This outfit is a testament to how weird this summer has been: it’s inconceivable that I was still able to wear these pair of thick jeans, this top with its high collar and long sleeves, and these shoes, and all these dark colors, in May. I wanted to wear this top again because I’ve been struggling to style it – the collar gives me a retro, 1960s vibe, but it’s a bit big on me, and so far, the only way I can think of to wear it has been to tuck it into bottoms. Here I tried to match the maroon cuffs and stripes to my maroon shoes, and balance the slightly fussy design of the top with the simpler, more streamlined bottom. It works, but I’m still looking for more ways to make this top more versatile.
For this week’s SIA outfit, inspired by John Singer Sargent’s “Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth”, I went with a different direction. I could’ve worn my green dress, but I wanted to give a nod to the beetlewing embroidery too, so, in the end, I went with something more modern and casual – my insect T-shirt. See, the Lady Macbeth costume is covered in beetle wings, and my shirt is covered in beetles too! I paired it with my black jeans to keep the dark color scheme of the painting, and to top it off, I wore my two beetle brooches on my shoes. The T-shirt and the brooches all added some more textures and colors, certainly more than just the dress alone, so I’m really happy with the outfit.
Don’t forget to send me your outfits if you haven’t already, and come back on Wednesday to see all the outfits inspired by this painting!
Last week I shared an outfit featuring these wide-leg cropped jeans with tall boots, but the boots aren’t comfortable, so this time, I tried pairing them with these Chelsea boots instead. When I first tried these boots on, I dismissed them because the gap between the hem of the pants and the top of the boots chops my (already short) legs up and makes my legs really cold, but then I had the idea of layering a pair of tights underneath, and bam! Both problems solved. This is how I’m going to wear my wide-leg pants all through winter now.
I’m still on Lunar New Year break, so this week and next week, I’m going to post a bunch of backlogged work outfits. This one consists of old pieces, but it actually features several new things for me – a new silhouette, a new way to layer (I’ve only ever layered turtlenecks under blazers, not sweaters), and a new way to wear these tall boots (there’s also another attempt at the half-tuck, but we won’t talk about that.) I’ve seen outfits with tall boots worn under wide-leg cropped pants and always wanted to try it. It looks OK, if I do say so myself; the only thing is that I don’t wear heels that often anymore, so these boots were absolutely killing me, but flat boots look weird with these pants. I guess I’m going to have to experiment a little bit more.
Last week was the first time I felt a shift in the weather – it was still hot during the day, but you don’t sweat buckets anymore, and the sunlight was clearer (in Vietnamese we have an expression that translates into “the sun is shining like pouring honey” to describe the autumnal sunlight, which I think is perfect) and the air crisper. Since our fall season is so short, I’ll take what I can get before winter hits. And even though the weather hasn’t cooled down properly yet, it doesn’t stop me from wearing these shoes again – I’ve been saving them for the fall, so of course I’d wear them the first chance I got.