One of my regrets after my trip to Iceland is that I was unable to buy a traditional Icelandic sweater, aka a lopapeysa. The secondhand stores and flea market where I’d planned to shop were closed that day because it was a bank holiday, and the usual shops were too expensive. So when I saw this sweater at a local secondhand shop, I had to snap it up immediately. I don’t know if it’s an authentic lopapeysa – I can only tell that it’s certainly handmade, and it’s real wool (as opposed to synthetic yarn). But the design is spot-on and it’s super warm – we’ve had a cold snap lately, yet this sweater was all I need – so I’m not complaining. And to keep with the Scandinavian style, I’m pairing it with these new-to-me clogs. I’ve been saving them for the summer, but they work here too.
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…
I bought this blazer/coat from an online vintage/secondhand shop. It’s another case of not checking the measurements carefully enough, and when I finally received it, it ended up much bigger than I thought. But it’s super light and warm, so I’m keeping it.
For this outfit, I kept things simple so the blazer can take center stage (but I can’t help adding a “me” touch – this yin-yang cat pin, a gift from my sister.) Looking at the photos, though, I think I should’ve worn my black alligator boots to add some visual counterpoint – these black lace-up boots are a little too delicate and made me look like an inverted triangle. Oh well. Big shoulders are on trend anyway.
Velvet is one of my new obsessions this season, but it took me a while to decide to buy this blue velvet blazer. It’s funny that I didn’t hesitate to buy the whimsical printed velvet blazer, while I hesitated over this much more basic one, but then again, I’ve always been drawn to more whimsical/quirky pieces than basic pieces. Plus, the color is brighter than what I’m used to – I usually go for a darker, navy blue, rather than a royal blue like this. In the end, though, when I saw it on sale, I decided to take the plunge. My wardrobe could use a few more basic pieces.
It wasn’t until I looked at the photos again that I realized it looked like a low-rent version of a Hamilton costume, but hey, there are worse sources of inspiration 🙂