Dapper Cats

I had previously titled a post “Dapper Dog” because I accessorized the outfit in that post with a brooch of a dog wearing a bow tie, so naturally, here, where I’m wearing my cat(s) brooch, the title is inevitable. This waistcoat is one of the velvet ones that I mentioned in last week’s post – initially, I didn’t intend to get a black waistcoat, thinking it is too waitress-y, but after looking around a bit, I realized it is an absolute classic. And it all depends on how you style it anyway, so I’m looking forward to wearing it more.


Galaxy Quest

I bought a bunch of these pleated velvet skirts last season but never got around to wearing them all. You may think that it’ll teach me not to buy multiples in different colors, but of course this year I made the same mistake again, with a different item (you’ll see.) Ah well. At least that means I will always have replacements handy.

Not much to say about the outfit itself – I just took the silver from the skirt and built the outfit around that. Since my sweater features the galaxy, I couldn’t help titling the post after one of my favorite movies of all time. I use it in my teaching at least once a year, and my friends from film school and I still constantly quote it at each other.


Pocket Square

I’ve always loved menswear, but there are two menswear accessories that I have yet to master – the tie and the pocket square. For some reason, whenever I try wearing a tie I look like a waitress/server, and as for the pocket square, I’ve yet to figure out how to fold/tuck it so it looks natural. Maybe the handkerchiefs I’ve been using are too big, I don’t know. Anyway, here’s my latest attempt. The fold/tuck is OK, but I’m not happy with the color. I wanted to break away from the sea of brown that is my fall/winter wardrobe, but this color combo just doesn’t work (at least it matches my jeans?) Oh well. Back to the drawing board…


Song For Autumn

I hope my US readers are having a safe, fun-filled and food-filled Thanksgiving. For once, we’re actually having some Thanksgiving-appropriate weather as well. These past two years, we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy abnormally long falls. Basically, there was no winter, it was just one long fall all the way to spring, with barely a few cold days in between. It’s basically the dream weather for me, and I’m dressing up to my heart’s content. I know it’s a cliche for a style blogger to love the fall, but at least 2/3 of my closet is dedicated to fall clothes. Take this outfit, for example – it’s pretty much just a few random things I threw together, but it still has all the fall colors and textures (including the brooch.) That goes to show how much “fall” dominates my wardrobe.

P/S: The post title is a poem by Mary Oliver.


Embroidered Galaxy

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ellen Harding Baker‘s Solar System quilt. I was tempted to wear the “moon” sweater I wore for the Nebra Sky Disk SIA again, to really book-end the year, but in the end, I decided that this embroidered sweater would be a much better fit. I kept the rest of the outfit simple. Black pants may reflect the inspiration more accurately, but I thought it made the outfit too heavy – I rarely wear all black anyway – so I went with these mustard pants instead.

If you haven’t sent me your outfits yet, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this quilt!