Luggage Bar Code Sunset

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Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Douglas Coupland’s “Luggage Bar Code Sunset No.4”. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Stripes, polka dot, yellow, red. Check, check, check, and check. The only thing I’m missing is the blue of the polka dots, but I’m trying to cut down on colors to no more than three per outfit (ha, maybe I should start a Color Anonymous or something), plus the red and yellow are more prominent anyway.

Sorry my post is so short, but I really have to get back to my translation of Ender’s Game. I’ve been neglecting it all through the last few months of the semester, I’m supposed to turn it in soon and I still have 150 pages to go. So check Jess’ blog for other interpretations of the painting, and bye!

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Top: local shop, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: borrowed from my mom, Flats: eBay

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This Is The End

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No, no, it’s not a “goodbye to the blog” post or anything like that. It’s just that as I was looking at these pictures, I finally admitted that my style has really changed. A year or so before, this outfit would’ve seemed like a good idea to me, but now I find it… a bit much. Isn’t it? Between the pattern mixing and the color tights, it seems too twee, too overwrought somehow. And this is nowhere near the most twee (tweest?) thing I’ve worn. I like the jacket with the brooch, but that’s about it.

So I think this is the end of my attempt at twee, girly outfits. They’re not me. Not anymore. Things probably won’t change so much on the blog because I have been going toward that simpler direction anyway, but now that I’ve accepted that, I will be more comfortable posting more minimalist outfits without thinking that my style is getting more boring.

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Shirt: Zara, Skirt: thrifted, Tights: Target, Boots: Aldo, Jacket: borrowed from my mom, Brooch: vintage


Lazy

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Sometimes I forget that I have a tried-and-true outfit formula: A-line or full skirt with a long-sleeved tee or button-down, with flats or low heels. A loose top and sneakers or sandals if I want to keep it casual. Sure the silhouette gets repetitive, but I have enough skirts and tops to mix it up. I really should write this formula down and stick the note inside my closet to save myself from standing there, in front of hangers full of clothes, mouth agape like an eejit thinking “I don’t have anything to wear.” It always works for me, even on days like today when I’m too lazy to put on a belt or any accessory – in my defense, I think the outfit is busy enough.

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Shirt: Old Navy, Skirt: thrifted, Oxfords: Me Too (thrifted via Buffalo Exchange)


On Accessories

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The next theme in the We Love Target link-up is accessories, which stumped me for a second because the only Target accessories I have are scarves, which… no. Just no. But then I remembered this belt from a Target skirt – it counts, right? Accessorizing, or more exactly, jewelry, is the one area of my style I haven’t quite figured out yet. The brooch/pin is my staple, sure, but most of the time I feel an outfit doesn’t even need any jewelry to begin with. Except for this one. This one needs a necklace.

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Shirt: H&M, Skirt: thrifted, Belt: Target, Flats: Caprice, Necklace: my sister’s

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Black And Blue

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The weather has been kind of warm these past few days, which means I can reduce my layers by half. I could also finally wear this outfit that I came up with a while ago but thought would have to wait until spring. It’s one of many outfits involving a chambray shirt that I’m inspired to try. I’m having a bit of a chambray moment, actually – I thrifted this shirt a while ago when chambray first became trendy, but it seems I didn’t “discover” it until now. I may even have to get a new shirt. This one is nice and all, but it’s a little loose-fitting (it may be a boy’s shirt) and reminds me of what the prisoners wear in The Shawshank Redemption, especially when I button it up all the way like this. On the plus side, I might have figured out my next Halloween costume.

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Shirt/Belt/Skirt: thrifted, Tights: Vietnamese shop
Boots: Journee via Amazon, Necklace: self-made


Schooldays Are Over

One of the results of Debbi’s unexpected departure is that I won’t have any set plan from now until the end of the year. I probably have a teaching assistant job waiting for me, but that won’t start until next semester. So I guess I’m just going to prepare for another NaNoWriMo and enjoy being able to wear casual clothes until I have to start dressing like a teacher (thank God it’s a film school so I won’t have to be too formal.)


Of course Taco made an appearance…

Shirt: Forever21, Skirt: thrifted
Flats: Payless, Necklace: Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear


Annual Cold

This outfit is actually quite similar to the last time I wore this sweater – pleated skirt and oxfords. I don’t know what it is about this sweater but it apparently makes me dress like a schoolgirl every time I wear it.

I wasn’t planning on wearing a scarf, I just threw it on because I was feeling a sore throat coming. I’ve managed to suppress it with a lot of ginger tea, vitamin C and zinc throat lozenges, but I have yet to be sick this season and it makes me nervous (yes, I can count on having a really bad cold every year around Christmas. It’s like my body realizes it’s finally time to relax and lets the immune system take a vacation.)

Sweater: Gap, thrifted
Skirt: thrifted
Oxfords: Miss Me, via Buffalo Exchange
Coat & tights: Forever21
Necklace: self-made
Scarf: my dad’s (I think)

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