifted, Belt & Shoes: local shops
It seems this place has turned into a travel blog lately, doesn’t it? I can’t help it – I’m still riding on the high of my trip (and dreaming about my next trip), so that’s all I want to write about. Another thing is that our house and yard are being renovated right now, so it’s hard to find a good spot for outfit photos. But I’m slowly getting back to the habit of documenting my outfits, and when the semester begins for real in September, I’m sure the blog will be back to usual.
In the meantime, here’s a simple outfit – since I haven’t had to teach yet, I’m not inclined to put too much effort into my work outfit (because nobody is going to see me when I’m at my desk entering grades into the computer all day.) A fancy T-shirt – that matches my sandals! – and black pants are good enough.
T-shirt: Esprit, Pants: thrifted, Sandals: Aldo, Necklace: Lia Sophia
Last week when I posted the inspiration for SIA, “The Door Within” by Jean Fetman, which was found by this week’s host Erin in a dumpster (!), I said I didn’t know if I could participate or not because I had nothing that colorful in my closet. But then Jen and Erin persuaded me to try, so try I did, and lo and behold, I did find something – this top!
So maybe it’s not as colorful as the painting, but the painterly quality of the print on the front is an OK match. To pair with it, I chose my black pants and burgundy heels because there is a bit of black and dark red in the painting, and then topped it off with my “house” pendant – the title is “The Door Within”, so I wanted to include “a door within” in my outfit as well. I’m just happy that I did manage to put together an outfit for SIA after all, but the outfit itself is not that bad (even if I do say so myself.)
I wore this to a faculty meeting last Saturday – school hasn’t officially started yet, but we’re slowly getting back to the everyday grind. I am not looking forward to it…
Top: local shop, Pants: thrifted, Heels: Zara, Necklace: hand-me-down