This may sound like a total stereotype, but like most women, I have a problem with shoes. As in I have too many shoes. And yet I still can’t seem to resist a new pair. Like this one. When I saw it in the store, I was just like SpongeBob going “I don’t need it, I don’t need it, I definitely don’t need it.” I mean, I really don’t. I have enough oxfords in every color of the rainbow (well, not exactly… oh gods I’m giving myself ideas), and a pair of patent black-and-silver oxfords wouldn’t fill any hole in my closet. But they hit that sweet spot between classic, vintage, and whimsical that is exactly my style, so in the end, just like SpongeBob, I screamed “I NEED IT!!!” (not literally) and bought them.
I justified it by saying that the patent leather would make them easier to wear in the rain, but that’s just an excuse. I bought them because I like them, and I can’t wait to wear them. In the end, isn’t that the best reason to buy something though?
You know that weird limbo week between Christmas and New Year when you don’t know what day it is and what you’re supposed to do? It’s like that for us now, except it’s a whole month between Christmas/New Year and the Lunar New Year. We don’t have an official New Year celebration, but we do get a day off, and then it just kind of bleeds into the preparation for the Lunar New Year. It’s even more confusing at school because that was the end of our fall semester and now the new semester has started but nobody really wants to work because our minds are all on that long break.
Basically, we’re all tired and want a break, is what I’m saying.
Anyway, this was what I actually wore for Christmas – it was a normal working day for us, so I just celebrated by adding a Christmas tree brooch to my blazer.
Speaking of which, check out this awesome tree at our school – can you guess what it’s made of? That’s right, it’s 35mm film! Only at a film school, right?
Happy Star Wars Day! I didn’t actually plan my outfit for today, but you can say that it’s kind of Star Wars-inspired. My dress/duster coat can pass for a Jedi robe, right? (Even though no Jedi ever wears heels.) And my necklace looks a bit like a Kyber crystal, right? Also, I’m wearing a black T-shirt underneath my tan dress, which represent the Dark Side/Light Side of the Force… no? Reaching? OK, I’ll stop now.
Speaking of Star Wars, I’m not very excited about the upcoming Solo spin-off/prequel – I maintain that we don’t need a movie about the young Han Solo. What we see in A New Hope is what we get. Plus, I’m sorry, but Alden Ehrenreich looks nothing like Harrison Ford. (Now, if you’re going to have a spin-off about Lando Calrissian, as played by Donald Glover? I’d be all over that.)
I take a lot of my style inspiration from TV. Mad Men, Jessica Jones, Legion, and now, Stranger Things. I love the show, but because it’s set in the 80’s, there aren’t a lot of inspiration for real-life outfits (unless you’re talking about very loose interpretations)… until episode 7 of season 2, that is. Yes, that infamous “worst episode of Stranger Things” that everybody was complaining about also gives us another iconic Eleven look, except one that can be much more easily translated into real life than her look from season 1. I’m predicting that we’re going to see a lot more couple costumes of the two Elevens in next year’s Halloween (there weren’t a lot of those this year because season 2 was released so close to Halloween, I think.)
I’m missing the black eyeliner, of course, but again, this is an “inspired by” outfit, not a cosplay.
P/S: I apologize if the post doesn’t make a lot of sense to those of you that don’t watch Stranger Things. Also, what are you waiting for?
For this week’s SIA, inspired by this steel wool photo by a young Italian photographer, I knew I wanted to wear all black with gold/yellow accent. The black outfit came together very quickly (sorry it looks so wrinkled – that’s what you got for wearing a cotton t-shirt and linen pants around the house), but I couldn’t figure out what the accent would be. My fringed yellow scarf would be perfect to mimic the color and the sprays of the steel wool, but wearing a scarf in this weather is out of the question. In the end, I opted for my circle necklace – the color is more subdued, but I think it worked quite well.
Don’t forget to check Jen’s blog for other outfits inspired by this photo!
This outfit, in the words of the Fug Girls, is a total scroll-down fug – it’s OK on top, but you scroll down to the shoes and it’s a needle scratch. I was going for a 1930’s menswear-inspired look, as I always do with these pants, but I’ve picked the wrong shoes. These oxfords are too clunky. My oxford heels would be much better, but I’ve worn them with these pants before and didn’t want to repeat myself. Well, lesson learned: when something works, it’s worth repeating.
P/S: This is the second of the two brooches I bought from my recent trip to Singapore. I’ve been looking for a simple bow brooch like this for ages, and this fits the bill perfectly.
T-shirt: Uniqlo, Jacket: tailor, Pants: Esprit, Oxfords: Vagabond, Brooch: vintage
See what I did with the title there? Singapore Street = Sing Street. Get it? *rimshot* Yes, thank you, I’ll be here all week.
Anyway, here is my interpretation of this week’s SIA, inspired by the poster of “Sing Street” (sorry it wasn’t a proper “outfit” photo, I wanted to include the buildings in the background.) It’s pretty straightforward – all black with a green accent from my scarf and pops of colors from my sneakers. I also took the photo against the green of the Marina Bay to mimic the green background of the poster. I had something yellow with me as well – my umbrella – but I already got funny looks from wearing a blanket scarf in 90+ degrees, so I didn’t want to invite more funny looks by taking out my umbrella when it wasn’t raining.
(Though, to be fair, the scarf was not just something I wore for SIA; it has been a life saver on the train and in the shopping malls, where the AC is always set to “freezing” it seems. It surprises me how the Singaporeans can stand such extreme differences in temperature. And then it did rain pretty heavily right after I took these photos, so my outfit was actually complete.)
The round-up is not until Wednesday, so you still have time to send me your outfits (if you haven’t already.) And don’t forget to come back to see how others interpret this poster!
T-shirt: ASOS, Pants & Scarf: local shops, Sneakers: Payless