Last season, I bought a bunch of spring/summer skirts but haven’t gotten around to wearing them until now. Usually, I don’t wear skirts much in the summer, because between the waistbands and the bike shorts, it gets too hot, but this year the summer has been milder than usual, so here we are. I mean, they all have pockets, so I’m going to wear them more often.
This skirt is pretty basic, so the outfit didn’t require a lot of thinking. Mostly it was just a case of “Oh it’s raining, I’d better wear my water-proof shoes”, and “Hey, I haven’t worn this doggy button-up in a while, I bet it’ll go with the skirt.” It’s good that almost everything in my closet goes together now, so I can pretty much just throw things on.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? My family always have both, so I always think, why can’t you be both? Case in point: recently, I saw this adorable shirt on Miss Patina and decided to recreate it – I can’t embroider, but I can do iron-on patches. I went to my local craft store to find some cat and dog patches – the idea is to have two dogs and two cats that match my dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they were all out of cat patches and didn’t know when they were going to be restocked, so I went with all dogs instead. But I can’t ignore my cats altogether, so I added these cat socks to my outfit. Who says you have to choose, right? They’re both adorable.
For this week’s SIA, inspired by Anne Ryan’s “Number 453” (it looks like patchwork, hence my post title), I knew I’d wear something blue and something plaid, both of which I have plenty of in my closet. However, I didn’t want to wear my blue jean culottes again, and my plaid shirt doesn’t quite match the colors of the piece.
Then, by a stroke of luck, I came across this plaid dress at an online thrift store, so I snatched it up. The problem is, I didn’t realize it was an empire-waist dress (that’s the thing with thrifting online; the photos can look deceiving) and the top is too short on me. Luckily, the waist is elasticated, so I could just unbutton the top, tuck it into the waistband, and voila, I have a skirt! I paired it with my blue linen shirt, brown oxfords, and navy belt, and it’s a perfectly acceptable outfit for SIA. I thought about chopping off the top of the dress to turn it into a skirt permanently, but in the end, I decided to keep it as a dress. That way, I can wear it both as a skirt and a dress.
Don’t forget to check out Daenel’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this piece!
The outfit is nothing to write home about – it’s all about the brooch here. I haven’t bought a new brooch in a while, but when I saw this turtle brooch, I knew I had to buy it because it reminds me of the Great A’Tuin in the Discworld book (of course, it’s missing the four elephants and the Discworld itself on its back). It’s terribly nerdy of me, I know.
Speaking of Terry Pratchett, I finally finished the Good Omens mini series last week (I was too busy to binge it the day it came out.) It’s good, but… I don’t know, not as great as I’d hoped. I never thought I’d say this, but I think the problem is that it follows the book too closely. Book and film are two different media, so a moment in the book may not have the same impact when it is recreated exactly on the screen. And the voiceover narration (most of which is lifted verbatim from the book) doesn’t add anything to it either – there were moments when I wished I could turn the voiceover off and concentrated on the actions. I guess it comes down to the age-old problem of adaptations: the book is always better.
I often struggle to define my style between “vintage-inspired classic” and “minimal”. I’ve been leaning toward “minimal” for a while now, but when I do dress minimally, I would find it too boring or not blog-worthy enough. And since I don’t wear a lot of colors anymore, I would often have to include some patterns or some accessories to create an interest for my outfit. Once in a while, though, I would get an outfit that hits the perfect balance between the two, like this. Yeah, there aren’t any patterns, but the pleats of the skirt and the brooch are more than enough to create interest.
P/S: This skirt may be one of the best items I’ve ever thrifted. I got it at Goodwill for… oh, I don’t even remember the price, but it was something ridiculously cheap, like $2, and it’s lasted me for 6 years, and the material is so durable that I’m sure it’s going to last much longer, plus it’s classic enough to never go out of style. Most of the stuff I brought home from the US has been thrown out, but this one is here to stay.