Wednesday Addams

I know, I know, Wednesday Addams is supposed to be in all black, but I’m posting this on Wednesday, so I’m allowed to stretch it a bit, right?

I do admit though, this would look better with black shoes. However, since my black heels broke a couple of months ago, I have tried in vain to search for a replacement pair. Either the heels are too high (I can’t handle anything over 3″ these days), or the material isn’t right, or the shape isn’t right, or (this is the most common reason, *sighs*) they’re too expensive. Apparently, finding a pair of basic black heels isn’t as easy as I thought.

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The Blues Are Still Blue

chambray shirt black skirt blue oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Told you guys the outfits are going to be really simple these next few weeks, didn’t I? The heat and the approaching end of the semester mean that my mind doesn’t have much room left for interesting outfits. This one is actually one of the more interesting I wore this week, and it’s still very simple – I knew I wanted to wear these oxfords, and I happened to be listening to Belle & Sebastian at the time, so I figured, what the heck, let’s keep the rest of the outfit blue (with a bit of black). Basically, I used their song as inspiration for this outfit. It’s been a while since I had a song as my post title anyway.

chambray shirt black skirt by 14 shades of greyblack skirt blue oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Skirt: hand-me-down, Belt: thrifted, Oxfords: Max Dorian


Weekly Capsule 45.3: Cowgirl

polka dot chambray shirt black skirt brown boots by 14 shades of grey

I feel a bit like a cowgirl in this outfit. Perhaps it’s the combination of the denim shirt, the skirt, and boots. Of course I had to add a twee owl brooch, but now that I think about it, my Western-themed brooch would’ve been much more on point.

P/S: I didn’t think these boots would work with a skirt since they’re cut a little higher than my ankles and therefore can make my legs look even stumpier, but then I thought, What the heck. And they kinda worked, didn’t they? At least my legs don’t look any stumpier than they already are.

polka dot chambray shirt owl brooch by 14 shades of greyblack skirt brown boots by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Gap, Skirt & Boots & Brooch: hand-me-down


Weekly Capsule 45.2: Utilized

gray sweatshirt black skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Yeah, this is pretty much exactly the same outfit as the last time I wore this skirt and these shoes, only with a different top, but like I said, these shoes have been falling apart and I’m trying to wear them out as much as possible so that I can retire them with a clear conscience. The other two pairs have literally crumbled – that’s how destructive our climate is – but these guys are still holding on, though their heels are all chewed up (it’s the price for having a dog.) As for the sweatshirt, well, I know I just wore it yesterday but today I teach a different class so nobody else knows 😛

gray sweatshirt black skirt by 14 shades of greygray sweatshirt brooch by 14 shades of grey

black skirt black heels by 14 shades of greygray sweatshirt black skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Sweatshirt: H&M, Skirt & Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: vintage


Weekly Capsule 43.1: Crimson Peak

gray embroidered cardigan black skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Even though it’s still in the upper 80’s here, it’s been crisper in the morning and at night, and during the day the sun feels more warm than burning, so I’m taking advantages of that to wear my cardigans – like this new one – and lightweight sweaters when I can. If I wait until it gets properly cold, they may never see the light of day.

In other news, I saw Crimson Peak last Saturday and quite enjoyed it. I find the story lacking, but the costume and production design are truly, truly breathtaking in that creepy, Gothic kind of way (Jessica Chastain looks like she just stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Especially toward the end.) The set actually reminded me a lot of Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula – a quick Imdb search confirms that the two movies indeed have the same production designer. And Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunam are not terrible to look at either, so it’s definitely an eye candy, even if the story itself is not that great.

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gray embroidered cardigan by 14 shades of greyblack skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Cardigan: local shop, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: Esprit


Weekly Capsule 17.2: Feathery Strokes

navy ikat shirt black skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

An outfit like this can be more difficult to accessorize than you’d think. The print on the shirt means that a necklace or brooch wouldn’t look good on it, and I only have two bracelets and none of them goes well with it either. So in the end I opted for this belt – the buckle can count as jewelry and it adds a pop of color too. Win-win.

P/S: The post title is actually an obscure reference to this scene in Black Books. There’s a feather on my belt and the print of my shirt looks like brush strokes so that’s what my brain comes up with. Yeah, I can be very literal sometimes.

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navy ikat shirt black skirt orange belt by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: C-Wonder, Skirt: hand-me-down, Shoes: Forever21, Belt: local shop


Weekly Capsule 17.1: Primary Colors

white v-neck button up black skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

It may not look like it from the full shots, but I’m actually wearing all the basic colors in this outfit – there are black and white from my skirt and shirt, and my shirt has red, blue, and green prints on it, and the yellow is from my shoes. Yeah, the shirt is new – I think most of my purchases this season has been “quirky button-ups”, which, when I think about it, is very much my style. It’s too bad that the Top 10 challenge is already drawing to a close, because I would’ve added this shirt to it in a heartbeat.

white v-neck button up black skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of greywhite v-neck button up necklace by 14 shades of grey

white v-neck button up black skirt by 14 shades of greyblack skirt yellow heeled oxfords by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Mango, Skirt: hand-me-down, Necklace & Shoes: Forever21