That post title sounds like a BuzzFeed quiz (I’m pretty sure it actually existed somewhere), but actually I was thinking of this post by Jen, in which she said Daenel once complimented her by saying that her personality is like polka dots, “fun, flirty, and classic”. That got me thinking, if I was a print or a pattern, what would I be? And I decided that I would be more of a stripe or plaid – utilitarian, versatile, and yes, classic. Which is why I think this outfit is so “me” – clean lines, neutral colors, and a pop of interest with the brooch. I would gladly dress like this every day.
Since I’m already on an unofficial black-and-white theme this week, it’s appropriate that I end the week with another black-and-white (and gray) outfit. This sweatshirt is perfect for the early fall – it looks like two layers, but without the bulk and the sloppiness I would be sure to get if I tried this with an actual button-up and sweatshirt. Besides, the collar is just the right size and shape for my brooches.
It is probably still too warm to wear it, but I just got it and I was so excited to wear it that as soon as the temperature dipped below 90 degrees, I had to try it right away. In my defense, it’s been raining a lot and the mornings are quite chilly, so it’s not too bad.
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