Inspired By Marvel’s Ladies #1: Peggy Carter

navy dress black heels pink belt by 14 shades of grey

I’m doing something a bit different with the capsule this week. For one thing, it’s not really a “capsule” – I do re-wear a few things, but this capsule is connected by a theme rather than by the clothes. And that theme is outfits inspired by the female characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not costume or cosplay (it’s not Halloween, after all), just “inspired”.

It’s random, I know, but there are two reasons behind this. One, I just finished Jessica Jones and holy shit, what an amazing show. I’ll get to it (and Jessica’s style) in a later post. Two, this dress. For a while now I’ve been looking for a solid-colored dress, and finally, I decided it’s easier to get one made, rather than buy it. The design is based on this Modcloth dress, but I picked navy because I think it would be more wearable. As I picked it up from the tailor’s, I realized it wouldn’t look out of place on Agent Carter – both the show and the character herself. Since we had a brief warm spell, I figured I would wear it now. But I also wanted to dress like Jessica Jones, when it gets cold again. And thus a theme is born.

navy dress pink belt by 14 shades of grey
All I need are curls, red lipstick, and a gun

TL;DR: having just finished Jessica Jones + getting a new 1940’s dress that reminds me of Agent Carter = let’s dress like the ladies of MCU for a week!

navy dress pink belt by 14 shades of greynavy dress black heels pink belt by 14 shades of grey

navy dress black heels by 14 shades of greynavy dress red flower brooch by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Belt: thrifted, Shoes: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: vintage

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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 44.2: Unofficial Break

hot air balloon shirt white skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

I actually wore this on Wednesday. The rest of my week was a little crazy in term of schedule so I didn’t really think about blog-worthy outfits; I just grabbed whatever was clean. And to be honest, I wanted a break from the whole weekly capsule thing too. As successful as it may be, I don’t think I’m going to do it again next year. I’ve got a firm enough grasp on my closet that I don’t need it anymore.

hot air balloon shirt white skirt by 14 shades of greywhite skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Zara, Skirt: Zalora, Shoes: Esprit (hand-me-down), Belt: thrifted

So this week doesn’t really have a capsule – it’s just two outfits with this same skirt:

black tee white skirt brown plaid scarf brown heels by 14 shades of greyhot air balloon shirt white skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 43.4: Something Different

navy gingham shirt black polka dot skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Normally on Friday I would just put together items I still have left over from the capsule, which in this case is the gingham shirt and the black skirt, but I’m feeling a little bored with it – plus I’ve worn those two items together before – so I break the rules by bringing out this skirt. Well, I made the rules, so it would be silly if I can’t break it every now and then.

I’m also trying to get back into pattern mixing, but apparently I’m a little rusty because this outfit ends up being less than cohesive. If the my shirt was black or the skirt was blue, it would’ve looked better.

navy gingham shirt black polka dot skirt by 14 shades of greyblack polka dot skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Shirt & Skirt: local shops, Belt: thrifted, Shoes: Esprit (hand-me-down)

My looks this week:

gray embroidered cardigan black skirt black heels by 14 shades of greywhite shirt black cardigan black pants brown heels by 14 shades of grey

gingham shirt embroidered cardigan black pants black flats by 14 shades of greynavy gingham shirt black polka dot skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey


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 14.4: Cat Lady

chambray shirt navy blazer white jeans black heels by 14 shades of grey

My brooch collection has been sadly stagnant ever since I moved home, because not a lot of people wear brooches here and there are even fewer people who sell vintage brooches. So that’s why when I saw this brooch at an accessory shop, I had to grab it right away – who knows when I’ll find another one. I know it’s not vintage, but for a self-proclaimed cat lady like me, it’s perfect, so who cares. Oh and, I’m adding it to my Top 10 as well (I have now picked two skirts, one top, one dress, and two accessories, which means I still have 4 more pieces to go.) Come on, a cat-shaped brooch? That is so me.

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chambray shirt navy blazer cat brooch by 14 shades of greychambray shirt navy blazer white jeans black heels by 14 shades of grey

Shirt: Esprit, Blazer: Atmosphere, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: local shop

And this week’s looks:

striped shirt polka dot skirt black heels by 14 shades of greymustard plaid dress blue belt black heels by 14 shades of grey

blue striped shirt white jeans brown sandals by 14 shades of greychambray shirt navy blazer white jeans black heels by 14 shades of grey


Weekly Capsule 14.2: Peggy Dress

mustard plaid dress blue belt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Anybody watches Mad Men? Did you guys catch the premiere for season 7.5 yet? Boy, was that bleak or what? I mean, it’s always been bleak (I once binge-watched the first three seasons during one winter break, and had to alternate it with some comedy shows because the dysfunction was too much), but it’s like everybody on that show is headed for that self-destruct button now.

I wasn’t going to talk about Mad Men, but then I realized that this dress is very much like something Peggy would wear (plaid and mustard yellow are both often found in Peggy’s wardrobe.) Only my attempt to style it differently has failed miserably this time – I think it would look better with just the brooch and no belt (yeah, it’s a bit “19th century schoolmarm”, but I can pull it off) or just the belt and no brooch. Having both is just too much. Still, I’m adding this dress to my Top 10 pick. I’m hoping that by incorporating it into the challenge, I can come up with more creative ways to style it.

mustard plaid dress locket brooch by 14 shades of greymustard plaid dress blue belt by 14 shades of grey

mustard plaid dress blue belt by 14 shades of greymustard plaid dress black heels by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Belt: thrifted, Brooch: vintage, Shoes: hand-me-down