Last Summer Outfit

I’m getting to that point when I’m sick of my warm-weather wardrobe, but the weather is not cool enough to bring out my cold-weather clothes yet. It makes for a vicious cycle. Because I’m bored with my warm-weather clothes, my outfits are uninspired, and because I feel uninspired, I keep buying fall/winter clothes to alleviate my boredom (all thrifted/secondhand, of course, but it’s becoming a problem), and now I end up with too many cold-weather clothes that I’m not able to wear yet, which in turn makes me feel more bored and uninspired. But! The weather is cooling down soon – a tiny amount, but it’s still going to be cooler – so hopefully that can give me some much-needed inspiration. So here is the last of the summer’s outfits. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it’s comfy and relatively interesting with the red details, so I thought I’d give it its own post.


Too Hot

Hanoi just went through a record-breaking heatwave – 65 days of non-stop, scorching sun. We’ve had long heatwaves before, but those usually lasted just 10 days to two weeks, with some rain in between, but this year, it was relentless. But then again, everything has been so shitty this year, so why shouldn’t the weather be too, right?

Anyway, during the heatwave, this is what I usually wear. When it is really hot, I find pants much more cooling than dresses (no bike shorts to wear underneath!) and these camp-collar shirts are as comfy as pajama tops while still looking put-together. Looking at these photos now, I realize that the red shirt may look better tied instead of tucked into the jeans, but I’ve never successfully managed the tie-front look, so I just defaulted to tucking.


Triple Portrait

For this week’s SIA, inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s “Triple Portrait of Charles II“, I immediately knew I’d wear this top and these culottes (which means I’ve worn the culottes for SIA twice in a row). I thought about wearing my silver-vine brooch to mimic the silvery vines in the painting, but it gets lost in the print of the top, so I went with this safer choice instead. For the shoes, luckily I just bought these lace-up flats – they’re new, and I know I’ve made a point to only buy secondhand, but they were on deep sale, so I couldn’t resist. Plus, they’re perfect for the challenge.

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


Liberty Head

I really had no idea what I was going to wear for this week’s SIA, inspired by Peter Max’s pop art print “Liberty Head“. It features a lot of bright colors that I don’t have in my closet (bright pink, turquoise blue, yellow), and I don’t have anything in the stars-and-stripes theme that wouldn’t feel like I was shoehorning it to fit the inspiration. In the end, I decided to just go with the colors and picked out some pieces that kinda go together. I’m very pleased with these green heels – the colors and the cut-outs perfectly echo the crown of Lady Liberty – but the rest of the outfit is just so-so to me. Oh well.

Don’t forget to check Kim’s blog on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this print!


Blazer It Up

Although I’m working from home these days, occasionally I still have an online video conference, meaning I have to appear a little dressed up than usual. You may notice that I said “appear” – since I’m only showing my torso, it doesn’t really matter what I wear on the bottom. So what I do is simply throw a blazer on top of my outfit, like here, and I’m instantly dressed up. Of course, for these photos, I had to tuck in my shirt and put on actual shoes, but otherwise, I’m pretty much wearing a blazer on top of pajamas here.