Blue Floral

I wore this to the showing of my students’ thesis films (our equivalent of a thesis dissertation) a few weeks ago. I always try to dress up a little for these thesis meetings, but nothing too colorful or funky to avoid distracting the students, who are nervous enough as it is. This thrifted dress fits the bill perfectly – the print makes it dressy enough, but the silhouette is more businesslike, and I kept the whole outfit more “serious” by pairing it with black accessories. My only problem with the dress is that it’s made out of this weird fabric (it’s one of the dangers of thrifting online, you can’t rely on the seller’s description) that is too thin for the colder seasons yet too stiff for warm weather. I guess I’ll just save it for the two weeks of fall/spring we have each year.


Wedding Portrait

My interpretation of this week’s SIA inspiration, Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait, is a little different. Sure, it has most of the colors of the painting (green and black, with a touch of brown), but the print of my dress makes it decidedly more futuristic – usually, I would try to echo the feel of the painting if I can, but I see this print as my way of mimicking the intricately pinked trims on the sleeves and the pleated front of the woman’s dress in the painting. I also added my brooch because it reminds me of the mirror on the wall behind the couple.

More importantly, I was going to wear this to a wedding last week, which I thought would make it appropriate for the theme of the painting. Unfortunately, the wedding was canceled due to the pandemic (“pandemic” is a word I never thought I’d type for a real-life situation. Usually I only read it in sci-fi books. But such is the time we’re living in.) The couple decided to have a very simple family affair instead of the big reception they’d planned, and my hat’s off to them for sacrificing their big day in the name of public health and safety. Anyway, even though I didn’t get to wear it to a wedding, I thought, why waste a perfectly good outfit? So here we are.

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other interpretations of this classic painting!


Hello 2020

Happy New Year everybody! We do have a day off today, but it was work as usual yesterday and would be work as usual again tomorrow, because our proper winter holiday doesn’t start until the Lunar New Year, which will be in late January this year.

Anyway, to celebrate the new year, here’s a colorful and shiny outfit from last week. It was inspired by this. I may not look as badass, but I think it’s an appropriate start for a new decade. Hey, it’s the Roaring Twenties (though, judging from the way the world is going, it may be more like the Screaming Twenties), so let’s bring out the shiny and the flamboyant, right?


Skirting Season

I hope that my US readers all had a fun, food-filled Thanksgiving. Here’s a simple outfit to close out the week – I just realize that I’ve only worn this skirt once since I got it, which is a bit surprising because it looks like it should go with everything. The thing is, I don’t wear skirts much anymore. Because of our climate, skirts are not the easiest thing to wear – in the summer, it’s too hot to have the skirt around your waist and bike shorts (and sometimes a slip too) underneath, while in the winter, it’s too cold even with tights and boots. The two weeks of fall and spring are the only times I can wear skirts comfortably, so I’m making the best of them.


New Watch

When I went to Malaysia back in August, the one thing I bought for myself (other than a Snow Patrol t-shirt) is a watch. I’ve been looking for a classic watch since my last watch died, and I had found the seemingly perfect one online too, but I decided I needed to try it on first. As it turned out, the Suria KLCC mall didn’t have the particular watch that I wanted, but luckily, I found another one that fit the bill. It didn’t jump out at me at first, but it’s been growing on me since – it’s classic enough to go with everything in my closet, including my black shoes, despite its brown band – and I wear it every day, even if I don’t always wear it in outfit photos.