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…


Yin Yang Cats

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.


Sun, Moon, And Stars

Here’s another celestial-themed outfit (told you guys I’m obsessed with it.) I actually built this outfit around these socks, and since the glittery tulle socks paired with pale pink heels are pretty feminine already, I kept the rest of the outfit simple and balanced with boyfriend jeans, a button-up shirt, and a blazer. I was going to wear my leather jacket to “toughen up” the outfit a bit, but it was too warm for it, plus I can’t wear this brooch (to keep with the celestial theme) on a leather jacket, so this blazer was the perfect choice.


Blue Velvet

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 🙂


Clown Shirt

One of the advantages of thrift/secondhand shopping is that it allows me to experiment with fashion more. Take this top, for example: I wouldn’t buy it new, but when I saw it in a thrift store for relatively cheap, I decided to take a chance. It’s definitely a statement top though, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple. A pair of skinny jeans would’ve balanced the fullness of the top, but I don’t have any skinny jeans with a high enough waist to tuck in the top, so these boyfriend jeans would have to do for now. Still, the puff sleeves are on trend right now, and combined with the colorful plaid, it just makes me smile, so I’m looking forward to wearing this top more.