Black Lace

black wool dress lace tights black heels by 14 shades of grey

When I saw the inspiration for this week’s SIA – the woodcut lace design by Isabella Parasole – I immediately thought about my lace tights. Once I had the lace element down, the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly – black tights layered underneath and a dark gray dress to make the white lace really pop, just like in the print, and a silver brooch and cut-out heels to mimic the intricacy of the lace.

I wore this last week, for my last day at work before the break (I still have a few work outfits left to post), back when it was still cold enough to wear two pairs of tights. Now the sun is back, which is good, but I could never get used to the Lunar New Year without a bit of drizzling rain.

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black wool dress lace tights black heels by 14 shades of greyblack wool dress silver brooch by 14 shades of grey

Don’t forget to check out Jen’s blog tomorrow for the full round-ups of all the outfits inspired by this work of art!

Dress: tailor, Tights: Target & Forever21 (I think?), Shoes: hand-me-down, Brooch: Dutch flea market

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Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very, Very Dark Blue Tights

black wool dress mustard scarf black boots by 14 shades of grey

That’s a Father Ted reference in the title, in case you’re wondering (my third favorite sitcom, after The IT Crowd and Black Books.) I chose that because my tights are actually not black but very, very, very dark blue. Not that anyone can tell, since my dress is long enough and the boots high enough that the tights are barely visible. Usually I hate it when the colors in my outfit are close in shade but do not match – blacks that don’t match are one of my biggest sartorial pet peeves – but these are fleece-lined, and with the recent drop in the temperature, I wouldn’t wear anything else.

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Dress: tailor, Scarf: Forever 21, Boots: Esprit (hand-me-down), Brooch: Bijou Brigitte


Weekly Capsule 13.1: Discworld

black wool dress chelsea boots star and stripe scarf by 14 shades of grey

As some of you may have known, Terry Pratchett passed away on March 12. So this isn’t so much a book review as a tribute to him (even though I did just finish The Wee Free Man, one of his Discworld YA books, not as funny as the usual Discworld stuff but still very good.)

Good Omens was one of the first English-language books I bought when I first moved to LA, and it introduced me to both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. After that, I got The Color of Magic – the first in the Discworld series – and I was hooked. I didn’t realize it at the time, but those books have solidified my love for fantasy, solidified my sense of humor, and influenced so much of my writing. I never even try to imitate Sir Terry’s writing – you can’t – but I certainly try to approach my fantasy world with the same attention to details and level of realism (sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t).

Look, I’m terrible at waxing poetic and being sentimental about things, so I’ll just end this with a quote from Reaper Man: “In the Ramtop village where they dance the real Morris dance, for example, they believe that no one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away—until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence.” If that is the case, then Terry Pratchett will live forever.

And although it is impossible to capture the essence of Discworld in an outfit, I put this together as an homage to my four favorite Discworld characters – Death, his granddaughter Susan, Granny Weatherwax, and Lord Vetinari. Now that I think about it, they’re fundamentally very similar characters – people who are very good at their jobs, who do it calmly and efficiently, without making a fuss about anything. And of course, they’re all dressed in black. No wonder I like them 🙂 I guess the scarf is a nod to the stars on the hats and robes of the wizard of the Unseen University as well.

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black wool dress chelsea boots star and stripe scarf by 14 shades of greyblack wool dress chelsea boots star and stripe scarf by 14 shades of grey

black wool dress star and stripe scarf by 14 shades of grey

Dress: tailor, Boots: Dan Sko (my tall heeled boots might have looked better with the dress, but I decided that Susan and Granny Weatherwax would go for something more sturdy and sensible), Scarf: gift


The Sound Of Her Wings

black dress green coat white scarf black boots by 14 shades of grey

When I pick a piece for Style Imitating Art, I usually have a specific piece of clothing in mind, something that I can use to recreate the painting. I don’t plan the whole outfit, because in the week from when I post the inspiration to the deadline, something always comes up – the weather turns colder or warmer, I have a better idea, an early submission gives me a better idea, etc. This time, though, I did have this entire outfit in mind when I picked the inspiration, the cover for Sandman Volume 1, #8, “The Sound of her Wings“, and I wore it exactly. The coat is a no-brainer; the dress is a hand-me-down from my sister, the silhouette is not really my style, but it works – I really can’t imagine Death (Sandman‘s Death anyway) in a fit-and-flare dress, can you? The scarf and the brooch is to mimic the white and soft greenish blue of the cover, and of course the brooch can be an ivy leaf if you squint a bit. The only thing I wish I could recreate is the ankh… oh well, that would be too on-the-nose I guess.

Remember, you still have until tonight to send me your outfit, and come back again tomorrow for the full round-up post!

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black dress green coat white scarf by 14 shades of grey

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black dress green coat white scarf by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Esprit (hand-me-down), Coat: thrifted, Scarf: hand-me-down, Boots: Journee, Tights: Target, Brooch: vintage