Black And White And Coral

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!


Victorian Urchin

Something about the combination of the slightly oversized corduroy pants and slightly oversized jacket makes me feel like a street urchin in this outfit. The colors too. Not just a street urchin, but a Victorian street urchin, no less (all is missing a newsboy cap.) I don’t know. I didn’t really set out to create a “look”. I just thought the pants would go well with the striped top, and I added the blazer because it has a touch of red and brown and can tie the whole thing together. *shrugs*


White Coat

This white blazer is the last one I got from raiding my mom’s closet. At first, I was going to save it for the spring, as it is linen and fairly lightweight, but then the weather warmed up unexpectedly, so I decided to bring it out.

On a different note, remember how I always lament that I can’t get the tuck right with my sweaters? While I don’t think I can ever master it, there’s something else that I excel at – the sleeve-roll. Just look at the roll/cuff on my sleeves here. I don’t mean to brag, but it’s the perfect amount of disheveled, right? I only wish I could tuck my sweaters into my trousers/jeans as naturally as I roll my sleeves. But I guess the roll comes naturally to me because I always push my sleeves up anyway, while I tend to wear my tops untucked so I can’t figure out how to tuck them in.


Hello 2020

Happy New Year everybody! We do have a day off today, but it was work as usual yesterday and would be work as usual again tomorrow, because our proper winter holiday doesn’t start until the Lunar New Year, which will be in late January this year.

Anyway, to celebrate the new year, here’s a colorful and shiny outfit from last week. It was inspired by this. I may not look as badass, but I think it’s an appropriate start for a new decade. Hey, it’s the Roaring Twenties (though, judging from the way the world is going, it may be more like the Screaming Twenties), so let’s bring out the shiny and the flamboyant, right?


Goodbye 2019

For the last outfit post of 2019, I opted for something simple. It’s inspired by (or rather, is a copy of) this look, but try as I may, I just couldn’t get my outfit to look as sharp and cool as the inspiration. I tried tucking in my sweater but it looked lumpy, so I tried a half-tuck, only for it to look sloppy instead. I guess I just have to accept I’ll always look slightly sloppy.

As it’s Christmas next week, I’m taking a break from the usual post schedule and do my yearly reviews instead – SIA, books, and outfits. Stay tuned!


Gold

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA. This amazing gold blazer is another of my score from raiding my mom’s closet, and when I saw it, I immediately knew I had to wear it for SIA. It’s perfect for the last act of the Triadic Ballet, with its black background, gold costumes, and round shapes. The post title is also a reference to another ballet – Spandau Ballet, in this case. (OK, so it’s not an actual ballet, but come on, “Gold” is one of their most famous songs, how can I not use it, right?)

If you haven’t sent me your outfit, you still have until tomorrow. And don’t forget to check back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this ballet!


Mom Clothes

I just raided my mom’s closet this past weekend and found a bunch of goodies – several blazers (here is one of them) and a gorgeous brocade scarf (here it is.) Without access to a well-stocked thrift store, this is the closest I can get to thrifting. The good news is that my mom had an extensive work wardrobe, which she doesn’t wear anymore now that she’s retired, plus she has great taste so a lot of her things are timeless classics.