When I went to Malaysia back in August, the one thing I bought for myself (other than a Snow Patrol t-shirt) is a watch. I’ve been looking for a classic watch since my last watch died, and I had found the seemingly perfect one online too, but I decided I needed to try it on first. As it turned out, the Suria KLCC mall didn’t have the particular watch that I wanted, but luckily, I found another one that fit the bill. It didn’t jump out at me at first, but it’s been growing on me since – it’s classic enough to go with everything in my closet, including my black shoes, despite its brown band – and I wear it every day, even if I don’t always wear it in outfit photos.
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.
My sister convinced me to buy these heels at an end-of-summer sale. I tend to stay away from such conventionally feminine things, especially when it comes to shoes, and these are the most conventionally feminine shoes ever – the pink color, the heels, the Mary Jane straps. If I do wear heels, they’re usually more basic than that. But I agreed with my sister that I need to branch out a bit, and besides, these heels are low enough that they’re pretty comfortable to wear. I’m looking forward to cooler weather so I can pair them with some of my more masculine pieces like boyfriend jeans and blazers – because I’m all about keeping the balance between feminine and masculine in my style.
This is a really simple outfit, but it’s been a while since I wear this silhouette – lately I’m all about the wide-leg pants and loose-fitting tops – so I quite like it. I’d like to think that it is a modern, real-world version of the witches’ all-black look in Discworld – hence the title, which, incidentally, is one of the last four Discworld books that I still have in my to-read pile (but I’m planning on rereading them in anticipation for the Watch mini series, so it’s OK.) It’s October, so a witch-inspired outfit is appropriate, right?
Last time I wore this embroidered linen top, I wasn’t sure if I should tuck it in or not, and decided that the fault lies in the silhouette of the pants and not in the tucking. So this time, I just went with the loose-loose silhouette and didn’t bother with any tucking at all. And guess what? It looked better, and it was a lot more comfortable too. I may try pairing this top with a more fitted pair of pants when the weather is cooler, but for now, loose-loose is the way to go.
I got this shirt from my sister – she has a thing for v-neck blouses, and she’s forever handing them down to me. Now, I never say no to a free shirt, and some of my sister’s shirts have gone on to become work horses in my closet, but this one, I’m not so sure about. Something about the combination of the color and the feminine silhouette doesn’t feel very me – I have a couple of pink shirts, but the silhouettes are more streamlined. Or maybe it’s the way I styled it. I guess I’ll give it another chance to see if it’s a keeper or not.
I love period costumes, but I don’t always get to translate that love into my everyday clothes. However, with this outfit together, I may have been subconsciously influenced by a dress in The Age of Innocence. It’s not my favorite period drama (the story is just a tad overwrought for my taste), but I adore its costumes (gorgeous, accurate, and still manage to reflect the characters – unlike today’s costumes, where accuracy is often sacrificed for the sake of uniqueness and/or character.) And out of all of those costumes, my favorite is this archery dress worn by Winona Ryder’s character, May Welland. You can see its influence on my outfit – the white-on-white embroideries of my shirt and the white and green color scheme. So of course, I had to complete the outfit with my arrow pin, to mimic the arrow brooch May won in the archery contest. I may not be able to wear a 1870s dress, but this is much more practical 🙂