I have been wearing different versions of this outfit for almost two weeks now. My winter wardrobe is definitely more limited than my summer one, and when it’s cold, I pretty much have to stick to the jeans + sweater + jacket + boots formula to stay warm. Plus in Vietnam, there is barely any indoor heating (sometimes it’s even colder inside than it is outside), so we don’t have much of a concept of “outerwear” – you can’t take off your coat or jacket to reveal a cute outfit underneath. Hats off to those style bloggers who manage to dress both cute and appropriate for the weather, because I’m finding it quite difficult.
Sorry for the no-show on Wednesday and Thursday; I just didn’t have anything to post. This year the Lunar New Year and the actual New Year (we sometimes call it the “Western New Year” or the “Solar New Year”, to differentiate) are so close to each other – only two weeks apart – so I’m in that weird twilight zone, like the one between Christmas and New Year, when you have no idea what day it is and what you’re supposed to be doing. Not a great feeling for creativity.
I think that translates into my outfit too. Everything is casual and practical, but then you get to the brooch and it’s a total needle-scratch. I have no idea what I was thinking when I put it on. Nothing, probably. Putting on a brooch is now almost an automatic action for me.
Sweatshirt: local shop, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf: Forever21, Jeans: H&M, Sneakers: hand-me-down, Brooch: flea market
The weather has moderated, but it’s still pretty freaking cold, so I combated that with layers that are warm but can also look presentable on their own should the sun suddenly decided to pay us a visit.
I’ve also been playing around with wearing multiple brooches. I figure that layering jewelries, like necklaces or bracelets (remember the “arm parties” trend?), usually works best when they have a similar look or feel while still vary enough to create interest, so the same rules apply to brooches. I’ve worn multiple brooches before, but usually just with my enameled ones, and now I’m branching out. I’m going for a “leaf” theme here, as you can see – they still look a bit haphazard, but I’m hoping as my collection grows, I can get better at it.
Shirt: Uniqlo, Coat: Atmosphere, Scarf & Jeans: Forever21 (gods, I didn’t realize how saggy these jeans have gotten; they need to be retired!), Sweater & Boots: local shops, Brooches: various
I’ve talked about this a lot of times before, but it’s worth repeating: my favorite outfits are usually ones that I don’t spend a lot of time planning. It may sound weird, but it actually makes sense. I just grab things and throw them on because I know they work together. Most of my “planned” outfits, on the other hand, end up looking overwrought because I overthink them.
Like this one. Looks relatively simple, doesn’t it? And it started out simply enough. I just thought, Hey, I haven’t worn that embroidered sweatshirt in a while, and I haven’t paired it with those maroon jeans, maybe I should give it a go. But then on Monday morning, it turned out to be colder than I thought so I had to wear my thermal shirt underneath, which added bulk, and I had to figure out what scarf to wear with it so it doesn’t cover up the embroideries. It ended up… not terrible, but not exactly my favorite either.
Sweatshirt: Atmosphere, Jeans: Pull&Bear, Scarf: Forever21, Boots: hand-me-down
This is my outfit for this week’s SIA, and also my first outfit for this week’s capsule. Of course, because the painting is called “Young Woman Watering a Shrub”, I had to add my watering can brooch. I also wore my scarf backwards to mimic the black ribbons on the young woman’s neck.
At first I thought about wearing my white dress for SIA, since I’m trying to wear my dresses and skirts more, but none of the sweaters looks quite right with it. In the end I decided to go back to my jeans. I’m a jeans kind of girl, it’s not use running away from that. Even if that means I’m pretty much reusing all of the pieces from the fall/winter capsule for these weekly capsules. But hey, that’s the whole point of a capsule wardrobe, isn’t it?
The full round-up post with everybody’s outfit will be up tomorrow, so remember to drop by!
Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sweater: H&M, Scarf: Forever21, Boots: Betts, Brooch: vintage