One of the things I want to do with my closet during this whole quarantine is to try out different silhouettes and figure out how to style pieces that I don’t often wear – like this linen dress, for example. The heavy linen makes it too warm for summer but not warm enough for winter, plus it’s too loose on me. So far I’ve only worn it twice, once as a jacket and once with a sweater layered on top. This is another attempt to layer it in a jacket-like manner, but I don’t think it works – some people can pull off the loose silhouette, while I just look like a fancier version of The Dude. I guess I’m just going to wear it as a skirt from now on, or maybe take it to a tailor to get the top taken in (after the pandemic is over, of course.)
Out of all the fashion “rules” I’ve heard of, “don’t wear white after Labor Day” is the most idiotic. Not just because it’s elitist bullshit, but also because it makes no sense – for example, if you wear white in March 2020, as I am here, you can say that it’s after Labor Day of 2019, but it’s actually before Labor Day of 2020. So which is it, fashion police? Am I breaking the rule? I know, I know, the actual rule is that you wear white after Memorial Day and before Labor Day, but what about other countries that don’t have those days that clearly mark the beginning and the end of summer? See, it’s just a rule begging to be broken.
P/S: These pants are actually fleece-lined (I brought them for my Russia trip) so I can only wear them in the winter, white or not.
So here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Degas’s sculpture, “Little 14-Year-Old Dancer.” The outfit itself is pretty self-explanatory – I simply took inspiration from the neutral colors and ballet theme of the sculpture, hence the ballet flats and the skirt (which I think should be called my “ballet skirt” from now on.) However, you may notice that this is not the usual background for my outfit photos. In fact, it is very unusual – it’s the Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Russia!!!
That’s right, I just came back from a 2-week trip in Russia, during which time I had the wonderful opportunity to watch a ballet at the prestigious Mariinsky (I originally wanted to go to the Bolshoi in Moscow, but their schedule didn’t quite line up with my travel plan.) I had to admit, this was the reason I picked this sculpture as the inspiration for SIA, because I knew I’d have the chance to take my outfit photos at the theater itself. I’m still kicking myself for not getting a picture of me in my seat, but I was so overwhelmed by the experience that I barely even remembered to take pictures at all (I snatched these quickly during the intermission.) So here are some pictures from my seat instead – our seats were not the best, but they’re the best we can afford (we were in the 3rd box on the 1st tier, and they cost about $70 each). The ones with a better view of the stage are naturally more expensive.
As for the show, we saw La Bayadère, which, while not as well-known as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, is actually one of the most famous classical ballets in Russia. It’s good that I knew nothing about it beforehand, because that means I could fully enjoy the experience and understand the story from the dances alone – and it’s truly amazing how the ballet manages to tell the story so clearly just with music and dance moves. Of course, this being the Mariinsky, the technique, music, and costumes are all top-notch. And the three leads are perfectly cast too – I’ve seen photos of other productions, and while I have no doubt the other dancers are all experts, their looks are not as well-matched to their characters as the ones I saw (being a filmmaker, I can’t help but notice these things).
(You’re not supposed to take photos during the performance, so all of my photos were during the curtain calls.)
Stay tuned for my travel posts, and don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this sculpture!
This week’s outfit for SIA, inspired by a 19th-century snuff bottle, took me longer than I expected. The colors are very simple – just black and white – but because there are some designs/patterns on the bottle, I wanted to reflect that in my outfit as well. However, after trying different pairings and being happy with none of them, I decided to went back to the first choice – this black turtleneck and white pants. With the turtleneck, it looks like I’m channeling Steve Jobs (or rather, Elizabeth Holmes), so I added my necklace for the touch of gold and coral on the bottle’s stopper, and its intricate design does mimic the design on the bottle as well. It just goes to show, it’s best not to overthink things.
Don’t forget to check Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits in this challenge!